19/2000 was released in June of 2001 as the follow up to the wildly successful Clint Eastwood. More plaudits were gained for the incredible promo video, which featured the band cruising the open road in America.
From the album: Gorillaz
Goodies & Info
Much like Clint Eastwood's success in the UK, it was the remixed version of this single by Soulchild which made the track a hit at radio. However, it was almost the hit single that wasn't, as the original pick for follow up single was 5/4, which was scrapped.
The enhanced portion of the CD single contains a look behind the making of the video, including a short interview with 2-D about the filming of the video, the first rough cut of the video itself, and the video storyboards.
Finally, to clear up confusion over whether why the title is sometimes written with a hyphen and sometimes with a forward slash, the reason for the punctuation change was purely aesthetic. Though the track was written as "19-2000" on the album and on single tracklistings, the group's design team opted for the "19/2000" on the single cover because they simply felt it looked better.
19/2000 gave Gorillaz a second consecutive top 10 success in the UK, landing in the chart at #6 and staying in the official top 75 for 10 weeks in total.
What They Said
"A happy, hippier proposition... about shoe shines and cool grooves." - Capital FM
Argentina CD: DIF301
In mainland Europe, a copy of the UK CD (CDRDJ6559) was issued, packaged inside a small promotional folder.