Things to Make and Do

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Things to Make and Do
Studio album by Moloko
Released 10 April 2000[1]
Recorded 1999-2000
Genre Electronica, house, trip hop
Length 67:54
Label Echo, Sony
Producer Moloko
Moloko chronology
I Am Not a Doctor
(1998)
Things to Make and Do
(2000)
All Back to the Mine
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]

Things to Make and Do is the third album from the electronic/dance duo Moloko, UK issued by Echo Records, in 2000. It was a sonic departure for Moloko, featuring tracks less reliant on electronics and more on live musicians. In addition to the change in musical styles, the album featured new vocal technique, from lead singer Róisín Murphy - at time of release, Murphy summed up her previous vocal style, saying: "I was nineteen when I made Tight Sweater, and I knew I was pretending, but if I tried not to, I’d still be pretending. Now, I know myself better."[3]

After the release of Things to Make and Do, offers came in for Murphy to guest on others records, most notably The Psychedelic Waltons, Boris D. and Handsome Boy Modelling School. The album held the Echo's record as its fastest-selling UK platinum record, until beaten by Feeder's The Singles compilation, six years later.

Singles and bonus tracks[edit]

"The Time Is Now", the album's first single, became Moloko's biggest hit, peaking at number two on the UK singles chart and prompted a number-three UK album début, for Things to Make and Do.

Prior to the album's release, an unsolicited Boris Dlugosch "Sing It Back" remix became a club, then mainstream, hit (originally, a drum and bass-ish track on I Am Not a Doctor, their previous album). After the remix stormed Ibiza and Miami, then achieved scores of dance mix compilation inclusions, it was added to Things to Make and Do, as a bonus track.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written exclusively by Mark Brydon and Murphy, except where noted.

  1. "Radio Moscow" (Eddie Stevens) - 0:25
  2. "Pure Pleasure Seeker" - 6:31
  3. "Absent Minded Friends" - 4:44
  4. "Indigo" - 5:37
  5. "Being Is Bewildering" - 4:06
  6. "Remain the Same" - 3:40
  7. "A Drop in the Ocean" - 1:58
  8. "Dumb Inc." - 4:27
  9. "The Time Is Now" - 5:18
  10. "Mother" - 4:45
  11. "It's Your Problem" (Brydon/Murphy/Stevens) - 1:07
  12. "It's Nothing" - 5:13
  13. "Bingo Massacre" (Brydon/Murphy/Stevens/Paul Slowley) - 0:25
  14. "Somebody Somewhere" (Brydon/Murphy/Ashton Thomas/Dave Cooke) - 5:42
  15. "Just You and Me Dancing" (Brydon/Murphy/Stevens/Slowley) - 1:17
  16. "If You Have a Cross to Bear You May as Well Use It as a Crutch" (Brydon/Murphy/Stevens/Slowley) - 3:24
  17. "Keep Stepping" (Brydon/Murphy/Stevens) - 0:21
  18. "Sing It Back (Boris Musical Mix)" - 9:18

Singles[edit]

  • "Sing It Back" (Boris' Musical Mix) (#4 UK)
  • "The Time Is Now" (#2 UK)
  • "Pure Pleasure Seeker" (#21 UK)
  • "Indigo" (#51 UK)

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