Feel Good Inc.
Gorillaz with De La Soul
Writer(s): Damon Albarn, David Jolicoeur (see lyrics here)
Released: May 9, 2005
First Charted: April 30, 2005
Peak: 14 US, 13 RR, 18 A40, 17 MR, 2 UK, 6 CN, 3 AU, 12 DF (Click for codes to charts.)
Sales (in millions): 2.92 US, 1.8 UK, 5.79 world (includes US + UK)
Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 0.3 radio, 807.51 video, 1154.15 streaming
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About the Song:
Damon Albarn became one of the most important figures in the Britpop movement of the 1990s with his band Blur. By decade’s end, he was interested in crafting a new sound that incorporated hip-hop, electronica, and world music so he formed the new group Gorillaz. The “band” was typically presented in cartoon form through fictional members.
The self-titled debut album was released in 2001, reached #3 in the UK, and sold three million copies in the UK and U.S. alone. The 2005 follow-up, Demon Days, topped the UK charts and went top 10 in the U.S. It outsold its predecessor by roughly a million copies. It also gave the band their only top-40 success in the United States with “Feel Good, Inc.,” the lead single.
The song reached the top ten in fifteen countries, including #1 in Spain and Greece. It was nominated for three Grammys, including Record of the Year, and won for Best Pop Collaboration. It also won MTV awards for Breakthrough Video and Best Special Effects in a Video.
Songfacts.com says, “This song is about the things people do in order to make themselves feel good. The song seems to focus on the darker side of pleasure like addictions and habits, but then the chorus comes in and it seems to say that you should stop thinking about what makes you feel good and try to love others to make them feel good. It's saying that love is what makes the world go around, hence the windmill reference.” SF
First posted 7/26/2023.