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The Sounder is a B-side track to the "Rock the House" single. It was written and performed by Gorillaz and Phi Life Cypher, featuring guest vocals by Si Phili and Life MC from the same group.

It was first released on the French limited edition of their debut album Gorillaz,[1] appearing as a bonus track, and at a few versions of the "Rock The House" single.[2] The edited and shorter version of it, named "The Sounder (Edit)", was featured as the 4th track of the Gorillaz' 2002 compilation album G-Sides.

Recording

"The Sounder" was originally a beat Cass Browne made backstage on the band's first tour on his laptop with Damon Albarn, bassist Junior Dan and hip hop group Phi Life Cypher. It was a remix of "Rock The House", as shown by the bassline it shared with it. It later evolved to a proper studio track after Damon decided it was good enough to take to Dan The Automator and Kid Koala, and so was released as a bonus and B-side track. Some of its lyrics were modified and/or adapted versions of the original and previously unreleased Phi Life Cypher Version of "Starshine", named "Starshine ft Gorillaz", along with new rhymes and verses for it. This also goes for PLC's live version of "Rock The House" itself.

Lyrics

You couldn't escape this music even if your name's Houdini
Our tracks say Lah for Life and don't disappear like a genie
Communicating through your airwaves like a giant C.B.
'Cause this one's for your radios or whether you receive me

Our music is so hot, it feels like the sun in Tahiti
We rickety-rock, Gorillaz style is buck wild, believe me
We heavyweights who phase ya like Ali did with Frasier
We spit the most flava but musically, we'll amaze ya

We've been blessed and we've been gifted like Jesus in his manger
Won't you shout 'Hallelujah!' Here comes your music saviour
From your heart to your mind, your spirits to your souls,
We've come to take control with the Gorillaz on patrol

See, our rhymes possess the powers of a superhero
Supernaturally we rock the mic but wit' a natural flow
If you didn't know before, you know now - We told you so
Gorillaz rock your dome just like the one in Tokyo

It's a hard dream to contemplate
I could fall into the abyss-ah
And I love this interlude
It's the reason to deliver

And they called onto me
Says they came to talk to me though
The more of us that lies,
I guess the kids don't live or die

'Cause we're makin' this music that's making you lose it
So people don't abuse it and there ain't no way for you to refuse it
Gorillaz be the army that's startin' this pardy-ardy
Makin' more noise than carnivals mixed with the Mardi-Gradi

We're comin' through your town with the sound that's so profound
Gorillaz with the rappers that straight from the underground
We're tearin' it down, makin' you feel this sort of force
Knockin' you to your senses and knockin' you off your course

'Cause we're the source, got you feeling that's so appealing
We got you jumpin' around and bouncin' off of the ceiling
Makin' music ya feeling from Baltimore into Bristol
I know you're hearin' me 'cause my voice is clearer than crystal

The casual, supernatural flows I be exposin',
makin' sure that you're frozen and makin' sure that I'm chosen
To rip a score, makin' you damage the dance floor
Gorillaz and Phi Life'll give you what you ask for

It's a hard dream to contemplate
I could fall into the abyss-ah
And I love this interlude
It's the reason to deliver

And they called onto me
Says they came to talk to me though
The more of us that lies,
I guess the kids don't live or die

Let Gorillaz be your guiding light and your shining star,
Whether you be home alone or drivin' in your car
Don't matter who ya are, whether you be near or far,
You'll be feelin' entertained be our music repertoire

See, our poems, they be flowin' like rivers and resevoirs
'Cause Gorllaz, we be out of this world like men of Mars
We rap stars with supernatural spars
We leave your brains amazed with this super music of ours

So put your hands up and stand up - It's time to get down
'Cause Gorillaz and Phi Life, we be breakin' you 'round
From the right to the left, from the skies to the ground
We're coverin' all angles and you can't escape the sound

On the track, it's laid back - We've come to spray raps
Keep it chilled and relaxed but we still sound phat
It's like that when we write raps
We're not from the Empire but we still Strike Back!

So put your hands up and stand up - It's time to get down
(Mmmmmmm-mmmmmmm-mmmmmmm)
'Cause Gorillaz and Phi Life, we be breakin' you 'round
(Mmmmmmm-mmmmmmm-mmmmmmm)

So put your hands up and stand up - It's time to get down
(Mmmmmmm-mmmmmmm-mmmmmmm)
'Cause Gorillaz and Phi Life, we be breakin' you 'round
(Mmmmmmm-mmmmmmm-mmmmmmm)

So put your hands up and stand up - It's time to get down
(Mmmmmmm-mmmmmmm-mmmmmmm)
'Cause Gorillaz and Phi Life, we be breakin' you 'round
(Mmmmmmm-mmmmmmm-mmmmmmm)

So put your hands up and stand up - It's time to get down
(Mmmmmmm-mmmmmmm-mmmmmmm)
'Cause Gorillaz and Phi Life, we be breakin' you 'round
(Mmmmmmm-mmmmmmm-mmmmmmm)

So put your hands up and stand up - It's time to get down
(Mmmmmmm-mmmmmmm-mmmmmmm)
'Cause Gorillaz and Phi Life, we be breakin' you 'round
(Mmmmmmm-mmmmmmm-mmmmmmm)

So put your hands up and stand up - It's time to get down
(Mmmmmmm-mmmmmmm-mmmmmmm)
'Cause Gorillaz and Phi Life, we be breakin' you 'round
(Mmmmmmm-mmmmmmm-mmmmmmm)

So put your hands up and stand up - It's time to get down
(Mmmmmmm-mmmmmmm-mmmmmmm)
'Cause Gorillaz and Phi Life, we be breakin' you 'round...


Video

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Gorillaz - The Sounder

Trivia

  • The full version of the song has a length of 6:13, while the shorter, edited one featured on G-Sides has a length of approximately 4:30.
  • This version also appeared on some individual promo CDs[3] instead of the edited one.
  • This track is one of four Gorillaz songs to contain a reference to Star Wars, alongside "Clint Eastwood" (Both Phi Life Cypher's and the Demon Detour Session Versions) and the unreleased "Starshine" (PLC Version). With the exception of the Phase 2 Version, all of them have their rap done by Life and Si Phili.
  • According to Cass Browne in an interview with Hallelujah Monkeyz[4], "The Sounder" was originally supposed to feature D12 and was the track the group were going to feature on before the September 11 attacks took place and "911" was recorded instead.

References

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