Clint Eastwood (song)


Clint Eastwood (song)
"Clint Eastwood"
Single by Gorillaz featuring Del tha Funkee Homosapien
from the album Gorillaz
Released 5 March 2001
Format CD, 12", MC
Recorded 2000
Genre Alternative hip hop, trip rock, dub, electronic, rap rock
Length 5:41 (Album Version)
3:44 (Original Mix Edit)
Label Parlophone
Producer Gorillaz, Dan the Automator
Certification Gold (Australia)[1]
Gold (BPI)
Gorillaz singles chronology
"Clint Eastwood"
(2001)
"19-2000"
(2001)
Music sample
"Clint Eastwood"

"Clint Eastwood" is a song by Gorillaz. It was released as the first single from their debut album in March 2001. It peaked at #4 in the UK and #57 in the US on 11 September 2001. The single has sold 480,000 copies in the UK according to the Official UK Charts Company. The song is a mix of electronic, hip hop and rock. The song also features the choir line "I've got sunshine in a bag", which is taken from the classic western film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, in which Clint Eastwood is referring to a saddle bag of gold[citation needed]. While The Good, the Bad and the Ugly stars Clint Eastwood, he is not mentioned in the song itself except in the title.[2] The verses are rapped by Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, portrayed as a blue phantom in the video, while the chorus is sung by 2D.

In October 2011, NME placed it at number 141 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[3]

Contents

Alternative versions

The Phi-Life Cypher version features British hip-hop group Phi Life Cypher, who also later feature on the group's B-side "The Sounder". For some live performances of the song, alternative rappers are used. For the 2005 Demon Days tour, a version of the song featuring De La Soul and Bootie Brown, who have also appeared in "Feel Good Inc.", "Superfast Jellyfish" and "Dirty Harry", was written and recorded. This version was released on the CD Single of Dare. During the Escape To Plastic Beach tour, a third version of the track, featuring British rapper Tinie Tempah, was written and performed. During July 2010, when Tempah was unable to make tour performances, a fourth version of the song, featuring Tempah's verses performed by British Grime MC's Kano & Bashy, was devised. Snoop Dogg also performed Tempah's verses during the group's 2010 Glastonbury performance. During the group's Asian tour dates, a fifth version of the song, featuring all new verses from Lebanese-Syrian rapper Eslam Jawaad, was performed.[4] Murdoc Niccals said in an interview for the iTunes Sessions EP that "The song is a big inky canvas for rappers of all sizes to come paint their rhymes on". Jamie Hewlett claimed during the documentary-film Bananaz that "The song isn't really about the actor Clint Eastwood, but more to do with the Melodica solo in the song".

Music video

The animated music video was directed by Jamie Hewlett and Pete Candeland. It starts with the Gorillaz logo in red against a black screen, and the following quote from the 1978 film Dawn of the Dead: "Every dead body that is not exterminated, gets up and kills. The people it kills, get up and kill" in Japanese then in English. This phrase was deemed offensive in some countries and a censored version was produced that omits this intro. The video and song name is a reference to the famous western starring actor Clint Eastwood, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. The yell from the film's theme song can be heard at the beginning of the video. The notes that the melodica plays are also based on the yell. The band is seen playing their music against a completely white backdrop. 2-D is seen wearing a T-Virus shirt most likely referencing Resident Evil. Russel's cap then begins to mysteriously rise on its own, and the ghost of Del appears to be emerging from under it. He begins to rap, leaving the other band members dumbfounded, and the backdrop at this point is that of a cemetery. Del then begins to summon enormous tombstones to burst out of the ground, as a heavy shower of rain and thunderstorm begins. Shortly afterwards, zombie gorilla hands rise up from the ground. Murdoc is grabbed by the crotch and pulled to the ground, a reference to the Peter Jackson zombie film Braindead. Seconds later, the zombie gorillas themselves rise up. Murdoc immediately flees at the sight of them, with a number of them pursuing him. He then turns and glares at them out of frustration at his inability to escape, and the zombie apes engage in a bizarre dance routine before Murdoc is finally struck by lightning, this dance routine is similar to the choreography of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" music video.[5] Noodle is then shown joyfully skipping along, almost as if she is completely unaware of her surroundings, and in her playful skipping, she delivers a hard kick to one of the zombie gorillas in the face. Immediately afterwards, Del is then sucked back into Russel's head as the gorillas all disintegrate, and the band members are left standing in the cemetery, now bright with sunlight. The video then concludes with a split screen showing each of the four band members and their names. The video has a running time of 4:32, which is significantly different to the album version, which runs for approximately 5:44, however, the album version features about 1:30 of the backing track playing with no vocals over the top. The video for "Clint Eastwood" won an award at the Rushes Soho Short Film Festival Awards in 2001, defeating entries by Blur, Fatboy Slim, Radiohead, and Robbie Williams.[6]

Regarding Eastwood

In 2001, Hewlett and Albarn indicated that they had not received any feedback from Clint Eastwood over the song.[7] Albarn expressed a desire to send the actor some of the band's merchandise as a mark of respect, and said, "I'm sure Clint Eastwood would like [the song]. He's an intelligent man."[7]

Track listing

  • CD Single
  1. "Clint Eastwood" (Original Mix Edit) - 3:44
  2. "Clint Eastwood" (Ed Case/Sweetie Irie Refix Edit) - 3:42
  3. "Dracula" - 4:44
  4. "Clint Eastwood" (Video) - 4:30
  • Cassette
  1. "Clint Eastwood" (Original Mix Edit) - 3:44
  2. "Clint Eastwood" (Ed Case/Sweetie Irie Refix Edit) - 3:42
  3. "Dracula" - 4:44
  • 12" Vinyl
  1. "Clint Eastwood" 5:54
  2. "Clint Eastwood" (Ed Case/Sweetie Irie Refix Edit) - 3:42
  3. "Clint Eastwood" (Phi Life Cypher Version) - 4:54

Charts

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[8] 17
Austrian Top 75 Singles Chart[9] 2
Brazil Top 20[10] 10
Canadian Hot 100 (Billboard)[9] 2
Dutch Top 40[9] 2
Eurochart Hot 100 4
Finnish Singles Chart[9] 6
German Singles Chart[9] 2
Italian Singles Chart[11] 1
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart[9] 2
Norwegian Singles Chart[9] 1
Romanian Singles Chart 3
Spain Top 50 Singles Chart 1
Swedish Singles Chart 7
Swiss Top 100 Singles Chart[9] 3
Turkish Top 20 Chart[12] 9
UK Singles Chart[9] 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 57
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 6
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 3
Chart (2000–2009) Peak
position
UK Top 100 Songs of the Decade 96[13]

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