Moby (album)

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Studio album by Moby
Released July 27, 1992
Recorded 1989–1992
Length 54:42
Label Instinct
Producer Moby
Moby chronology
Instinct Dance
Early Underground
Singles from Moby
  1. "Go"
    Released: November 30, 1990
  2. "Drop a Beat"
    Released: May 15, 1992
  3. "Next Is the E"
    Released: October 28, 1992
  4. "I Feel It/Thousand"
    Released: 1993

Moby is the debut studio album by American electronica musician Moby, released in July 1992 by record label Instinct.


The song "Go" samples "Laura Palmer's Theme" from Twin Peaks, as well as the titular vocal from the song "Go!" by Tones on Tail.

The album's song "Thousand" also holds the Guinness World Record for having the fastest beats-per-minute (BPM) tempo, clocking in at approximately 1,000 BPM, hence its name.[citation needed]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Consumer Guide (2-star Honorable Mention)[2]
Entertainment Weekly A−[3]
Q 4/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[5]

Moby was released by the New York-based independent label Instinct Records on July 27, 1992.[1][6]

The album was issued without Moby's cooperation. In the book by Martin James titled Moby < Replay - The Life and Times, Moby said that he was so angry about the release of the album that he actively spoke out against it in any promotional work. It is one of the only times in the history of pop music that an artist has asked his audience to not place value on his own debut album. He went on to say that "The basic problem was that I had never wanted to put an album like this out," he told him. "It was just a compilation with a few unreleased demos. Dance albums had always failed, I thought, because they didn't work over the full length of the record. Mostly they were singles collections which was exactly what I didn't want to do. At the time, the first Prodigy album (Experience) impressed me because they'd managed to create a full listening experience which encompassed various styles. This was the kind of vision I had for my debut album. But Instinct insisted on putting Moby out. Which kind of upset me a lot."[7]

Moby also stated in his interview with Billboard that "all the songs are at least a year old. It's not entirely reflective of where I'm coming from right now" and that "the label had the legal right to put it out, the best thing for me to do is view it as more a retrospective and get on with my life".[6]

However, Moby would later describe the album as "an interesting artifact."

By December 2000, the album has sold in excess of 72,000 units in the US alone.

The album was released in 1993 in UK as The Story So Far, with a different track lineup and slightly different cover art, which incorporates the different title.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Moby.


US version

All tracks written by Moby.

No. Title Length
1. "Drop a Beat" 4:20
2. "Everything" 4:52
3. "Yeah" 5:49
4. "Electricity" 3:29
5. "Next Is the E" 4:42
6. "Mercy" 5:44
7. "Go" 3:37
8. "Help Me to Believe" 6:33
9. "Have You Seen My Baby?" 4:09
10. "Ah-Ah" 3:46
11. "Slight Return" 4:30
12. "Stream" 3:09
German edition
No. Title Length
1. "Everything" 4:52
2. "Yeah" 5:49
3. "Electricity" 3:29
4. "Next Is the E" 4:42
5. "Mercy" 5:44
6. "Go" 3:37
7. "Help Me to Believe" 6:33
8. "Have You Seen My Baby?" 4:09
9. "Ah Ah" 3:46
10. "Slight Return" 4:30
11. "Stream" 3:09
12. "Thousand" 4:24

The Story So Far (UK edition)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Ah Ah" 3:46
2. "I Feel It" (Next Is the E Remix) 5:57
3. "Everything" 4:52
4. "Mercy" 5:44
5. "Help Me to Believe" 6:32
6. "Go" (Woodtick Mix) 6:32
7. "Yeah" 5:48
8. "Drop a Beat" (The New Version) 2:40
9. "Thousand" 4:24
10. "Slight Return" 4:29
11. "Go" (Subliminal Mix Unedited Version) 4:28
12. "Stream" 3:08

Album singles[edit]

Single information
"Drop a Beat"
  • Released: 1992
  • Chart position:
"Next Is the E"
  • Released: 1992
  • Chart position:
"I Feel It/Thousand"
  • Released: 1993
  • Chart position:


  1. ^ a b c d Bush, John. "Moby – Moby". AllMusic. Retrieved August 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (2000). "Moby: Moby". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishers. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ Sandow, Greg (August 28, 1992). "Moby". Entertainment Weekly (133). Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Moby: Moby". Q (166): 137. July 2000. 
  5. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 548–49. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  6. ^ a b Flick, Larry (February 24, 1992). "Dance Trax". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 104 (43): 34. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  7. ^ From the book Moby < Replay - The Life and Times by Martin James (Pg. 70)