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"El Mañana"
Single by Gorillaz
from the album Demon Days
A-side "Kids with Guns"
B-side "Stop the Dams"
Released April 10, 2006 (UK)
April 11, 2006 (US)
Format 7", CD, Maxi-CD, DVD
Recorded 2004
Genre Electronica, Trip Hop
Length 3:50
Label Parlophone
Producer Gorillaz, Danger Mouse, Jason Cox, James Dring
Gorillaz singles chronology
"Dirty Harry"
"Kids with Guns" / "El Mañana"

"El Mañana" is a song from the Gorillaz's second album, Demon Days. It was released as a single on April 10, 2006 in the UK as double A-side with "Kids With Guns" as the fourth and final single from the album. Unlike its Top 10 predecessors from Demon Days, "Kids with Guns"/"El Mañana" reached #27 upon its release in the UK.



"El Mañana" (Spanish for "Tomorrow" or "The Morning"). In early August 2005, the winner of the "Search for a Star" competition was announced to collaborate with Gorillaz on this single. In early November 2005, Gorillaz's co-creator Jamie Hewlett announced the release of "El Mañana" as the fourth single to be taken from the album. This video was also used in Blue Man Group's "How to be a Megastar" tour in Grand Rapids at Van Andel Arena; however, a different song was used.

Music video

"El Mañana" was a full-budget video from Passion Pictures, directed by Jamie Hewlett and Pete Candeland. According to, the video was to be released March 11, 2006. The video is a continuation of the Feel Good Inc. video. Noodle is floating along peacefully in the sunshine on her floating island. Suddenly the two helicopters finally catch up to the island and begin to fire upon Noodle with machine guns. As Noodle flees into the windmill, the helicopters smash into the sails and destroy them. When Noodle comes out of the windmill, the windmill is now in flames from the onslaught of the attacking helicopters. The helicopter pilots see her and start to attack again,and she is forced back inside the windmill. The stricken island then starts to lose altitude and falls down into a canyon. Then one of the two helicopters drops a bomb and they fly off.



Many themes seem to be displayed throughout the video. Two of such themes are the struggle between childhood innocence and adulthood war, as well as the idea that when kept in a paradise too long, one would rather stay in that paradise as it goes up in flames rather than move on. Also, the turning of the windmill may symbolize the ticking of a clock, more so as the clock of life or something similar. As 2-D said in Feel Good Inc., "It is sinking, falling down."

Some of the themes, which are continued from the "Feel Good Inc." video, are once again the "dumbing down" of mass culture and how mental freedom can be destroyed by a "corporation". This is shown when the floating island (mental freedom) is destroyed by the helicopters (media/"Corporation"). With Noodle on the island when being attacked, another theme is how children are being desensitized by images of violence and war. This particular theme can also be heard in the song and seen in the music video for "Dirty Harry."

The video also seems to reflect Damon Albarn’s views against war. The windmill burning not unlike an oil well and the helicopters, that are similar to the Comanche helicopters, can be interpreted as a reference to the War in Iraq. The attack on Noodle and the island itself seems to be a comment on the targeting of innocent by-standers in times of war and that war destroys all things that are peaceful in the world. Finally, in the end, the dropping of the bomb onto Noodle, who is Japanese, can be interpreted as a reference to The Bombing of Hiroshima, or nuclear weapons in general.

In addition, it is shown that the floating island seems to have the only green environment around, while the world below is only a barren land. With the floating island also representing nature and the helicopters representing industry, the theme of ecological destruction is also apparent, which 2-D hinted at in "Feel Good Inc", with the lyrics "Windmill, windmill, for the land...".

Noodle's Supposed "Death"

For a few weeks before the video release, a series of events had been taking place. First, at Kong Studios on the Gorillaz Website, boxes and other packing materials were seen in the lobby on Feb. 16th, 2006. A few weeks later, they were moved into Noodle's room. Subsequently, Noodle apparently began to pack the contents of her room into those boxes, and the windmill from the "Feel Good Inc." video was seen tethered to the balcony. After 7 March, as an intro before entering Kong Studios, a movie would play depicting the windmill flying away.

