Gorillaz – Dirty Harry (Music Video)

“Dirty Harry” is a song from British alternative band Gorillaz’ second studio album Demon Days, released as the third single from the album on 21 November 2005. Background The single peaked at #6 in the UK. Earlier that year, the song released as a promotional single on iTunes. An early version of “Dirty Harry” titled […]

“Dirty Harry” is a song from British alternative band Gorillaz’ second studio album Demon Days, released as the third single from the album on 21 November 2005.

Background

The single peaked at #6 in the UK. Earlier that year, the song released as a promotional single on iTunes. An early version of “Dirty Harry” titled “I Need a Gun” was included on Damon Albarn’s album Democrazy. On 8 December 2005 it was announced that “Dirty Harry” had been nominated for a Grammy under the category “Urban/Alternative Performance”, but was beaten by Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley’s “Welcome to Jamrock”. The song’s lyrics contain the line “The war is over so says the speaker with the flight suit on”, a reference to George W. Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” televised speech. Dirty Harry is also a 1971 film directed by Don Siegel. One of Gorillaz’s earlier singles is the name of the actor who played this film’s title character, Clint Eastwood. The single cover is similar to that of the film Full Metal Jacket.

Music video

The video was first released on 25 October 2005 to subscribers of the Gorillaz website mailing list. Like the video for “Clint Eastwood”, the video for “Dirty Harry” references the Clint Eastwood film of the same name. “Dirty Harry” is one of the few Gorillaz music videos to be filmed on-location, the others being “Stylo” and “DoYaThing”. The band was going to use a computer animated desert, but it turned out simply flying the crew and band to the desert was cheaper and easier. Most of the video features shirtless 2-D and an animated version of the Children’s Choir San Fernandez stranded in the middle of a desert, following what appears to have been a helicopter crash. The survivors keep themselves entertained with the song while awaiting the arrival of rescuers, portrayed by Noodle and Murdoc crewing a South African Defence Force Casspir mine-proof vehicle driven by Russel (who wears a Fu Manchu). The song and video feature a guest appearance by Pharcyde rapper Bootie Brown, who leaps out of a sand dune in World War II military fatigues to perform his verse of the song. In the end of the video the Gorillaz, the children and Bootie Brown depart the crash site in the military vehicle, which breaks down meters away. The themes in the single, as well as the themes in the entire album are all based on Damon Albarn’s observations on the state that the world is in today.The helmet which appears on the single cover and the poster for the video, seen in the cinema section of the Gorillaz website, is reminiscent of the Full Metal Jacket film poster.

Track listing

UK CD1 / Digital Single
“Dirty Harry” – 3:47
“All Alone” (Live) – 3:39
UK CD2 / Digital E.P.
“Dirty Harry” – 3:47
“Hongkongaton” – 3:34
“Dirty Harry” (Chopper Remix) – 3:38
UK DVD Single
“Dirty Harry” (Video) – 4:56
“Murdoc Is God” – 2:26
“Dirty Harry” (Animatic) – 3:47
European / Australian CD Single
“Dirty Harry” – 3:47
“Hongkongaton” – 3:34
“Dirty Harry” (Chopper Remix) – 3:38
“Dirty Harry” (Video) – 4:56
“Dirty Harry” (Animatic) – 3:47
Japanese CD Single
“Dirty Harry” – 3:47
“All Alone” (Live) – 3:39
“Hongkongaton” – 3:34
“Dirty Harry” (Chopper Remix) – 3:38
“Dirty Harry” (Video) – 4:56
U.S. Digital EP
“Dirty Harry” – 3:47
“Highway (Under Construction)” – 4:20
“Hongkongaton” – 3:34
“Dirty Harry” (Video) – 4:56
“Dirty Harry” (Live In Harlem – Video) – 6:12

Chart positions

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 15
Austria Top 75 Singles Chart 69
Belgium Top 50 Singles Chart 8
Denmark Top 20 Singles Chart 20
Dutch Singles Chart 100
Germany Top 100 Singles Chart 80
Irish Singles Chart 19
Italy Top 50 Singles Chart 40
Switzerland Top 100 Singles Chart 88
UK Singles Chart 6



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