“Dare” is a song by British virtual band Gorillaz, taken as the second single from their second studio album, Demon Days. The track is sung by Noodle (voiced by Roses Gabor) with backing vocals from 2D and features vocals by Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder.
It peaked at No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in September 2005, becoming the band’s only UK No. 1.
In 2016, vocals of the song were interpolated in Friction’s song Dare (Hold It Down).
The single was released on 29 August 2005. On online music stores such as iTunes, the radio edit of the song was released on 20 June 2005. “DARE” was released to airplay in the United States in mid-October. On the Billboard Hot 100, it peaked at number 87 on 3 January 2006, going on to reach #8 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart on 21 February 2006.
Chris Evans stated at the 2006 Brit Awards that the song was originally to have been called “It’s There”, but was changed due to Shaun Ryder’s strong Mancunian accent making it sound like he was saying ‘It’s dare.
Roses Gabor takes over the role of “Noodle” from Miho Hatori, who provided the vocals for her on the first album. 2D provides backing vocals; however, to blend his vocals with Noodle’s, his voice was toned down to be slightly covered up by Noodle. 2D’s full vocalization can be heard on the D-Sides remix album. D-Sides features a demo version of Dare entitled “People”. This version contains the same background beat while lacking the majority of the keyboards and effects in the final recording. Unlike the final version, it is completely sung by 2D (voiced by Damon Albarn) and features an Omnichord breakdown. The song also contains a sample of the Daft Punk song Revolution 909 towards the end.
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