G Sides is a B-sides collection by Gorillaz from their first studio album session and the Tomorrow Comes Today EP. The compilation was released only in Japan in December 2001; the US edition, with a different track listing, followed in February 2002. The European version, released in March 2002, features the original Japanese track listing; the Japanese and US editions are different because the songs "Dracula" and "Left Hand Suzuki Method" are included on the standard US edition of Gorillaz as bonus tracks. The Brazilian limited edition release incorporates all of the tracks from both the Japanese and US versions of the album. Most versions have the same cover, featuring Noodle holding a skeleton doll in her hand, although some—notably the Japanese version—have her holding a Godzilla figurine instead. On the top of the sleeve, the title is written in katakana: ジー サイズ. G Sides reached number 65 on the UK Albums Chart and number 84 on the US Billboard 200. "The Sounder" first appeared on the French limited edition bonus disc of Gorillaz and is 6m16s in length.
On this album and the "Rock the House" single, it is edited to 4m29s. All songs composed by Gorillaz. "19-2000", "19-2000", "Hip Albatross" and "Left Hand Suzuki Method" are B-sides of "19-2000". "Latin Simone" and "12D3" are B-sides of the Tomorrow Comes Today 2000 EP. "The Sounder", "Faust", "Ghost Train" and "Rock the House" are B-sides of "Rock the House". "Clint Eastwood" and "Dracula" are B-sides of "Clint Eastwood"
"Rhinestone Eyes" is a song from British alternative rock virtual band Gorillaz featured on their third studio album, Plastic Beach. The single was intended to receive a full release as the fourth single from Plastic Beach, with copies of the physical single being sent to radio stations across the United States. However, just days after the copies were issued, the band made the decision to issue non-album single "Doncamatic" instead; the song is featured in the video game FIFA 11. The band performed the song live for the first time at the Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth, on 21 March 2010; the song was performed at all the shows of their Escape to Plastic Beach World Tour, held between October and December 2010. The band recorded a live set for the Late Show with David Letterman on 8 October 2010; the set was released with "Rhinestone Eyes" being played on the main show. Gorillaz performed the song at the shows of their subsequent tours Humanz Tour and The Now Now Tour. A storyboard version of a possible music video for the song was released on 4 October 2010 to the band's official YouTube channel.
The storyboard begins by telling the story of how all four of the band members reunite on Plastic Beach, with the return of Russell and Noodle. The opening scene shows Russell and Noodle heading to Plastic Beach, with Noodle riding on the top of Russell's head, as he eats a hammerhead shark; the Boogieman appears at the top of Plastic Beach, with Murdoc and Cyborg Noodle discovering him. Cyborg Noodle begins to shoot at the Boogieman; the Boogieman jumps into the ocean, with 2D noticing him from his room, lands on an empty ship. The Boogieman points to Murdoc and remembers a flashback in which what appear to be the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse passing by in a desert setting Mexico, where Murdoc used to be an arms dealer, while the Boogieman is left behind on a donkey. A mysterious man holds his hand out as a sign of friendship; as the Boogieman stretches out his hand, the man grabs his hand and the man is revealed to be Murdoc. The scene returns to normal with the Boogieman feeling outwitted as Murdoc grins.
