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Go – Moby (1991, Rough Trade Records Taken from ‘Moby’)
In 2000, I saw Moby at Glastonbury – he was the second headliner on The Other Stage, and he ended his set with a mammoth version of ‘Go’ as the sun started to set and the first lights of dusk twinkled into life, it filled the entire arena and it was incredible.
What wasn’t incredible was the mad scramble to get out of the arena and hot foot it across the farm in time to see The Chemical Brothers tear up the Main Stage. The main problem was that everyone (or nearly everyone) who was in the Main Arena was heading to the Other Stage to see Nine Inch Nails (having previously been rocking out to Nickelback or someone just as awful) and everyone (or nearly everyone) who was in the Other Stage area was heading the other way. It isn’t the first time rock and rave have clashed but I have to say the Klaxons did it far it better.
‘Go’ originally surfaced as B side to Moby’s debut single ‘Mobility’ and was almost left buried, unloved, and unplayed as just that. But a year or so later he decided to make an alternative version of the song built around a sample from Twin Peaks (and in particular from Angelo Badalamenti’s ‘Lauras Theme’) and that got picked up and released as a single and it kind of made Moby’s career. It went top Ten in the UK.
It’s a great record, those eerie Twin Peaks strings at the start that lead into a feast of clashing beats which quickly kick in alongside the sampled vocals (which I think came courtesy of Jocelyn Brown) and relentless breakbeats.
Of course, ‘Go’ isn’t the only Moby song that has a One Word Title. I very nearly went for this
Porcelain – Moby (1999, Mute Records, Taken from ‘Play) but of course you could have this too
Hymn – Moby (1994, Mute Records, Taken from ‘Everything Is Wrong’)
But I think I made the right choice. There were also a couple of other songs named ‘Go’ that were also briefly under consideration for the longlist but both were eliminated for other tracks by the same acts.
Go – Public Service Broadcasting (2015, Test Card Recordings, Taken from ‘The Race for Space’) – bit of a spoiler – Public Service Broadcasting haven’t featured on this rundown yet….unlike this lot who peaked at number 107.
Go – Chemical Brothers (2015, Virgin Records, Taken from ‘Born in the Echoes’)