Unlike most songs that were iconic of their times, this does not sound dated, despite very nearly pushing 20. That’s because Moby’s influence is still unabated. There were many musical trends in the 90’s, and while nu-metal and boy band pop are remembered as questionable novelties, electronica has grown into one of our most predominant genres. It’s no longer a niche within the culture. It is the culture. Nerds programming songs on their laptops rule the world now, and while purists (aka old people and pretentious adolescents) may cry that that’s not real musicianship, artists like Moby prove that a nerd with a laptop can become a significant cultural figure with an enduring body of work. Of course, that’s something pioneers like Brian Eno and Kraftwerk could have told you decades ago.


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