Moby On Having Been Asked To DJ At Trump’s Inaugural Ball: I’ll Do It Only If You Pay Me With His Tax Returns

The Independent reports:

Moby, who a quick Google would have shown has previously described President-elect Donald Trump as an “actual psychopath”, has been asked to DJ at one of Trump’s inauguration balls. Unlike every other artist Trump’s people have approached about performing at the 20 January event, Moby did say he would actually play…but only if Trump makes his tax returns public as payment. “Hahahahaha, I was just asked by a booking agent if I would consider djing at one of the inaugural balls for #trump…,” Moby wrote on Instagram. “Hahahahaha, wait, Hahahaha, really? I guess I’d DJ at an inaugural ball if as payment #trump released his tax returns… So #trump what do you think, I DJ for you and you release your tax returns?”

Over at Billboard, Moby has posted his would-be inaugural playlist. Track one is Public Enemy’s Fight The Power.


  • Gustav2

    “…who a quick Google would have shown has previously described President-elect Donald Trump as an “actual psychopath”

    Damn, don’t the Russians have Google? 😉

    • edrex

      they have Gogol.

      • IamM

        Dead Souls.

      • Acronym Jim

        And Gulag.

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        I want a search engine called Kafka. I think the times call for it.

        • Boy Elvis

          These days, any average Google search is far more surreal than Kafka’s wildest dreams.

      • MattPS

        And Tstarbuck’s…

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    • Rex

      Natashia is typing as fast as she can.

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        Moose is getting a perm.

      • Blake Mason

        And Boris is grabbing her kitty.

    • m_lp_ql_m

      Don’t be surprised if one day, all Google searches only return pro-Trump results.

      • AW

        That’s the day that Bing will finally be relevant!

        • sni

          LOL. Bing: The search engine used only by people who are temporarily tricked into using it.

          • m_lp_ql_m

            And they just return repackaged Google search results anyway.

        • m_lp_ql_m

          Um… I hate to break it to you, but I think Bing is already like that.

      • bambinoitaliano

        It’s the reason why “Is the moon real?” was one of the top search last year. When stupid people begin to flood the search engine, that’s where facts get diluted and dissolve in the cyber space. Those lies that spew by BLOTUS and his minions are polluting the internet where braindead individuals get their information.

      • Martin

        Like Trump’s Facebook page.

    • Martin

      The Trump Team probably uses Yandex search.

      • Gustav2

        Does that also work in Macedonia?

    • Todd Allis

      Да. https://www.google.ru/
      Doesn’t mean they use it properly.

  • Robincho

    Moby plus a Dick. That’d be a whale of an inaugural…

    • Martin

      Fun fact: Moby, real name Richard Melville, is a great, great, great nephew of Herman Melville, the author of Moby Dick.

    • Kruhn

      You know Melania must be dreading January 20th, cause she’s going to forced to put out for Fearless Leader.

  • Pollos Hermanos
  • bkmn

    And pay the contractors he and Ivanka are stiffing who did work on the DC hotel/post office.

  • JoeMyGod
    • Nausea

      People Have the Power – by Patti Smith. Play it loud…and frequently.

      • Snarkaholic

        It’s My Party And I’ll Lie If I Want To.

        • Todd20036

          How about “Jizz in My Pants” by the Lonely Hearts?

    • Paula

      Eve of Destruction by Barry McGuire.
      With that wonderful line that sums the trumpies up perfectly

      “Hate your next door neighbor but don’t forget to say grace.”

      • CanuckDon

        I love the song (certainly stirs up my emotions every time) and LOVE the fact that it went to number one on the Billboard pop chart in September 1965.

        You’re old enough to kill but not for voting
        You don’t believe in war
        But what’s that gun you’re toting…”

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntLsElbW9Xo

        The right-wing response record is laughable…”Dawn of Correction”…

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkGZKOgfOi4

      • Gerry Fisher

        Yes! A sprinkle of sugar on top of the manure pile.

    • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      their first dance should be “American idiot”

    • lymis

      Throw in some classics for the older folks. How about “Send in the Clowns?”