Cyborg Noodle blows up the entrance while holding a complete arsenal of weapons, surprising all of the fellow people who collaborated on Plastic Beach as her eyes start to water, similar to the Stylo video. The Boogieman summons his own army to attack Plastic Beach while Cyborg Noodle and the collaborators try to defend the island. A whale begins to bite the bottom of Plastic Beach, scaring 2D, afraid of whales and puts his clown mask on his face, until Russel grabs its tail and tosses it into the sky, hitting a plane. Cyborg Noodle is startled to see Russel. Noodle reveals some scars around her right eye. A fan-made video featuring a animated, full-colour rendering of the aforementioned official storyboard was released on 31 August 2017; the video was received positively by the official Gorillaz YouTube channel in the comments section of the video. "Rhinestone Eyes" – 3:20 "Rhinestone Eyes" – 3:20 Damon Albarn: vocals, guitar, sampled loops, drum programming, production Jason Cox: bass guitar, additional production Gabriel Mauris Wallace: drums Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Osaka is a designated city in the Kansai region of Japan. It is the capital city of Osaka Prefecture and the largest component of the Keihanshin Metropolitan Area, the second largest metropolitan area in Japan and among the largest in the world with over 19 million inhabitants. Osaka will host Expo 2025; the current mayor of Osaka is Ichiro Matsui. Some of the earliest signs of human habitation in the Osaka area at the Morinomiya ruins comprise shell mounds, sea oysters and buried human skeletons from the 6th–5th centuries BC, it is believed that what is today the Uehonmachi area consisted of a peninsular land with an inland sea in the east. During the Yayoi period, permanent habitation on the plains grew. By the Kofun period, Osaka developed into a hub port connecting the region to the western part of Japan; the large numbers of larger tomb mounds found in the plains of Osaka are seen as evidence of political-power concentration, leading to the formation of a state. The Kojiki records that during 390–430 AD there was an imperial palace located at Osumi, in what is present day Higashiyodogawa ward, but it may have been a secondary imperial residence rather than a capital.
In 645, Emperor Kōtoku built his Naniwa Nagara-Toyosaki Palace in what is now Osaka, making it the capital of Japan. The city now known as Osaka was at this time referred to as Naniwa, this name and derivations of it are still in use for districts in central Osaka such as Naniwa and Namba. Although the capital was moved to Asuka in 655, Naniwa remained a vital connection, by land and sea, between Yamato and China. Naniwa was declared the capital again in 744 by order of Emperor Shōmu, remained so until 745, when the Imperial Court moved back to Heijō-kyō. By the end of the Nara period, Naniwa's seaport roles had been taken over by neighboring areas, but it remained a lively center of river and land transportation between Heian-kyō and other destinations. In 1496, Jōdo Shinshū Buddhists established their headquarters in the fortified Ishiyama Hongan-ji, located directly on the site of the old Naniwa Imperial Palace. Oda Nobunaga began a decade-long siege campaign on the temple in 1570 which resulted in the surrender of the monks and subsequent razing of the temple.
Toyotomi Hideyoshi constructed Osaka Castle in its place in 1583. Osaka was long considered Japan's primary economic center, with a large percentage of the population belonging to the merchant class. Over the course of the Edo period, Osaka grew into one of Japan's major cities and returned to its ancient role as a lively and important port, its popular culture was related to ukiyo-e depictions of life in Edo. By 1780, Osaka had cultivated a vibrant arts culture, as typified by its famous Kabuki and Bunraku theaters. In 1837, Ōshio Heihachirō, a low-ranking samurai, led a peasant insurrection in response to the city's unwillingness to support the many poor and suffering families in the area. One-quarter of the city was razed before shogunal officials put down the rebellion, after which Ōshio killed himself. Osaka was opened to foreign trade by the government of the Bakufu at the same time as Hyōgo on 1 January 1868, just before the advent of the Boshin War and the Meiji Restoration. Osaka residents were stereotyped in Edo literature from at least the 18th century.
Jippensha Ikku in 1802 depicted Osakans as stingy beyond belief. In 1809, the derogatory term "Kamigata zeeroku" was used by Edo residents to characterize inhabitants of the Osaka region in terms of calculation, lack of civic spirit, the vulgarity of Osaka dialect. Edo writers aspired to samurai culture, saw themselves as poor but generous and public spirited. Edo writers by contrast saw "zeeroku" as obsequious apprentices, greedy and lewd. To some degree, Osaka residents are still stigmatized by Tokyo observers in the same way today in terms of gluttony, evidenced in the phrase, "Residents of Osaka devour their food until they collapse"; the modern municipality was established in 1889 by government ordinance, with an initial area of 15 square kilometres, overlapping today's Chūō and Nishi wards. The city went through three major expansions to reach its current size of 223 square kilometres. Osaka was the industrial center most defined in the development of capitalism in Japan, it became known as the "Manchester of the Orient."The rapid industrialization attracted many Korean immigrants, who set up a life apart for themselves.
