This track was plucked from the debut album to become the second Gorillaz single release, possibly on the strength of the Soulchild Remix of the song. In its original form it is more lethargic and not exactly a dancefloor filler, but is still eminently listenable with its catchy 'Get the cool sunshine' refrain. The lyrics, whilst not exactly lucid, stand out amongst those on the debut LP as some of the best. It has been speculated that the title derives from the fact that the song might make reference to the turn of the millenium, and the whole pre and post millenial tension thing in its first few lines. Also it could be that Damon is referring to his decision to start the Gorillaz project after feeling creatively hemmed in, in the second group of four lines.

Official song credits

Written by Gorillaz
Performed by Gorillaz, additional vocals by Miho Hatori and Tina Weymouth
Produced by Dan The Automator and Gorillaz
Co-produced by Tom Girling and Jason Cox
Engineered by Tom Girling and Jason Cox
Pro-Tools by Tom Girling
Assistant engineer: Toby Whelan

Versions & availibility(Click links for exact discographical details)

'19/2000' [3:27] - available on the 19/2000 single all formats, the album 'Gorillaz' and the 'Rock The House' single (CD2 only)
'19/2000 (Call Out Hook)' [0:10] - available on a US promo for the 19/2000 single
'19/2000' (video version) [3:55] - available on the Celebrity Take Down DVD


Played live at all the dates on the Phase One tours. Sometimes played as a repeated song in the encore too.


The world is spinning too fast
I'm buying lead Nike shoes
To keep myself tethered
To the days I tried to lose

My mama said to slow down
You should make your shoes
Sop dancing to the music
Of Gorillaz in a happy mood

Keep a mild groove on

Here you go!

Get the cool!
Get the cool shoe shine!

There's a monkey in the jungle
Watching a vapour trail
Caught up in the conflict
Between his brain and his tail

And if time to elimination
Then we got nothing to lose
Please repeat the message
It's the music that we choose

Keep a mild groove on

Okay, bring it down yeah we gonna break out

Get the cool!
Get the cool shoe shine!

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