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Gorillaz — Empire Ants
Album: Plastic Beach
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6.9

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Total ratings: 820









Released: 2010
Length: 4:35
Plays (last 30 days): 0
Oh joys are us
The sun has come again
To hold you
Sailing out the doldrums of the week
The polyphonic prayer is here
It's all around you
It's all around you out here

And if the whole world is crashing
Down on you
Fall through space out of mind
With me

Where the emptiness we leave behind on
Warm air rising
Blows all the shadows far away
The falling of the whole empire is here
To hold you
Rolling out and haunted till it sleeps

Little memories marching on
Your little feet working the machine
Say will it spin will it soar
My little dreams working the machine

Soon like a wave that pass will fall
And closing in on you they're
Going on

Little memories your little feet working
The machine
Say will it spin will it soar
My little dreams working the machine

Soon like a wave that pass will fall
And closing in on you they're
Going on
Comments (115)add comment
Yukimi Nagano   {#Heartkiss}
 planet_lizard wrote:

Has he gone yet?

Bill, could you please dig out that set and play it three times in a row, just to make sure?

  

wtango wrote:

I THINK Bill has wisely learned to tune out the nattering nabobs of negativism.

As for Stingray, most of his comments are negative, so I think he should ask for a refund and go away.

 
I do believe that he has left us. No negative comments since Sep of 2015. 
Thank you Bill. I never would have sought out Gorillaz' music without your introduction.
Immaculate and wonderful - thank the lord that we have art schools from where issues forth talent such as Damon Albarn. Thank you Bill too
Whats up people...stop dissing Bill!!! What makes you think your personal taste for music is what Bill should be playing?? Pretty F'ing selfish. Bill is playing something for everyone....like on the F'ing Globe!!!! Give him and Rebecca a break!!! We are very, very, very fortunate to have them. Just think if RP did not exist....how crappy our lives would be....SERIOUSLY!

To Quote Ringo...."Peace and Love"! 
 planet_lizard wrote:

Has he gone yet?

Bill, could you please dig out that set and play it three times in a row, just to make sure?

 
I THINK Bill has wisely learned to tune out the nattering nabobs of negativism.

As for Stingray, most of his comments are negative, so I think he should ask for a refund and go away.
I second planet-lizard's sentiments. 

 
Stingray wrote:
Are you on a bad trip - Bill??

85 minutes without a single good song
is the longest runway you never took off from!

I am close to have enough - seriously!

PS
This terrible 80's Moog-Bullshit is untakable!
  

planet_lizard wrote:

Has he gone yet?

Bill, could you please dig out that set and play it three times in a row, just to make sure?

 

 govna wrote:
can't...help...but like........Gorillaz...........
 

 


 Stingray wrote:
Are you on a bad trip - Bill??

85 minutes without a single good song
is the longest runway you never took off from!

I am close to have enough - seriously!

PS
This terrible 80's Moog-Bullshit is untakable!
 
Has he gone yet?

Bill, could you please dig out that set and play it three times in a row, just to make sure?
gawd that is pretty freakin' horrible {#Rolleyes} ....until the chick starts singing and then it is marginal
{#No} ...trivial elevator Music
Tycho followed by Gorillaz feat Little Dragon?  What is this, why is my personal Pandora station playing on RP?  :)
can't...help...but like........Gorillaz...........
 
 GawgaBoy wrote:


Have you considered starting Radio Stingray?



 
Oh Dude! 5H|^, you stole my my idea! Did you crawl in through one eye and snatch away my precious pearl? 

Can you imagine what Radio Stingray would be like? A cross between Dieter's "Sprockets" and Dana Carvey's "Germans Who Say Nice Things:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6mndRtsS88 

Lots of yelling, inappropriate personal comments and the invariable "SCIENTOLOGIST!" denunciations.  
 Stingray wrote:
Are you on a bad trip - Bill??

85 minutes without a single good song
is the longest runway you never took off from!

I am close to have enough - seriously!

