Kids with Guns

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"Kids with Guns"
Single by Gorillaz featuring Neneh Cherry
from the album Demon Days
Released 10 April 2006
Format 7", CD, DVD
Recorded 2004
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:47
Label Parlophone
Writer(s) 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Neneh Cherry
Producer(s) Gorillaz, Danger Mouse, Jason Cox, James Dring
Gorillaz singles chronology
"El Mañana"
"Kids with Guns"
Alternate covers
Double A-side cover
Music video
"Kids With Guns" on YouTube

"Kids with Guns" is a song from the Gorillaz' second album, Demon Days. It was released on 10 April 2006 in the UK as a double A-side as the fourth and final singles from the album. "Kids with Guns" along with its other A-Side "El Mañana" reached #27 upon its release in the UK, a significantly lower position than its predecessors.

"Kids with Guns" features Neneh Cherry on guest vocals. A remix by Hot Chip was included on the release of The Inbetweeners Soundtrack in 2009.


"Kids with Guns" was inspired by a child in Damon Albarn's daughters school who had shown up to school with a knife. "A nice boy," claimed Albarn, "just decided to pick up a knife and show it to his friends at lunchtime. It's a very real problem, but I'm not treating it as a problem. It's part of the brutalization of a generation that's going on at the moment."[1]

Music video[edit]

Although "Kids With Guns" doesn't have an official promo video, live visuals were shown during the Demon Days Live show at Manchester Opera House in November 2005. The visuals are a slideshow of guns, appearing in red, white and black. Sometimes a "23 mm" sign or a slide of the guns is positioned to make a windmill, representing Noodle's floating island.

On The Singles Collection DVD, the video used for the song was the live performance from Demon Days Live at the Manchester Opera House.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD Single
  1. "Kids with Guns" – 3:47
  2. "El Mañana" – 3:50
  3. "Stop the Dams" – 5:39
UK DVD Single
  1. "El Mañana" (Video) – 3:54
  2. "Kids with Guns" (Video) – 3:47
  3. "Don't Get Lost in Heaven" (Demo version) – 2:29
  4. "El Mañana" (Animatic) – 3:54
UK 7-inch Single
  1. "Kids with Guns" – 3:47
  2. "El Mañana" – 3:50
European CD Single
  1. "Kids with Guns" – 3:47
  2. "El Mañana" – 3:50
  3. "Stop the Dams" – 5:39
  4. "El Mañana" (Video) – 3:54
Japanese CD Single
  1. "El Mañana" – 3:50
  2. "Kids with Guns" – 3:47
  3. "Stop the Dams" – 5:39
  4. "Don't Get Lost in Heaven" (Demo Version) – 2:29
  5. "El Mañana" (Video) – 3:54
U.K. Digital single[2]
  1. "Kids with Guns" (Hot Chip remix) – 7:07
U.S. Digital Single
  1. "El Mañana" – 3:50
  2. "Hong Kong" (Live In Manchester) – 6:38
U.S. Digital E.P.
  1. "El Mañana" – 3:50
  2. "Stop the Dams" – 5:39
  3. "Hong Kong" (Live In Manchester) – 6:38
  4. "Kids with Guns" (Video) – 3:47
  5. "El Mañana" (Live In Harlem - Video) – 3:55

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 31
Italian Singles Chart 33
Irish Singles Chart 39
UK Singles Chart 27


  1. ^ Watson, Ian (November 2005). "Damon Albarn". Notion. 
  2. ^

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