So, in case you’re living under a rock and didn’t see the internet going batshit crazy over the Vinyl Me, Please re-issue of the legendary album Demon Days by Gorillaz, allow me to recap. Vinyl Me, Please -the best damn record club- announced their April record of the month to be Demon Days. This album is beloved to music fans of all genres for its collective and eclectic sound. Wikipedia classifies this album genre as Pop music, Alternative rock, Trip-hop, Electronica & Alternative hip hop, but personally, I think this album could fall under a minimum of 10 other genres. During its first pressing on vinyl, copies of the album were pressed in a limited quantity, making this a relatively rare record to come across after its original release. The album was originally released in 2005, arguably one of the worst years for vinyl sales, so quantities were limited. Cue Vinyl Me, Please announcing the first official re-release (a cherry-red double LP no less). Cue the internet going absolutely berzerk in reaction. Within a day of the announcement, the website was completely flooded with people wanting to sign up for a subscription, so much so, that an alleged waiting list had to be created for the first time ever. Vinyl Me, Please only presses a certain quantity of their vinyl per month, sometimes there are leftovers, sometimes there aren’t. Needless to say, Demon Days is completely sold out.
One thing I love about this album is its ability to transform into essentially a different sound with each track. Cult favorite and my personal favorite, ‘Feel Good Inc.’, starts out with a bassline that will get stuck in your mind for days. The lyrics –“You’ve got a new horizon it’s ephemeral style. A melancholy town where we never smile”- are brilliant in their nature to both confuse you and yet still leave you craving for more. The song itself transitions from funky and rhythmic to acoustic sounding with melodic vocals and then finally finds itself in a rap verse. Personally, I find this track representing all that Gorillaz are capable of showcasing in their records. It’s the track that I show to people who haven’t dived too far into their sound but want to know more. And believe me, after they’ve heard ‘Feel Good Inc.’ they will want to know more.
All in all, this is an essential album for every record connoisseur’s bucket list. And hey, if you weren’t able to snag a copy from Vinyl Me, Please, there’s plenty of sellers on Discogs if you’re willing to pay up top dollar.
What do you think of this fan favorite album from The Gorillaz? Leave a comment and let me know!