Albarn told The Sun about this paean to 21st century ill-communication: "The hostiles are those characters in computer games that you just kill," he said. "They're completely soulless things given no character other than they're hostile to you."
"I felt the blankness of just kidding, the passive aggression that exists in computer games," Albarn continued. "It's kind of weird. However, I know I'm getting Grand Theft Auto 5!"
Damon Albarn told The Observer that he wrote this song after spending Christmas at his mother-in-law's house, "spending hours on the sofa playing The Dark Knight video game with my daughter, just zapping these endless characters with no real humanity."
The Naughty by Nature hit "O.P.P." doesn't have any curse words, but many oversensitive radio stations played a "clean" version with the word "kitten" edited out, surely the first time that word was censured.
"Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve samples an obscure orchestral arrangement of the 1965 Rolling Stones song "The Last Time." The Verve had to sign away most of the royalties before they could release the song.