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Gorillaz — Demon Days
Album: Demon Days
Avg rating:
6.6

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Total ratings: 1632









Released: 2005
Length: 4:21
Plays (last 30 days): 1
In demon days, it's cold inside
You don't get nobody, people sigh
It's so bad, lasting far, but love yourself
Hiding in a hole in there
All the glasses are too big
Bring it back, got to hold it back
To let you do that yet you don't want me back
Before it fall down, falling down falling down
Falling out to go far from the sun

In these demon days it's so cold inside
So hard for a good soul to survive
You can't even trust the air you breathe
Cause Mother Earth wants us all to leave
When lies become reality
You numb yourself with drugs and TV
Pick yourself up it's a brand new day
So turn yourself round
Don't burn yourself, turn yourself
Turn yourself around into the sun!

In these demon days it's so cold inside
So hard for a good soul to survive
You can't even trust the air you breathe
Cause Mother Earth wants us all to leave
When lies become reality
You numb yourself with drugs and TV
Pick yourself up it's a brand new day
So turn yourself round
Don't burn yourself, turn yourself
Turn yourself around into the sun!

To the sun, to the sun...
To the sun, to the sun...
Comments (213)add comment
I thought this was Donna Summer's "State of Independence" with all the interest removed. IMO, of course.
weakest song on the album (imo of course)
great track off a brilliant album. I don't listen to it too often but every time I do I love it. Good work Bill. 
 Steely_D wrote:
After this should be Melanie's "Lay Down"

 
I could hear that too.
Bill?
Love this song. The lyrics are sad but strangely true. Very spiritual feel to the whole song. Solid 8 too !  
 drewd wrote:


 
Drewd, not only do you not have a window in your office, your keyboard seems to have disappeared too!
 Cynaera wrote:
Those guys on the cover - I want 'em on MY team when the end of the world comes.

 


Still amazed by his genius and originality
 FourFortyEight wrote:
This song fucking sucks.

 
Huh.  I disagree. Solid 8 from me.
this song is absolutely amazing.
This song fucking sucks.
Geez....give it a freakin' break!
Yawn...

After a terrible beginning, I thought it  might be going somewhere.  I was wrong.
This song reminds me of a 70's band called Dr. Music from Toronto.
 WonderLizard wrote:
Gorillaz - Demon Days
Broken Bells - Your Head Is On Fire

I'm continually amazed by both Danger Mouse's and Damon Albarn's uncanny command of rock idioms and their ability to quote them seamlessly in a new work. IMHO both "Your Head Is On Fire" and "Demon Days" are fine examples. One wonders what a collaboration between the two would produce.

 
Danger Mouse coproduced Demon Days.  Wonder no more!  :)
After this should be Melanie's "Lay Down"
{#Heartkiss}
 govna wrote:

HA!!

 
{#Cool}
 rdo wrote:
Every one in my church.....aw fuck it
 
HA!!
{#Ask}  huh? 

oaktreem wrote:
too reggae.

 


Every one in my church.....aw fuck it
 xkolibuul wrote:
Usually the listener comments bring out more negativity than warranted by a song's ranking, but it is the opposite here.  I would expect Demon Days to be ranked higher than 6.5.     

 
Hey, don't look at me. I rated it a 9.
Choir's voices deserve a special note.
too reggae.
 Propayne wrote:
me too.
 
me too.
 xkolibuul wrote:
Usually the listener comments bring out more negativity than warranted by a song's ranking, but it is the opposite here.  I would expect Demon Days to be ranked higher than 6.5.     
 
Indeed. I find this piece of music nothing short of a masterpiece and yet many here obviously think the opposite. 

Hey ho. . . Vive La Différence. 
 hippiechick wrote:
I totally dig this album.
 
me too.
I totally dig this album.
Usually the listener comments bring out more negativity than warranted by a song's ranking, but it is the opposite here.  I would expect Demon Days to be ranked higher than 6.5.     
Love that rich harmonic, wall-of-sound sound of Gospel choir vocals!  Gotta be where Phil Spector got the idea...
I bought that CD a while back.  TOTALLY creative and very unpredictable album.  Kind of a mash of 8 different styles.
The beginning of the song (before the gospel choir) is totally channelling Prince. In a good way!
woohoo!! thanks for this one today. i needed it.
very appealing

one minute bearable and then i knew it would be over soon.


