Moby Tried to Start Metal Bands with Dimebag Darrell, Tommy Lee, and Björk

Publish Date
Wednesday, 15 February 2023, 8:46AM

Moby might be best known for his pioneering electronic music, but he’s also fond of heavy metal.

In fact, he once tried to form a supergroup with Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee and Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul. Dubbed “The Sober Fucks,” the drunkenly-conceived idea never got off the ground.

“I’ve been sober for a while now,” Moby told NME, “but this was a late-night, alcohol-fueled 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.”

He had previously recounted the formation of the faux band in a 2008 feature in Classic Rock magazine: “At some point, about four in the morning [after a night of partying], Darrell, Tommy and I — in our completely devastated state — decided to form a band. We just thought that was the best idea anyone had ever had. Of course, nothing came of that — except a hangover that lasted for days.”

In the new NME interview, Moby revealed that It wasn’t the first time he tried to start a hypothetical metal supergroup. In the early ’90s, he went in a far more unlikely direction, attempting to recruit avant icon Björk.

“In the early ’90s, I was having brunch with Björk and said: ‘We should start a heavy metal band together,’” Moby revealed. “She was very polite, but she had no idea what I was talking about! It was so far outside of her realm of consideration that it didn’t even register!”

That’s too bad. Björk fronting a metal band is highly intriguing, and she’s an adventurous enough artist to approach it un-ironically. We certainly can’t fault Moby for trying.

This article was first published on by Jon Hadusek


Take your Radio, Podcasts and Music with you