Dirty Harry (song)

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"Dirty Harry"
Gorillaz Dirty Harry.jpg
Single by Gorillaz featuring Bootie Brown & San Fernando Valley Youth Chorus
from the album Demon Days
B-side
  • "Hongkongaton"
  • "All Alone"
Released21 November 2005 (2005-11-21)
Format
Recorded2004
Genre
Length3:43 (Album version)
3:47 (Single version)
LabelParlophone
Songwriter(s)Bootie Brown, Damon Albarn, Brian Burton, Jamie Hewlett
Producer(s)Gorillaz, Danger Mouse
Gorillaz singles chronology
"DARE"
(2005)
"Dirty Harry"
(2005)
"El Mañana"
(2006)
Bootie Brown singles chronology
"Dirty Harry"
(2005)
Music video
"Dirty Harry" on YouTube

"Dirty Harry" is a song from British alternative rock virtual band Gorillaz' second studio album Demon Days.

Song history[edit]

"Dirty Harry" was first released as a promotional single on iTunes before being released as the third single from the album on 21 November 2005, peaking at #6 in the UK. An early version entitled "I Need a Gun" was included on Damon Albarn's album Democrazy. On 8 December 2005, "Dirty Harry" was nominated for a Grammy under the category "Urban/Alternative Performance", but was beaten by Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley's "Welcome to Jamrock".

Music video[edit]

The video was first released on 25 October 2005, sent to those on the e-mail list on Gorillaz' official website. A thematic follow-up to the band's "Clint Eastwood", it refers to the film of the same name, Clint Eastwood being the lead actor in the movie. "Dirty Harry" is one of the few Gorillaz music videos shot on location, the others being "Stylo", "DoYaThing", "Strobelite", and "Humility". Initially, the group intended to utilise a computer animated desert as background, but discovered that simply flying to a real desert was easier and cheaper.

The video was shot in the Swakopmund Desert in Namibia; it mainly features shirtless 2-D and an animated version of the San Fernando Valley Youth Chorus stranded there, following what appears to have been a helicopter crash. The survivors keep themselves entertained with the song while awaiting the arrival of rescuers, portrayed by Noodle and Murdoc crewing a Windhoeker Maschinenfabrik Wer’wolf MKII mine-proof vehicle driven by Russel (who wears a Fu Manchu).

Both song and video feature a guest appearance by Pharcyde rapper Bootie Brown, who leaps out of a sand dune in military fatigues to perform his verse of the song. The video concludes with Gorillaz, the children and Bootie Brown departing the crash site in the Werwolf, which breaks down a short distance away.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD1 / Digital Single
  1. "Dirty Harry" – 3:47
  2. "All Alone" (Live) – 3:39
UK CD2 / Digital E.P.
  1. "Dirty Harry" – 3:47
  2. "Hongkongaton" – 3:34
  3. "Dirty Harry" (Chopper remix) – 3:38
UK DVD Single
  1. "Dirty Harry" (Video) – 4:56
  2. "Murdoc Is God" – 2:26
  3. "Dirty Harry" (Animatic) – 3:47
European / Australian CD Single
  1. "Dirty Harry" – 3:47
  2. "Hongkongaton" – 3:34
  3. "Dirty Harry" (Chopper remix) – 3:38
  4. "Dirty Harry" (Video) – 4:56
  5. "Dirty Harry" (Animatic) – 3:47
Japanese CD Single
  1. "Dirty Harry" – 3:47
  2. "All Alone" (Live) – 3:39
  3. "Hongkongaton" – 3:34
  4. "Dirty Harry" (Chopper remix) – 3:38
  5. "Dirty Harry" (Video) – 4:56
US Digital EP
  1. "Dirty Harry" – 3:47
  2. "Highway (Under Construction)" – 4:20
  3. "Hongkongaton" – 3:34
  4. "Dirty Harry" (Video) – 4:56
  5. "Dirty Harry" (Live in Harlem - Video) – 6:12
UK 12" vinyl
  1. "Dirty Harry" (Jon Carter remix) – 5:58
  2. "Dirty Harry" (Chopper remix) – 3:38
Australian promo CD single
  1. "Dirty Harry" (Paul Mac remix) (edit) – 3:28
  2. "Dirty Harry" (Paul Mac remix) (full-length) – 5:11

Personnel[edit]

  • Damon Albarn: vocals, synthesizers, guitars, string arrangements
  • Bootie Brown: rap
  • Jason Cox: bass guitar, production
  • Danger Mouse: sampled loops, percussion, drum programming, production
  • The San Fernandez Youth Chorus: additional vocals

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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