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Mo’ Wax and the UK charts

Posted on February 11, 2015 by

Did you ever wonder how Mo’ Wax was positioned in the UK charts? I did, and here’s the answer in this boring post!

Mo' Wax and the UK charts

Recently, in a random discussion on the UNKLE 77 forums, there was a question about how well Deborah Anderson’s Lonely Without You sold in the UK, which made me wonder how well EVERY Mo’ Wax release sold. Legit question from a fan, isn’t it?

I know how important the charts are in the musical culture in the UK. Whereas here in France, even if we used to have the Top 50 in the 80s and 90s but nowadays, nobody cares about the charts anymore. They’ve always been full of crap anyway.

So, I’ve looked out each and every Mo’ Wax artists at www.officialcharts.com and, well, I was surprised to find out that there were more than I imagined that made it to the UK charts. OK, peak positions are not really high, and Deborah Anderson is not one of them, but I was absolutely not expecting to find Peshay here, and even less Innerzone Orchestra. The absence of Attica Blues was a bit disappointing, too.

Here’s the full list, sorted by singles and albums in chronological order. I’ve also included the UNKLE releases from the Never, Never, Land era, even though I’m still not sure I want to see them as real Mo’ Wax releases.

Singles

DateArtistTitlePeak #Weeks
25/03/1995DJ ShadowWhat Does Your Soul Look Like (MW027CD)591
16/03/1996DJ KrushMeiso (MW042CD)521
07/09/1996Dr. OctagonBlue Flowers (MW055CD)661
14/09/1996DJ ShadowMidnight In A Perfect World (MW057CD)541
28/09/1996Innerzone OrchestraBug In The Bassbin (MW049CD)681
12/10/1996DJ KrushOnly The Strong Survive(MW060CD)711
09/11/1996DJ ShadowStem (MW058CD)741
11/10/1997DJ ShadowHigh Noon (MW063CD)222
20/12/1997DJ ShadowCamel Bobsled Race (MW084CD)621
24/01/1998DJ ShadowWhat Does Your Soul Look Like remixes (MW087)541
28/02/1998Money MarkHand In Your Head (MW066CD)402
09/05/1998PeshayMiles From Home (MW092)751
06/06/1998Money MarkMaybe I’m Dead (MW089CD1)451
20/02/1999UNKLEBe There (MW108CD1)86
17/03/2001SouthPaint The Silence (MWR134CD)691
06/09/2003UNKLEEye For An Eye312
15/11/2003UNKLEIn A State442
27/11/2004UNKLEReign402

Albums

DateArtistTitlePeak #Weeks
21/01/1995UNKLEThe Time Has Come (MW028)731
09/09/1995Money MarkMark’s Keyboard Repair (MW034CD)352
11/11/1995DJ KrushMeiso (MW039CD)641
28/09/1996DJ ShadowEndtroducing (MW059CD)173
16/05/1998Money MarkPush The Button (MW090CD)174
05/09/1998UNKLEPsyence Fiction (MW085CD)49
04/10/2003UNKLENever, Never, Land49

Oh, and Rob Dougan’s Clubbed To Death reached #24 in 2002 on another record label, 7 years after the Mo’ Wax release!

7 thoughts on “Mo’ Wax and the UK charts

  • Matt says:

    This is more interesting than I thought, didn’t know this info was available.
    I remember being surprised at how well the Unkle stuff did.
    Got some old newspaper cuttings of the charts with some Mo’Wax stuff in them if you ever want scans.

    • I remember being in London when Psyence Fiction came out, and how they promo-ed it like crazy, so I’m not surprised for this one and the singles.
      As for the scans, yes that would make a good addition to the article, thanks!

  • stupidfish says:

    Giles Peterson played innerzone orchestra and peshay quite a lot on radio shows and obviously shadow which I think helped mowax score some chart results. Most surprised by money marks album….

  • Cool write up! hmmm, I now wonder which MW tracks charted here in the states. Probably not much, but I do remember hear Money Mark a few times in the late 90s.

    • Just checked at http://www.billboard.com (is this the right place?) and all I could find is DJ Shadow, UNKLE, Blackalicious. But the only ranked Mo’ Wax release was Psyence Fiction at #107
      There’s also Preemptive Strike at #118.
      No Money Mark, and obviously not Deborah Anderson ;)

  • Yeah, Billboard is what we have here. Perhaps I am thinking of hearing Money Mark on college radio, which has always been more eclectic than than mainstream. I would sometimes be a guest on my friends radio show and I recall us playing: Be There, The Number Song (Cut Chemist remix), Hardcore HipHop, Meiso (Shadow remix), Swan Lake, 40oz For Breakfast, and various songs from the Quannum Spectrum LP that had just come out.

  • steve says:

    PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: THIS IS NOT A BORING POST :) …THX

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