As soon as Demon Days leaked, fans and critics were picking "DARE" as having 'single' written all over it. It was a surprise to nobody when it was plucked from the album to be the follow-up to the smash hit "Feel Good Inc." "DARE" crashed into the UK charts at #1, becoming the first Gorillaz single to do so.
Bonus tracks were spread generously over the 3 formats in the UK, the standouts being the excellent "Highway (Under Construction)" and the early version of "DARE", "People". Several big-name remixers were enlisted to corner every possible DJ angle, resulting in some interesting takes on the song (some of these were available on promos and as legal downloads only).
All in all, "DARE" represented an excellent package for the fans; and with its catchy lines and stunning video, the title song was also a deserved hit worldwide.
Release dates and chart positions
UK : 29/08/05 – highest chart position: - 1
JAPAN : 07/09/05 – highest chart position: -
AUSTRALIA : 05/09/05 - highest chart position: -
- The song was named DARE due to guest vocalist Shaun Ryder's inability to say "there" due to his thick accent. The resulting word sounded like "Dare" and the title stuck.
- "DARE" is not just Gorillaz's only UK number one single to date, but also Shaun Ryder's. Although he had success in both Happy Mondays and Black Grape, neither band ever had a number one single.
- The song features a sample of Daft Punk's "Revolution 909", in the music video, it starts at 4 minutes and 7 seconds, while it starts at 3 minutes and 47 seconds in the album/single versions.
- The instrumental backdrop of the track was also used in the song, "People".
- ↑ "The Singles Collection 2001-2011 [Japanese standard edition]", TOCP-71211, booklet pp.19-20