Go (Moby song)

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Single by Moby
from the album Moby
Released November 30, 1990
Genre Rave[1]
Label Instinct
Producer(s) Moby
Moby singles chronology
"Drop a Beat"
"Drop a Beat"

"Go" is a song by American electronica musician Moby, released in November 1990 by record label Instinct as the first single from his self-titled album.

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


"Go" samples "Laura Palmer's Theme" from the television series Twin Peaks and 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"; this sample remains uncredited.

"'Go' was originally the B-side to my first single, 'Mobility'," Moby recalled. "After that came out, I watched the first episode of Twin Peaks and was inspired by the theme, so went back and did a remix of 'Go' with the strings on top. 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]

Music video[edit]

The song's music video was directed by Ondrej Rudavsky.[3]


"Go" was released on 30 November 1990 by record label Instinct. It peaked at number 10 on the UK Singles Chart.[4]

Fourteen different remixes of the song were collected and combined into an entire continuous CD as a bonus disc for Moby's album Rare: The Collected B-Sides 1989–1993.

The title of the best-known version ("Woodtick Mix") is possibly 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.[5]

A remix of the song featured on Moby's 2006 compilation Go – The Very Best of Moby. On the UK version, the version from Moby's 1997 compilation "I Like to Score" 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.[6]

Track listing[edit]

CD – Original Rough Trade/Outer Rhythm release
No. Title Length
1. "Go" (Woodtick Mix) 6:31
2. "Go" (Low Spirit Mix) 6:09
3. "Go" (Analog Mix) 6:22


Chart (1991–92) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 20
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[8] 9
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[4] 10
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[9] 18
US Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales (Billboard)[10] 16


  1. ^ "History of Techno [ZYX] - Various Artists - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 August 2017. 
  2. ^ Q, May 2001
  3. ^ ETECHS - Software Developing, Web Solutions, etechs.com.ua. "ONDREJ RUDAVSKY: Commercials/Features Directors, Directors of Photography, TV Directors/Producers, Production Designers, Computer Graphics/VFX, Writers, Commercials Music: Ambitious Entertainment". Ambitiousent.com. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  4. ^ a b "Moby: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  5. ^ Wikiquote:Twin Peaks#Episode Eight .5B2.01.5D
  6. ^ "The Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s: 150-101". Pitchfork. 31 August 2010. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Moby – Go" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Moby – Go" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  9. ^ "Moby – Chart history" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for Moby. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  10. ^ "Moby | Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on June 18, 2016. Retrieved May 21, 2017. 

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