Dare (song)

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Single by Gorillaz featuring Shaun Ryder
from the album Demon Days
B-side "Samba at 13"
"Highway (Under Construction)"
Released 29 August 2005
Format CDDVDdigital download
Recorded 2005
Length 4:04
  • Damon Albarn
  • Jamie Hewlett
  • Brian Burton
  • Shaun Ryder
Gorillaz singles chronology
"Feel Good Inc."
"Dirty Harry"
"Feel Good Inc."
"Dirty Harry"
Shaun Ryder singles chronology
(2005) Dare2005
Music video
"Dare" on YouTube

"Dare" (styled as "DARE" and "挑戦 (DARE)") is a song by British virtual band Gorillaz, taken as the second single from their second studio album, Demon Days. The track is sung by Rosie Wilson (also known as Roses Gabor) with backing vocals from Damon Albarn and features vocals by Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder. It peaked at No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in September 2005, becoming the band's only UK No. 1.[6]


The CD single was released in Europe on 29 August 2005.[7] It reached number 1 in the UK on 10 September 2005.[8] On the Billboard Hot 100, it peaked at number 87 on 14 January 2006,[9] going on to reach number 8 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart on 4 March 2006.[10]

Chris Evans stated at the 2006 Brit Awards that the song was originally to have been called "It's There", but was changed due to Shaun Ryder's strong Mancunian accent making it sound like he was saying 'It's dare.'. In a 2017 interview with Chris Moyles on Radio X Ryder confirmed his version of events, that it was him requesting a change to his headphone level, "it's going up, it's going up, it's there!".[11][12]

Roses Gabor (Rosie Wilson) takes over the role of "Noodle" from Miho Hatori, who provided the vocals for her on the first album. 2D provides backing vocals; however, to blend his vocals with Noodle's, his voice was toned down to be slightly covered up by Noodle.[citation needed] 2D's full vocalization can be heard on the D-Sides remix album. D-Sides features a demo version of Dare entitled "People". This version contains the same background beat while lacking the majority of the keyboards and effects in the final recording. Unlike the final version, it is completely sung by 2D (voiced by Damon Albarn) and features an Omnichord breakdown. The song also contains a sample of the Daft Punk song "Revolution 909" towards the end.

In 2016, vocals of the song were interpolated in Friction's song "Dare (Hold It Down)". In 2017, the song was featured in an episode of the British soap opera EastEnders. The song was also featured in the video game Just Dance.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Dare" included an appearance by Shaun Ryder (of Happy Mondays and Black Grape fame, at the request of Damon Albarn) as a giant disembodied head kept alive by machinery in Noodle's wardrobe. In a departure for the band, the song is mostly performed in the video by Noodle, with 2D, Russel, and Murdoc only appearing in short cameos in the video; 2D is seen listening into Noodle's room by pressing his ear to the floor, Russel is shown seated on a toilet reading a newspaper directly below Noodle's room and Murdoc appears at the end of the video lying in bed with Shaun Ryder, who wakes up, apparently having dreamt up the entire sequence of the video. A voice beside him growls, "go back to sleep, honey," revealing the voice to belong to Murdoc, after which it is further revealed to be another nightmare. That time, it was actually dreamt by Murdoc, who also wakes up bolt upright in his own bed gasping and panting. In commentary, Noodle claims that Murdoc initially protested at her doing the entire video by herself, but she countered that she wrote the song and she had seen him show off too much in the "Feel Good Inc." music video - and adds that he was asleep in his Winnebago for the whole of the shoot up until the final scene.

The video was directed by Jamie Hewlett and Pete Candeland. The video was leaked a few days prior to its 17 July 2005 release on the official Gorillaz website. Some say that legal threats were made against the individuals who uploaded the video, but none of these claims can be confirmed. The video was later recalled from other websites and the final scene was tweaked slightly; Murdoc's Confederate Naval Jack flag was replaced with that of the Jolly Roger. (The version with the Naval Jack is played in some countries, including Canada.)

