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Noodle's "DARE" Interview

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Noodle: Hello! My name is Nu -da -ru. (Japanese pronunciation for "Noodle")

(Gorillaz song "DARE" plays)

We wanted to put the track on the album that was reminiscent of the electronic clap sounds that came out of Manchester in the 80's.

Shaun has been a friend of our bass player, Murdoc, for a long time. The sound of his voice worked very well against the sweetness of the backing vocal. It was really fun to work with Shaun. He was stuck in the vocal booth with his headphones on, but he couldn't hear us. So, he shouted over to us, "Hey! Turn up the headphones would ya?" So we're turning them up and he's going, "Yes! It's coming up a bit..It's coming up..It's coming up....It's coming up..It's DARE!!" It sounded so good that we decided to use that bit for the chorus.

The video is shot in my bedroom at Kong Studios. As the tune starts, I flick a switch and all the tubes begins pumping various liquids into Shaun's head. The combination of liquid and the music is irresistible! And Shaun comes to life! The music's so good, I start busting some incredible moves, you know? And I do the DARE dance routine.

The dance is a combination of moves. Some classic, some new. Maybe even a little 60's swing out!

(Noodle's dancing shows)

First I do a twist, then I kick out, and the dynamite jump skip! Then my hips shake to the side. Next to turn, shuffle, hop skip, shimmy, and finish with a leaning bow! It's the Shizney!

I think it's a great dance. Like a shuffle with a sliding swing back! If you practice enough, it comes out really smooth. Once you've got this, you can add your own hand claps and finger clicks, you know? I thought my white outfit brought all the moves to life too!

I'm not sure if the rest of the band mind that I'm the star of this video...But whatever! I mean, I saw way too much of Murdoc showing off in the "Feel Good Inc." video. And I thought that the boys misbehaved badly in it. As I said, it's my song, you know? I wrote it! So, I can choose who's going in the video and how it's going to be made. In fact, when we started shooting the video, I didn't actually tell any of the band that we had begun. You can see 2-D listening through the floorboards unaware of what is happening and Russel is on the toilet with the newspaper also wondering what the noise is.

They just don't know what's going on!

Murdoc wasn't even there! He was asleep in his Winnebago and missed out on the whole shoot until right at the end when the camera's came into his bedroom. But it's his own fault. I think he should pay more attention.

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Noodle interview

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