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"
ReleasedOctober 11, 1999
Format
Recorded1998 at Moby's home studio (Manhattan, New York)
Length
  • 4:23 (album version)
  • 3:45 (single version)
LabelMute
Songwriter(s)Moby
Producer(s)Moby
Moby singles chronology
"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] and vocals by Diane Charlemagne of Urban Cookie Collective.

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]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[25] Gold 25,000*
Germany (BVMI)[26] Platinum 500,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[27] Silver 200,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

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. ^ "Top 10 Dance Singles, Week Ending 2 November 2000". GfK Chart-Track. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  15. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Moby – Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  16. ^ "Charts.nz – Moby – Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  17. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  18. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  19. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  20. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  21. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  22. ^ "Jahreshitparade Singles 2000" (in German). Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  23. ^ "Top 100 Singles - Jahrescharts 2000" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  24. ^ "Swiss Year-End Charts 2000". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved November 22, 2017.
  25. ^ "Austrian single certifications – Moby – Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  26. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Moby; 'Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  27. ^ "British single certifications – Moby – Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved November 12, 2018. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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