Moby dated Lana Del Rey again when she was Lizzy Grant

Moby’s new memoir, Then It Fell Aside, is loaded with revelations about his peak-fame days surrounding the discharge of 1999’s Play. Amidst this period of residing the lifetime of a debaucherous mega-celebrity, there have been tales that vary from fascinating (like his friendship with David Bowie) to the disturbing (like that point he basically sexually assaulted Donald Trump on a drunken dare). The newest element to make headlines, nevertheless, falls someplace in between.

It seems that amongst his many sexual and romantic conquests throughout the early-mid-aughts, Moby discovered himself courting a pre-fame Lana Del Rey. In fact, again earlier than she was packaged and offered to us as a smokey dream-pop star, she was the platinum blonde pop-wannabe Lizzy Grant. That’s when Moby met her at a New York Metropolis bar at three:00 a.m. again in 2006.

On the time, Moby was 20 years LDR’s senior, and he or she had simply turned 21 (assuming, after all, their assembly occurred after her June birthday — in any other case, what was she doing in that bar?). Describing her as a “lovely elf,” Moby recollects kissing “Lizzie” (one among quite a few misspellings within the memoir) because the bar closed and welcoming her again to his place. “She’d smiled and stated no, she wouldn’t go dwelling with me after simply assembly me, however she would fortunately go on a date if I known as her and requested her out,” he writes.

(Learn: The 5 Most Revealing Moments in Moby’s Memoir Then It Fell Aside)

That date ended up occurring at Moby’s new Central Park West condominium, the place he proudly confirmed off his 5 balcony condominium. Throughout dinner, Del Rey revealed her musical aspirations, and Moby requested her to play him a track. When she requested if he had a piano, he directed her to the second ground, at which level this alternative interplay happened:

“Flooring in an condominium.” She shook her head. “Moby you recognize you’re the person.”

“Ha, thanks,” I stated.

“No, not like that. You’re a wealthy WASP from Connecticut and you reside in a five-level penthouse. You’re ‘The Man.’ As in, ‘stick it to The Man.’ As within the particular person they guillotine within the revolution.”

Not sure if he’d simply been insulted, he took it as a praise and defined he really grew up on welfare. Nonetheless, he led her to his piano and was impressed along with her “haunting” track and “darkish however robust” voice. Moby requested if she deliberate on making music beneath the identify Lizzie Grant, to which she responded “I don’t know. While you say it like that it sounds form of plain.”

May this be the place the seeds of Lana Del Rey had been planted? Regardless, the night time didn’t finish as Moby meant. The memoir continues,

“I believe it’s a pleasant identify.” I sat subsequent to her on the piano bench and began kissing her. She kissed me again — however then stopped.

“What’s improper?” I requested.

“I such as you. However I hear you do that with lots of people.”

I wished to lie, to inform her that I didn’t, that I used to be chaste, sane, and moral. However I stated nothing.

“I’d prefer to see you once more,” she stated.

“Me too.”

I walked her downstairs to the twenty-ninth ground and kissed her good night time on the financial institution of the elevators. This wasn’t how I imagined the night time ending. I’d assumed that we’d find yourself christening my new condominium with vodka and intercourse. However to my shock, this was virtually nicer.

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That gave the impression to be the top of their romantic story, as Moby clearly wasn’t prepared to surrender his partying methods simply but. In a while in Then It Fell Aside, Moby confirms Grant was certainly LDR when he reveals she sang backup for his side-project Little Demise: “Lizzie Grant, whom I’d tried relationship a few years in the past, was one among our unique backup singers, however she left the group to pursue her personal profession as Lana Del Rey.”

There’s even proof of Grant opening for Little Demise at NYC’s Mercury Lounge two years after she and Moby met (through Stereogum):

Lizzy Grant acting at Mercury Lounge, Manhattan, NY.
20 September 2008.

— Lana Del Rey Motel (@lanadelreymotel) Could 29, 2016

Ultimately, this budding relationship grew to become not more than an odd doable alternate historical past within the annals of New York Metropolis music historical past. There are many different gossipy tales you may examine in Then It Fell Aside, which is out now from Faber & Faber. Purchase your copy right here.

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