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Sheffield, United Kingdom (1995 – 2004, 2006 – 2006)

Moloko is a suspended Sheffield, UK, / band, founded by Mark Brydon (b. Sunderland, UK) and Róisín Murphy (b. Arklow, IE), in 1995. It débuted with Moloko EP (May 1995, Echo) / album Do You Like My Tight Sweater? (Sept 1995, Echo) and the latest studio album is Statues (Mar 2003, Echo).

They met at a Sheffield party, when Murphy had no prior professional singing experience. Meanwhile, Brydon had thirteen-year musical résumé, first with Chakk / Hula pioneering EBM (then, aka ). Subsequently, within dance music, he formed / produced / remixed / acts, e.g. producing Krush’s hit “House Arrest” (1987, FON) and his 1993 Cloud Nine project. Murphy approached Brydon with chat-up line “Do you like my tight sweater? See how it fits my body!” - hence their début album’s title. ‘Moloko’ originates from the Nadsat slang for “milk” (from the Russian, молоко), in Anthony Burgess novel “A Clockwork Orange”.

Recorded while the pair were dating, Do You Like My Tight Sweater? gained notice on underground dance and scenes, then more so with I Am Not a Doctor (Jul 1998, Echo). The later yielded Sing It Back (Mar 1999), which broke Moloko into the mainstream. Remixed by house producer Boris Dlugosch, Sing It Back (Boris Musical Mix) (Jul 1999), was a massive Ibiza hit and entered the top-five of 1999 weekly UK singles charts, helped by a psychedelic video featuring the attractive Murphy in a very short metallic flapper dress and cap.

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