At Gorillaz website, Noodle's room is largely barren, although the links associated with her belongings are still accessible and Shaun Ryder's head (introduced in the music video for "DARE") is still hooked up behind the partition. As of 13 March, her room started to crack around the corners on the walls. Additionally, the "Armageddon clock" on the wall had appeared to have slowed down and had an additional fourth hand. The clock has fallen off the wall and a part of the ceiling has collapsed, revealing a corridor from both Noodle's room and the Map.

It was theorized that the events of the video are not merely staged because the helicopters change in appearance. In "Feel Good Inc." they are lighter, and seem to more closely resemble Bell 47Gs. In "El Mañana", they appear heavier and more armoured, seemingly modeled more like the Boeing-Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche and AH-64 Apache attack helicopters. This would seem to indicate that Noodle was pursued in the Feel Good Inc. video, stayed at Kong Studios, packed up, departed, and was then pursued by two different helicopters in the "El Mañana" video. (NOTICE: This Wikipedia article is mentioned in the Gorillaz "autobiography" Rise of the Ogre. The paragraph about the difference of helicopters is quoted, with Murdoc replying with, "Er... yeah. That sounds about right.")[citation needed]

According to the fictional history of the band, Noodle found that she was in fact a test subject in a secret government super soldier project.

The limited edition of Demon Days includes a DVD full of bonus features, including the "Feel Good Inc." video with audio commentary by the band members, confirming that "Feel Good Inc." was indeed staged.

Since the video was released, an interview with Damon Albarn by MTV[1] confirmed that Noodle had been "killed off", though he added that she "may return."

An official mailout was sent out that featured Noodle congratulating Jamie Hewlett for winning the Designer of the Year Award 2006. There had also been an interview with the Gorillaz in the Australian video music show Video Hits. Shortly after the video was released, Gorillaz also performed on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, with Noodle present. Another recent mailout (released on 6 June 2006) had reported that she was "missing."

Seven months after the video was released, the truth was revealed in the Gorillaz autobiography Rise of the Ogre. In it, Murdoc finally revealed that the "El Mañana" video was indeed "staged" and that Noodle is still "alive."

It turns out that the entire "El Mañana" conspiracy was calculated specifically to get rid of an enemy of the band: Little Jimmy Manson, a psychotic hippie turned industry exec who was set on sabotaging Gorillaz. Jimmy auditioned for Gorillaz a few years back, but was turned down after Noodle got the job. He held a grudge with Gorillaz ever since. Murdoc saw Jimmy's plan and decided to get rid of Jimmy before it was too late. Murdoc told Jimmy that he had a plan to "help him" to kill off one of the band members so that 1) Gorillaz would end with a bang and 2) Jimmy could start a new band with Murdoc. Noodle was to do the "El Mañana" video with Manson stowed away on the island and then, while the windmill was crashing around them, Jimmy would shoot the guitarist whilst taking the parachute for himself. However, Murdoc turned the tables on Jimmy by not only "forgetting" to leave the weapon aboard the island but by also locking him in the windmill; Jimmy supposedly died within the crash while Noodle parachuted to safety. His statement followed.

Murdoc stated that Noodle had been planning to leave after Demon Days. Murdoc, in order to run with his plan to off Jimmy, made a deal with Noodle: she could disappear for some R & R with no fuss if she did the video. As stated in Rise Of The Ogre, Noodle is in the Maldives "chilling out".

On 21 January, 2010, Murdoc had hijacked the NME Radio and Yahoo! Radio where he played a set of songs and further unveiled the premise of recording the new album, Plastic Beach, where it was revealed that Noodle's survival had been naturally retconned in that while the parachuting was confirmed, the band never saw her again after the recording of El Mañana and Murdoc's supposed rescue attempt was but a drunken delusion. As such Noodle became replaced by a cyborg replica built by Murdoc using her DNA found at the windmill wreckage and parts from Russell's drum machine in order to provide guitar for the new album. The status and location of the real Noodle is to date still unknown. Murdoc had also revealed that the helicopters that shot the windmill down were pirates and mercenaries that Murdoc had been selling bad weapons to in Mexico and that he was still on the run from them.


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