We Are All Made of Stars

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"We Are All Made of Stars"
Single by Moby
from the album 18
Released April 29, 2002
Format CD
Recorded 2001
Genre Electronica, alternative rock
Length 4:32 (album version)
3:38 (single version)
Label Mute
Producer(s) Moby
Moby singles chronology
"Find My Baby"
(2002)
"We Are All Made of Stars"
(2002)
"Extreme Ways"
(2002)
18 track listing
"We Are All Made of Stars"
(1)
"In This World"
(2)
Audio sample
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"We Are All Made of Stars" is a song by American electronica musician Moby, released as the first single from his 2002 studio album 18. It was the most popular song on the album, reaching number eleven on the UK Singles Chart.[citation needed]

The song was also featured on the 2008 album Songs for Tibet an initiative to support Tibet, Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, and to underline the human rights situation in Tibet. The album was issued on August 5 via iTunes and on August 19 in music stores around the world.

Inspiration[edit]

The song was written in New York after the September 11 attacks to express a sense of hopefulness.[1] Moby has stated that the song was inspired by the song "Flowers" from the album Today by the American alternative rock band Galaxie 500, as well as quantum physics in that "On a basic quantum level, all the matter in the universe is essentially made up of stardust."[2]

Some lyrics were taken from the trailer for The Royal Tenenbaums.[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

The song's music video, directed by Joseph Kahn, points out the excesses of the typical "Hollywood" lifestyle, showing celebrities in seedy environments, while Moby, an outsider to that world, is portrayed as a spaceman. Both Moby and the celebrities lip-sync to the song. The atmosphere of the video was inspired by photographs by Philip-Lorca diCorcia. The theme and some of the imagery also derives from the 1968 film and novel, 2001: A Space Odyssey, particularly the Star Child motif ("We are all stars") and Moby's appearance throughout much of the film wearing a space suit.

Celebrities in the video include:

The video won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

CDMUTE268 (UK)
  1. "We Are All Made of Stars (Single Version)" – 3:38
  2. "Landing" – 3:35
  3. "Soul to Love" - 4:28
LCDMUTE268 (UK)
  1. "We Are All Made of Stars (Downtempo)"
  2. "We Are All Made of Stars (DJ Tiësto Full Vocal Mix)"
  3. "We Are All Made of Stars (Timo Maas Dub Mix)"

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
French Singles Chart 40
German Singles Chart 60
Polish Singles Chart[3] 10
UK Singles Chart 11
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 19
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Moby - We are all made of stars (Live at Glastonbury 06.29.2003)". Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Abbey Goodman (11 March 2002). "Moby Cavorts With Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges In New Video". MTV. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Polish Singles Chart |". 

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