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"Feel Good Inc."
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Single by Gorillaz featuring De La Soul
from the album Demon Days
B-side
  • "Spitting Out the Demons"
  • "Bill Murray"
  • "68 State"
Released 9 May 2005
Format
Recorded 2004
Genre
Length 3:41
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Gorillaz singles chronology
"Lil' Dub Chefin'"
(2002)
"Feel Good Inc."
(2005)
"DARE"
(2005)
De La Soul singles chronology
"Shopping Bags (She Got from You)"
(2004)
"Feel Good Inc."
(2005)
"Superfast Jellyfish"
(2010)
Audio sample
Music video
"Feel Good Inc." on YouTube

"Feel Good Inc." is a song by British virtual band Gorillaz, featuring American hip-hop group De La Soul. The song was released as the lead single from the band's second studio album Demon Days on 9 May 2005. The single peaked at No. 2 in the United Kingdom and No. 14 in the United States. It also topped the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart in the U.S. for eight consecutive weeks, a first for the band. This is the only song in Damon Albarn's career to reach the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100. It peaked in the top 10 in 17 countries, reaching No. 1 in Spain. The song was listed in Pitchfork Media and Rolling Stone's Best Songs of the 2000s. The song won Best Pop Collaboration at the 2006 Grammy Awards.[4] It surpassed "Clint Eastwood" to become Gorillaz's most successful single worldwide. "Feel Good Inc." has been certified platinum by the BPI and ARIA.[5][6][better source needed] Popdose ranked it 26th on their list of 100 best songs of the decade.[7]

Music video[edit]

The integration of computer-generated imagery with two-dimensional animation is more seamless than in previous Gorillaz videos, creating a more textured, layered effect. At the beginning of the video, while the camera is rising up from the Feel Good Inc. tower, a sample of the Spacemonkeyz dub of "Clint Eastwood" entitled "A Fistful of Peanuts" can be heard. The main themes of the video are intellectual freedom and the media's dumbing down of mass culture.[8]

In the video, 2D yearns for the freedom to join Noodle on her floating island. The characters lying on the floor represent those who have already been "dumbed down", while the band members are the ones who have awakened. 2D is trying to wake all the people from their half-dead state by yelling at them through his megaphone, in the style of a political activist.[9] Jamie Hewlett said in an interview that the inspiration for some scenes in the video came from Hayao Miyazaki; specifically, the windmill-powered landmass, which has been compared to that of Miyazaki's Castle in the Sky.[10] The floating island is chased by ominous helicopters, which closely resemble Korean War era Bell H-13s, monitoring the behaviour inside and ensuring that no one escapes. It is unclear whether they are preventing Noodle's escape or are chasing her away.[11] Back in the tower, De La Soul appear as larger-than life, seemingly omnipotent images on surrounding television screens, laughing at the Gorillaz band members.[12] Their taunting drives 2D into a wild, hypnotic frenzy as he tries to resist the urge to be dumbed down. At the end of the video, 2D appears beaten by his surroundings, and returns to the state he was in when the video began, repeating the words "Feel good" until the video finally ends, in an exact reversal of the intro. The repetition of "Feel good" represents that 2D is convincing himself that everything is OK (as if he is brainwashing himself to believe it), instead of facing the harsh truth of the situation.[13] The music video for "El Mañana" is a continuation of this video, depicting two helicopter gunships catching up to Noodle's floating windmill island and attacking it.

Track listings[edit]

UK CD single
  1. "Feel Good Inc." – 3:41
  2. "Spitting Out the Demons" – 5:10
UK DVD single
  1. "Feel Good Inc." (Video) – 4:15
  2. "Spitting Out the Demons" – 5:10
  3. "Bill Murray" – 3:53
UK 7-inch single
  1. "Feel Good Inc." – 3:41
  2. "68 State" – 4:48
UK digital download
  1. "Feel Good Inc." – 3:41
  2. "Spitting Out the Demons" – 5:10
  3. "Bill Murray" – 3:53
European CD single
  1. "Feel Good Inc." – 3:41
  2. "Spitting Out the Demons" – 5:10
  3. "Bill Murray" – 3:53
  4. "Feel Good Inc." (Video) – 4:15
Japanese CD single
  1. "Feel Good Inc." – 3:41
  2. "Spitting Out the Demons" – 5:10
  3. "Bill Murray" – 3:53
  4. "Murdoc Is God" – 2:26
  5. "Feel Good Inc." (Video) – 4:15
U.S. digital E.P.[14]
  1. "Feel Good Inc." – 3:41
  2. "Spitting Out the Demons" – 5:10
  3. "Bill Murray" – 3:53
  4. "DARE" (Soulwax Remix) – 5:44
  5. "Feel Good Inc." (Video) – 4:15

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[33] Gold 45,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[34] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
Italy (FIMI)[35] Gold 25,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[36] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards[edit]

Nominations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The following cite the song as "alternative rock":
  2. ^ Frere-Jones, Sasha (28 November 2005). "Damon's Day". The New Yorker. Retrieved 7 June 2018. 
  3. ^ "They're coming back: Gorillaz' greatest tracks, ranked". Gigwise. 13 October 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "Grammy Award Winners 2005". Grammy.com. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Blur Single Sales". www.vblurpage.com. Retrieved 13 April 2018. 
  6. ^ "Gorillaz discography - Wikipedia". en.m.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 13 April 2018. 
  7. ^ "The popdose 100: 100 best songs of the decade". Popdose. 24 November 2009. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  8. ^ Browne, Cass. "Gorillaz: Rise of the Ogre", Riverhead Books Inc., 2006, p. 213.
  9. ^ Browne, Cass. "Gorillaz: Rise of the Ogre", Riverhead Books Inc., 2006, p. 214.
  10. ^ Kermode, Mark (19 July 2008). "The interview: Jamie Howlett". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  11. ^ Browne, Cass. "Gorillaz: Rise of the Ogre", Riverhead Books Inc., 2006, p. 215.
  12. ^ Rambarran, Shara (2016). “Feel Good” with Gorillaz and “Reject False Icons”: The Fantasy Worlds of the Virtual Group and Their Creators. The Oxford Handbook of Music & Virtuality edited by Sheila Whiteley and Shara Rambarran. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 148–170. ISBN 9780199321285. 
  13. ^ Browne, Cass. "Gorillaz: Rise of the Ogre", Riverhead Books Inc., 2006, p. 216.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 July 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc.". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  16. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc." (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  17. ^ "Ultratop.be – Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc." (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  18. ^ "Ultratop.be – Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc." (in French). Ultratop 50.
  19. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. 6 October 2001. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  20. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc.". Tracklisten.
  21. ^ "Lescharts.com – Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc." (in French). Les classement single.
  22. ^ "Gorillaz: Feel Good Inc." (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  23. ^ "Musicline.de – Gorillaz Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  24. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc.". Top Digital Download.
  25. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc." (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  26. ^ "Charts.nz – Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc.". Top 40 Singles.
  27. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc.". VG-lista.
  28. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc." Canciones Top 50.
  29. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc.". Singles Top 100.
  30. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc.". Swiss Singles Chart.
  31. ^ "ARIA End of Year Singles 2005". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  32. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 2005". Archived from the original on 4 March 2009. Retrieved 31 August 2010. 
  33. ^ "Danish single certifications – Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc". IFPI Denmark.  Click on næste to go to page if certification is from the official website.
  34. ^ "British single certifications – Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc". British Phonographic Industry.  Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Enter Feel Good Inc. in the search field and then press Enter.
  35. ^ "Italian single certifications – Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. 
  36. ^ "American single certifications – Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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