Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?

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"Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?"
Moby - Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad.png
Single by Moby
from the album Play
B-side
  • "Flying Foxes"
  • "Princess"
  • "The Sun Never Stops Setting"
  • "Flower"
Released October 11, 1999
Format
Recorded 1998 at Moby's home studio (Manhattan, New York)
Length
  • 4:23 (album version)
  • 3:45 (single version)
Label Mute
Songwriter(s) Moby
Producer(s) Moby
Moby singles chronology
"Bodyrock"
(1999)
"Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?"
(1999)
"Natural Blues"
(2000)

"Bodyrock"
(1999)
"Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?"
(1999)
"Natural Blues"
(2000)

"Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" is a song by American electronica musician Moby. It was released on October 11, 1999 as the fourth single from his fifth studio album Play.

Background and composition[edit]

"Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" was originally written by Moby in 1992 in an iteration which Moby would describe as "really bad techno... Just mediocre, generic techno."[1] Years later, Moby revisited the song, reproducing it as a considerably slower and more "mournful and romantic" song, which he eventually included on his fifth studio album, Play after being encouraged to do so by his manager, Eric Härle.[1]

Content[edit]

The song is an original composition by Moby, using samples from a 1963 recording of the Banks Brothers song, "He'll Roll Your Burdens Away."[2] Diane Charlemagne, vocalist of Urban Cookie Collective, sings on the track.

Release[edit]

"Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" was released on October 11, 1999 by Mute Records as the fourth single from Play.[3] The single peaked at number 16 on the UK Singles Chart.[4] It also reached the top ten on the charts of several other European territories, including Austria,[5] Switzerland,[6] and Germany, where it reached number three, its highest peak chart position.[7] At the time, Moby felt that the single's success in Germany was "as far as any success for Play was gonna go."[1]

On October 16, 2000, "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" was re-released as a double A-side single with a remix of "Honey" featuring American R&B singer Kelis, reaching number 17 on the UK Singles Chart.[8][9]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" was directed by Filipe Alçada, Hotessa Laurence, and Susi Wilkinson.[10] It is completely animated and features the character Little Idiot, who is also featured on the "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" single cover. The video depicts Little Idiot and his pet dog coming down from the Moon to Earth and traveling through a variety of locations, before eventually climbing back to the Moon on a ladder.

Track listing[edit]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Weingarten, Christopher R. (July 2, 2009). "'Play' 10 Years Later: Moby's Track by Track Guide to 1999's Global Smash". Rolling Stone. New York. Archived from the original on May 10, 2013. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  2. ^ "Moby's Why Does My Heard Feel So Bad? sample of the Banks Brothers". Whosampled.com. Retrieved 2015-09-13.
  3. ^ "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? [CD 2]". United Kingdom: Amazon. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Austriancharts.at – Moby – Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Swisscharts.com – Moby – Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Offiziellecharts.de – Moby – Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  8. ^ "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad (CD – Mute #CDMUTE-255) – Moby". AllMusic. Archived from the original on May 14, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  9. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  10. ^ "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?". Moby.com. Retrieved July 22, 2016.
  11. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Moby – Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Moby – Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  13. ^ "Chart Track: Week 43, 2000". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  14. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Moby – Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  15. ^ "Charts.nz – Moby – Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  16. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  17. ^ "Swiss Year-End Charts 2000". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved November 22, 2017.

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