      • Oh hellz no! Life have to get much more terrible as to need to play “Send in the Clowns”

        • Paula

          Don’t bother they’re here

          • Gustav2

            LOL That one line of the song used to be a code for “Get me out of here!” for a group of friends in the 1970’s

          • swimboy

            My hubby’s code was always “John Denver,” as in “Take me home, country road.”

    • “Even the President of the United States must stand naked before the people sometimes!”

    • Lazycrockett

      Its nice see a Love & Rockets Shout Out.

    • Blackfork

      You forgot ‘Send in the Clowns’.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      99 Luftballons?

      • boatboy_srq

        Guyana Punch would fit better: all those Kool-Aid sippers in the same space…

    • boatboy_srq

      Brill.I.Ant.

    • Mr. Belvedere

      i would add
      R.E.M. – Its The End Of The World As We Know It

    • Mr. Belvedere

      I would also add
      Incubus – Megalomaniac
      https://youtu.be/MuZhnNR6vzc

    • kaydenpat

      R.E.M. “It’s the End of the World As We Know It”

    • Kruhn

      I think I’m going to play that list plus some Ru while driving these assholes on Inauguration Day. Gotta make a living.

    • RobynWatts

      A few other suggestions:

      Beck-“Loser”
      Henry Rollins-“Liar”
      Stealers Wheel-“Stuck In The Middle With You”

    • CanuckDon

      I guess FGTH’s “Two Tribes” can’t be on the list this time.

    • Todd20036

      Moby sure is aging well.

      • FAEN

        I’ve been a fan of his since 2000 abs man is he amazing in concert. But to your point-he is aging well.

        As a friend said to me earlier today regarding Dumpster’s people asking Moby to play at the inauguration-“they really live in some sort of parallel universe devoid of reality.”

        Ain’t that the truth.

    • Gerry Fisher

      I’d add “World Destruction” by Johnny Lydon and Afrika Bambaataa.” “The human race is becoming a dis-GRACE!”

  • The_Wretched

    Just as a matter of protecting your candidate, wouldn’t you do due diligence to find out if your musical artist is going to spike you or not?

    • lymis

      They didn’t do it for Vice Presidential nominees. Why do it for a DJ?

  • geoffalnutt

    How any artist could get anywhere near Trump and his ilk is beyond me. I’d say it’s about the money, but he doesn’t pay! That’s been proven…many, many times.

  • Rex

    Associating with Trump is career suicide.
    Every artist and celebrity knows this.
    He may not need their approval, but he damn sure wants it.

    • Lazycrockett

      That’s why Streep’s comments at the GG’s hurt him so much. The man is so desperate to belong to the elitist crowd his fans despise.

      • RoFaWh

        Remember, he’s a narcissist always desperate for applause, so getting jilted is maddening.

        It’s really funny that Drumpf’s parents were (allegedly) desperate to be admitted to NYC high society and so is the orange buffoon, their son. None of them have ever made the grade and none ever will.

    • lymis

      In the usual sense, yes, but if Moby actually pulled this off, he’d be a hero for life.

      • MattPS

        This. And then he’d die under mysterious circumstances.

    • Gustav2

      Trumpsters really think they are all that and a bag of chips. They must be shocked no one wants to be with them on their Night of Triumph.

      • Rex

        Well, yes, or a bag of Cheetos.

    • kaydenpat

      Nugent and Kid Rock. And I assume some Country Music stars. Better than nothing, I guess.

      • Kruhn

        Actually here are some of the links to the events and the entertainment… not good in the celebrity firepower.

        The Texas Ball at the Gaylord National Harbor http://www.texasblacktieandboots.com/entertainment/

        The so-called nearly sold out All American Inaugural Ball at the Hyatt Capitol Hill http://www.allamericanball.com/entertainment/
        .
        The Great American Ball at the MGM National Harbor http://www.greatamericanball.com/entertainment/

        Ga
        The Deploraball hasn’t posted anything for Entertainment

        The Inauguration Gala lineup… Rudy Guiliani, Sheriff Clarke, John Voight, Cowboy Troy and Big & Rich.