This video calls back to classic horror movies. In the very beginning of the video we see Gorillaz' 'reject false icons' statue, which one may recognize as Pazuzu, the figurine from The Exorcist and son of the devil. Crows are flying around the building, in a tribute to Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. Shaun Ryder is depicted as a Frankenstein-like monster who is brought to life as the music begins. Amongst the contraptions that are part of the life support system appear to be two Atari joysticks and a Speak & Spell from the early 1980s. Ryder's head being kept alive is a reference to the movie The Brain That Wouldn't Die. The tube attached to Ryder's cheek switches from side to side as a tribute to the goofs commonly made in early horror movies. When we see Russel sitting on the toilet, he is holding a newspaper with a headline that reads CANNIBAL MASSAKREN, the Danish title of Cannibal Holocaust. The zoom on Noodle's eye at the end of the video is taken directly from Ringu and its American remake, The Ring.[clarification needed]

Track listings[edit]

  1. "Dare" - 4:04
  2. "Clint Eastwood" (Live) - 4:34
  1. "Dare" - 4:04
  2. "Highway (Under Construction)" - 4:20
  3. "Dare" (Soulwax Remix) - 5:42
UK DVD Single
  1. "Dare" (Video) - 4:48
  2. "Samba at 13" - 6:23
  3. "People" - 3:28
  4. "Dare" (Animatic) - 4:48
UK Digital Single[13]
  1. "Dare" (DFA Remix) - 12:14
UK Digital EP
  1. "Dare" - 4:04
  2. "Samba at 13" - 6:23
  3. "People" - 3:28
European CD Single
  1. "Dare" - 4:04
  2. "Highway (Under Construction)" - 4:20
  3. "Dare" (Soulwax Remix) - 5:42
  4. "Dare" (Music Video) - 4:48
Japanese CD Single
  1. "Dare" - 4:04
  2. "Highway (Under Construction)" - 4:20
  3. "Dare" (Soulwax Remix) - 5:42
  4. "Clint Eastwood" (Live) - 4:34
  5. "Dare" (Video)- 4:48
Australian CD Single
  1. "Dare" - 4:04
  2. "Highway (Under Construction)" - 4:20
  3. "Dare" (Soulwax Remix) - 5:42
  4. "Feel Good Inc." - 3:41
  5. "Dare" (Video) - 4:48
U.S. Digital Single[14]
  1. "Dare" (Soulwax Remix) - 5:42
U.S. Digital E.P
  1. "Dare" - 4:04
  2. "Clint Eastwood" (Live) - 4:34
  3. "People" - 3:28
  4. "Dare" (Video) - 4:48
  5. "Dare" (Live In Harlem - Video) - 4:28


  • Roses Gabor: vocals
  • Shaun Ryder: vocals
  • Damon Albarn: vocals, synthesizers
  • James Dring: drums, drum programming
  • Jason Cox: production, drum programming
  • Danger Mouse: production, drum programming, sampled loops

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2005–06) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 11
Austrian Singles Chart 29
Belgian Singles Chart 3
Brazil (ABPD)[15] 69
Dutch Singles Chart 98
German Singles Chart 37
Irish Singles Chart 7
Italian Singles Chart 11
New Zealand Singles Chart 5
Swiss Singles Chart 22
UK Singles Chart[6] 1
US Billboard Hot 100 87
US Digital Song Sales[16] 62
US Billboard Alternative Songs 8
US Dance Club Songs[17] 4


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  3. ^ "Gorillaz: Demon Days". 
  4. ^ Lenig, Stuart (2010). The Twisted Tale of Glam Rock. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 978-0313379864. Retrieved 7 December 2015. Songs like that album's "Dare" are catchy trip-hop melodies... 
  5. ^ http://uk.ign.com/articles/2011/11/29/gorillaz-the-singles-collection-2001-2011-review
  6. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 716. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  7. ^ www.discogs.com https://www.discogs.com/Gorillaz-Dare/release/513358. Retrieved 28 November 2017.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ www.officialcharts.com http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/9975/gorillaz/. Retrieved 28 November 2017.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ www.billboard.com https://www.billboard.com/music/gorillaz/chart-history. Retrieved 28 November 2017.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ www.billboard.com https://www.billboard.com/charts/alternative-songs/2006-03-04. Retrieved 28 November 2017.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ Radio X http://www.radiox.co.uk/artists/gorillaz/watch-shaun-ryder-story-gorillaz-dare-track. Retrieved 28 November 2017.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ www.youtube.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKkzdtbPpYk.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ "iTunes - Music - Dare - Single by Gorillaz". Itunes.apple.com. 2005-08-29. Retrieved 2012-10-22. [permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "iTunes - Music - Dare - Single by Gorillaz". Itunes.apple.com. 2005-08-22. Retrieved 2012-10-22. [permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Gorillaz Dare Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-03-12. 
  17. ^ "Gorillaz Dare Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-03-12. 

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Preceded by
"The Importance of Being Idle" by Oasis
UK number one single
4 September 2005 – 10 September 2005
Succeeded by
"Don't Cha" by Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes