Gorillaz is the creation of musician Damon Albarn and comic book artist Jamie Hewlett. They’re a virtual band made up four animated characters. Their songs are written by Damon Albarn and a roster of collaborators. Since the first album was released in 2001, Gorillaz have sold over 16 million records worldwide. In this episode, Damon breaks down the song "Andromeda" from the 2017 Gorillaz album Humanz. It’s a dance song, but also an elegy to people in his life who he’s lost, like legendary soul singer Bobby Womack, a former Gorillaz collaborator. Andromeda features guest vocals by the rapper and singer D.R.A.M., whose own hit single, "Broccoli," went quadruple platinum in 2016. Coming up later, D.R.A.M. tells the story of how he got involved with this track, and Damon shares an exclusive clip of a scrapped version of the song with D.R.A.M. on lead vocals.
(This episode contains explicit language.)
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the song andromeda. It says for Ethel S, always the
cease mother of my partner,
and she was very, very ill. When I first sat down at the piano- and I was
thinking about her. You know- and I also came out one splurge- all those lyrics just came out at one time. The whole thing when
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it was, it was her passing final low,
words to me was so beautiful and lifting
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overwhelmed me. I one point, while I was rising, think
of her. I started thinking about Bobby Womack as well, who passed away the two years previously when the cards
to a close and was bought
a grey sanna- and I too so thinking about all these beautiful pay.
I've known, passed away, and so
said make it for the best times and the growing pains the good times the good times.
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I didn't know what I was singing was improvise, but it felt so for it.
At that moment
and knew tat. He knew I felt like you know it was take the worse,
possible outcome and the brain
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I just came out in one splurge and then
Over the months I tried to articulate the into something that made more sense but realise at the end of the day that it was
an honest thing,
quickly and vocally. That's how I sang it that is it the improvised focal take spent
literally a fucking years, trying to get it right only to go back to the thing I did in like two minutes.
It's really annoying. Sometimes you have to come to put yourself for that kind of torturers process.
Just really know that what you did originally was the right thing
I tried lots of different versions about song. We did a verse rewritten by man didn't work. We did a version with christine
Then the queen's that didn't work, we did a whole version with dram that didn't work.
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camaraderie that all the laughter
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item cylinder track over an hour swiftly,
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to do their own thing
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The word Andromeda comes from two places: Andromeda
the name of a night club in coaches stir in the early nineties, etas, where I used to go.
On a friday night, and it was the only path
ice in the house.
The term I visited
applied so music services.
connection between the music. I used to hear their
the feeling, in the spirit of musical trying to evoke and also echo the deer,
was, was burying to astronomy
I imagine her spirit so
being somewhere. In
some consolation. Now, when I look up at the sky, because I know she looked up at the sky was fine, so I think
of how I look at the stars,
this woman dealing in MR still alive so
it's kind of its nicely that exists like to think about. When I sing it.
And now here's andromeda by guerrillas, featuring drawn in its entirety,
and the two sides
When I was here.
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