The Moody Boys
The Moody Boys / Moody Boyz
|Genres||House, techno, drum and bass, dubstep|
|Years active||since 1988|
|Labels||XL Recordings, Guerilla, SSR|
|Past members||Jimmy Cauty [according to some sources; probably a collaborator]|
The Moody Boys were closely linked with The KLF - and in particular with KLF member Jimmy Cauty - until the KLF's retirement in 1992, but it is not known whether Cauty was ever officially a member of the Moody Boys or merely a close collaborator.
Beginning in 1988 with the single "Acid Rappin'", the Moody Boys produced dance music that incorporated elements of techno, dub, acid house, hip hop, drum and bass and African music. Their 1991 single "Funky Zulu" is considered a house classic. The Moody Boys' original releases were complemented by duties as the "in-house" remixers of The KLF's hit singles "3 a.m. Eternal", "What Time Is Love?" and "Last Train to Trancentral". In each case, The Moody Boys' mixes were released on separate 12"s to the charting singles, in 1990 and 1991. The KLF co-produced the Moody Boys' "First National Rapper" in 1988 (as "The JAMs") and remixed "What Is Dub?" in 1991. Thorpe is also a credited as an "additional performer" on the KLF's The White Room album.
Vice and DJ Mag claim that Jimmy Cauty was actually a member of the Moody Boys, whereas AllMusic attributes the project to Thorpe and "occasional collaborators". Tracks produced by "Tony Thorpe and Jimmy Cauty" were credited separately to tracks produced by "The Moody Boys" on the 1991 single "Lion Dance",, and a 1994 interview with Thorpe and a companion discography state that "Journey Into Dubland" was made with Jimmy Cauty, suggesting Cauty was just a collaborator. The Moody Boys recorded a Peel Session in 1991 without Cauty; programming duties were handled by Thorpe and another close associate of the KLF, Nick Coler.
Cauty and his KLF-partner Bill Drummond retired from the music industry in 1992, but Thorpe continued under the revised "Moody Boyz" moniker until 1994, producing in this time what is considered to be the Moody name's best work, including another "classic", "Destination Africa", and the album, Product of the Environment. A remixed version, Recycled for the Environment, was also released to acclaim. featuring contributions from many remixers, including Andrew Weatherall and Dave Hedger.
Allmusic awarded Product of the Environment 4 stars (out of 5), dubbing the album "a visionary collection of subtly innovative techno and tribal house, with heaps of African and Caribbean influences".
In awarding Recycled for the Environment 4 stars (again, out of 5), Allmusic said, "styles range from lush tribal techno to murky ambient and spacy electro, each offering an inspired extrapolation of Thorpe's originals.".
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Acid Rappin'/Acid Heaven
King Of The Funky Zulus
What Is Dub? (The KLF And Apollo 440 Remixes)
Lion Dance (Remix)
Product of the Environment
Recycled for the Environment
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- What Is Dub? (The KLF And Apollo 440 Remixes) (Media notes). The Moody Boys introduce Screamer. Love Records. 1991. EVOLR 3.CS1 maint: others (link)
- The White Room (Media notes). The KLF. KLF Communications. 1991. JAMS LP006.CS1 maint: others (link)
- "The Moody Boyz Were Making Dubstep in the early 90s, They Just Didn't Know it". Vice. 28 November 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
- Whitehurst, Andrew (11 December 2012). "Striding The Globe". DJ Mag. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
- Lion Dance (Remix) (Media notes). The Moody Boys. Fourth Floor Records. 1991. FF 1123.CS1 maint: others (link)
- Ward, Phil (May 1994). "Mood Music". Music Technology. Music Maker Publications. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
- "BBC - Radio 1 - Keeping It Peel - 02/07/1991 Moody Boyz". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
- Cooper, Sean. Product of the Environment - Moody Boyz at AllMusic. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
- Cooper, Sean. Recycled for the Environment - Moody Boyz at AllMusic. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
- Acid Rappin/Acid Heaven (Media notes). The Moody Boys. City Beat. 1988. CBE 1230.CS1 maint: others (link)
- King Of The Funky Zulus (Media notes). Moody Boyz. United We Conquer. 1990. Zulu 1.CS1 maint: others (link)
- Journey Into Dubland (Media notes). The Moody Boys. XL Recordings. 1990. XLEP-107.CS1 maint: others (link)
- Funky Zulu (You're So Fresh) (Media notes). The Moody Boys. XL Recordings. 1990. XLT-11.CS1 maint: others (link)
- What Is Dub? (Media notes). The Moody Boys introduce Screamer. Love Records/Polydor. 1991. EVOLX 03.CS1 maint: others (link)
- Centre Of The World (Media notes). The Moody Boys. Love Records/Polydor. 1992. EVOLX 15.CS1 maint: others (link)
- Shango (Media notes). The Moody Boyz. Guerilla Records. 1994. GRRR 65.CS1 maint: others (link)
- Recycled EP (Media notes). Moody Boyz. Guerilla Records. 1994. GREP 006.CS1 maint: others (link)
- Destination Africa (Media notes). The Moody Boys. SSR Records. 1994. SSR 141.CS1 maint: others (link)