Feel Good Inc. - Gorillaz (2005)
2005 was a banner year for music. Sufjan Stevens, The Decemberists and Devendra Banhart broke through to my ears, starting me on a much needed return trip to the world of indie. Kanye West showed that his debut album was no fluke with the release of Late Registration. Pink Floyd reunited with Roger Waters for a highly emotional and brilliant mini-set at Live 8. Progressive Rock came back in a major way with The Mars Volta's smash Francis The Mute. Bob Dylan's No Direction Home documentary film made by Martin Scorsese got us closer to the bard then we had ever been.
And a cartoon band that should never has been as good as their first album got even better.
It's not the thumping bass that sticks out in my mind, nor the mind-bending cameo by De La Soul. Hell, it's not even the monumental fact that this track finally gave Damon Albarn his first top 40 showing in America with a stately #14. It's that acoustic strumming that starts the bridge, and those beautiful lyrics sung in Albarn's airy tenor:
"Windmill, Windmill for the land/
Turn forever hand in hand...."
It still gives me chills every time I hear it, as does most of Demon Days.
So does Plastic Beach, with its cameos by soul legends and perfect pop.
God, the 00's Archies might just be one of the best bands ever!!
Madonna and 8-bit! Extra videos sometimes add so much!