We Are All Made of Stars / Moby / Joseph Kahn / 2002
When I first moved to Los Angeles in 1995, I felt like an astronaut in an alien world - a world both glossy and inexplicably filthy. Sunset Boulevard during the day felt odd with it's unlit neon signs and at night lined with hookers. Occasionally a famous person popped out randomly shopping in a grocery store or getting a car wash. This video is my approximation of that feeling. By the time this video was shot, the dirty Hollywood I saw was already starting to get cleaned up, and number of things shot in this video no longer exist (Jons, the Del Taco on Santa Monica, Gary Coleman).
This was my second video for Moby, the first being "Southside." Both videos were pretty much improvised without a shotlist or storyboard. On this one, I ran around Hollywood for seven days calling up friends who may have known any of these stars, making it up as I went. ➡︎
It’s a nice little New Wave song, and sort of a double-entendre. On one level, it’s uplifting and romantic, but it’s also my little take on quantum physics. I’m such a sci-fi geek. On a literal level, it’s about how we are all made of stars. Ninety-eight percent of the matter in the universe is comprised of hydrogen and helium and the other two percent are the elements of the periodic table—carbon, nitrogen, etcetera. But it’s all from the furnaces of the stars. I wrote that song last August, and I had spent the month or two before that just fine-tuning the rest of the songs for the album. One night I thought, “I’m going to take a break from fine-tuning and just write some music, because writing music is fun. And the inspiration was—you know the Blur song “Girls and Boys”? I wanted to write a sort of lighthearted New Wave song in that vain. ➡︎
▶︎ Making of... We are all made of stars (Moby)