Stop the Dams by Gorillaz

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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 Mañana‘, 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 Reykjavík, since the early nineties.

Bobby

5 Comments Stop the Dams by Gorillaz

  1. Colly February 29, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Thanks for this, Bobby. I wasn’t aware of this b-side, although I’m one of the (unfortunately) few who care deeply about the mass damming of Iceland’s beautiful interior landscapes. Corporations will always get their way and money will always win out. Shame.

    You’ve reminded me of meeting Blur in the long-lost Cafe Frank in Reykjavik way back when they recorded the Blur album in Iceland. A very fine bunch of chaps. And a very fine bar too.

  2. anthony February 29, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    I was at that same show in 2004, and I came away with the utterly opposite opinion. Maybe the front row seats made all the difference ;-)

  3. Bobby S.Bobby S. February 29, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    That’s so crazy! I was dancing and singing along and had such a great time. It was also fun to try and see Damon Albarn while they played.

  4. Ashley March 1, 2008 at 7:29 AM

    I like the song, I like the Gorillaz, but I do have to say that that’s a silly thing to protest.

    It’s better to have alternative energy options than to release even more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, exacerbating our nasty global warming problem.

  5. gems March 1, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    you can check this song out on the new d-sides album

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