PS
This terrible 80's Moog-Bullshit is untakable!


 

go away, stay away, you no likey
 albatross wrote:
Definitely a California sound, don't get the Brian Wilson, more of an early Fleetwood Mac.  
 
I can hear those vibes somewhat, but early Fleetwood Mac would not have had a "California sound".
Oh how I wish I could rate this 11!
 rjewyo wrote:
I was getting a little Brian Wilson vibe in the beginning...

  Definitely a California sound, don't get the Brian Wilson, more of an early Fleetwood Mac.  


 sajitjacob wrote:
Ick grokked it.

 
ick wrote:

that's my story and I'm sticking with it.
 
Is that "grok" as in Robert Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land"?!? I don't think I've seen or heard that word for 40 years!

 


 rockpommel16 wrote:
....street rap.....

 
Exactly !
Gorillaz is so good ! Speaks to my mind. 
9>10 .. just such a nice groove in the second part of the song
Ick grokked it.

 
ick wrote:

that's my story and I'm sticking with it.
 


Diggin' on the artwork..
Dear Bill.

Thank you very much for playing Gorillaz. 

Thank you for ignoring those who don't understand what brilliant music this is.

Thank you for starting Radio Paradise.

Yours most devotedly.

LK 
I made a huge leap in my musical taste when I bought Demon Days. I've been a fan ever since. Saw them in Austin TX during their Empire Ants tour. Powerful show.
 ick wrote:
For some reason today this went from quite likeable to outstanding for me.  Don't know why... it just did.
 
that's my story and I'm sticking with it.
For some reason today this went from quite likeable to outstanding for me.  Don't know why... it just did.
....street rap.....
 spaceman wrote:
A third chord would have been nice.
 
That's what she said.
This is Gorillaz?
The more I hear of Gorillaz, the more I like!   Percussion in this is nice (and I note something really neat as I edit this reply:  the banana icon does a really good "mashed potato"!  I could type and delete all night! ) {#Dancingbanana}
I was getting a little Brian Wilson vibe in the beginning...
I makes my head want to explode that I like this.
 ick wrote:

I'll give you this Stingray... you are funny as hell!
 
Please, don't encourage him :)
 
yeah, this pretty much sucks. 
hmmm mmm totally into this
i'm easy 
 Stingray wrote:
Are you on a bad trip - Bill??

85 minutes without a single good song
is the longest runway you never took off from!

I am close to have enough - seriously!

PS
This terrible 80's Moog-Bullshit is untakable!

 
I'll give you this Stingray... you are funny as hell!

Yea the Gorillaz are pretty lame.
Eclectic musical goodness... Nice one, Bill.
OH my. Little Dragon carries this song.. More Little Dragon.
the longest runway you never took off from!

I am SO adding that phrase to my repertoire.
 spaceman wrote:
A third chord would have been nice.
 

I LOL'ed
In the words of Chris Rock:  "This is some catchy-ass shit."
A third chord would have been nice.
This does not pass the homework test.
For me, the best part is Yukimi Nagano's voice - love her.

The rest, . . . .kind of sounds just computer generated and commercial.
 Stingray wrote:


PS
This terrible 80's Moog-Bullshit is untakable!
 
Hahahahahaha!!!! 
Oh, man this just slammed my funny bone with a sledge hammer. 
This is a really good tune.  I'm not a fan of Snoopy Doggg but his Welcome To The World Of The Plastic Beach track is pretty good, too, IMO.

This is just such an amazing song! Pure atmosphere...
 jools wrote:
Just up-rated. Love this more on each listening
 
Ditto

 Stingray wrote:
Are you on a bad trip - Bill??

85 minutes without a single good song
is the longest runway you never took off from!

I am close to have enough - seriously!

PS
This terrible 80's Moog-Bullshit is untakable!
 

Have you considered starting Radio Stingray?


Just up-rated. Love this more on each listening
saw them in berlin, yes half of the clash was also there:-)
great show! great band! great song"
 Stingray wrote:
Are you on a bad trip - Bill??

