Kingdom of Doom

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"Kingdom of Doom"
Gatefold 7" and CD cover
Single by Damon Albarn, Tony Allen, Paul Simonon, and Simon Tong
from the album The Good, the Bad and the Queen
Released 15 January 2007
Format 7", CD, download
Recorded 2005–2006
Genre Alternative rock
Length 2:42
Label Parlophone, Honest Jon's
Writer(s) Damon Albarn
Producer(s) Danger Mouse
Damon Albarn, Tony Allen, Paul Simonon, and Simon Tong singles chronology
"Herculean"
(2006)
"Kingdom of Doom"
(2007)
"Green Fields"
(2007)
Alternative cover
Red vinyl 7" cover
The Good, the Bad and the Queen track listing
"Northern Whale"
(3)
"Kingdom of Doom"
(4)
"Herculean"
(5)

"Kingdom of Doom" is a song by the supposedly unnamed British alternative rock supergroup made up of Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon, Simon Tong and Tony Allen and is the fourth track on their 2007 album The Good, the Bad and the Queen (see 2007 in British music).

The song was also released as the band's second single in January 2007.[1] Note that the single release, issued a week before the album came out, quite clearly credits the artist as The Good, The Bad & The Queen, although Albarn later claimed the band was unnamed, and that The Good, The Bad & The Queen was simply the name of the album.

Upon release, the single charted at #20, the only one of the band's three singles to reach the Top 20.[2]

Track listings[edit]

  1. "Kingdom of Doom" - 2.42
  • Gatefold 7" R6732
  1. "Kingdom of Doom" - 2:42
  2. "The Good, the Bad and the Queen" (live at The Tabernacle) - 4:22
  • Red vinyl 7" RS6732
  1. "Kingdom of Doom" - 2:42
  2. "Start Point (Sketches of Devon)" - 4:47
  • CD CDR6732
  1. "Kingdom of Doom" - 2:42
  2. "Hallsands Waltz (Sketches of Devon)" - 2:55
  3. "The Bunting Song (live at The Tabernacle) - 3:57
  • Download
  1. "Kingdom of Doom" (live at The Roundhouse) - 3:20

Trivia[edit]

  • The artwork for the red vinyl 7" format of the single was created by the band's bassist Paul Simonon.
  • The artwork for the red vinyl 7" format of the single, the building somewhat resembles Kong Studios from Damon Albarns other band Gorillaz, though it makes reference to the building which the group recorded the video.
  • The line of the song "all of the ravens fly across the moon" could be symbolic for the demise of the United Kingdom. Since the time of Charles II ravens have been residing at the Tower of London. And legend says that doom will fall upon the Kingdom if the ravens leave the tower. Currently, there are eight ravens that are free to roam the tower complex, but have had their wings clipped to prevent them from flying away.

Chart positions[edit]

"Kingdom of Doom" - UK Singles Chart
Week 1 2
Position
20[2]
44[3]

Personnel[edit]

Track reviews[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • "Kingdom of Doom" (link is no longer in use) songography page at The Good, The Bad & The Queen unofficial fansite.
  • "Kingdom of Doom" (link is no longer in use) discography page at The Good, The Bad & The Queen unofficial fansite.