Moloko

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Moloko
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Moloko in 2003: Mark Brydon and Róisín Murphy
Background information
Origin Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Genres
Years active 1994–2004[2]
Labels The Echo Label, Warner Bros.
Past members Róisín Murphy
Mark Brydon

Moloko /məˈlk/ were an English-Irish music duo from Sheffield, England. The duo consisted of vocalist Róisín Murphy and producer Mark Brydon.

History[edit]

Murphy had no prior professional experience as a singer when Moloko was formed.[2] Brydon, had previously worked on music as a producer with musicians such as Boy George and Cabaret Voltaire on releases from the 1990s.[4] In 1994, the two met at a party in Sheffield, where Murphy approached Brydon with the chat-up line, "Do you like my tight sweater? See how it fits my body!"[2] The query became their début album's title, recorded while Murphy and Brydon had begun dating.[2] The name Moloko originates from the Russian word for milk, молоко.[5]

The group signed to Echo Records and released their single "Where Is the What If the What Is in the Why?"[2] The group's debut album Do You Like My Tight Sweater?, was released in 1995.[2] The group toured with the group Pulp following the release.[2]

After Moloko finished the tour, they built a home studio and recorded their second album titled I Am Not a Doctor which was released in 1998 in the United Kingdom.[2] Their third album Things to Make and Do was released in the early 2000s.[2] Brydon and Murphy ended their romantic relationship after the release of their 2003 album Statues and following a tour, disbanded the group.[2]

Style[edit]

Moloko's music has been described as alternative dance and dance-pop.[2] Heather Phares of AllMusic described the sound of their debut album similar to that of Portishead and Massive Attack with elements of dance, funk, and trip hop, while noting the group had "a sense of humor and sass unique to Moloko."[2]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[6]
AUS
[7]
AUT
[8]
BEL (Fl)
[9]
FIN
[10]
FRA
[11]
GER
[12]
IRE
[13]
NLD
[14]
SWI
[15]
Do You Like My Tight Sweater? 92
I Am Not a Doctor
  • Released: 24 August 1998
  • Label: Echo
  • Formats: CD, cassette, LP
64 30 91 45
Things to Make and Do
  • Released: 10 April 2000
  • Label: Echo
  • Formats: CD, cassette, LP
3 38 21 6 26 14 10 66 25
Statues
  • Released: 3 March 2003
  • Label: Echo
  • Formats: CD, cassette, LP
18 34 19 1 12 135 12 59 28 26

Compilations[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
UK
[6]
BEL (Fl)
[9]
GER
[12]
IRE
[13]
NLD
[14]
All Back to the Mine 149 47
Catalogue
  • Released: 17 July 2006
  • Label: Echo
  • Format: CD
82 7 98 70 65

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[6]
AUS
[7]
AUT
[8]
BEL (Fl)
[9]
FRA
[11]
GER
[12]
IRE
[13]
NLD
[14]
SWI
[15]
US Dance
[18]
"Where Is the What If the What Is in Why?" 1995 Do You Like My Tight Sweater?
"Fun for Me" 36 4
"Dominoid" 65
"Day for Night" 1996 37
"The Flipside" 1998 53 I Am Not a Doctor
"Sing It Back" 1999 45
"Sing It Back" (Remix) 4 20 31 35 47 12 24 18 1 Things to Make and Do
"The Time Is Now" 2000 2 36 15 49 10 46 41
"Pure Pleasure Seeker" 21 [A]
"Indigo" 51 [B]
"Familiar Feeling" 2003 10 46 59 29 72 26 100 84 Statues
"Forever More" 17 26 96 77
"Cannot Contain This" 97 [C]
  • A^ : "Pure Pleasure Seeker" did not chart on the Flemish Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 15 on the Ultratip chart.
  • B^ : "Indigo" did not chart on the Flemish Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 16 on the Ultratip chart.
  • C^ : "Cannot Contain This" did not chart on the Flemish Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 3 on the Ultratip chart.

Awards and honours[edit]

"Best International Live Act" - Belgian TMF Awards 2004

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ DuJour
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Phares, Heather. "Moloko Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ Fact Magazine - Róisín Murphy: A Junkie for Love
  4. ^ "Mark Brydon Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ James, Martin (16 June 2000). "How to milk Blondie for all they're worth". The Independent. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c "Chart Log UK (1994–2010): M – My Vitriol". zobbel.de. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "australian-charts.com - Discography Moloko". Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Discographie Moloko - austriancharts.at" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c "ultratop.be - Moloko - Sing It Back" (in Dutch). Ultratop and Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "finnishchars.com - Discography Moloko". Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "lescharts.com - Discographie Moloko" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c "officialcharts.de - Suche nach Moloko" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  13. ^ a b c "irishcharts.com - Discography Moloko". Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  14. ^ a b c "dutchcharts.nl - Discografie Moloko" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "Moloko - hitparade.ch" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 November 2014.  Click "Charts" and select either Songs or Alben (Albums) to see peaks.
  16. ^ a b c d e f "Certified Awards". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 16 November 2014.  Enter "Moloko" in the Keywords field, select "Artist" under Search by, tick the exact match box and hit search.
  17. ^ "ultratop.be - Goud en Platina 2003" (in Dutch). Ultratop and Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  18. ^ "Moloko - Chart history on the Dance Club Songs chart". Billboard. Retrieved 16 November 2014.