Stop the Dams by Gorillaz (mp3)
Back in 2002 I was fortunate enough to see the Gorillaz live at the Warfield in San Francisco. I was in the front row, and they projected video clips of the songs on a screen as they played behind it. They would dim and raise the lights at random so every now and then you could see the band performing, it was one of the best concerts I’ve ever been too. Since then, they’ve been one of my absolute favorite bands, and having the amazing artwork of Jamie Hewlett has never hurt this point either.
I was listening to some B-Sides of their’s this morning, and I came across this song called ‘Stop the Dams‘, which funny enough has it’s own Wikipedia page. The song was a B-Side to the double single ‘Kids With Guns/El MaÃ±ana‘, and is hypnotically melodic, featuring The Reyjavik West End Brass Band who play some amazing horn parts throughout. The song itself was written in protest to the dams that are being built in areas of Iceland that could cause flooding, polluting some of the wilderness there. He has particular interest in this area because he has a house in Grafarvogur, a suburb of ReykjavÃk, since the early nineties.