"Feel Good Inc."
Single by Gorillaz featuring De La Soul
from the album Demon Days
B-side
  • "Spitting Out the Demons"
  • "Bill Murray"
  • "68 State"
Released9 May 2005
Studio
  • Kong (Essex, England)
  • 13 (London, England)
Genre
Length
  • 3:42 (album version)
  • 3:28 (radio edit)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Gorillaz singles chronology
"Lil' Dub Chefin'"
(2002)
"Feel Good Inc."
(2005)
"Dare"
(2005)
De La Soul singles chronology
"Rock Co.Kane Flow"
(2004)
"Feel Good Inc."
(2005)
"Thou Shalt Always Kill"
(2009)
Audio sample
Music video
"Feel Good Inc." on YouTube

"Feel Good Inc." is a song by British virtual band Gorillaz featuring American hip-hop group De La Soul. The song was released as the lead single from the band's second studio album, Demon Days, on 9 May 2005, preceding the release of the album by two days. The single peaked at No. 2 in the United Kingdom and No. 14 in the United States, topping the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart for eight consecutive weeks and appearing on the Billboard Hot 100 year-end rankings for both 2005 and 2006. The song peaked within the top 5 in 12 countries, reaching No. 1 in Spain and Greece. "Feel Good Inc." has been certified platinum in Australia and double-platinum in the United Kingdom. "Feel Good Inc." currently has over 800 million plays on Spotify.[4]

The song was listed in Pitchfork Media and Rolling Stone's Best Songs of the 2000s. It was nominated for three Grammys at the 2006 Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year, but winning for Best Pop Collaboration.[5] Popdose ranked it 26th on their list of 100 best songs of the decade.[6]

Music video

Background

The main themes of the video are intellectual freedom and the media's dumbing down of mass culture.[7] Jamie Hewlett said in an interview that the inspiration for some scenes in the video came from Hayao Miyazaki; specifically, the windmill-powered landmass, which has been compared to that of Miyazaki's Castle in the Sky.[8]

Synopsis

At the beginning of the video, the camera rises up to the top of the Feel Good Inc. tower, and a sample of the Spacemonkeyz dub of "Clint Eastwood", entitled "A Fistful of Peanuts", can be heard. The camera focuses into the tower, where 2-D yearns for the freedom to join Noodle on her floating island. The characters lying on the floor represent those who have already been "dumbed down", while the band members are the ones who have awakened. 2-D is trying to wake all the people from their half-dead state by yelling at them through his megaphone, in the style of a political activist.[7] The floating island is chased by ominous helicopters, which closely resemble Korean War era Bell H-13s, monitoring the behaviour inside and ensuring that no one escapes. It is unclear whether they are preventing Noodle's escape or are chasing her away.[7]

Back in the tower, De La Soul appear as larger-than life, seemingly omnipotent images on surrounding television screens, laughing at the Gorillaz band members.[9] Their taunting drives 2-D into a wild, hypnotic frenzy as he tries to resist the urge to be dumbed down. At the end of the video, 2-D, beaten by his surroundings, returns to the state he was in when the video began, repeating the words "Feel good" until the video finally ends, in an exact reversal of the intro. The repetition of "Feel good" represents that 2-D is convincing himself that everything is OK (as if he is brainwashing himself to believe it), instead of facing the harsh truth of the situation.[7] The music video for "El Mañana" is a continuation of this video, depicting two helicopter gunships catching up to Noodle's floating windmill island and attacking it.

Usage in media

The track was included in the respective soundtracks of SingStar Pop, Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 3, DJ Hero, Guitar Hero 5, Fantasia: Music Evolved, Grand Theft Auto V, and Watch Dogs: Legion; the single has also been included as downloadable content for the soundtracks of Rock Band and SingStar. Additionally, the track was utilized in one of Apple's "silhouette style" iPod television advertisements.

Awards and nominations

Awards

Nominations

Track listings

Credits and personnel

Credits are lifted from the European CD single and Demon Days liner notes.[13][16]

Studios

Charts

Sales and certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[68] Platinum 70,000^
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[69] Platinum 90,000double-dagger
Italy (FIMI)[70]
sales since 2009
Platinum 50,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[71] Gold 5,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[72] 2× Platinum 1,200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[74] Gold 2,924,479[73]

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United States 4 April 2005 (2005-04-04) Alternative radio Virgin [75]
9 May 2005 (2005-05-09) Digital download [15]
Australia CD Parlophone [76]
United Kingdom
  • 7-inch vinyl
  • CD
  • DVD
[77]

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