The Moody Boys

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The Moody Boys / Moody Boyz
Origin UK
Genres House, techno, drum and bass, dubstep
Years active since 1988
Labels XL Recordings, Guerilla, SSR.
Website www.themoodyboyz.com
Members Tony Thorpe
Past members Jimmy Cauty

The Moody Boys (and later, Moody Boyz) was a UK house music production and remix outfit active since 1988, consisting of Tony Thorpe and, until 1992, Jimmy Cauty.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Beginning in 1988 with the single "Acid Rappin'", Tony Thorpe and The KLF co-founder Jimmy Cauty produced dance music that incorporated elements of techno, dub, acid house, hip hop, drum and bass and African music. Their 1991 single "Funky Zulu" is considered a house classic.[1] The Moody Boys' original releases were complemented by duties as the authorised remixers of The KLF's highly-charting singles "3 a.m. Eternal", "What Time Is Love?" and "Last Train to Trancentral". In each case, The Moody Boys' mixes were released on separate 12"s to the charting singles.

Cauty's contributions to The Moody Boys ended upon The KLF's 1992 retirement, but Thorpe continued under the revised "Moody Boyz" moniker until 1994, producing in this time what is considered to be the Moody name's best work, including another "classic",[1] "Destination Africa", and the album, Product of the Environment. An early example of a remix album, released as a double EP, Recycled for the Environment was also released to acclaim in 1994, featuring contributions from many remixers, including Andrew Weatherall and Dave Hedger.

Reviews[edit]

Allmusic awarded Product of the Environment 4 stars (out of 5), dubbing the album "a visionary collection of subtly innovative techno and tribal house, with heaps of African and Caribbean influences".[2] In awarding Recycled for the Environment 4 stars (again, out of 5), Allmusic said, "styles range from lush tribal techno to murky ambient and spacy electro, each offering an inspired extrapolation of Thorpe's originals.".[3]

Selected discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Acid Rappin'
Artist: The Moody Boys
Year: 1988
Catalogue Number: City Beat CBE 1230

Funky Zulu (You're So Fresh)
Artist: The Moody Boys
Year: 1990
Catalogue Number: XL Recordings XLT 011

Journey into Dubland
Artist: The Moody Boys
Year: 1990
Catalogue Number: XL Recordings XLEP 107
Remixes by The KLF, including a "Kings of Low Frequency dub version"

What Is Dub?
Artist: The Moody Boys introduce Screamer
Year: 1991
Catalogue Number: Love Records EVOLX 03

Recycled EP
Artist: Moody Boyz
Year: 1994
Catalogue Number: Prime PRIME 028
Featuring "Destination Africa"

Albums[edit]

Product of the Environment
Artist: Moody Boyz
Year: 1994
Catalogue Number: Guerilla GR 013

Recycled for the Environment
Artist: Moody Boyz
Year: 1994
Catalogue Number: SSR SSR140

Remixes[edit]

What Time Is Love? (Remodelled & Remixed)
Artist: The KLF
Year: 1990
Catalogue Number: KLF Communications KLF 004Y
Featuring "What Time Is Love? (The Moody Boys vs The KLF)"

3 a.m. Eternal
Artist: The KLF Present The Moody Boys
Year: 1991
Catalogue Number: KLF Communications KLF 005Y

Last Train to Trancentral
Artist: The KLF Meets The Moody Boys Uptown
Year: 1991
Catalogue Number: KLF Communications KLF 008Y

The Right Decision
Artist: Jesus Jones
Year: 1993
Catalogue Number: Food 12 PERV P2
Featuring "The Right Decision (Moody Reconstruction Mix)"

External links[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cooper, S., "Moody Boyz Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved 22 April 2006.
  2. ^ Cooper, S., Product of the Environment review, Allmusic. Retrieved 22 April 2006.
  3. ^ Cooper, S., Recycled for the Environment review, Allmusic. Retrieved 22 April 2006.