The story of The Gorillaz is pretty interesting. In 2001 they sold over seven million copies with their first release and this was followed quickly by an entry into the The Guinness Book of World Records where they were crowned the most succesful virtual band. Yes, no human musicians, but cartoon characters created by Jamie Hewlett the co-creator of the comic book Tank Girl. He teamed up Daman Albarn from the group Blur and the alternative rock music of Gorillaz was born. Alt Rock mixed with britpop, hip-hop, and pop. They sure are a band of many influences. Today’s lyrics come from their first release in 2001 and the song Clint Eastwood which in itself is a mix of electronic, hip-hop, rock, everything.
Did you know: It peaked at #1 on the Norwegian Singles Chart
“Finally someone let me outta my cage
Now time for me is nothin’ cuz I’m countin’ no age
Nah, I couldn’t be there, now you shouldn’t be scared
I’m good at repairs (s’all simple), and I’m under your snare”
– Gorillaz, “Clint Eastwood,” off of their album Gorillaz
I do not usually listen to any form of rapping, but, it is very hard to deny these lyrics and this fantastic song
NME.com recently revealed the list of bands set to be featured in the new Guitar Hero game. Firstly, I cannot believe they are already up to 5. Personally, I was fine with beating most of one and then succumbing to the game’s toughness. Yet, five is set to be released in the fall and I thought I would let you know some highlights from the potential line-up set to appear in the new game. Also, conveniently, the song and lyric of the day will be off of this prestigious list.
Blink-182: This is pretty hilarious
Muse: Always a good choice for these games.
The White Stripes
Jimmy Eat World: Yes, they must put on “The Middle” so everyone can trip up on the words
Bob Dylan: Yeah, trip up on the words…
Gorillaz: Clint Eastwood would be pleased
Coldplay: So, they can plagerize guitar hero? Or simply plagerize the man below
Tom Petty: A musician is not a real artist until he copies Tom Petty in some way shape or form
Queens Of The Stone Age
David Bowie: This is an interesting choice but I agree. Probably not “Space Oddity” but i can dream.
Dire Straits: It has to be “Sultans of Swing,” and if it is I will buy the game for it
Johnny Cash: Similar to Bob Dylan. What!?!
The Derek Trucks Band: Finally some respect for this amazing blues band.
Rammstein: YES! “Du Hast” is a kick a** song. Must be put in.
My Morning Jacket
Santana: Good. Perfect fit always.
Bon Jovi: Has been in a lot of these games but has enough similar songs to maintain a good fit.
Queen & David Bowie: It cannot be more obvious what this is. “Under Pressure”
The Rolling Stones
Stevie Wonder: What and how? I mean great but what.
Iggy Pop: The king of punk.
Thin Lizzy: The boys are back in town alright.
King Crimson: One of my most favorite bands. I am interested to see how this fits.
Grand Funk Railroad
Today’s song of the day is brought to you by the original blue-collar rocker. A man, who with his silver bullets, re-shaped blue-eyed soul into the heartland rock and roll we now know. His timeless classic, “Old Time Rock and Roll,” continues to crowd radio airwaves. He is the one and only Bob Seger.
From the wide collection of music written and sung in Seger’s raspy voice let us dig a little recently for today’s song. “Simplicity,” off of his last release “Face the Promise,” sees Seger delve into harder rock while singing about a subject that has made his music so loved over all of these years. Keep it simple. Seger longs for the basics, the oldies, the Little Richard and the Elvis Presley. He was inspired by this simple music time and he has carried this message throughout his entire career. What makes “Simplicity,” so interesting though is its pairing. Yes, the hard-rock guitar riff is simple and the saxophone lick is, as well, quite simple, but the song interestingly moves a little away from normal simplicity. Seger’s niche is more along the lines of heartland rock. Yet, even though the song approaches hard-rock his grunts by the end of the song truly bring back that simpler feel and demonstrate to the listeners that Bob Seger really has not changed much. And, that is a good thing.
Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieIn1qFd9uU
Well everyone it is Saturday and that just means it is time to go back in time for our Lyric of The Day.
“I cant wait until I maybe
Get off work and see my baby
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, seven day weekend.”
- Gary U.S. Bonds, the #27 single in 1962
47 years later the entire U.S agrees with you and your plea. What we would give for a seven day weekend. Well, as of now it is Saturday and we finally have our weekend and a golden oldie to go check out to celebrate the weekend.
The time now is 12:19 a.m. The lyrics are simple for today.
“After midnight, were gonna let it all hang down.
After midnight, were gonna chug-a-lug and shout”
– Eric Clapton, “After Midnight,” off of the the eponymous debut solo album debut for Eric Clapton.
Did You Know: The song was not written by Clapton, but by J.J Cale who has also written such Clapton classics like Cocaine. A little fun fact. Clapton re-recorded the song in 1987 for use in a Michelob beer commerical.