Things to Make and Do

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Things to Make and Do
Moloko TTMAD cover.png
Studio album by
Released10 April 2000[1]
LabelEcho, Sony
Moloko chronology
I Am Not a Doctor
Things to Make and Do
All Back to the Mine
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
BBC(favourable) link
NME7/10 link

Things to Make and Do is the third album by the electronic/dance duo Moloko, released in the UK by Echo Records in 2000. It was a sonic departure for Moloko, with tracks less reliant on electronics and more on live musicians. In addition to the change in musical styles, the album featured new vocal technique, from the lead singer Róisín Murphy. At time of release, Murphy summed up the previous style of her lyrics, saying, "I was nineteen when I made Tight Sweater, and I knew I was pretending, but if I tried not to, I'd still be pretending. Now, I know myself better," and her lyrics on this album are described as, "Roisin's most direct and emotionally honest lyrics [so far]."[3]

After the release of Things to Make and Do, offers came in for Murphy to guest on others' records, most notably The Psychedelic Waltons, Boris D. and Handsome Boy Modelling School. The album held the record as Echo's fastest-selling UK platinum record, until beaten by Feeder's The Singles compilation six years later. The track "Indigo" was featured on the soundtrack to Mystery Men.

As of May 2015, the album has sold over 355,000 copies in the UK.[4] As of December 2000 it has sold more than 750,000 units worldwide.[5]

Singles and bonus tracks[edit]

"The Time Is Now", the album's first single, became Moloko's biggest hit, peaking at number two on the UK Singles Chart and prompted a number three UK album début for Things to Make and Do.[6]

Before the album's release, an unsolicited Boris Dlugosch "Sing It Back" remix became a club, then mainstream, hit (it was originally a drum and bass-ish track on I Am Not a Doctor, their previous album). After the remix became a significant hit in Ibiza and Miami, then achieved scores of dance mix compilation inclusions, it was added to Things to Make and Do as a bonus track.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Mark Brydon and Róisín Murphy, except where noted. All music published by Chrysalis Music Publishing

  1. "Radio Moscow" (Eddie Stevens) – 0:25
  2. "Pure Pleasure Seeker" – 6:31
  3. "Absent Minded Friends" – 4:44
  4. "Indigo" – 5:37
  5. "Being Is Bewildering" – 4:06
  6. "Remain the Same" – 3:40
  7. "A Drop in the Ocean" – 1:58
  8. "Dumb Inc." – 4:27
  9. "The Time Is Now" – 5:18
  10. "Mother" – 4:45
  11. "It's Your Problem" (Brydon/Murphy/Stevens) – 1:07
  12. "It's Nothing" – 5:13
  13. "Bingo Massacre" (Brydon/Murphy/Stevens/Paul Slowley) – 0:25
  14. "Somebody Somewhere" (Brydon/Murphy/Ashton Thomas/Dave Cooke) – 5:42
  15. "Just You and Me Dancing" (Brydon/Murphy/Stevens/Slowley) – 1:17
  16. "If You Have a Cross to Bear You May as Well Use It as a Crutch" (Brydon/Murphy/Stevens/Slowley) – 3:24
  17. "Keep Stepping" (Brydon/Murphy/Stevens) – 0:21
  18. "Sing It Back" (Boris Musical Mix) – 9:18

Charts and certifications[edit]


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  2. ^ Things to Make and Do at AllMusic
  3. ^ "Wayback:ECHO:Moloko". Archived from the original on 29 January 2008.
  4. ^ a b Jones, Alan (18 May 2015). "Official Charts Analysis: OMI's Cheerleader spends third week at No.1". Music Week. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  5. ^ Wright, Chris (14 October 2013). One Way or Another: My Life in Music, Sport and Entertainment. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9781783230297. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
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  10. ^ "Moloko: Things to Make and Do" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  11. ^ " – Moloko – Things to Make and Do" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
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  13. ^ " – Moloko – Things to Make and Do". Hung Medien.
  14. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
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  16. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  17. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 2000". Ultratop. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  18. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts". GfK Entertainment (in German). Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  19. ^ "End of Year Album Chart Top 100 – 2000". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  20. ^ "British album certifications – Moloko – Things to Make and Do". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Things to Make and Do in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.