The political system was pluralistic, with a strong emphasis on promoting industrialization and modernization. Literacy was high and the educational system expanded producing a middle class with a taste for literature and a willingness to support the arts. In 1927, General Motors operated a factory called Osaka Assembly until 1941, manufacturing Chevrolet, Pontiac and Buick vehicles and staffed by Japanese workers and managers. In the nearby city of Ikeda in Osaka Prefecture is the headquarters office of Daihatsu, one of Japan's oldest automobile manufacturers. Like its European and American counterparts, Osaka displayed slums and poverty. In Japan it was here that municipal government first introduced a comprehensive system of poverty relief, copied in part from British models. Osaka policymakers stressed the importance of family formation and mutual assistance as the best way to combat poverty; this minimized
Clint Eastwood (song)
"Clint Eastwood" is a song by British virtual band Gorillaz, released as the first single from their self-titled debut album in March 2001. The song is named after the actor of the same name due to its similarity to the theme music of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; the song is a mix of electronic music, hip hop and rock. The verses are rapped by Del the Funky Homosapien, portrayed as a blue phantom in the video, while the chorus is sung by Damon Albarn, it peaked at number 4 on the UK Singles Chart and number 57 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It reached number one in Italy and charted within the top 20 of many countries around the world; the single has sold 600,000 copies in the UK and has been certified platinum by the BPI. Rolling Stone ranked it number 38 on its 100 best songs of the 2000s. In October 2011, NME placed it at number 141 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years"; the magazine ranked it at number 347 on their list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Demo versions of "Clint Eastwood" were recorded by Damon Albarn on a four-track using a drum machine and guitar.
A re-recording similar to these demos was recorded into Logic for use as a backing track. The strings featured in the song are from the Solina String Ensemble. According to engineer, Jason Cox, "Damon gave us the OK to set fire to it on stage, but we said'No, you can't set fire to that! It's a classic!'", it ended up being used on the song as well as some other tracks on the album. The drums are provided by a drum machine and the main instrument used in the song is the melodica, which Albarn used to make the basic track as well; some of the single releases featured an alternative version of the song which featured British hip hop group Phi Life Cypher, who feature on the group's B-side "The Sounder". This was the original version. For some live performances of the song, alternative rappers are used. For the 2005 Demon Days tour, a version of the song featuring De La Soul and Bootie Brown, who have appeared in "Feel Good Inc.", "Superfast Jellyfish" and "Dirty Harry", was written and recorded. This version was released on the CD single of "DARE".
During the Escape to Plastic Beach World Tour, a third version of the track, featuring British rapper Tinie Tempah, was written and performed. During July 2010, when Tempah was unable to make tour performances, a fourth version of the song, featuring Tempah's verses performed by British grime MC's Kano & Bashy, was devised. Snoop Dogg performed a rap during the group's 2010 Glastonbury performance. During the group's Asian tour dates, a fifth version of the song, featuring all new verses from Lebanese-Syrian rapper Eslam Jawaad, was performed. During Gorillaz co-creator Damon Albarn's 2014 solo tour for Everyday Robots, he performed the song live with Dan The Automator and Del The Funky Homosapien for the first time. In the tour, he played the song with new guest rappers like Vic Mensa, while bringing back rappers who have performed the song with Gorillaz like Bashy and Snoop Dogg; the animated music video was directed by Pete Candeland. It starts with the Gorillaz logo in red against a black screen, the following quote from the 1978 film Dawn of the Dead: "Every dead body, not exterminated, gets up and kills.
The people it kills, get up and kill" in Japanese in English. This phrase was deemed offensive in some countries and a censored version was produced that omits this intro; the video and song name is a reference to the famous western starring actor Clint Eastwood, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. An interpolation of the yell from the film's theme song, in particular that film's protagonist Tuco's leitmotif, can be heard at the beginning of the video, followed by sinister laughter from Murdoc; the notes that the melodica plays are based on the yell. The band is seen playing their music against a white backdrop. 2-D is seen wearing a T-Virus shirt most referencing Resident Evil. Russel's cap begins to mysteriously rise on its own, the ghost of Del appears to be emerging from under it, he begins to rap, leaving the other band members dumbfounded, the backdrop develops dark clouds in the sky, enormous tombstones start to burst out of the ground, the scene becomes that of a cemetery, as a shower of rain and thunderstorm begins.