        Nothing on the lineup on the official balls. Trump is keeping it close to the vest. The only thing is that the Official Gala is at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

        • kaydenpat

          Sounds like so much fun. /s

    • Gustav2

      Could this be why?

      A new Quinnipiac poll finds 45% of American voters think Donald Trump will be a worse president than Barack Obama, while 34% say he will be a better president and 15% say he will be about the same.

      Voters disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president-elect, 51% to 37%.

      https://poll.qu.edu/national/release-detail?ReleaseID=2415

  • Mr. Belvedere

    Moby is a pioneer in music.
    His track “Go” changed everything in the early 90s.

    • MΩebym

      18 was my first real foray into electronic music. I still play that album sometimes.

  • ColdCountry

    Make sure those returns are released first! (Like that’s gonna happen.)

    • Todd20036

      Which is why Moby felt safe in asking for them.
      No way he wants to be amongst those tea baggers.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Time to install jukeboxes at ball venues

  • Oikos
  • boobert

    Those booking agents REALLY want that ambassadorship !

  • Sixfoursix

    Best thing about all this is that Trump keeps whining about how he doesn’t need A-list celebrities/musicians at his inauguration, but he is willing to have cover bands that will play those A-list celebrities’ music. Ironic.

    • m_lp_ql_m

      He saves money that way!

      • boobert

        He usually screws them by not paying anyway.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    They couldn’t even vet their prospective DJ to know he’s anti-Trump (hello google)…yet people are supposed to believe they’re capable of vetting cabinet selections, etc.

    New Confidence Level Achieved: Lower than the ninth circle of Hell.

    • MΩebym

      I’m beginning to wonder if they deliberately asked outspoken anti-Trump artists to perform, knowing what their reactions would be, and then used these occasions to whine publicly as a diversionary tactic.

      • zhera

        At least a few of those bastards are clever enough to do that. tRump is not. But he was never supposed to be the brains, anyway.

        • RoFaWh

          Whenever the orange buffoon makes a statement that is in good English with complete sentences and a vocabulary above the grade three level, you can be sure he’s just reading something written by one of his handlers.

      • Chucktech

        It’s as if they live to whine publicly as a diversionary tactic.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Oh, I suspect you’re spot on with that statement.

  • Rex

    Musical artists that oppose Trump should demand that none of their music is played.

    • RoFaWh

      Best done by getting an injunction in advance from a judge. Make sure that it in some manner implicates the orange horror himself so if the injunction is violated, he faces personal legal difficulties he can’t buy his way out of.

  • Lazycrockett

    Fight The Power has been on heavy rotation at casa lazy since November.

    • Cousin Bleh

      If anybody is due for a comeback in 2017, it’s Public Enemy.

  • zhera

    Q: How many balls are there?

    A: More than artists willing to perform. WAY more.

    • lymis

      More than there are in Congress.

      • zhera

        That doesn’t really say much…

  • Michael

    Go Moby!

    Moby is def a godfather of House – his song “Go!” was one of the first anthems to knock it out of the house scene and cause a ruckus on the dancefloor (ie, 1991/2-ish)

  • Rex

    I hear Kim Burrell has some free time now.

    • Lazycrockett

      but she’s black. pity.

      • Rex

        I could make a comment about White House housekeeping staff, but I won’t.

        • Lazycrockett

          Im sure 8 years ago the GOP did.

        • Gustav2

          They, as a group including their family members, have seen every fricking asshole we have had in the White House. THEY are part of the foundation that keeps this country going.

          Can you imagine seeing LBJ signing the Civil Rights Acts and still using the n-word.

        • JDS

          When Cheeto-lito won, you could see the looks on the faces of the Whitehouse staff.

      • Todd20036

        The tea baggers would seriously boo her. Hilarious that she probably wouldn’t feel safe with an audience of her “friends”.

