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G-Sides is a compilation album composed of B-side tracks that previously appeared on the first four Gorillaz UK single and extended play releases (the "Tomorrow Comes Today" EP, "Clint Eastwood", "19-2000" and "Rock the House"). As the "Tomorrow Comes Today" and "Lil' Dub Chefin'" singles were released after G-Sides was, and it received no re-release with extra tracks, unlike the debut album Gorillaz, the two B-side tracks from each of those singles, both released in 2002, were never included on it.

The album was originally scheduled only for the Japanese market. In Japan short commercially released singles of 3-4 tracks are not as popular as they are in the UK / Australia, and bands frequently released what are in effect extended EPs of tracks collected from several releases.

In Europe, the Japanese track listing was retained (to save on production costs - despite the fact that the debut had been reissued to include the Soulchild remix, making the compilation potentially even worse value for European buyers). However to retain this track listing for the US would have been an insult too far ("Left Hand Suzuki Method" and "Dracula" having been included on the standard US release of the debut album), and so the 'other two' available B-sides were drafted in, with the radio edit of "Rock The House" being dropped too, this latter alteration being more puzzling. This left the US version down to just nine tracks, and with it being the only version not to feature the videos to "Rock The House" and "Clint Eastwood", US fans could justifiably feel a little cheated. Eventually a 'dream release' of G-Sides, containing a super-set of the tracks on the US and European / Japanese editions was released in Brazil, instantly becoming a desirable collector's item.

G-Sides remains a flawed release and a dedicated fan will want to seek out the individual UK singles. However for thousands of other fans it provided a cheap and easy way of getting hold of many Gorillaz B-Sides. The quality, track-for-track, does not approach that of the debut, and with so many remixes it does not sit easy together as an album. That said, most of the B-Sides are pretty good and so a fan of 'Gorillaz' would be well advised to seek it out.

Release dates and chart positions

  • JAPAN: 12/12/01 – highest chart position: did not chart
  • US: 26/02/02 – highest chart position: 84
  • UK: 11/03/02 – highest chart position: 65
  • FRANCE: 12/03/02 – highest chart position: did not chart
  • GERMANY: 02/04/02 – highest chart position: did not chart
  • AUSTRALIA: 22/04/02 – highest chart position: did not chart

Track Listings

Japan, UK, Australia, Germany, China, France, South America (except for Brazil)

  1. "19-2000 (Soulchild Remix)" - [3:27]
  2. "Dracula" - [4:43]
  3. "Rock the House (Radio Edit)" - [3:03]
  4. "The Sounder (Edit)" - [4:29]
  5. "Faust" - [3:51]
  6. "Clint Eastwood (Phi Life Cypher Version)" - [4:52]
  7. "Ghost Train" - [3:54]
  8. "Hip Albatross" - [2:43]
  9. "Left Hand Suzuki Method" - [3:10]
  10. "12D3" - [3:25]

Enhanced section: Rock The House (Video), Clint Eastwood (Video)

US

  1. "19-2000 (Soulchild Remix)" - [3:27]
  2. "Latin Simone (Original Version)" - [3:37]
  3. "19-2000 (The Wiseguys House of Wisdom Remix)" - [7:15]
  4. "The Sounder (Edit)" - [4:29]
  5. "Faust" - [3:51]
  6. "Clint Eastwood (Phi Life Cypher Version)" - [4:52]
  7. "Ghost Train" - [3:54)
  8. "Hip Albatross" - [2:43]
  9. "12D3" - [3:35]

Brazil

  1. "19-2000 (Soulchild Remix)" - [3:27]
  2. "Latin Simone (Original Version)" - [3:37]
  3. "19-2000 (The Wiseguys House of Wisdom Remix)" - [7:15]
  4. "The Sounder (Edit)" - [4:29]
  5. "Faust" - [3:51]
  6. "Clint Eastwood (Phi Life Cypher Version)" - [4:52]
  7. "Ghost Train" - [3:54]
  8. "Hip Albatross" - [2:43]
  9. "12D3" - [3:25]
  10. "Dracula" - [4:43]
  11. "Rock The House (Radio Edit)" - [3:03]
  12. "Left Hand Suzuki Method" - [3:10]

Enhanced section: Clint Eastwood (Video), Rock The House (Video), 19-2000 (Music Video), Noodle Fight (Game)

Trivia

  • The reason for the album having different versions may be because "Dracula" and "Left Hand Suzuki Method" are in the US Limited Edition of the first album.
  • A rare bundle comprised G-Sides in a shrink wrapped copy with the debut album Gorillaz for the Colombian market. Oddly "G-Sides" is the lead release. A sticker advertises the set as the 'pair of the year'.
  • At the time, in Colombia and Venezuela, people thought G-Sides was a new studio album, so it was promoted that way.
  • Certain releases in the USA and Japan feature Noodle holding a Godzilla action figure, whereas most releases feature Noodle holding a figure of Bonesy, the Gorillaz mascot at the time.
  • Despite the Brazilian version claiming to include the Soulchild Remix version of the 19-2000 Music Video, it actually has the regular one instead.
  • On the Brazilian G-Sides and Laika Come Home double box, "19-2000 (The Wiseguys House of Wisdom Remix)" is named "19-2000 (Wiseguy's House Of Wisdom Remix)" instead.[1]

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References

  1. Gorillaz. "Spacemonkeyz x Gorillaz – G-Sides / Laika Come Home (2002, CD)" Discogs.com. Discogs. Retrieved 27 October 2021
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