Shortly afterwards, zombie gorilla hands rise up from the ground. Murdoc is grabbed by the crotch and pulled to the ground, a reference to the Peter Jackson zombie film Braindead. Seconds the zombie gorillas themselves rise up. Murdoc flees at the sight of them, with a number of them pursuing him, he turns and glares at them out of frustration at his inability to escape, the zombie apes engage in a bizarre dance routine before Murdoc is knocked back by a lightning. Noodle is shown joyfully skipping along as if she is unaware of her surroundings, in her playful skipping, she delivers a hard kick to one of the zombie gorillas in the face. Afterwards, Del is sucked back into Russel's head as the gorillas all disintegrate, the band members are left standing in the cemetery, now bright with sunlight; the video concludes with a split screen showing each of the four band members and their names. The video has a running time of 4:32, different from the album version, which runs for 5:42, the album version features about 1:10 of the backing track playing with no vocals over the top.
The BPM of the music video is slightly slower than that of the album version. The video for "Clint Eastwood" won an award at the Rushes Soho Short Film Festival A
Humanz is the fifth studio album by virtual band Gorillaz. It was released on 28 April 2017 in the United Kingdom by Parlophone and in the United States by Warner Bros. Records; the album was announced on the band's official Instagram page on 23 March 2017. According to a press release, it was recorded in London, New York City and Jamaica, was produced by the band, The Twilite Tone, Remi Kabaka Jr, it was the band's first studio album since 2011's The Fall, features collaborations with Noel Gallagher, Grace Jones, Kali Uchis, Vince Staples, Popcaan, D. R. A. M. Anthony Hamilton, De La Soul, Danny Brown, Mavis Staples, Pusha T, Benjamin Clementine. Humanz debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200, selling over 140,000 copies in its first week of sales, it debuted at number one in Austria, Belgium and Switzerland. After the release of their 2010 album The Fall, rumours began to circulate on the internet that Gorillaz creators Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett had fallen out, that this had led to the band split.
Representatives for the band denied the rumours in a statement to Pitchfork. Gorillaz released a single with James Murphy and André 3000 commissioned by Converse, titled "DoYaThing" on 23 February 2012. In April 2012, in an interview with The Guardian, Albarn stated that Gorillaz were "unlikely" to release new music, citing Hewlett's dissatisfaction that his animation had become less central to the band and their performances. In June 2013, Hewlett said, but Gorillaz is quite a expensive thing to produce. So, I think we need to wait a little bit to see what happens because in the music industry everything changes."On 25 April 2014, Albarn released the solo album Everyday Robots. Hewlett revealed that he and Albarn decided to revive Gorillaz after Albarn had played a gig, stating: "...we were at a party afterwards. We'd had a bit to drink, he said,'Do you want to do another one?' And I said,'Do you?' and he said,'Do you?' And I said,'Yeah, sure.' I started work on it straight away. I played around by myself for eight months while he was performing with Blur in 2015."
In October 2014, Albarn was said to be "in the process of reactivating Gorillaz for a 2016 release." In an Instagram post on 30 January 2015, Hewlett posted new drawings of fictional band members Murdoc and Noodle. He responded to a fan's query by stating, "Yes Gorillaz Returns." Albarn's band Blur released their eighth studio album The Magic Whip on 27 April 2015. Before Blur's tour in support of The Magic Whip, Albarn said, "I'm starting recording in September for a new Gorillaz record." On 19 January 2017, Gorillaz released the first track from the album, "Hallelujah Money" featuring Benjamin Clementine, accompanied by a music video as a non-commercial single on Uproxx's YouTube channel. Prior to studio recording, Albarn made use of iPad applications such as GarageBand to create the framework for each song. Albarn had utilised his iPad as an audio workstation for The Fall, touting its convenience over the 4-Track recorder he'd used for preliminary music production. To guide collaborators into the "dark fantasy" setting that Albarn envisioned for Humanz, Albarn instructed guest artists to imagine a future in which Donald Trump had won the 2016 US presidential election.
