Welcome To The World Of The Plastic Beach
by Gorillaz (featuring Snoop Dogg)

Album: Plastic Beach (2010)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • Plastic Beach is an environmentally conscious project set on a metaphorical floating South Pacific island made of rubbish and [the] washed-up remnants of humanity. Gorillaz co-creator Damon Albarn got the idea for the record while on a beach next to his house: "I was just looking for all the plastic within the sand," he explained. Albarn went on to give details of the record's concept to The Guardian: "[It's] sort of about the mythical aspects of Britain. Obviously, because it's Gorillaz we've moved it to a different place, but it still maintains a lot of that melancholy."
  • This track features Snoop Dogg and Chicago soul jazz instrumentalists the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Gorillaz bassist Murdoc explained: "Snoop's the grandaddy, isn't he? Doggystyle was for many people the record that got them into rap and G-funk. The track also features The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, a Chicago nine-piece brass group featuring eight sons of Phil Cohran (who played trumpet with The Sun Ra Arkestra).
    This is a proper soundtrack: brass-laden, pimped out, plastic funk, mixing the organic with the plastic to form something new and shiny. And who better to open up this world than Snoop?"
  • The theme of Plastic Beach is false promises. On Gorillaz website they have an Escape to Plastic Beach game. When you talk to the seagull, it says "It seemed ideal," and then he complains about how truly horrible it is. The beach, from afar, looks very cute and happy, but the closer you get, the nastier it appears. Soplastic would mean fake, and in the song "Rhinestone Eyes," the rhinestones are like false diamonds. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Stella - Beverly Hills, CA

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Peter Lord

Peter LordSongwriter Interviews

You may not recognize his name, but you will certainly recognize Peter Lord's songs. He wrote the bevy of hits from Paula Abdul's second album, Spellbound.

Terry Jacks ("Seasons in the Sun")

Terry Jacks ("Seasons in the Sun")Songwriter Interviews

Inspired by his dear friend, "Seasons in the Sun" paid for Terry's boat, which led him away from music and into a battle with Canadian paper mills.

Sugarland

SugarlandSongwriter Interviews

Meet the "sassy basket" with the biggest voice in country music.

Tony Banks of Genesis

Tony Banks of GenesisSongwriter Interviews

Genesis' key-man re-examines his solo career and the early days of music video.

Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots

Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple PilotsSongwriter Interviews

Stone Temple Pilots bass player Robert DeLeo names the songs that have most connected with fans and tells the stories behind tracks from their Tiny Music album.

Harry Shearer

Harry ShearerSongwriter Interviews

Harry is Derek Smalls in Spinal Tap, Mark Shubb in The Folksmen, and Mr. Burns on The Simpsons.