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New Music: Gorillaz

seinneann_ceoil spent the last ten days or so here in Portland, where it is cold and wet, rather than in Orlando, where it is sunny and warm, and I think we had a good time in spite of the rain and the slop.

She's very passionate about music, and listens to a lot of music I've never heard of. One of the bands she introduced me to while she was out here is called Gorillaz, and one of their songs has been stuck in my head ever since.

They have a YouTube channel and several videos up on YouTube. Unfortunately, they don't permit embedding of their videos, which I for one think is a profoundly stupid misstep on their part.

I could rant at length about why it's profoundly stupid for a band to disallow embedding their videos, and how putting a link in a blog will probably result in lower exposure, and how the business model for Internet videos is more about exposure to a new audience than it is about advertising revenue, and about how the ads are embedded in the video so advertising revenue is only minimally impacted by embedding anyway, or even about how it doesn't matter to Google one way or the other because Google's already won the online ad revenue game and is just allowing the Great Unwashed Masses to fight over the table scraps it's too lazy to pick up off the floor, but I'm feeling kind of melancholy today and I just don't feel like it.

Instead, I'll talk about what I like about the band and the video.

I really, really like their music. A lot. It's an interesting mix of different vocal styles, the music is kinda funky and kinda dancey, and the emotional tone of the song that's been stuck in my head all morning matches my mood pitch-perfect right now.

The song is Feel Good Inc. and the video that accompanies it is an animation of a narow slice of a post-apocalyptic world that reminds me a great deal of Nelvana, the animation studio that did Rock and Rule and the animated bits of Pink Floyd The Wall.

I'd love to show you the video, but, like I said, embedding is disabled. The best I can offer is a link, which I highly encourage you all to check out. Gorillaz: Feel Good Inc.


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Feb. 8th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
Oh, Tacit, are you ever the timely commentator on pop trends. XD
Feb. 8th, 2010 04:03 pm (UTC)
Feb. 9th, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC)
Exactly...I used to do this for karaoke, about two years ago...
Feb. 8th, 2010 12:09 am (UTC)
Feel Good Inc. is a fantastic song! And I agree that disallowing embedding was terribly shortsighted on their part. But yes, awesome song, and the video's quite lovely.
Feb. 8th, 2010 12:22 am (UTC)
I am a huge fan of Gorillaz and their music videos. Demon Days is one of the few albums I actually keep in my car for consistent listening. A particular favorite is Fire Coming Out Of The Monkey's Head--such a wonderful piece of storytelling.

Feb. 8th, 2010 01:47 am (UTC)
It may be the record company, not the band, that's against the embedding...

Anyway, Gorillaz are all sorts of interesting - Damon Albarn has had his fingers in all the UK musical pies, and we have Jamie Hewlett to thank for Tank Girl, as well as the fab Gorillaz 'look'.
Feb. 8th, 2010 06:38 am (UTC)
First off - I just love Gorillaz! They have some really nice music.

But as to the lameness of not being able to embed, it gets even worse.

I live in Sweden and when I click on your link I get the following:

"This video contains content from EMI. It is no longer available in your country."

But this means that it's probably not Gorillaz fault that people can't embed their videos, but rather the fault of the record company...
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Feb. 9th, 2010 12:01 am (UTC)
I was just about to post this link, when I thought to look up & double check to make sure no one else had.

Apparently the label only gets it's cut from YouTube when the video is played on YT & it doesn't count when it's embedded somewhere else.

tacit, your argument still holds water, only directed towards the label, rather than the band.
Feb. 9th, 2010 07:55 am (UTC)
No, this's why old-style revenue streams are terminally broken.

Speaking as an artist who has to deal with his copyrights being frequently violated, damaging the value of my work, copyright's only broken in that it's not strong enough or evenly enforced in many ways.
Feb. 8th, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
You might like this spot for Gorillaz gig on MTV Cribs. It is fantastic.
Feb. 9th, 2010 12:27 am (UTC)
The Gorillaz introduced the new 3D projection technology at the Grammy Awards with Madonna. Without using 3D glasses or anything, this type of projection makes it look like whatever you're projecting onto the stage occupies 3-dimensional space on the stage, not projected onto a screen behind the stage. When it's set up in a certain way, live performers can even appear to interact with the projection, or at least appear in the same plane as the projection. It's not exactly holographic, but it tries to mimic it.

Video of the projection technology, however, falls a bit short. I saw this debuted for the first time at InfoComm, a video/projection industry convention, & with the proper lighting, it really is hard to tell what's projected and what's really there.

(the relevant part of the video ends at 3:15, so if you don't like Madonna or the song, you don't have to keep watching, there's nothing else after that point)

Feb. 9th, 2010 01:13 am (UTC)
Gorillaz are magnificent; I salute seinneann_ceoil for her excellent taste. :)
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