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25 years ago “Play”, Moby's iconic album, was released

The American musician will celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the work with a tour

Exactly 25 years ago, American musician Moby released “Play”, his fifth studio album. This album would become a milestone in the history of electronic music and would catapult Moby to world fame.

Through his social networks, the activist also remembered the special date of his iconic album. “Today is Play's 25th birthday… When it was released, he was convinced it was going to be a dark failure… How interesting to have been wrong… Do you remember where you were the first time you heard it?”

In fact, those who classified this album as a failure were wrong because the opposite happened: “Play” is considered one of the most influential electronic music albums of all time, it has sold close to 2 million copies worldwide. the United States since it was released in 1999 and sold 10 million copies worldwide.

At the same time, this album received critical acclaim for being one of the best albums of 1999 and was chosen as album of the year in The Village Voice and Pazz & Jop polls.

Furthermore, with this album Moby's career took off and he became one of the most influential artists of the 1990s.

An innovative sound

“Play” is also one of the most influential electronic music albums of all time, thanks to its innovative sound that combined elements of electronica with blues, gospel and folk samples to create a unique experience that captivated millions. of ears around the world.

There are seven songs included in the work, among which “Porcelain” (with 54 million views on YouTube), “Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?” (43 million views on YT), “South Side” (which was later re-released featuring Gwen Stefani) and “Natural Blues” (with 11 million views).

Moby took recordings of folk, blues and gospel songs from the 20s, 30s and 60s, such as “Trouble So Hard” by American folk singer Vera Hall (1937) or an excerpt of the song “He'll Roll Your Burdens Away.” from The Banks Brothers (1963), to mix them with electronic rhythms creating a unique combination that even today, 25 years later, continues to attract fans around the world.

Claim to fame

The album made Moby known worldwide not only with successful and innovative songs, but also with licenses that allowed his music to be heard in films, television and commercials around the world.

“Porcelain”, for example, was a recurring theme in some episodes of the Colombian soap opera “Yo soy Betty, la fea” and the American film “La playa”, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Danny Boyle.

This allowed the album to also become a cultural reference, thus contributing to the author's career taking off and making him one of the most influential of the 90s.

According to Concerto, the commercial success of “Play” was such that it reached number one on the charts in several countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States. Likewise, it remained on the charts for more than a year and was certified diamond in several countries.


Moby included in the booklet of his album five short essays that he wrote himself, which contain themes about veganism, fundamentalism and humanitarianism.

As a note from the author, a text states that his opinions were not related to the album. “These essays are not related to music, so if you don't like them you can still enjoy the music, and if you like the essays you can hate the music. Who knows, maybe by some strange twist of fate you will like them both,” said Richard Melville Hall, the musician's real name.

Moby is an advocate for a variety of causes, working with organizations such as MoveOn and PETA. He has been vegan since 1987 and created MoveOn Voter Fund's “Bush in 30 Seconds,” alongside singer and MoveOn Cultural Director Laura Dawn and MoveOn CEO Eli Pariser. 

More music, more “Play”

Through social networks, Moby announced that he has a new album and that he is preparing a special tour to celebrate the 25 years of his star album.

Their next album will be called “Always Centered At Night” and will be released on June 14 through Mute Records. It will contain 13 songs, each with a different artist, including serpentwithfeet, Lady Blackbird, José James and the late Benjamin Zephaniah, among others.

“Over the last 30 years, I have worked with incredible singers, from David Bowie to Freddie Mercury, from Gregory Porter to Jill Scott, and with this new album my love of collaborating continues, but focuses on working with incredible singers who may not "They are as well-known as David Bowie and Gregory Porter," said the musician about his next bet.

The first single from the album is “Dark days” with Lady Blackbird which, according to Warp, is an introspective, warm and challenging journey while exploring deep emotions.

Regarding the tour, the music producer and songwriter said: “It's been over 10 years since I toured, but someone reminded me that 2024 is the 25th anniversary of the release of Play, so it seemed to me that it wouldn't be the worst idea to do a short European tour to commemorate and celebrate. The tour will include well-known songs from Play, but also other classics and old songs from other albums. What makes the tour more exciting for me is that they won't pay me anything. 100% of the profits from my tour will go to European animal rights organizations.”

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