This week our number one virtual analog synthesizer DRC, takes on a number one chart hit from a virtual band, in the form of Gorillaz and their 2005 hit ‘Dare’. Consisting of singer and musician Damon Albarn and graphical artist Jamie Hewlett, Gorillaz have been a popular mix of urban styles since 1998.

Taken from the band’s second studio album ‘Demon Days’ it features the strong mancunian stylings of guest vocalist Shaun Ryder, of Happy Monday’s fame.

When Damon Albarn first persuaded Shaun to join him in the studio, the track was nothing more than an instrumental, with Albarn encouraging Ryder to freestyle anything he could think of over the top. The lyrics which appear on the track from Ryder, actually come from him complaining that he couldn’t hear the volume level of the instrumental in his headphones, ‘it’s coming up, it’s coming up, it’s coming up, it’s there!’ With his thick accent completely changing the word ‘there’ to ‘dare’ in the process.

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