Dirty Harry (Chopper Remix)

Folks, something truly remarkable has happened: A remix has made me truly fall head over heels for Dirty Harry! Just leave it to Dzire and Dubversive of the Space Monkeyz, (along with fellow Laika Come Home contributor, Stuart Zender) to march right in and reconfigure the whole song from top to bottom and hit me right in the unsuspecting testicles with its awesomeness. First off, the structure: After we get through the opening children’s choir bit, Bootie’s verse starts as usual. However, instead of just tearing through the whole thing in one fall swoop as was done on the album, the rap is stopped prematurely at the lyric, “Limitless with no dropping pressure.” Then, the chorus kicks back in. Only after it’s cycled a couple of times does the rap continue on through the end. It sounds small, but it makes a world of difference. The next reason why the Chopper Remix kicks the album version’s ass is this: The whole thing has been revamped as a speed rock/white man funk song. It’s got a more driving, grooveable beat, that can be head banged to as easily as it can be gotten jiggy with. It’s inspired stuff, I’m dead serious. And lastly, to fit around the new beat, Bootie’s flow has been slowed down and chopped up considerably, making the whole thing feel a lot less whiney and urgent than it did with the original production. In fact, for the first time, I’m finally able to enjoy Brown’s admittedly inspired lyricism that was once outshined by his frustrating delivery. In every conceivable way, this is the Dirty Harry that should have been let out onto the nation. I knew there was a good song somewhere inside of Damon’s original Democrazy demo, “I need a gun.” The Chopper Remix is that song. - Wazawaii

Official song credits

Written by Gorillaz and Bootie Brown
Performed by Gorillaz, rap by Bootie Brown, additional vocals by the San Fernandez Youth Chorus
Produced by Gorillaz, Dangermouse
Additional production by Jason Cox & James Dring
Mixed by Cox / Gorillaz / Danger Mouse at Pierce Rooms London
Engineered by Jason Cox
Programming by Danger Mouse / James Dring
Violins: Sally Jackson and Prabjote Osahn
Violas: Amanda Drummond and Stella Page
Cello: Isabelle Dunn
Double Bass: Al Mobbs and Emma Smith
Additional production & remix by D.Galea and S.Zender, co-mixed by Dubversive

Versions & availibility(Click links for exact discographical details)

Dirty Harry (Chopper Remix) [3:37] - available on the UK maxi CD and the Japanese CD EP of the Demon Days single


Never performed live.


I need a gun to keep myself from harm
The poor people are burning in the sun
But they ain't got a chance
They ain't got a chance
I need a gun
Cos all I do is dance
Cos all I do is dance

I need a gun to keep myself from harm
The poor people are burning in the sun
No, they ain't got a chance
They ain't got a chance
I need a gun
Cos all I do is dance
Cos all I do is dance

In my backpack
I got my act right
In case you act quite difficult
And your result
With anger and discontent
Some are seekin
In search of
Like Nimoy

I'm a peace-loving decoy
Ready for retaliation
I change your whole location to a pine box six-under
Impulsive don't ask why or wonder
Orders given to me is
strike and I'm thunder with lightning fast reflexes on constant alert
from the constant hurt that seems limitless with no drop in pressure

Seems like everybody's out to test ya
'til they see you break
You can't conceal the hate
That consumes you
I'm the reason why you fill up your Isuzu

Chill with your old lady at the tilt
I got a 90 days extension
And I'm filled with guilt
From things that I've seen
Your water's from a bottle
mine's from a canteen

At night I hear the shots ring
So I'm a light sleeper
The cost of life seems to get cheaper
out in the desert
with a street sweeper
The war is over
So said the speaker with the flight suit on
Maybe to him I'm just a pawn
So he can advance
I remember when I used to dance
Man, all I want to do is dance


I need a gun to keep myself from harm

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