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Gorillaz
Studio album by Gorillaz
Released 26 March 2001
Recorded 1 December 1998–2000
Genre Alternative Rock, Alternative Hip Hop, Trip Hop, Electronica, Dub
Length 73:55
Label Parlophone, Virgin
Producer Tom Girling, Jason Cox, Dan the Automator, Gorillaz
Professional reviews
Gorillaz chronology
Gorillaz
(2001)
Demon Days
(2005)

Gorillaz is the debut album by the British band Gorillaz, released in March 2001. It includes the singles "Clint Eastwood", "19-2000", "Rock the House" and "Tomorrow Comes Today". The album reached #3 in the UK, and was an unexpected hit in the U.S., hitting #14 and selling over seven million copies worldwide.

Contents

Album information

Throughout the album the band experiments with many combinations of genres, including hip-hop, rock, Latin, punk, dub, acid, and reggae. Gorillaz was released as an Enhanced CD that included a short movie.

In 2004, the album was packaged with 2002's Laika Come Home in a limited edition box set as part of EMI's "2CD Originals" collection. The beginning of the song "M1 A1" features a successive sound clip from the movie Day of the Dead. The song "Slow Country" features a sample from The Specials' 1981 single "Ghost Town". A sampled loop from "In the Hall of the Mountain Queen" by Raymond Scott is repeated throughout the song "Man Research (Clapper)." The song's title is a nod to Raymond Scott's Manhattan Research, Inc.

Reception

  • Rolling Stone (6/21/01, p. 78) – 3 stars out of 5 - "A playful piece of genre-squishing art pop. Inspired by the punky reggae parties of Sandinista!-era Clash....running with anything-goes avant-aesthetic."
  • Spin (1/02, p. 76) - Ranked #6 in Spin's "Albums of the Year 2001."
  • Spin (6/01, p. 148) – 7 out of 10 -"A multiculti grasp of the sweetest kind....Easy on the ears because they know the difference between calling people up and casting them."
  • Q magazine (5/01, p. 115) – 4 stars out of 5 - "With its creepily urban feel, and innocent, nursery-rhyme quality of the melodies, Gorillaz couldn't be further from a self-consciously arch 'art' supergroup."
  • Alternative Press (2/02, p. 65) - Ranked #15 in AP's "25 Best Albums of 2001."
  • Alternative Press (7/01, p. 68) – 8 out of 10 -"Brilliant"
  • Magnet (6-7/01, pp. 89–90) - "Nothing short of sheer musical buggery."
  • Muzik (5/01, p. 66) – 5 out of 5 - "Genre-splicing, sample-collaging, spliffed-out hip hop...standing head and shoulders over anything Blur have ever achieved...and even overshadows much of Dan The Automator's recent output."
  • Mojo (4/01, p. 98) - "A funky...meld of dub, reggae, hip hop, world music, pop and thrash punk....Electric, upbeat, and actually very good."
  • NME (12/29/01, p. 59) - Ranked #48 in NME's 50 "Albums Of the Year 2001".
  • Included in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
  • Gorillaz placed on Slant Magazine's list of best albums of the 2000s at number 96.[1]

Track listing

  1. "Re-Hash" (feat. Miho Hatori) – 3:38
  2. "5/4" – 2:41
  3. "Tomorrow Comes Today" – 3:13
  4. "New Genious (Brother)" – 3:57
  5. "Clint Eastwood" (feat. Del tha Funkee Homosapien) – 5:41
  6. "Man Research (Clapper)" – 4:29
  7. "Punk" – 1:36
  8. "Sound Check (Gravity)" – 4:40
  9. "Double Bass" – 4:44
  10. "Rock the House" (feat. Del tha Funkee Homosapien) – 4:09
  11. "19-2000" (feat. Miho Hatori and Tina Weymouth) – 3:27
  12. "Latin Simone (¿Qué Pasa Contigo?)" (feat. Ibrahim Ferrer) – 3:36
  13. "Starshine" – 3:31
  14. "Slow Country" – 3:35
  15. "M1 A1" – 3:55 (10:40 inc spacing/hidden track)

The Korean edition includes, within its enchanced content, the promotional video for Rock The House. Many versions alternate between containing the "Qué Pasa Contigo" version of Latin Simone or the original (with Damon Albarn).

Singles and EPs

  • "Tomorrow Comes Today" (EP) released before the album was released, a promo video was also released.
  • "Clint Eastwood" was the first single from the album. It was released on 4 March 2001, just a few weeks before the album and peaked at #4 in the UK and #57 in the United States.
  • "19-2000" was the second single, released in June 2001. Peaked at #6 in the UK charts.
  • "Rock the House" was the third single, released in October 2001. Peaked at #18 in the UK charts.
  • "Tomorrow Comes Today" was the fourth and final single from the album, released almost a year after the album, in February 2002. It peaked at #33 in the UK charts. A DVD, a white-label and a CD-single were released. Prior to the release of Gorillaz, "Tomorrow Comes Today" had been released as an EP on 27 November 2000.
  • As stated in Gorillaz: Rise of the Ogre, "5/4" was repeatedly considered for a single and video, but was edged out by "19-2000" and "Rock the House".

Personnel

Fictional

Real-life

References

  1. ^ Schrodt, Paul. "Best of the Aughts: Albums". Slant Magazine. http://www.slantmagazine.com/music/feature/best-of-the-aughts-albums/215. Retrieved February 10, 2010. 

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