This always puts me in mind of The Friends of Mr Cairo.
 AvoidingWork wrote:
"Demon; your head is on fire"
 
Oh, Nicholas Cage. Scary thought. Perhaps we should best leave that one be. 
Perfect tune for the eve of a new calendar year! Happy New Year's Eve RP!
love.
 WonderLizard wrote:
Gorillaz - Demon Days
Broken Bells - Your Head Is On Fire

I'm continually amazed by both Danger Mouse's and Damon Albarn's uncanny command of rock idioms and their ability to quote them seamlessly in a new work. IMHO both "Your Head Is On Fire" and "Demon Days" are fine examples. One wonders what a collaboration between the two would produce.
 
"Demon; your head is on fire"
Gorillaz - Demon Days
Broken Bells - Your Head Is On Fire

I'm continually amazed by both Danger Mouse's and Damon Albarn's uncanny command of rock idioms and their ability to quote them seamlessly in a new work. IMHO both "Your Head Is On Fire" and "Demon Days" are fine examples. One wonders what a collaboration between the two would produce.
So..I had a dear friend take me out to see Gorillaz.  Wow..was I blown away by the greatness.  It was AMAZING.  AMAZING!
My kids got me into this album... I was not expecting to like this when I first heard it. Now - I gotta say it's great stuff...
 Cynaera wrote:
I've reached the point where I crank this song up every time I hear it, and I don't care what time it is or who I wake up in the process.  LOVE this song.  Bumping from 9 to 10.
 
You know what could be interesting?  I only have this song from them, even though apple used them on a tv add.  carry on......

I've reached the point where I crank this song up every time I hear it, and I don't care what time it is or who I wake up in the process.  LOVE this song.  Bumping from 9 to 10.
Beautiful.
 Derecho wrote:
The live performance of this album on the "Gorillaz Demon Days: Live at Manchester Opera House" adds a terrific new dimension.  I appreciate this recording even more now.
 
{#Yes}

Is there a little sampling of Midnight Cowboy in this song??
The live performance of this album on the "Gorillaz Demon Days: Live at Manchester Opera House" adds a terrific new dimension.  I appreciate this recording even more now.
Saw Gorillaz live two weeks ago and they wrapped the show with this song.  Unbelievable show!  Don't miss them if they come to your town.  Damon Albarn is a friggin genius.
The fuzzed out sound at the beginning of this song is just horrible. Same sound my old vinyl records used to make when there was dust on the needle.
Those guys on the cover - I want 'em on MY team when the end of the world comes.
This is just plain brilliant.  Damon Rocks!
This is like a Gospel version of The Midnight Cowboy Theme.
Wow..first time hearing this...liking it. 7.
Ohhhh - Just heard this and wow. I love it.  Nope - no critique. I love it. That's all.{#Sunny}
 Limpopoking wrote:


I'd rate Plastic Beach as their best... a truly stunning album, and when I say album, I mean it in the "album" sense. It is a progression from beginning to end. No good played on shuffle or skipped tracks. It's art throughout. Well done boys!
 
Really?  I can't get behind the first several tracks on Plastic Beach.  Love the rest tho.

My favorite is still the original album.  But I'm a huge fan of both Del tha Funkee Homosapien and Dan the Automator, and also the album feels more cohesive to me - like I'm listening to an actual band instead of Damon Alburn and his ever-rotating roster of guest vocalists.

Sounds a lot like Primal Scream or One Dove.
 Poacher wrote:

Zero tolerance to good music? Ouch. . . I'd move.
 
Not just to a new town - I would suggest a new CONTINENT!!!
 hippiechick wrote:
Can't wait for the new one!  {#Jump}
 

I'd rate Plastic Beach as their best... a truly stunning album, and when I say album, I mean it in the "album" sense. It is a progression from beginning to end. No good played on shuffle or skipped tracks. It's art throughout. Well done boys!
 Cynaera wrote:
Different from most of the stuff I've been subjected to, living in a small town with zero tolerance.  I like this band.{#Sunny}
 
Zero tolerance to good music? Ouch. . . I'd move.
 EssexTex wrote:
Genius....love the choir.
 
Oh yea!! Gotta love gospel choir!!  Check out Unity on the Bay Choir on youtube....

Different from most of the stuff I've been subjected to, living in a small town with zero tolerance.  I like this band.{#Sunny}
Has a similiar sound to Joe's Garage from Zappa — With the choir
Genius....love the choir.
Can't wait for the new one!  {#Jump}
Just a guess, but from some of the comments, I think that the album cover may be a bit off-putting to some of us listeners. This is not one of my favorite RP songs, BTW, but it's okay by me.

