Thank you to Jim Adams, who hosts Song Lyric Sunday, and gives us the chance to share lots of favourite, and some not so familiar, songs.
The theme for this week is Freeze/Cold/Ice
If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.
I’ve previously shared songs on SLS where I couldn’t find the lyrics. Never before have I offered a song by a group that doesn’t exist!
Well, there’s a first time for everything because Gorillaz are a British virtual band created in 1998 by musician Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett. The band primarily consists of four animated members: 2-D(lead vocals, keyboards, melodica), Murdoc Niccals (bass guitar), Noodle (guitars, occasionally keyboards and vocals), and Russel Hobbs (drums and percussion). Their fictional universe is explored through music videos, interviews, and other short cartoons. In reality, Albarn is the only permanent musical contributor, and often collaborates with other musicians.
In March 2001, Gorillaz played their first show at the Scala in London before embarking on a UK tour later that summer, with one date in Paris and two in Japan. During this tour the live band played behind a giant projector screen which covered the whole stage, on which was projected various visuals and images created by Hewlett. After taking a short break over the holidays, the tour resumed with a North American leg in February 2002
The song I’ve chosen, released in 2010, features Mark E. Smith of the Fall, and includes some Morse code at the beginning. After Mark asks “Where’s North from ‘ere”, the code answers “ Plastic Beach” which is the name of the album.
Apparently, Mark wanted to do his part facing north and asked ‘Where’s North from ‘ere?’ They left the words in!
Like ‘Punk’ on the first album, and ‘White Light’ on ‘Demon Days’, this is the album’s rawkus section of chaos. Every album’s got to have one.“ – band member Murdoc Niccals in an interview with NME
The song is Glitter Freeze – I hope you enjoy it.
There are very few lyrics, and, unless you want to analyse them in detail, they probably are purely incidental.
[Intro : Mark E. Smith]
Where’s North from here?
[Morse code for Plastic Beach]
[Interlude : Mark E. Smith]
The glitter freeze
You wouldn’t credit
Or believe this
Aha ha ha
Ship him far!
Here are a couple of alternative recordings:
Live at Glastonbury 2010
An alternative version