Shot in the Back of the Head

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"Shot in the Back of the Head"
Shot in the Back of the Head (Moby single - cover art).jpg
Single by Moby
from the album Wait for Me
Released April 14, 2009
Recorded 2008–2009
Genre Electronica
Length 3:15
Writer(s) Moby
Producer(s) Moby
Moby singles chronology
"Ooh Yeah"
"Shot in the Back of the Head"
"Pale Horses"

"Shot in the Back of the Head" is a song by American electronica musician Moby, released as the first single from his ninth studio album, Wait for Me (2009). It was released as a free download on his website on April 15, 2009. The song features heavy synthsizer use and a repeating drum pattern.

The song received generally positive reviews.[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

The man in the video kissing his lover, a woman's head.

The music video for the song, directed and animated by David Lynch,[1][2][3] was released on April 14, 2009 on The video contains crude drawings of various objects and landscapes, such as cityscapes and factories. The music video's plot follows a man, whose lover is a woman's head. An unknown person shoots the man in the back of the head, murdering him. The woman's head jumps on the killer and murders him. The video concludes with drawings of the night sky as the video fades to black.

Use in popular culture[edit]

The song was used in the original soundtrack for the movie The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman.


  1. ^ "wait for me". April 14, 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Stosuy, Brandon (April 14, 2009). "New Moby Video (Dir. David Lynch) – "Shot in the Back of the Head" – Stereogum". Stereogum. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  3. ^ Kreps, Daniel (April 15, 2009). "Moby Teams with David Lynch for Shot in the Back of the Head | Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on June 28, 2011. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 

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