After Moby drifted toward a variety of genres and musical styles in the mid-90s, a journey that lead to moderate success, he returned to true form in 1999 with the release of his album ‘Play’. The album received high praise from critics and the general public, not selling particularly well early on, but moving over 10 million records within the next year. The album featured timeless tracks like ‘Porcelain’, ‘South Side’, ‘Honey’ and ‘Natural Blues’. It was his first major mainstream success following stints within the dance music world and outsider circles.
Contributions to film scores
Moby’s music has been used tirelessly in films since he first broke through in the mid-90s. So in 1997 he decided to put together an album titled ‘I Like To Score’ featuring his material that landed on the big screen. With Michael Mann’s legendary film Heat he contributed two tracks, a cover of ‘New Dawn Fades’ by Joy Division and an original titled ‘God Moving Over the Face of the Waters’. The album also featured Moby’s reworking of ‘The James Bond Theme’ which was used in Tomorrow Never Dies, as well as tracks in Scream and Cool World. But his contributions to film didn’t stop there, his track ‘Extreme Ways’ would become the official theme for The Bourne Identity and his track ‘Flower’ featured in Gone in 60 Seconds. He also supplied tunes to The Beach and Swing Vote.