This is another female/male duo whose songs I have enjoyed to the point where I might do a detailed single-by-single look back at their career eventually, but for now I’ll concentrate on the moment when they suddenly, but rather deservedly, hit the big time. Moloko formed in the mid-90s, consisting of Mark Brydon (who had already worked with various dance groups going back to the 80s), and singer Roisin Murphy.
Their first album “Do You Like My Tight Sweater?” was released in 1995, but that wasn’t a hit. In February 1996, “Dominoid” became their first hit single, although it was a rather minor one. It was in May 1996 when they made the Top 40 for the first time with “Fun For Me”. The next hit “The Flipside” wouldn’t be until two years later in 1998, but this missed the Top 40 too. In September 1998 second album “I Am Not A Doctor” was a minor hit.
Then in March 1999, “Sing It Back” was released, and this reached no. 45. There must’ve been some frustration that this wasn’t a big hit, this deserved more. But then in September 1999, this one was given a second chance when there was a remix by Boris Dlugosch, which reached no. 4, at last they had made the Top Ten. Even the group themselves seemed shocked by the transformation of this into a classic, and were satisfied with their success.
I know that it is something of a cliché, but this was a terrific song that seemed to be all over the place and really did enhance the summer for many people. The video was also very frequently on MTV, and I was always pleased when this came on, and it was around this time that I began to realise what the phrase “heavy rotation” meant. I’ll always remember those days.
It seemed to me that Roisin had finally become a pop star with a level of fame that she had long deserved, which was pleasing. After this, Moloko went on to have more chart success in the early-2000s, with some more great songs that made the Top Ten, and in more recent years Roisin has gone on to release some albums that capture her typically quirky and enjoyable style.