We Are All Made of Stars :: Moby
Directed by Joseph Kahn
We Are All Made of Stars is a song by Moby, released as the first single from his 2002 studio album 18. It was the most popular song on the album, reaching # 11 on the UK Singles Chart.
The song was also featured on the 2008 album Songs for Tibet an initiative to support Tibet, Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, and to underline the human rights situation in Tibet. The album was issued on August 5 via iTunes and on August 19 in music stores around the world.
The song was written in New York after the September 11 attacks to express a sense of hopefulness. Moby has stated that the song was inspired by the song Flowers from the album Today by the American alternative rock band Galaxie 500, as well as quantum physics in that “On a basic quantum level, all the matter in the universe is essentially made up of stardust.”
Some lyrics were taken from the trailer for film The Royal Tenenbaums.
The song’s music video points out the excesses of the typical “Hollywood” lifestyle, showing celebrities in seedy environments, while Moby, an outsider to that world, is portrayed as a spaceman. Both Moby and the celebrities lip-sync to the song. The atmosphere of the video was inspired by photographs by Philip-Lorca diCorcia. The theme and some of the imagery also derives from the 1968 film and novel, 2001: A Space Odyssey, particularly the Star Child motif (“We are all stars“) and Moby’s appearance throughout much of the film wearing a space suit.
Guest “stars” in the video read like potential contestants for the reality/competition show, Dancing with the Stars, include Kato Kaelin, Verne Troyer, Corey Feldman, Todd Bridges, Gary Coleman, J.C. Chasez, Dave Navarro, Sean Bean, Dominique Swain, Ron Jeremy, Thora Birch, Tommy Lee, Molly Sims, Ritchie Blackmore, Angelyne, The Toxic Avenger, Leelee Sobieski, Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D., and Robert Evans. The video won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards.
Editor’s Note: This is my favorite Moby song, one that often finds its way onto playlists and through my headphones, into my ears. I am fascinated with the song’s video due in part to the fact that I have been everywhere (minus the shots of stars backyards and bedrooms) in Los Angeles, and Hollywood, shown. Also, I am ever drawn to realistic portraits of what Los Angeles really is, the stories behind the city of angels, and the way it is all about beauty and decay – we are all made of darkness, and we are all made of stars.