WHT... Moloko

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Moloko, made up of Mark Bry­don and Róisín Mur­phy, first shot to fame in 1995 with their de­but al­bum Do You Like My Tight Sweater? and toured with Pulp fol­low­ing the re­lease of their sin­gle Where Is the What if the What Is in Why? Their most fa­mous song has to be 2000 smash The Time Is Now.

In 2003, Mark and Róisín, who were in a re­la­tion­ship at the time, re­leased the al­bum Stat­ues. But af­ter tour­ing, this was to be their last.

Af­ter the band

In 2004, Róisín, now 44, recorded her first of­fi­cial solo ma­te­rial. But her record la­bel, Echo, strug­gled to find any ma­te­rial that would be wor­thy of a sin­gle. Stick­ing to her guns, Róisín said she wanted her mu­sic to be as ‘pure as pos­si­ble’ and the la­bel came to sup­port her in the end.

Speak­ing of her solo ca­reer she said, ‘I’ve changed since Moloko. I’m not afraid to make de­mands of peo­ple, to work hard and ex­pect the best.’

In 2005, she re­leased her de­but al­bum Ruby Blue, but it was a com­mer­cial fail­ure.

Mean­while, Mark con­cen­trated on re-mix­ing un­der the alias of DJ Plank­ton.

Turn­ing point

In 2006, Róisín signed with EMI and an­nounced that she was work­ing on her third stu­dio solo al­bum. Two years later she did a cover of Bryan Ferry’s song Slave To Love, which fea­tured in a Gucci ad cam­paign. Speak­ing of her third al­bum Róisín said, ‘I don’t think I’ve ever felt this close to ful­fill­ment in any of my cre­ative en­deav­ours.’

Fam­ily point

Róisín has a daugh­ter called Clodagh with mu­sic video di­rec­tor Si­mon Hen­wood, who has also worked with the likes of Kanye West and Ri­hanna.

Speak­ing about their split in 2015 she said, ‘I’ve a lit­tle girl, who is five, but un­for­tu­nately I split with her fa­ther. Luck­ily, I fell in love all over again with an Ital­ian called Se­bas­tiano Prop­erzi. I had a boy (Tadhg), who is two now. The four of us live all to­gether in quite a reg­u­lar way. Some­times, we don’t do any­thing apart from eat and think about food. This tends to hap­pen quite a bit when you live with an Ital­ian.’ Sounds all right to us…

Róisín was al­ways a fan of quirky cos­tumes

Band­mates Róisín Mur­phy and Mark Bry­don in 1996

With part­ner Se­bas­tiano Prop­erzi in 2015

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