As recording for Humanz began well before Trump had secured the Republican presidential nomination, much less the presidency, the possibility of a Trump presidency was still considered remote by many. When this happened, I was like'Wait a minute, what type of crystal ball did this guy have? Why are you asking me to think along these lines?' I don't think he thought that would win, I'm not gonna go that far, but he conceptualised this whole thing."In April 2016, Hewlett uploaded two video clips onto his Instagram showing the continued work on the album. The first clip featured The Twilite Tone; the second clip was a time-lapse video featuring Albarn, Remi Kabaka Jr, Twilite Tone and Jean-Michel Jarre. On 17 May 2016, Gorillaz were in the studio with Chicago-based hip hop artist Vic Mensa, although Bailey and Mensa's contributions were left off of the finished album. In an interview with Q magazine, Albarn revealed that he reached out to collaborate with a number of different artists, many of whom turned him down, including English musician Morrissey, Dionne Warwick –, unwilling to collaborate as some lyrics on the record conflicted with her religious views, singer Sade, American rapper Rick Ross.
Albarn revealed in an interview with Song Exploder, that the song "Andromeda", featured a more prominent role for rapper D. R. A. M and at one point, featured contributions from Rag'n'Bone Man and with French singer-songwriter Christine and the Queens, unsuccessful; the group reportedly recorded with Erykah Badu, whom Albarn had worked with on his Rocket Juice & the Moon project. The song "Charger" with Grace Jones was a result of Jones singing over the song's instrumental for four hours, ad-libbing and vibing to it. Overwhelmed by the length of the vocals recorded, Albarn had his studio floor covered in cut up pieces of paper with everything Jones had recorded, finding the fragments that worked and crafting the song from there. A photo of this was uploaded to Kabaka's Instagram, with the album's other executive producer T
We Got the Power (Gorillaz song)
"We Got the Power" is a song by alternative rock virtual band Gorillaz, featuring Jehnny Beth of British post-punk band Savages and backing vocals from former Oasis guitarist and songwriter Noel Gallagher and American rapper D. R. A. M. Who appears on the group's single "Andromeda"; the song was released on 23 March 2017. It was released as the second single from their fifth studio album Humanz. "We Got the Power" is the second single from the band's album Humanz and was produced by Damon Albarn, Remi Kabaka and the album's executive producer The Twilite Tone. The song features guest vocals from Jehnny Beth, the lead singer of the British band Savages as well as backing vocals from American rapper D. R. A. M. and Noel Gallagher. The song is a particular landmark for Albarn and Gallagher, after their public dislike of each other during what was dubbed by the media as "The Battle of Britpop" in the 1990s. At one point, the song featured backing vocals from Albarn's Blur bandmate Graham Coxon. In an interview with Radio X, Albarn spoke of the song, saying "At one point this song had Graham, Noel and me on it and it was sort of heading in the wrong direction.
