Things to Make and Do

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Things to Make and Do
Moloko Things to make and do.jpg
Studio album by Moloko
Released 10 April 2000[1]
Recorded 1999–2000
Genre Electronica, house, trip hop, synthpop, nu jazz, alternative dance
Length 67:54
Label Echo, Sony
Producer Moloko
Moloko chronology
I Am Not a Doctor
Things to Make and Do
All Back to the Mine
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
NME (7/10) link
BBC (favourable)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 her previous vocal style, 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."[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.

As of May 2015, the album has sold over 355,000 copies in the UK.[4]

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.

Before the album's release, an unsolicited Boris Dlugosch "Sing It Back" remix became a club, then mainstream, hit (originally a drum and bass-ish track on I Am Not a Doctor, their previous album). After the remix stormed 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
  • "Indigo" (#51 UK)

Charts and certifications[edit]