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Gorillaz debut anti-Trump protest song, ‘Hallelujah Money’

A pop hymn for uncertain times.


John-Michael Bond


Published Jan 19, 2017   Updated May 25, 2021, 4:24 am CDT

When Donald Trump was elected president, jaded fools on the internet said “well, at least punk will be good again.” 

It’s a ridiculous idea, that Trump’s reign will inspire subversive and noisy rock music. Punk is dead, though at least Trump sparked the Gorillaz to return with their first new song in six years.

“In these dark times, we all need someone to look up to. Me. That’s why I’m giving you this new Gorillaz song, a lightning bolt of truth in a black night. You’re welcome. Now piss on! The new album’s not gonna write itself,” fictional cartoon bassist Murdoc said in a statement on Thursday.

Featuring Benjamin Clementine—London poet, pianist, and 2015 Mercury prize winner—“Hallelujah Money” is a dreamy and vitriolic pop song. Wrapping a discussion on the fight between big business, monied interests, and humanity itself in a soaring church choir, “Hallelujah Money” is a pop hymn for uncertain times.

While there is still no word on when we might get a new Gorillaz album, at least this song exists to soothe left-leaning fans during the inauguration. 

H/T Pitchfork

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*First Published: Jan 19, 2017, 3:54 pm CST