Fire Coming Out Of The Monkey's Head

The legendary Dennis Hopper shows what music is missing, because of him not being a part of it. This is a great example of what an actor he is - his voice is so great and deep it just tells you, this guy knows his stuff. Then comes 2-D. He sings as it was all coming from his heart. The instrumental part of this song is not as good as it is in some other songs, but this song is about vocals. The tale. I just hope that we can learn something from it.

Official song credits

Written by Gorillaz
Performed by Gorillaz, read by Dennis Hopper
Produced by Gorillaz, Dangermouse, Jason Cox and James Dring
Co-produced by Jason Cox
Engineered by Jason Cox
Pro-Tools by James Dring
Assistant engineer: Toby Whelan

Versions & availibility(Click links for exact discographical details)

'Fire Coming Out Of The Monkey's Head' [3:16] - available on all versions of the album Demon Days
'Fire Coming Out Of A Monkey's Head' (Instrumental) [3:21] -
available on an instrumental version of the album Demon Days
'Fire Coming Out Of The Monkey's Head (Live At The Manchester Opera House)' [3:31] - available on the DVD Demon Days Live At The Manchester Opera House


To be performed live at the upcoming gigs.


Once upon a time at the foot of a great mountain, there was a town where the people known as Happyfolk lived, their very existence a mystery to the rest of the world, obscured as it was by great clouds. Here they played out their peaceful lives, innocent of the litany of excess and violence that was growing in the world below. To live in harmony with the spirit of the mountain called Monkey was enough. Then one day Strangefolk arrived in the town. They came in camouflage, hidden behind dark glasses, but no one noticed them: they only saw shadows. You see, without the trip to the eyes, the Happyfolk were blind.

Falling out of aeroplanes and hiding out in holes
Waiting for the sunset to come, people going home
Jump out from behind them and shoot them in the head
Now everybody dancing the dance of the dead,
the dance of the dead,
the dance of the dead

In time, Strangefolk found their way into the high reaches of the mountain, and it was there that they found the caves of unimaginable Sincerity and Beauty. By chance, they stumbled upon the Place Where All Good Souls Come to Rest. The Strangefolk, they coveted the jewels in these caves above all things, and soon they began to mine the mountain, its rich seam fueling the chaos of their own world. Meanwhile, down in the town, the Happyfolk slept restlessly, their dreams invaded by shadowy figures digging away at their souls. Every day, people would wake and stare at the mountain. Why was it bringing darkness into their lives? And as the Strangefolk mined deeper and deeper into the mountain, holes began to appear, bringing with them a cold and bitter wind that chilled the very soul of them up. For the first time, the Happyfolk felt fearful for they knew that soon the Monkey would soon stir from its deep sleep. And then came a sound. Distant first, it grew into castrophany so immense it could be heard far away in space. There were no screams. There was no time. The mountain called Monkey had spoken. There was only fire. And then, nothing.

O little town in U.S.A, the time has come to see
It's nothing you believe you are
But where were you when it all came down on me?
Did you call me? No...


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