It was becoming retro in its sort of spirit and way too rocky for this record so I kind of stripped it right back down again. We play it different live than how it is on the record. It's sort of the song; the climax. I thought Jehnny would take a bit of the testosterone off", he spoke of working with Gallagher for the first time, which Albarn was complimentary: "He's fantastic in the studio. It's nice. He’s great." On the 26th May, in collaboration with e.on, a music video for the song was released. The video shows a number of electrical toys and gadgets dancing in tune with the song with a toy version of the band appearing near the end of the song for the climax. Digital release single "We Got the Power" – 2:20 "We Got the Power" – 6:05 Damon Albarn – vocals, synthesizer, drums, production Jean-Michel Jarre – synthesizers, songwriter Stephen Sedgwick – mixer Anthony Khan – drums Sam Eggleton – bells John Davis – mastering engineer Jehnny Beth – vocals, songwriter Noel Gallagher – backing vocals, songwriter DRAM – backing vocals
FedEx Corporation is an American multinational courier delivery services company headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee. The name "FedEx" is a syllabic abbreviation of the name of the company's original air division, Federal Express, used from 1973 until 2000; the company is known for its overnight shipping service and pioneering a system that could track packages and provide real-time updates on package location, a feature that has now been implemented by most other carrier services. FedEx Corporation is an import/export company, incorporated October 1997, in Delaware. FDX Corporation was founded in January 1998 with the acquisition of Caliber System Inc. by Federal Express. With the purchase of Caliber, FedEx started offering other services besides express shipping. Caliber subsidiaries included a small-package ground service. FDX Corporation was founded to oversee all of the operations of those companies and its original air division, Federal Express. In the 1990s, FedEx Ground planned, but abandoned, a joint service with British Airways to have BA fly a Concorde supersonic jet airliner to Shannon, Ireland with FedEx packages on board, FedEx would have flown the packages subsonically to their delivery points in Europe.
Ron Ponder, a vice president at the time, was in charge of this proposed venture. In January 2000, FDX Corporation changed its name to FedEx Corporation and re-branded all of its subsidiaries. Federal Express became FedEx Express, RPS became FedEx Ground, Roberts Express became FedEx Custom Critical, Caliber Logistics and Caliber Technology were combined to comprise FedEx Global Logistics. A new subsidiary, called FedEx Corporate Services, was formed to centralize the sales and customer service for all of the subsidiaries. In February 2000, FedEx acquired an international logistics company. FedEx acquired WorldTariff, a customs duty and tax information company. FedEx Corp. acquired held Kinko's, Inc. in February 2004 and re-branded it FedEx Kinko's. The acquisition was made to expand FedEx's retail access to the general public. After the acquisition, all FedEx Kinko's locations offered only FedEx shipping. In June 2008, FedEx announced. In September 2004, FedEx acquired Parcel Direct, a parcel consolidator, re-branded it FedEx SmartPost.
In December 2007, the U. S. Internal Revenue Service "tentatively decided" the FedEx Ground Division might be facing a tax liability of $319 million for 2002, due to misclassification of its operatives as independent contractors. Reversing a 1994 decision which allowed FedEx to classify its operatives that own their own vehicles as independent contractors, the IRS audited the years 2003 to 2006, with a view to assessing whether similar misclassification of operatives had taken place. FedEx denied that any irregularities in classification had occurred, but faced legal action from operatives claiming benefits that would have accrued had they been classified as employees. In June 2009, FedEx began a campaign against United Parcel Service and the Teamsters union, accusing its competitor of receiving a bailout in an advertising campaign called "Brown Bailout". FedEx claimed that signing the Federal Aviation Administration re-authorization bill, which would let some of its workers unionize more was equivalent to giving UPS a "bailout".
Independent observers criticized FedEx's wording, claiming that it was "an abuse of the term". FedEx Express employees are regulated under the Railway Labor Act. On January 14, 2013, FedEx named Henry Maier CEO and President of FedEx Ground, to take effect after David Rebholz retired on May 31, 2013. On July 17, 2014, FedEx was indicted for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances in cooperation with the Chhabra-Smoley Organization and Superior Drugs. According to the U. S. Department of Justice, "FedEx is alleged to have knowingly and intentionally conspired to distribute controlled substances and prescription drugs, including Phendimetrazine. A representative for the company contested these claims, stating that it would violate personal rights of customers to deny service and that "We are a transportation company — we are not law enforcement". On July 17, 2016 the Department of Justice U. S. Attorney's Office confirmed in a statement that it had asked U. S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer to dismiss the indictment but did not say why.
In April 2015, FedEx acquired their rival firm TNT Express for €4.4 billion as it looks to expand their operations in Europe. For the fiscal year 2018, FedEx reported earnings of US$4.572 billion, with an annual revenue of US$65.450 billion, an increase of 8.5% over the previous fiscal cycle. FedEx's shares traded at over $244 per share, its market capitalization was valued at over US$55.5 billi