Awesome Music / Gorillaz
- When "Clint Eastwood" first came out in the US, you couldn't go anywhere without hearing it or, to a lesser extent, "19-2000". Oddly enough, the Soulchild Remix of "19-2000" gets more airtime than the original, even being referred to as the original on radio stations!
- "5/4". SHE TURNED MY DAD ONNNNNN.
- "Man Research (Clapper)" — "This is a breakfast club!"
- "Sound Check (Gravity)" — Epic enough already... and then those violins come in...
- "Punk" is one minute and thirty-six seconds of highly concentrated win. The Spacemonkeyz remix takes that win and turns it into a reggae song. Exactly as awesome as it sounds.
- "M1 A1" is Gorillaz in full throttle band. It starts slowly and scary, and it builds onto an awesome rock soundtrack. It feels like old school blur, or even old school alternative rock.
- "Tomorrow Comes Today". Quite possibly the earliest Gorillaz song, and still one of the best.
- "Rock The House". It's like "Dare"'s Spiritual Predecessor.
- Has a ton of this: notably, "Superfast Jellyfish", "Sweepstakes", and "Some Kind of Nature".
- Bobby Womack in "Stylo" definitely deserves a spot on this list. Hell, the whole song.
- "Rhinestone Eyes" is looking to claim a spot as well.
- "On Melancholy Hill" is one of the most beautiful, lingering, and raw songs in recent memory. And it's even better live.
- "White Flag" is even more amazing played live, where Damon comes out at the end waving a giant white flag. Cue the audience going nuts.
- "Empire Ants" is incredibly beautiful, as is "To Binge".
- Broken is a very beautiful track as well.
- "Cloud of Unknowing". If it can make Murdoc tear up, you know it's powerful. When it's played live, it's even more heartbreaking and awestriking.
- "Glitter Freeze" is purely instrumental save samples, with some absolutely wild synths.
- The title track, "Plastic Beach", doesn't get enough love: It's automated computer speech, it's a Casio on a plastic beach...
- Even the first song, "Welcome To The World Of The Plastic Beach", featuring a very chill Snoop Dogg slowly rapping over an even slower brass band track. Hell, when paired with the orchestral intro, the pair pretty much serve as the perfect sign of what's to come on the CD.
- From D-Sides: "Rockit", a song in which about half of the lyrics are blahs.
- Also from D-Sides: "Stop the Dams". Incredibly beautiful, peaceful, nostalgic, and hopeful...
- "Doncamatic". Some would rather forget this song was ever recorded.
- "Murdoc is God" is, as Murdoc put it, "One chord and the truth."
- "DoYaThing", recorded for the promotion of a line of Gorillaz-themed Converse sneakers and featuring Andre 3000 from Outkast and James Murphy from LCD Soundsystem, is all kinds of crazy awesome. The full 13 minute version features an extended outro reminiscent of LCD Soundsystem, or some older Gorillaz tracks like White Light, Glitter Freeze, or Punk, accompanied by Andre screaming and wailing about how he's "the shit" over and over. And that entire bit was IMPROVISED. Amazing.
- Hong Kong has been a really underrated track, with its surprisingly peaceful, almost zen-like use of violins and beautiful guzheng accompaniment. Watch it here live.
Aw, what the hell, it would probably be easier just to say that everything
ever put out by Gorillaz counts as Awesome Music