D-Sides

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D-Sides
Compilation album of B-sides and remixes by Gorillaz
Released 19 November 2007 (2007-11-19)
Recorded 2004 - 2005 at Studio 13, London, England and Hong Kong
Length 53:29 (Disc 1)
60:22 (Disc 2)
Label Parlophone, Virgin
Producer Gorillaz, Jason Cox, James Dring, Danger Mouse
Gorillaz album chronology
Demon Days
(2005)
D-Sides
(2007)
Plastic Beach
(2010)
Damon Albarn chronology
The Good, the Bad & the Queen
(2007)
D-Sides
(2007)
Journey to the West
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Billboard (favourable)[2]
Filter (84%)[3]
NME (8/10)[4]
Pitchfork Media (6/10)[5]
Spin 3/5 stars[6]
Time Off 3/5 stars[7]

D-Sides is a 2007 compilation album by the British virtual band Gorillaz. The album contains B-sides and remixes from singles and bonus tracks for the band's second studio album Demon Days. It was released on 19 November 2007 in the UK and on 20 November in the United States and is available in standard and deluxe editions.[8] The Japanese deluxe edition includes three extra tracks, plus the video for 'Rock It'.[9] The creature on the album cover is Pazuzu. D-Sides performed similarly to its 2002 predecessor, G Sides, reaching #63 on the UK Albums Chart, while it reached #166 on the US Billboard 200 chart.

Background[edit]

In a 2006 interview with Verbicide Magazine, band members were asked if a new remix album would be produced for Demon Days as there was for Gorillaz. They answered that it was a possibility and that might involve the Spacemonkeyz again. In the same interview, they were asked if there might also be another G Sides. Again, their answer was that it might be possible.[10] In January 2007, websites began listing a March release date for a Phase 2 B-sides album.[11][12] One of the websites, musictap.net, later pushed this back to 3 April.[13] According to Gorillaz-Unofficial, the reaction of official parties behind Gorillaz is that the release date is just a rumour for now.[14] On 29 August, musictap.net reported that the B-side album would be titled D-Sides and would be released on 20 November.[15] On 18 September 2007, the official Gorillaz fansite confirmed the release of the album, as well as unveiling the album artwork and track listing. D-Sides was released on 19 November 2007 in the UK and on 20 November 2007 in the U.S.[16][17] The song "Rockit", like many songs on the album, was intended for inclusion on the Demon Days album, though was later pulled from the tracklisting. "People" is an early demo version of "DARE", which doesn't contain as many instruments and does not include Shaun Ryder on the track. The album features a reworking of the song "Hong Kong", which was originally featured on the War Child charity album Help!: A Day in the Life; this newer version adds a string section and studio effects to the previously sparse arrangement.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Gorillaz.

Disc one
No. Title Length
1. "68 State"   4:48
2. "People"   3:27
3. "Hongkongaton"   3:33
4. "We Are Happy Landfill"   3:39
5. "Hong Kong"   7:15
6. "Highway (Under Construction)"   4:20
7. "Rockit"   3:33
8. "Bill Murray" (featuring The Bees) 3:52
9. "The Swagga"   4:57
10. "Murdoc Is God"   2:26
11. "Spitting Out the Demons"   5:10
12. "Don't Get Lost In Heaven" (Original Demo Version) 2:59
13. "Stop the Dams" (featuring Ghostigital) 5:38
Disc two
No. Title Length
1. "DARE" (DFA remix) 12:14
2. "Feel Good Inc." (Stanton Warriors remix) 7:24
3. "Kids with Guns" (Jamie T's Turns to Monsters mix) 4:22
4. "DARE" (Soulwax remix) 5:42
5. "Kids with Guns" (Hot Chip remix) 7:09
6. "El Mañana" (Metronomy remix) 5:44
7. "DARE" (Junior Sanchez remix) 5:26
8. "Dirty Harry" (Schtung Chinese New Year remix) 3:53
9. "Kids with Guns" (Quiet Village remix) 10:08

Song origins[edit]

  • "68 State", "Bill Murray", "Spitting Out the Demons" and "Murdoc Is God" are b-sides of "Feel Good Inc.".
  • "People", "Highway (Under Construction)", "Samba at 13" and "DARE" (Soulwax remix) are b-sides of "DARE".
  • "Hongkongaton" is a b-side of "Dirty Harry".
  • "We Are Happy Landfill" was made available as an additional downloadable track on the limited edition of Demon Days.
  • "Hong Kong" was released as part of Help!: A Day in the Life compilation.
  • "Rockit" was made available for promotional use before the release of Demon Days.
  • "The Swagga" is found on the limited edition Demon Days DVD.
  • "Don't Get Lost in Heaven" (original demo version) and "Stop the Dams" are b-sides of "El Mañana" / "Kids with Guns".
  • The other remixes were released as promos during the promotion of the album in 2005 and 2006
  • Other songs were previously unreleased and are exclusive to D-Sides.

Chart positions[edit]