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Rock The House is the third Gorillaz single released from the debut album. Rock The House is one of the two tracks on the debut album to feature Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, the other being Clint Eastwood. It features a memorable trumpet riff sampled from the theme tune of the 1966 film Modesty Blaise.

The single got a fair amount of radio play but could not be said to achieve true 'single' status in territories outside the UK, where its chart position would at best be described as 'acceptable' for a third / fourth single.

MTV however lapped up the video so from this point of view it was a promotional success - the video would later be offered as a purchase incentive bonus on most editions of G-Sides. There were three excellent B-sides across formats which would become firm fan favourites.

Gorillaz - Rock The House (Official Video)03:43

Gorillaz - Rock The House (Official Video)

Lyrics

I know you like that
You wanna try that
It's like a flashback
So shake your ass crack
I got the balls to
Rock the salsa
Funk the blues-a
Any groove to
Make you move 'cause
Taking you to
Another landscape
Is my mandate
I'm highly animated even though I'm decomposing
So if your feet is frozen, I'mma die to see you ropin'

And when the MC rhyme and the DJ spin
I want y'all to just get down
Now while the MC rhymin' and the DJ cuttin'
I want y'all to just get down
And when the MC rhyme and the DJ spin
I want y'all to just get down
Now while the MC rhymin' and the DJ cuttin'
I want y'all to just get down

Tap your toes and clap your hands
(How many people ready to rock the house?)
Come on, trace the globe and shake your pants
(How many people ready to rock the house?)
Just twist your hip and do the dip
(How many people ready to rock the house?)
Come on, shake and bake, do whatever it takes
(How many people ready to rock the house?)

Gravitational pull
I'll have you making a fool out of yourself on the dance floor
Doing back spins, running man, and more
Party down with vigor and candor
Coming to the jam or look like a landlubber
And do the aqua boogie, win lots of goodies maybe
Pop a Gucci wallet, turntables is talking to me
It's awfully groovy seeing all the treasure and the booty

And when the MC rhyme and the DJ spin
I want y'all to just get down
Now while the MC rhymin' and the DJ cuttin'
I want y'all to just get down
And when the MC rhyme and the DJ spin
I want y'all to just get down
Now while the MC rhymin' and the DJ cuttin'
I want y'all to just get down

Tap your toes and clap your hands
(How many people ready to rock the house?)
Come on, trace the globe and shake your pants
(How many people ready to rock the house?)
Just twist your hip and do the dip
(How many people ready to rock the house?)
Come on, shake and bake, do whatever it takes
(How many people ready to rock the house?)

I wanna get down lower than Atlantis
Going toe to toe with an enchantress
Get funkier than funkadelic wearin' pampers
While you eggheads is on the wall preparin' answers
Sharing transcripts while we over here
Dipping and dancin'
Rhythm romancin'
Wallflowers, giving no action, no
All hours, we chillin' and maxin'
So relaxing
Opposites attracting
I'mma toss my hat in
Lost when the track spin
Like I'm on a crack binge
Jigging and wiggling
Freakin' booties speakin' to the cuties, so belligerent
No religion, just funk the feed on
You'll feel reborn
Negativity we just dead it like decoy
Better lift your feet and just measure the beat on the pulse when it respawns

Tap your toes and clap your hands
(How many people ready to rock the house?)
Come on, trace the globe and shake your pants
(How many people ready to rock the house?)
Just twist your hip and do the dip
(How many people ready to rock the house?)
Come on, shake and bake, do whatever it takes
(How many people ready to rock the house?)

Music Video

The music video for "Rock the House" was directed by Jamie Hewlett and Pete Candeland.

The inspiration for the video is said to have come from Hewlett's angst at the time, as the band was going through the process of being sued by another band named Doppelgangerz, who claimed that Gorillaz were a stolen idea.

RocktheHouseStickers

Stickers for the Music Video in a Dazed Magazine

UK Formats

Enhanced CD 1

1. Rock The House (Radio Edit)
2. The Sounder (Edit)
3. Faust
4. Rock The House (Video)

Enhanced CD 2

1. Rock The House
2. Ghost Train
3. 19-2000
4. 19-2000 (Video)

Cassette

1. Rock The House
2. The Sounder (Edit)
3. Ghost Train

Trivia

  • According to Rise Of The Ogre, this is the band's least favorite song, and 2-D even says that it shouldn't have been on the Gorillaz album.
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    RocktheHouseAftermath

Release dates and chart positions

UK : 22/10/01 – highest chart position : 18

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