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Moby Looks Back at "18"

Moby will release 18 B-Sides

DVD November 18th. He was inspired to put together the two-disc set after the success of 2000’s Play DVD.

“It just seemed to make sense again because we had so much material that otherwise would never see the light of day,” Moby says. “I’m very prolific because I have my own studio, and pretty much all I do is spend time working on music.”

The DVD features several parts: footage of Moby in his New York studio writing the track “Song That We Made Together” start to finish; a live performance from June’s Glastonbury festival, as well eighty minutes of “Moby TV.” “It’s a really tragic name for something,” he admits. “It’s comprised of all the music videos for 18 and a bunch of comedy stuff that I’ve made.”

The audio CD will house the B-sides as well as four tracks that have never been released: “Nearer,” the rocker “Afterlife,” “String Electro,” “Stay.” “18, from my perspective, had a sort of narrative quality,” he says. “[These songs] didn’t fit the album too well.”

In January, Moby will assume his “Voodoo Child” guise on a new album, Baby Monkey. “Last winter I had a little bit of time off, so I just came home and made this,” he says. “I wrote a lot of techno songs – very simple, melodic, electronic, dance music – and after I made them I realized I liked them quite a lot.”

Moby also has high praise for a recent collaborator: Massachusetts Senator and presidential hopeful John Kerry, who joined him on a Boston stage earlier this month. “The Senator’s chops are pretty good,” Moby says. “His forte is more in classical guitar, but on electric guitar he’s still good.” The two are planning to team up again in New York for a duet on Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.” Moby says, “It luckily only has three chords.”

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