Go (Moby song)

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Single by Moby
from the album Moby
ReleasedMarch 1991
Moby singles chronology
"Drop a Beat"

"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.


"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".


"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.


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
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
1."Go" (Woodtick Mix)6:35
2."Go" (Low Spirit Mix)6:08
3."Go" (Voodoo Child Mix)4:50


Chart (1991–92) Peak
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


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  2. ^ a b c Q (176). May 2001.CS1 maint: Untitled periodical (link)
  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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