Song of the Day #3,986: ‘Clint Eastwood’ – Gorillaz

Perhaps the most creative album release of 2001 belonged to Gorillaz, a “virtual band” dreamed up by Blur frontman Damon Albarn and comic book artist Jamie Hewlett. The pair created a quartet of animated band members as a comment on the increasing role of visuals in music through MTV.

Over the course of its successful (and still active) career, Gorillaz has been made up of a rotating series of band members around Albarn. For their self-titled 2001 debut, the lineup consisted of Albarn, Junior Dan, Jason Cox, Dan the Automator and Del the Funky Homosapien.

The songs blend the Britpop of Blur with hip-hop and electronic sounds, perhaps best showcased on the album’s hit single ‘Clint Eastwood.’

[Intro: 2D]
Hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo

[Chorus: 2D]
I ain’t happy, I’m feeling glad
I got sunshine in a bag
I’m useless, but not for long
The future is coming on
I ain’t happy, I’m feeling glad
I got sunshine in a bag
I’m useless, but not for long
The future is coming on
It’s coming on, it’s coming on
It’s coming on, it’s coming on

[Verse 1: Del Tha Funky Homosapien]
Finally, someone let me out of my cage
Now, time for me is nothing, ’cause I’m countin’ no age
Nah, I couldn’t be there, now you shouldn’t be scared
I’m good at repairs, and I’m under each snare
Intangible, bet you didn’t think, so I command you to
Panoramic view, look, I’ll make it all manageable
Pick and choose, sit and lose, all you different crews
Chicks and dudes, who you think is really kickin’ tunes?
Picture you getting down in a picture tube
Like you lit the fuse, you think it’s fictional?
Mystical? Maybe, spiritual hero
Who appears in you to clear your view when you’re too crazy?
Lifeless to those, the definition for what life is
Priceless to you, because I put you on the hype shit
You like it? Gun smokin’, righteous with one toke
Get psychic among those, possess you with one go

[Chorus: 2D + (Del)]
I ain’t happy, I’m feeling glad
I got sunshine in a bag
I’m useless, but not for long
The future is coming on
I ain’t happy, I’m feeling glad
I got sunshine in a bag
I’m useless, but not for long
The future is coming on (That’s right)
It’s coming on, it’s coming on
It’s coming on, it’s coming on

[Verse 2: Del]
The essence, the basics, without it, you make it
Allow me to make this childlike in nature
Rhythm, you have it or you don’t, that’s a fallacy
I’m in them, every sproutin’ tree, every child of peace
Every cloud and sea, you see with your eyes
I see destruction and demise, corruption in disguise (That’s right)
From this fuckin’ enterprise, now I’m sucked into your lies
Through Russel, not his muscles
But percussion he provides for me as a guide, y’all can see me now
‘Cause you don’t see with your eye, you perceive with your mind
That’s the inner (Fuck ’em) so I’ma stick around with Russ and be a mentor
Bust a few rhymes so motherfuckers remember
Where the thought is, I brought all this
So you can survive when law is lawless (Right here)
Feelings, sensations that you thought was dead
No squealing and remember that it’s all in your head

[Chorus: 2D]
I ain’t happy, I’m feeling glad
I got sunshine in a bag
I’m useless, but not for long
The future is coming on
I ain’t happy, I’m feeling glad
I got sunshine in a bag
I’m useless, but not for long
My future is coming on
It’s coming on, it’s coming on
It’s coming on, it’s coming on

[Outro: 2D]
My future is coming on
It’s coming on, it’s coming on
It’s coming on, it’s coming on
My future
Is coming on
It’s coming on, it’s coming on
It’s coming on, it’s coming on
It’s coming on
My future is coming on
It’s coming on, it’s coming on
My future
It’s coming on, it’s coming on
It’s coming on
My future
It’s coming on, it’s coming on
My future

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,986: ‘Clint Eastwood’ – Gorillaz

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    This was a hit? Never heard it before. And why is it named “Clint Eastwood?”

    • Clay says:

      The song charted pretty high in multiple countries, and reached #3 on the U.S. Modern Rock chart. I vaguely remember it. As for the title, apparently somebody in the studio mentioned a similarity between the music and the theme song from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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