Go (Moby song)

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"Go"
Moby Go cover.png
Single by Moby
from the album Moby
ReleasedMarch 1991
Format
GenreRave[1]
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Moby
Moby singles chronology
"Mobility"
(1990)
"Go"
(1991)
"Drop a Beat"
(1992)

"Go" is a song by American electronica musician Moby, released in March 1991 by record label Instinct as the first single from his self-titled debut album.

The single was a success in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number 10 on the UK Singles Chart.

Background[edit]

"Go", in its original form, was first released as the B-side to Moby's debut single "Mobility" in November 1990.[2] Moby later composed an alternate mix of the song, built around string samples from Angelo Badalamenti's "Laura Palmer's Theme" from the television series Twin Peaks, which was released as a single in its own right in March 1991.[2][3]

The title of the single version, "Woodtick Mix", is a reference to episode seven of Twin Peaks, when special agent Dale Cooper gets shot three times after folding up his bulletproof vest while chasing a wood tick as revealed in episode eight.[4] Moby himself admitted so in his book.

"Go" samples the titular vocal from Tones on Tail's song "Go!". The "yeah" vocal which features prominently in the track is actually a sample from soul singer Jocelyn Brown, taken from her 1985 single "Love's Gonna Get You".

Release[edit]

"Go" was released in March 1991 by Instinct Records. The single peaked at number 10 on the UK Singles Chart.[5] An accompanying promotional music video for the song was released, directed by Ondrej Rudavsky.[6] Moby recalled, "When it was released, my dream was for it to sell 4,000 copies. It did a couple of million, including compilations. And I really thought that when DJs played 'Go', it was because they were taking pity on me for making such a mediocre song. I guess it's a good thing I'm not a record company executive, huh?"[2]

Fourteen different remixes of "Go" were collected and combined into an entire continuous CD as a bonus disc for Moby's 1996 compilation album Rare: The Collected B-Sides 1989–1993. Another mix was produced for the compilation I Like to Score, released the following year. Trentemøller produced a remix for Moby's 2006 compilation Go – The Very Best of Moby; on the UK version of the album, the I Like to Score mix of the song appears instead. Drum and bass group Fourward released a remix of the song on a Moby Remix sampler in 2017.

Legacy[edit]

In 2010, "Go" was ranked number 134 in Pitchfork's "Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s" list.[7]

Track listing[edit]

CD single – Original Rough Trade/Outer Rhythm release
No.TitleLength
1."Go" (Woodtick Mix)6:31
2."Go" (Low Spirit Mix)6:09
3."Go" (Analog Mix)6:22
12-inch single – Original Rough Trade/Outer Rhythm/Instinct release
No.TitleLength
1."Go" (Woodtick Mix)6:35
2."Go" (Low Spirit Mix)6:08
3."Go" (Voodoo Child Mix)4:50

Charts[edit]

Chart (1991–92) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[8] 20
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[9] 6
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 9
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 10
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[11] 18
US Dance/Electronic Singles Sales (Billboard)[12] 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of Techno [ZYX] – Various Artists". AllMusic. Retrieved August 26, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Q (176). May 2001.
  3. ^ "Go". Moby.com. Archived from the original on February 8, 2005. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  4. ^ Wikiquote:Twin Peaks#Episode Eight .5B2.01.5D
  5. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  6. ^ "Ondrej Rudavsky: Commercials/Features Directors, Directors of Photography, TV Directors/Producers, Production Designers, Computer Graphics/VFX, Writers, Commercials Music: Ambitious Entertainment". Etechs. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  7. ^ "The Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s: 150-101". Pitchfork. August 31, 2010. Retrieved September 22, 2011.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Moby – Go" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  9. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 51, 1991" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  10. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Moby – Go" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  11. ^ "Moby Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  12. ^ "Moby – Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on June 18, 2016. Retrieved May 21, 2017.

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