Moby Could Have Been In A Metal Band With Dimebag Darrell & Vinnie Paul

15 February 2023 | 12:48 pm | Mary Varvaris
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"I regret not starting this chaotic metal band with them..."

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Moby has revealed his desire to be in a metal band that could have been with Dimebag Darrell, Vinnie Paul, Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, and Björk while promoting his documentary film, Punk Rock Vegan Movie.

In a new interview on NME's Does Rock 'N' Roll Kill Braincells?! quiz, Moby was immediately asked whether he remembered the name of the band he tried to start with the Pantera legends and Tommy Lee.

"The Sober Fucks," he answered. "I’ve been sober for a while now, but this was a late-night, alcohol-fuelled idea between Pantera’s guitarist Dimebag Darrell, drummer Vinnie Paul, Tommy Lee and I.

"I regret not starting this chaotic metal band with them, which would have sounded like a cross between Pantera and my old punk group Flipper."

Then, NME checked if Moby tried to form a band with anyone else, to which he replied, "In the early ’90s, I was having brunch with Björk and said: ‘We should start a heavy metal band together.' She was very polite, but she had no idea what I was talking about!"

In December, Pantera played their first shows in 20 years with the band now comprising Phil Anselmo (vocals), bassist Rex Brown and new members Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society) on guitar and Anthrax's Charlie Benante on drums. 

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Filling the shoes of the Abbott brothers Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul is a tall order, but the current lineup honours the original groove-metal pioneers. Check out the performances here.

Last month, Aussie DJ Christian Benson, or as we know him, Luude, released Oh My, featuring UK singer Issey Cross and a sample of the Moby classic, Porcelain. "It's just one of those songs you’d never think you could even get the parts for. I really didn’t want to mess with it too much; the original strings are so clean and iconic - some tidy drums and a bit of low-end just gave it a fresh take to go with Issey’s amazing vocal," Luude told The Music.

Björk will make her return to Australia in March to exclusively premiere her magnificent Cornucopia show at the Perth Festival. 

Björk's performances at the Perth Festival will be based on her 2017 avant-garde album, Utopia, with a plethora of choirs of voices and flutes enveloped in an epic immersive multimedia experience. 

The tenth Björk album, Fossora, was released in September. The stunning work was led by the singles Atopos and Ovule, two extravagant songs with videos to match. 

Atopos, an apocalyptic dance song, sees Björk dance in a spectacular mushroom forest with her wish to "play the song loudly." On social media, she asked, "Because of the enormous importance of bass in this song, could you please play it loudly?" 

Lyrically the track finds her as cryptic as ever, featuring lines like "Pursuing the light too hard is a form of hiding" and "Our union is stronger than us / Hope is a muscle," while vocally, Björk still sounds like no other artist on earth.