Sorry, sounds like a hybrid of Polyphonic Spree and schlock Andrew Lloyd Webber bombast! {#Confused}
yes

 
denmom wrote:
That's BRILLIANT!  Is it Monty Python, by any chance?

 vandal wrote:

FIRST YORKSHIREMAN:
You were lucky. We lived for three months in a paper bag in a septic tank. We used to have to get up at six in the morning, clean the paper bag, eat a crust of stale bread, go to work down t' mill, fourteen hours a day, week-in week-out, for sixpence a week, and when we got home our Dad would thrash us to sleep wi' his belt.

SECOND YORKSHIREMAN:
Luxury. We used to have to get out of the lake at six o'clock in the morning, clean the lake, eat a handful of 'ot gravel, work twenty hour day at mill for tuppence a month, come home, and Dad would thrash us to sleep with a broken bottle, if we were lucky!

THIRD YORKSHIREMAN:
Well, of course, we had it tough. We used to 'ave to get up out of shoebox at twelve o'clock at night and lick road clean wit' tongue. We had two bits of cold gravel, worked twenty-four hours a day at mill for sixpence every four years, and when we got home our Dad would slice us in two wit' bread knife.

FOURTH YORKSHIREMAN:
Right. I had to get up in the morning at ten o'clock at night half an hour before I went to bed, drink a cup of sulphuric acid, work twenty-nine hours a day down mill, and pay mill owner for permission to come to work, and when we got home, our Dad and our mother would kill us and dance about on our graves singing Hallelujah.
 
 


 lmic wrote:
What is it that makes Damon Albarn so different, so unique?
 
Genius...a rare commodity.

I'm reminded of Tears for Fears' Badman's Song ...

Hard to appreciate this song out of the conext of the album
nothing excellent about this. painful to listen to... btw is that a thermometer in the orange boy's mouth? {#Money-mouth}
I thought they were singing Veruca Salt, which added another dimension of coolness. guess not though.
Gorillaz — excellent
 bobringer wrote:

Fantastic is an understatement.

IMO, one of the greatest pieces of live music I've ever seen.  The fact that the DVD lost that years grammy to Springsteen makes me ill. 
 

watched it the other night...finally saw it from beginning to end (before i had seen it on tv on the 101 channel and missed its beginning.

so much fun. really great performance. has some cool extras on the dvd, too.
 lily34 wrote:
WOOOOO HOOOOO!!!!

go get the dvd of the live performance. it's fantastic!
 
Fantastic is an understatement.

IMO, one of the greatest pieces of live music I've ever seen.  The fact that the DVD lost that years grammy to Springsteen makes me ill. 
You guys are killing me with your tales of a tough life!  Well, I'm bringing it back full circle.  As soon as I heard this song I was immediately, again, brought back to spending hours in my basement soldering copper pipe together with the Gorillaz CDs on continuous rotation in the 3 disc changer.  Fortunately, I have RP in the basement now.

arserocket, I hope you finally found a drink!

(still not done replacing the damned steel plumbing though {#Mrgreen})
Well, I just love it for what it is - a great groove.  Not in England.  Sitting here in the far northwest US near the border of Washington and Idaho.  Que bueno?
I hear "City of Blinding Lights" by U2
That's BRILLIANT!  Is it Monty Python, by any chance?

 vandal wrote:

FIRST YORKSHIREMAN:
You were lucky. We lived for three months in a paper bag in a septic tank. We used to have to get up at six in the morning, clean the paper bag, eat a crust of stale bread, go to work down t' mill, fourteen hours a day, week-in week-out, for sixpence a week, and when we got home our Dad would thrash us to sleep wi' his belt.

SECOND YORKSHIREMAN:
Luxury. We used to have to get out of the lake at six o'clock in the morning, clean the lake, eat a handful of 'ot gravel, work twenty hour day at mill for tuppence a month, come home, and Dad would thrash us to sleep with a broken bottle, if we were lucky!

THIRD YORKSHIREMAN:
Well, of course, we had it tough. We used to 'ave to get up out of shoebox at twelve o'clock at night and lick road clean wit' tongue. We had two bits of cold gravel, worked twenty-four hours a day at mill for sixpence every four years, and when we got home our Dad would slice us in two wit' bread knife.

FOURTH YORKSHIREMAN:
Right. I had to get up in the morning at ten o'clock at night half an hour before I went to bed, drink a cup of sulphuric acid, work twenty-nine hours a day down mill, and pay mill owner for permission to come to work, and when we got home, our Dad and our mother would kill us and dance about on our graves singing Hallelujah.

