Album: Gorillaz (2000)
Charted: 6
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  • Originally a rather minimalist (and somewhat dull) rap with the gimmick of a cartoon voice (rather than an angry, heavy bass vocal), a club remix became a huge dance hit at the turn of the century and turned Gorillaz into a household name, both because of how catchy the melody and lyric are and because so few people who love the song seem to know its title - and those who do have no idea why it's called "19-2000." Well, here's the answer: Murdoc Nickels, who operates as the leader of the virtual band said: "I wrote this around the end of the last millennium, as the clocks were changing and the 21st century was dawning. A new age was upon us. It would be ridiculous for the occasion to go unmarked by a band as forward thinking and iconic as Gorillaz. I just needed a title that reflected that change. 19/2000 fitted the bill. It was that or 'Millennium' and that's a s--t name for a song."
  • For anyone who doesn't know the song by its title, it's the one that starts with rapping about a monkey in the jungle watching a paper trail, followed by a momma telling her kids they have to make their own shoes, and then ramps up to a chorus of "Get the cool! Get the cool shoeshine!" >>
    Suggestion credit:
    S.D. - Denver, CO, for above 2
  • This samples "Sing a Simple Song" by Sly & the Family Stone.
  • Tina Weymouth of the Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club provided backing vocals on this track.

Comments: 9

  • Phil Coder from UkUm, this song is not in 5/4 time...
  • Pokeman42 from Baltimore, MdWhat does the sign "Salvation next exit" have to do with the song?
  • Jonathan from Johnstown, Pa@K, it would be pronounced "Five-Four." The song is named after the time signature it is in, and time signatures are always spoken top number-bottom number. (i.e. Four-Four, Six-Eight)
  • Megan from Stevenson, AlI LOVE THIS BAND! They're sooo CRAZY, but that's what I love about them! Every song they sing...is great! I <3 Damon!
  • K from Nowhere, OnI'm actually more curious as to how one should say "5/4" but I do really love this song :)
  • Dragon from Victoria, Bcthis song is about brainkess idiots who follow trends and have no idividuallity. pop or popular
    who get the new cool shoes and dont know why theyre cool. (because everybody esle has them)
  • Glen from Estero, FlThe Song is called "19-2000" because Damon Albarn always liked saying "It goes 1998, 1999, and 19-200"
  • Julian from Waukegan, IlI love this song. It was on FIFA and i used to play this song all the time lol
  • Kane from Wytheville, Vathis song was on a winter fresh commercial too.
    wtf wheres the posts no one else likes this song?
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