Demon Days is the second studio album and a concept album by Gorillaz, released on May 23, 2005 in the United Kingdom and on May 24 in the United States. Demon Days entered the UK charts at #1 and the U.S. charts at #6, outperforming the band's 2001 debut, Gorillaz. The album had sold over six million copies as of 2006.
The album features contributions from De La Soul, Neneh Cherry, Martina Topley-Bird, Roots Manuva, MF DOOM, Ike Turner, Bootie Brown of the Pharcyde, Shaun Ryder, Dennis Hopper, the London Community Gospel Choir and the Children's Choir of San Fernandez.
Demon Days was first mentioned in articles detailing the reopening of Gorillaz' website in early December 2004. Initially, a March or April 2005 release date was announced, but it was later pushed back. In an article for Q magazine in February 2005 it was reported that the album was to be titled We Are Happy Landfill. Another early title was reported to be Reject False Icons, which is also the title of Gorillaz' culture jamming project. In January 2005 a promo for the song "Dirty Harry" was released as a white label 12" and an exclusive video was released online entitled "Rock It". It was later reported that the track would not appear on the album, although it later appeared on D-Sides, a collection of remixes, rare songs and B-sides released in November 2007.
All of these songs, aswell as "The Swagga" on the limited edition and "We are Happy Landfill" which requires the Limited edition to download are compiled in the D-sides album.
A limited edition of the album was released in a special digipak gatefold, allowing the owner to choose which band member is on the cover. It also contains an exclusive booklet, with lyrics and illustrations for each song, a DVD containing the video (with audio commentary), an animatic for the music video "Feel Good Inc.", short animated films featuring the band, an exclusive audio track titled "The Swagga" and online access to exclusive sections of the band's website, with various wallpapers and screensavers, as well as a crowbar, facilitating the opening of a locked cupboard in the kitchen on Gorillaz.com in order to download the song "Happy Landfill".
This list is exhaustive of the core fifteen tracks (see above), but does not include contributions to bonus tracks.
|Japan||May 11, 2005||Toshiba-EMI||CD||TOCP 66380|
|August 31, 2005||CD||TOCP 66466|
|March 8, 2006||CD - Grammy Edition||TOCP 66534|
|United Kingdom||May 23, 2005||Parlophone||LP||8738381|
|United States||May 24, 2005||Parlophone, Virgin||CD||7243 8 73838 2 1|
|CD/DVD||7243 4 77304 0 5|
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