 


 lmic wrote:
What is it that makes Damon Albarn so different, so unique?
 
Dunno, but anybody who hangs out with the creator of Tank Girl is AOK in my book.
Very reminiscent of some of 1 Giant Leap. Quite nice!
What is it that makes Damon Albarn so different, so unique?
OK, you win! I have to live in Kenya! It's so difficult. It's tuff in the tropics! And that's a lie.
{#Bounce}


WOOOOO HOOOOO!!!!

go get the dvd of the live performance. it's fantastic!
You were all lucky. I'm a Scot, and I tell you, we had it tough.

And z, if I may call you that, I had an office from hell that involved no air conditioning in Savannah Georgia, nine large compressors air conditioning the rest of the building situated outside my open window, and then beyond that a fleet of tour buses idleing their engines to keep the cabs air conditioned, with oodles of diesel fumes. Lots of headphone use (staring at a computer monitor) but fed only by a pretty limited CD collection. You're damn lucky to have RP.

 vandal wrote:
zKittee wrote:

That sounds lovely...

I'm next to a busy highway, lots of truck noise. Inside isn't much better as I'm crammed up into a tiny cubicle with loud annoying employee's surrounding me as I try to work so I blast RP though my industrial sized headphones to make it through the day. Ahh...what I'd give for the quiet solitude of what you describe. And as for my view...I get to see 3 computer monitors and a white painted wall beyond my gray and black cubicle stall.
And as to this song....Meh not my favorite on that album by far. {#Snooty}


FIRST YORKSHIREMAN:
You were lucky. We lived for three months in a paper bag in a septic tank. We used to have to get up at six in the morning, clean the paper bag, eat a crust of stale bread, go to work down t' mill, fourteen hours a day, week-in week-out, for sixpence a week, and when we got home our Dad would thrash us to sleep wi' his belt.

SECOND YORKSHIREMAN:
Luxury. We used to have to get out of the lake at six o'clock in the morning, clean the lake, eat a handful of 'ot gravel, work twenty hour day at mill for tuppence a month, come home, and Dad would thrash us to sleep with a broken bottle, if we were lucky!

THIRD YORKSHIREMAN:
Well, of course, we had it tough. We used to 'ave to get up out of shoebox at twelve o'clock at night and lick road clean wit' tongue. We had two bits of cold gravel, worked twenty-four hours a day at mill for sixpence every four years, and when we got home our Dad would slice us in two wit' bread knife.

FOURTH YORKSHIREMAN:
Right. I had to get up in the morning at ten o'clock at night half an hour before I went to bed, drink a cup of sulphuric acid, work twenty-nine hours a day down mill, and pay mill owner for permission to come to work, and when we got home, our Dad and our mother would kill us and dance about on our graves singing Hallelujah.

 


zKittee wrote:

That sounds lovely...

I'm next to a busy highway, lots of truck noise. Inside isn't much better as I'm crammed up into a tiny cubicle with loud annoying employee's surrounding me as I try to work so I blast RP though my industrial sized headphones to make it through the day. Ahh...what I'd give for the quiet solitude of what you describe. And as for my view...I get to see 3 computer monitors and a white painted wall beyond my gray and black cubicle stall.
And as to this song....Meh not my favorite on that album by far. {#Snooty}


FIRST YORKSHIREMAN:
You were lucky. We lived for three months in a paper bag in a septic tank. We used to have to get up at six in the morning, clean the paper bag, eat a crust of stale bread, go to work down t' mill, fourteen hours a day, week-in week-out, for sixpence a week, and when we got home our Dad would thrash us to sleep wi' his belt.

SECOND YORKSHIREMAN:
Luxury. We used to have to get out of the lake at six o'clock in the morning, clean the lake, eat a handful of 'ot gravel, work twenty hour day at mill for tuppence a month, come home, and Dad would thrash us to sleep with a broken bottle, if we were lucky!

THIRD YORKSHIREMAN:
Well, of course, we had it tough. We used to 'ave to get up out of shoebox at twelve o'clock at night and lick road clean wit' tongue. We had two bits of cold gravel, worked twenty-four hours a day at mill for sixpence every four years, and when we got home our Dad would slice us in two wit' bread knife.

FOURTH YORKSHIREMAN:
Right. I had to get up in the morning at ten o'clock at night half an hour before I went to bed, drink a cup of sulphuric acid, work twenty-nine hours a day down mill, and pay mill owner for permission to come to work, and when we got home, our Dad and our mother would kill us and dance about on our graves singing Hallelujah.