85 minutes without a single good song
is the longest runway you never took off from!

I am close to have enough - seriously!

PS
This terrible 80's Moog-Bullshit is untakable!

 
Why don't you go and listen to the classic rock station?

 cathenley wrote:
Ahead of their time....{#Bounce}
 

Seen from 1965 - YES!
This is what I love about RP! Great Music that I would never have heard anywhere else. {#Clap}
Are you on a bad trip - Bill??

85 minutes without a single good song
is the longest runway you never took off from!

I am close to have enough - seriously!

PS
This terrible 80's Moog-Bullshit is untakable!

Truly in my top 5 fav songs of 2010.
Ahead of their time....{#Bounce}
One of our best friends out there on the west coast just saw these guys a couple of nights ago, and said there were a couple of 'those guys from the clash' playing with them.  I was going to call BS on that, then looked it up.  Yes, Paul Simonon and Mick Jomes are both in the touring band.  I sort of wish I'd flown out to BC to see them now, for some reason.
I love everybody, but i gave this a 4 and I'm sticking to it!
 Stingray wrote:


Some Bands can simply issue what they want
and it will always considered and received well,
The GORRILAZ seem to belong to this club,

for me the songs simply do not work!

There are two songs on the album that
I can agree too,
the rest - this one among them - is syntie-soup!
 
Hi, Stingray.{#Wave}I love this song. I love Gorillaz, so far. Synthie-soup is a great term for that particular genré, but this doesn't really fit into the category, IMO.

As for bands who can issue what they want and have it received well, there are a zillion. This might be one, but if I hear a song by them that I don't like, I'll be the first to ignore it and move on to Turin Brakes or Dan Fogelberg.

Always love the Gorillaz!
I like this new album all right, but not nearly as much as I liked Gorillaz and Demon Days.
 jpstfx28 wrote:
pretty neat album overall.  i am touched!
 

Some Bands can simply issue what they want
and it will always considered and received well,
The GORRILAZ seem to belong to this club,

for me the songs simply do not work!

There are two songs on the album that
I can agree too,
the rest - this one among them - is syntie-soup!
pretty neat album overall.  i am touched!
Is that the old Windows shut down sound in there? almost...
 shutter wrote:
Been listening to this one for a while.  I actually like it a lot.  It's an interesting mix of tunes and well-produced. I've never been particularly enthusiastic about hip hop but a few of the tracks are really catchy.  I  even like Snoop Dogggggggg's track 8^)
 

Ditto.

On the strength of the comments here we downloaded the whole album.

Good thing, too —- it has to be listened to in its entirety.  Out of the sixteen tracks there are two that we hit fast forward on.

And yeah, I hear everything from Procol Harum to hip hop to twee Britness to live theatre in here.  My recommendation is buy it.

While I'm here, as I write this we are really enjoying a track called Real Love by Delorean.  Seems to go well with a bottle of Spanish red and the mauve sky over Lake Scugog.

God I love summer.  Too bad it's only five minutes long here in The Great White.
Been listening to this one for a while.  I actually like it a lot.  It's an interesting mix of tunes and well-produced. I've never been particularly enthusiastic about hip hop but a few of the tracks are really catchy.  I  even like Snoop Dogggggggg's track 8^)
 ziggytrix wrote:

i don't care for the first several tracks, but it really picks up by track 5.
 
4 & 10 are standouts as well, but the whole album is simply great; voted #1 album of year so far on NPR


catchy as hell.
I just caught myself really digging this. Hmmm....
Me likey a lot!
 westslope wrote:

OK, am I not supposed to like this song?  Yes, it is a tad disco-electronica but what the heck !?!!

 

Nice trippy shuffle beat.   Great bass line.

