Personalities | Moby | Nineties | Rock

(Instrumentals, producer, vocals, b. 1965)

New Yorker Richard Melville Hall started his career in punk Vatican Commandos before becoming fascinated by the sound and possibilities of dance music when it emerged during the 1980s. Ambient and techno works won him club reputation with tracks like ‘Go’ and ‘I Feel It’ seeping into the lower branches of UK charts. His abilities continued to develop throughout the 1990s reflected in chart success of his reworked James Bond theme and album Animal Rights (1996). All styles were fair game in his musical brew and masterful incorporation of Alan Lomax’s field recordings of blues singers was fused into the far ranging landscapes of Play (1999). ‘Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad’ was the spearhead single from this album that made him an international Christian vegan superstar. There was a break before 18 (2002), which mined a similar seam and Hotel (2005), which showed familiar adept signs of his musical creativity.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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