Never judge an album by its cover.  I remember seeing this album a few years ago and assuming from the cover that it was some typical "gangsta rap" trash glorifying violence and misogyny.  It figures that RP would be the catalyst to make me realize what a neat find this is.

 arserocket wrote:

Friend - I am in a 30 x 50 foot office with only a dog & RP for company. The office is in the back of beyond. I look outside and there are only sheep, sheep and not a drop to drink. Your basement sounds like a little piece of heaven on earth.
 
That sounds lovely...

I'm next to a busy highway, lots of truck noise.  Inside isn't much better as I'm crammed up into a tiny cubicle with loud annoying employee's surrounding me as I try to work so I blast RP though my industrial sized headphones to make it through the day.  Ahh...what I'd give for the quiet solitude of what you describe.  And as for my view...I get to see 3 computer monitors and a white painted wall beyond my gray and black cubicle stall.
And as to this song....Meh not my favorite on that album by far. {#Snooty}
this song evokes a great feeling for me

I want to see "Monkey - Journey To The West" > https://www.monkeyjourneytothewest.com/the-opera/

SOUL EATER
Danger Mouse on point again.
From the end of David Byrne - Like Humans Do to the opening strains of this: very smooth
Jack_Straw wrote:
one of the most unique albums I heard since Ok computer in my opinion.
This CD received such heavy play in my car that I wore it out. The CD, not the car. Well, maybe a little.
Groovy man, groovy. Have the album and forgot about this song, guess I been playin Feel Good Inc. too much, never make it to the end.
a virtual band . . . . hmmmmmm. I give it a virtual "quite likeable"
arserocket wrote:
Friend - I am in a 30 x 50 foot office with only a dog & RP for company. The office is in the back of beyond. I look outside and there are only sheep, sheep and not a drop to drink. Your basement sounds like a little piece of heaven on earth.
Lmao.
oops nearly missed it - 'I likey big stylee"
themotion wrote:
So the general consensus on this one is "likey", right? Right. Moving on then.
I take it you likey? Me likey too. Anyone else likey?
Likey-a-lotty
one of the most unique albums I heard since Ok computer in my opinion.
Yeah, me too, I likey.
agbar713 wrote:
i Likey
:dancingbanana:
So the general consensus on this one is "likey", right? Right. Moving on then.
likey likey!! :jump:
i Likey
smdeeg wrote:
Love Gorillaz. Unfortunately I spent a lot of time last winter in my basement with the albums on continuous rotation (no RP in the basement yet), so now when ever I hear any I think of soldering copper pipes together.
Friend - I am in a 30 x 50 foot office with only a dog & RP for company. The office is in the back of beyond. I look outside and there are only sheep, sheep and not a drop to drink. Your basement sounds like a little piece of heaven on earth.
ronniegirl wrote:
After my divorce in 2005, I went out and tracked this CD down and treated myself to it! END of Demon Days!
Woo hoo! :high-five:
Love Gorillaz. Unfortunately I spent a lot of time last winter in my basement with the albums on continuous rotation (no RP in the basement yet), so now when ever I hear any I think of soldering copper pipes together.
whoa, totally didn't know that the Gorillaz did this!
After my divorce in 2005, I went out and tracked this CD down and treated myself to it! END of Demon Days!
diggin that reggae backbeat
BecauseEdwardISEdward wrote:
This is great, but it works even better with "Don't Get Lost in Heaven" as a prelude.
Totally agree with this as well. Such a surprise hit for me back in the day....Reminds me of riding the subway in NYC, exploring the City, interning...good times!!!
drekar wrote:
Love the entire album. I NEVER would have guessed I would.. .but I do. I like being pleasantly suprised.
:yes: especially loved seeing the performance.
BecauseEdwardISEdward wrote:
This is great, but it works even better with "Don't Get Lost in Heaven" as a prelude.
Agreed, on its own it doesn't sound so great, but with the whole album it's perfect.
Love the entire album. I NEVER would have guessed I would.. .but I do. I like being pleasantly suprised.
Efil's God = Dog's Life Funny the Gorillaz would sample this song. Nice! I'll have to go back and listen. Eels are a favorite (as our the Gorillaz). No amimals were harmed in the testing of this reply. Mindscrape wrote:
The instrumentation was actually sampled (as most of the songs on Demon Days are) from Eels - Efil's God. Check it out if you are looking for a cool tune.
This is great, but it works even better with "Don't Get Lost in Heaven" as a prelude.