Dirty Harry (song)

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This article is about the song by Gorillaz. "Dirty Harry" is also the name of a song by Adam and the Ants.
"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""
Released 21 November 2005 (2005-11-21)
Format Digital download, CD, DVD
Recorded 2004
Length 3:43 (Album version)
3:47 (Single version)
Label Parlophone
Songwriter(s) Bootie Brown, Damon Albarn, Brian Burton, Jamie Hewlett
Producer(s) Gorillaz, Danger Mouse
Gorillaz singles chronology
"Dirty Harry"
"El Mañana"
"Dirty Harry"
"El Mañana"
Bootie Brown singles chronology
"Dirty Harry"
(2005) Dirty Harry2005
Music video
"Dirty Harry" on YouTube

"Dirty Harry" is a song from British alternative rock virtual band band Gorillaz' second studio album Demon Days, released as the third single from the album on 21 November 2005.


The single peaked at #6 in the UK. Earlier that year, the song released as a promotional single on iTunes. An early version of "Dirty Harry" titled "I Need a Gun" was included on Damon Albarn's album Democrazy. On 8 December 2005 it was announced that "Dirty Harry" had been 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 to subscribers of the Gorillaz website mailing list. Like the video for "Clint Eastwood", the video for "Dirty Harry" references the film of the same name, and, not coincidentally, Clint Eastwood is the lead actor of the movie. "Dirty Harry" is one of the few Gorillaz music videos to be filmed on-location, the others being "Stylo" and "DoYaThing". They were going to use a computer animated desert, but it turned out simply flying the crew to the desert was cheaper and easier.

The video was shot in the Swakopmund Desert in Namibia. Most of the video features shirtless 2-D and an animated version of the San Fernando Valley Youth Chorus stranded in the middle of a desert, 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).

The 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. In the end of the video, Gorillaz, the children and Bootie Brown depart the crash site in the military vehicle, which breaks down metres 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


  • 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

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 15
Austria Top 75 Singles Chart 69
Belgium Top 50 Singles Chart 8
Denmark Top 20 Singles Chart 20
Dutch Singles Chart 100
Germany Top 100 Singles Chart 80
Irish Singles Chart 19
Italy Top 50 Singles Chart 40
Switzerland Top 100 Singles Chart 88
UK Singles Chart 6


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