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"Sing It Back" is a song written and performed by Moloko (Róisín Murphy and Mark Brydon). It first appeared in its original version on Moloko's second album, I Am Not a Doctor; it was released as a single on 15 March 1998, reaching number 45 on the UK Singles Chart. The song experienced chart success after it was remixed by DJ Boris Dlugosch, peaking at number four in the UK in August 1998. Murphy had started writing the lyrics while clubbing in New York City,[3] and knew the song was at heart a dance track, but the group wanted to record it in a different artistic fashion for its album version.

"Sing It Back (Boris Musical Mix)"
Moloko singitback.jpg
Single by Moloko
from the album I Am Not a Doctor
Released15 March 1998[1]
FormatCD single
GenreHouse[2]
Length
  • 4:40 (single version)
  • 4:23 (album version)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Moloko and remix production by Boris Dlugosch
Moloko singles chronology
"The Flipside"
(1998)
"Sing It Back (Boris Musical Mix)"
(1998)
"The Time Is Now"
(2000)
Music video
"Sing It Back" on YouTube
Audio sample
Moloko – "Sing It Back" (single version)

Together with their record company they had commissioned mixes by Todd Terry (who had turned Everything But the Girl's "Missing" into an international club anthem). Moloko were not satisfied with the Terry mix and had to convince their label Echo Records to put out the Boris D. version instead. The remixed version was eventually featured on over 100 compilations, and was later added on Moloko's third album, Things to Make and Do, after hitting the top ten on the UK Singles Chart. In 1999 it reached number one on the US dance chart. As a form of barter for the remix, Moloko vocalist Róisín Murphy later co-wrote and appeared on Boris D.'s "Never Enough" single, starring in the video for that release as well.

Contents

Music videoEdit

The music video features Moloko vocalist Róisín Murphy dancing alone in a metallic flapper dress, accompanied by psychedelic lighting effects. The video was directed by Dawn Shadforth. The video is featured on the DVD of Moloko's special edition for the Statues album. Several live videos exist as well, including one in the group's live concert movie 11,000 Clicks, a similar concert version from the Dutch Pinkpop broadcast, a televised version from the TV show Later... with Jools Holland, and a samba version featured on MTV Brasil.

The single has sold 500,000 copies and was featured on over 100 compilations. [4]

Track ListingsEdit

UK CD1
  1. "Sing It Back (Tee's Radio)" – 3:25
  2. "Sing It Back (Booker T Loco Mix)" – 5:22
  3. "Sing It Back (DJ Plankton's Dub)" – 8:32
UK CD2
  1. "Sing It Back (Boris Musical Mix Edit)" – 4:38
  2. "Sing It Back (Herbert's Tasteful Dub)" – 5:38
  3. "Sing It Back (Tee's Freeze Mix)" – 9:02

RemixesEdit

CoversEdit

  • In 2012 Andy Caldwell and Michael Teixeira collaborated on a cover, featuring vocals by Lisa Donnelly.[5]
  • In 2015 the Swingrowers released an Electro Swing cover of the original. [6]
  • In 2015 DJ/producer Ash collaborated with vocalist Naila on a remix/cover of the original song.
  • In 2016 Deepside Deejays & D. Damsa record remix/cover Sing It Back.
  • In December 2017, Pete Tong released a version, featuring Becky Hill, on his album Ibiza Classics.[7]

ChartsEdit

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[8] 20
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[9] 31
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[10] 26
Brazil (ABPD)[11] 27
Canada Dance (RPM)[12] 2
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[13] 15
France (SNEP)[14] 35
Germany (Official German Charts)[15] 47
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40)[16] 28
Ireland (IRMA)[17] 12
Italy (FIMI)[18] 35
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[19] 11
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[20] 24
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[21] 27
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[22] 5
Spain (AFYVE)[23] 5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[24] 50
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[25] 18
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[26] 4
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[27] 1
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[28] 1

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sing It Back". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  2. ^ "I Am Not a Doctor - Moloko - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  3. ^ "everyHit.com Note". everyhit.com. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  4. ^ http://www.laweekly.com/music/sincerely-excessive-2136310
  5. ^ "Uno Recordings: Music". Archived from the original on 26 November 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ "Sing it Back (Swingrowers Remix)". testicanzoni. MTV. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  7. ^ {{youtube|ydOAGxiFvnI|Pete Tong - Sing It Back Feat. Becky Hill (Official Audio)}}
  8. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Moloko – Sing It Back". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Moloko – Sing It Back" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Moloko – Sing It Back" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  11. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  12. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". www.collectionscanada.gc.ca. Archived from the original on 27 August 2017. Retrieved 26 August 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  13. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 26 June 2018. Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  14. ^ "Lescharts.com – Moloko – Sing It Back" (in French). Les classement single.
  15. ^ "Musicline.de – Moloko Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  16. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (NR. 339 Vikuna 2.8. - 9.9. 1999)" (PDF) (in Icelandic). Dagblaðið Vísir. Retrieved 13 July 2018. Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  17. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Sing It Back". Irish Singles Chart.
  18. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Moloko – Sing It Back". Top Digital Download.
  19. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Moloko" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  20. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Moloko – Sing It Back" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  21. ^ "Charts.nz – Moloko – Sing It Back". Top 40 Singles.
  22. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  23. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 8480486392.
  24. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Moloko – Sing It Back". Singles Top 100.
  25. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Moloko – Sing It Back". Swiss Singles Chart.
  26. ^ "Moloko: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  27. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40". officialcharts.com.
  28. ^ "Moloko Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard.

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