911 (Gorillaz song)

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"911"
Single by Gorillaz & D12 featuring Terry Hall
from the album Bad Company Soundtrack
Released 2002
Format
Recorded 2001;
Studio 13
(West London, England)
Genre Alternative hip hop
Length 5:51
Label EMI, Parlophone
Writer(s) Gorillaz, Von Carlisle, Ondre Moore, Denaun Porter, Terry Hall, Rufus Johnson, De Shaun Holton
Producer(s) Gorillaz, D12, Jason Cox & Tom Girling
Gorillaz singles chronology
"Tomorrow Comes Today"
(2002)
"911"
(2002)
"Lil' Dub Chefin'"
(2002)
D12 singles chronology
"Fight Music"
(2001)
"911"
(2002)
"My Band"
(2004)
Terry Hall singles chronology
"I Saw the Light"
(1997)
"911"
(2002)
"Lil' Dub Chefin'"
(2002)

"911" is a song by British virtual band Gorillaz & American hip-hop group D12 and features guest vocals from Specials' member Terry Hall. The song was recorded during 2001 in West London, after D12 were left stranded in England after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City.

Background[edit]

The song was recorded by Gorillaz and D12 in Damon Albarn's personal studio in West London. The track came about after 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City. The track came about when Damon Albarn invited the band to his studio and played them an early demo of the track. Albarn had always wanted to experiment with Middle-Eastern music, and felt that this song would be perfect. D12 added additional production to the song, before laying down their verses. Terry Hall appears on the song as a vocal harmony with Albarn for the song's chorus. Albarn and Hall had previously spoken about collaborating together, however when Hall revealed that he had been taking singing lessons from a Middle-Eastern singer, it inspired Albarn to take the song a different direction.[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

The video features the same visuals as Gorillaz' first single "Clint Eastwood", with a different background. The track features D12 running towards the camera. Terry Hall does not appear in the music video.

Live performances[edit]

Played live only twice, as the last song of the encore at the New York Hammerstein Ballroom show in the US part of the Phase One tour in 2002. Shortly after the song was performed, a short cartoon starring Gorillaz called "Jump the Gut" was played.[1] The song was also performed using Gorillaz Phase 1 rappers, Luton-based rap group, Phi Life Cypher, when they played the Isle of MTV Festival in Lisbon, Portugal[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. '911' - Gorillaz & D12 featuring. Terry Hall - formerly available as a download from the official Gorillaz site. Also on the 12 inch vinyl promo. - [05:51]
  2. '911' (Clean Version) - Gorillaz & D12 featuring. Terry Hall - available on the Bad Company OST - [05:51]
  3. '911' (Short Version Ultra-Clean) - Gorillaz & D12 featuring. Terry Hall - available on the CD promo for 911 - [05:00]

Song credits[edit]

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