Disco Lies

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"Disco Lies"
Moby - Disco Lies.png
Single by Moby featuring Shayna Steele
from the album Last Night
Released January 21, 2008
Recorded 2007
Length 3:23
Label Mute
Songwriter(s) Moby
Producer(s) Moby
Moby featuring Shayna Steele singles chronology
"Disco Lies"
"I Love to Move in Here"
"Disco Lies"
"I Love to Move in Here"

"Disco Lies" is a song by American electronica musician Moby, released in Europe as the first single from his 2008 album Last Night, and well as the UK as a remix version by the Freemasons. The female vocals are provided by Shayna Steele.[1] The song was released as a single onto the US iTunes Store on January 21, 2008. The song was featured in the 2008 horror film Cloverfield during a dance party scene at the protagonist's apartment.[2]

The single also features the track Clef, in which the vocals are an unknown woman counting in German.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song premiered on February 14, 2008, and was directed by Evan Bernard.[3] The video follows the story of a baby chick who at a young age escapes from a chicken farm, witnessing the slaughtering of his friends and kin. The video then shows ten years later (acclimated at the late 1970´s) when the chicken has grown up and is out for vengeance for the killing of his friends. Dressed as a pimp, the chicken enters into an "MFC" fast food restaurant (a reference to KFC) and seeks out the owner of the franchise (played by the same Moby), a man dressed in white with a beard and cowboy hat (a clear reference to KFC's Colonel Sanders). After disposing of the owner's two bodyguards, the chicken chases the owner until he eventually corners him in the slaughterhouse where his friends were killed and beheads the owner with the same knife used to kill his kin. The video is likely the product of Moby's veganism and strong animal rights activism, as it makes a strong statement against the meat industry.

There are two versions of the video, one censored and the other uncensored. Firstly, the chicken slaughter scene is cut in the censored version. Secondly, in the scene where the chicken finally kills the Colonel, his death is indicated by the blood splattering over the MFC's poster in the uncensored version. The censored version just shows the poster. Finally, at the last scene, the colonel's leg meat is on the dish is shown in the uncensored, whilst the colonel's hand meat in the bucket (as if it was part of the fried chicken) is shown for the censored video.

Track listing[edit]

CD Mute 387
  1. "Disco Lies" – 3:23
  2. "Clef" – 3:34
LCD Mute 387
  1. "Disco Lies" – 3:23
  2. "Clef" – 3:34
  3. "Disco Lies (Spencer & Hill Remix)" – 6:13
  4. "Disco Lies (Eddie Thoneick Dynamik Dub!)" – 6:35
  5. "Disco Lies (Diskokaine Fried Chicken Remix)" – 5:59
  6. "Disco Lies (Jacques Renault Remix)" – 6:34
  7. "Disco Lies (The Dusty Kid's Fears Remix)" – 9:04
  8. "Disco Lies (Video: Censored Version)" – 3:26
PCD Mute 387 (club promo)
  1. "Disco Lies (Spencer & Hill Remix)"
  2. "Disco Lies (Eddie Thoneick Vocal)"
  3. "Disco Lies (Eddie Thoneick Dub)"
  4. "Disco Lies (Jacques Renault Remix)"
  5. "Disco Lies (Spencer & Hill Radio Edit)"
  6. "Disco Lies (Diskokaine Lied Mix)"
  7. "Disco Lies (Diskokaine Old Rave)"
  8. "Disco Lies (Diskokaine Fried Chicken Mix)"
  9. "Disco Lies (Dusty Wild Fear Remix)"
  1. "Disco Lies (Freemasons Edit)"
  2. "Disco Lies (Spencer & Hill Radio Edit)"

A1. "Disco Lies (Freemasons Club Mix)" A2. "Disco Lies (Eddie Thoneick Dynamik Dub!)" B1. "Disco Lies (Spencer & Hill Remix)" B2. "Disco Lies (The Dusty Kid's Fears Remix)"


Chart (2008) Peak
Austrian Singles Chart 21
Belgian Flanders Singles Chart 4
Belgian Walonia Singles Chart 15
Canadian Hot 100 46
German Singles Chart 8
Italian FIMI Singles Chart 25
Romanian Singles Chart[4] 16
Swedish Singles Chart 53
Swiss Singles Chart 10
Turkey Top 20 Chart[5] 17
UK Singles Chart 140
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Rank
German Singles Chart[6] 59


  1. ^ Huhn, Sebastian (17 March 2008). "MOBY - Disco Lies". reflectionsofdarkness.com. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Cloverfield Soundtracks on the Internet Movie Database". 
  3. ^ Disco Lies by Moby Songfacts
  4. ^ Romanian Top 100 Archived July 12, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Turkey Top 20 Chart Retrieved 2008-05-24Archived March 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20081217034357/http://www.mtv.de/charts/Jahrescharts2008. Archived from the original on December 17, 2008. Retrieved January 10, 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Leavin'" by Jesse McCartney
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
June 21, 2008
Succeeded by
"Same Ol' Story" by Cyndi Lauper