Hip Albatross

This track has a 'Damon and guitar and piano just jamming' feel. Slurred lyrics and the blurry, overheard movie soundtracks add to the tripped out feel. Quite successful at what it aims to do, and one to return to, thought not a classic. Contains spoken dialogue from the movies "Day Of The Dead" and "Dawn Of The Dead", and the lyrics also feature the line 'I was born a zombie by Mercury'. On first listen this can sound like 'I was born a zombie by Mercur' (as Damon's voice drops away on the last syllable). In the 'intro' to the old site, 2D wore a T-shirt that said 'I was born a zombie from Merkur'.

Official song credits

Written by Gorillaz
Performed by Gorillaz Additional information: contains spoken dialogue from the movies "Day Of The Dead" and "Dawn Of The Dead"
Produced by 2D and Murdoc
Co-produced by Tom Girling and Jason Cox
Engineered by Tom Girling and Jason Cox
Pro-Tools by Tom Girling

Versions & availibility(Click links for exact discographical details)

Hip Albatross [2:43] - available on the 19/2000 single (cassette version only) and also on all versions of G-Sides. Also on certain bonus discs that appeared with certain editions of the debut album Gorillaz.


Never played live.


"Every dead body that is not exterminated becomes one of them, it gets up and kills, the people it kills get up and kill!"

"Why do these people keep them here?
Because they still believe there's respect in dying."

"Hello, captain"

I was born a zombie ("Normal question, the first question is always are these cannibals?' 'No, they are not cannibals. Cannibalism in the true sense of the word implies an inter-species activity. These creatures cannot be considered human. They prey -)
By Mercury (- on humans. They do not prey on each other. That's the difference. They attack and they feed only on warm human flesh")
By the sea

I was born a zombie
By Mercury
By the sea

"Yeah yeah, I've got an alternative,
Let's get in that ol' whirly bird there,
Find us an island some place, get greased up
And spend what time we got left soaking up some sunshine!"

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