 
I should not agree, but do.  What is happening to me?!  I hate all things even remotely disco, but find myself kind of liking this.  I don't even like the Gorillaz, really, but this works for me.
I like this so much, I bought Little Dragon's cd. For the most part, it sounds just like this song minus Damon Albarn. So, yeah.
i've been liking this when it comes on—-i like forward to the disco section and like the woman's voice.
 lily34 wrote:
like
 

I {#Arrowu} it 2.
 cathenley wrote:
This is a brilliant CD in my humble opinion.  I've been listening it in my car non-stop for weeks...{#Daisy}
 
i don't care for the first several tracks, but it really picks up by track 5.

OK, am I not supposed to like this song?  Yes, it is a tad disco-electronica but what the heck !?!!

 

Nice trippy shuffle beat.   Great bass line.


Gorillaz' version of Midnight Vultures...?
Another grower... this will be added to my ever expanding Radio Paradise influenced library.
 Businessgypsy wrote:
 
awesome! 
This is a brilliant CD in my humble opinion.  I've been listening it in my car non-stop for weeks...{#Daisy}
 ziggytrix wrote:
the polyphonic prayer is here {#Meditate}
 
More like a hellish incantation. Ugh. {#Headache}
the polyphonic prayer is here {#Meditate}
They definitely seem experimental....I like
Feels like a cross between The Sundays and Dead Can Dance. I do like it tho...
Definitely sounds like they found a bunch of old 80's synthesizers and drum machines and decided to make an album. Not complaining though, I'm really liking this one and Melancholy Hill...that 80's disco sound really takes me back.
like
 hippiechick wrote:
The verdict is still out on this one. It's really different from their other albums.
 

Yea, I actually don't like any of their stuff old or new.{#No}

 Darkmatter wrote:
Yup, sure is. In fact, the whole band (Little Dragon) is on board. This can clearly be heard in the second part of the song, which could easily have been on Machine Dreams.
 

Little Dragon...Noted.
Will get my hands on that stuff.


still dancing...  love it...


Wow. Cool. From Gorillaz? What a surprise.
Outstanding
 bob_hund wrote:
Must be Yukimi from Little Dragon (and Koop) singing.
 
Yup, sure is. In fact, the whole band (Little Dragon) is on board. This can clearly be heard in the second part of the song, which could easily have been on Machine Dreams.



groovy disco...  we be dancing...


meh
The verdict is still out on this one. It's really different from their other albums.
uhhhhhhhhhhh... again :(
 window wrote:
Cover art reminds me of Super Furry Animals' Love Kraft.
  Hey fellow Richmonder!

Yeah, they both look like photographed models.

I love Jamie Hewlett's work. His stuff for this album is looking more 3D.


Must be Yukimi from Little Dragon (and Koop) singing.
I like this band more, the more I hear them.
Does all their stuff suck this much?
I effing love Gorillaz. Been looking forward to new stuff for a while now. So far, so good!

- Oshyan
Sweet!  I called this as a future RP song over on the Stylo thread last week.  Great vibe on this one.
Hey, I tried to add it to my Rhapsody Library (too new).

Thanks RP for finding great new music! 
Wait. I LIKE Gorillaz? What's going on?
Cool.  Nice to hear some new stuff.
 fredriley wrote:
Gimme a break, RP! It's Friday evening after a long and tedious week of wage-slavery, and what I need is a bit of zip to fire me up for a night out. Instead we get this monotonous lullaby which is acting as aural Mogadon to this weary listener. Ok, the second instrumental phase has a bit more life, but still that voice could bore for England. A nailed-on Ho-Hum from the narcoleptic Nottingham jury {#Sleep}
 
its early afternoon here.  perfect tune for the moment with the spring in the air ...

Nice groove. . . . .
Gimme a break, RP! It's Friday evening after a long and tedious week of wage-slavery, and what I need is a bit of zip to fire me up for a night out. Instead we get this monotonous lullaby which is acting as aural Mogadon to this weary listener. Ok, the second instrumental phase has a bit more life, but still that voice could bore for England. A nailed-on Ho-Hum from the narcoleptic Nottingham jury {#Sleep}
Cover art reminds me of Super Furry Animals' Love Kraft.