      • Cousin Bleh

        One of the performers who has confirmed is black. He’s a “country rapper” named Cowboy Troy. Curiosity got the better of me, so I googled and watch one of his videos. It is hysterically bad.

        • Charlie

          Just checked out Cowboy Troy’s ‘Drink, Drank, Drunk’ on Utube…should fit right in for the DEPLORABALL! Totally awful….SAD

  • Blackfork

    Any bets on who or whether all get stiffed after playing the deporable ball?

  • Strong suggestion: get paid *first*, M.

    • kaydenpat

      Sounds like the only payment he wants is for Trump to release his taxes.

      • Yes. My point is that if Moby were smart (and he is), he would want Trump to release his tax returns prior to the performance, because Herr Drumpf has a habit of not paying his bills.

        • kaydenpat

          True.

  • zhera

    I would’ve done it. Whether at a ball or at the inauguration itself. Of course, I would NOT have signed any papers about keeping quiet about personal opinions or any such thing.

    If they’d allow it, I’d do it. And then, in the middle of a song, I’d give a nice little speech. (Obviously my microphone would be silenced withing 0.4 seconds, but if it’s at a ball it would be longer.)

    EDIT: I have serious spelling issues today. Please ignore.

  • Blackfork

    Ah the old Russian fashion show advertisement…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CaMUfxVJVQ

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      I never get tired of this. In fact, over the last two months it pops into my head almost every day.

  • Bomer

    He better have it his contract that they release the tax returns first.

    • RoFaWh

      And make sure the returns are certified by a notary as accurate copies.

  • boobert
  • kaydenpat

    Moby? They thought that Moby would play at anything celebrating Orange Bigot? Was the booker on drugs?

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Good for Moby. That’s so awesome.

    Also, what is so weird is Porcelain was stuck in my head all day yesterday and now this story shows up.

  • Tiger Quinn

    I know he’s a DJ, but it’s weird to ask him to DJ a party. Because of the Grammys and whatnot. But good for him – and of course the Trumpanzees are already claiming that Moby’s making it up for publicity.

  • Rockola404

    Trump kept playing The Rolling Stones – ‘ You can’t always get what you want’ at his rallies. I don’t remember reading anything about Jagger or Keith Richards saying anything about that

    • Friday

      Pretty sure they actually did. May depend on who actually owns the rights, though.

  • Dean

    I like a lot of what Moby would play. Here is what I came up with if it were me djing that shit show.
    1. I’m With Stupid – Pet Shop Boys
    2. We Don’t Need No Fascist Groove Thing – Heaven 17
    3. Gimme Shelter – The Sisters Of Mercy
    4. Russians – Sting
    5. Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now – The Smiths
    6. Another Brick In The Wall – Pink Floyd
    7. War – Edwyn Star
    8 Two Tribes – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
    9. Rip It Up And Start Again – Orange Juice
    10. Shit List – L7
    11. Fuck You – Lilly Allen
    12 Pills and Soap – THE IMPOSTOR
    13. The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum – Fun Boy Three
    14. Say It Loud I’m Black And I’m Proud – James Brown
    15, I’m Paying Taxes (What Am I Buying?) James Brown And The JBs (I think)
    16. Where Did We Go Wrong? – Diana Ross
    17. Requiem Pour Un Con – Serge Gainsbourg
    18. Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne
    19. Perfect Day – Lou Reed
    20. Scream Like A Baby – David Bowie

  • Dean

    Head Like A Hole – Nine Inch Nails
    Black Cellebration – Depeche Mode

  • Benjamin Spider

    As he also stated “Also I would probably play public enemy and stockhausen remixes to entertain the republicans”. I would also suggest some Rage Against the Machine.

  • Gregory Peterson
  • fuzzybits

    I love that little idiot. https://youtu.be/N_Qwo8sT9U0

  • KnownDonorDad

    Maybe he’ll be so distracted by the inauguration performers that he’ll just leave Francis Collins in place as director of the NIH. There have to be some silver linings here and there.

  • JCF
  • DonnaLee

    Gotta admit, I’ve never liked his music, but I like him even more as a person now!