Here’s the deal. I believe that the following song by the Gorillaz heavily influenced the writers of the TV series LOST. While I was a fan of LOST, the series is over and the memory of it does not occupy my thoughts. But this song triggered my memory of the series and this is how it all went down.
I was sorting my music with the intent of marking many of them with ‘one star’ and then later on deleting all of my one star songs. I needed to divest myself of junk music. Then this odd song began playing. It is a song titled ‘Fire Coming Out of a Monkey’s Head’ by the Gorillaz on their album Demon Days released May 24, 2005.
Had I not been intrigued by the odd narrative nature of the song, which is the voice of none other than Dennis Hopper, I may have given it one star and moved along to the next song in the shuffle.
But as I started to listen, the narrative appeared to allude to the entire LOST TV series. After digging around the web, turning up dead-ends everywhere, and pining over the lyrics I believe it holds the true source, whether it be by accidental influence or on purpose, for some of the major plot elements from the TV series LOST.
You can watch the video’s included in this post but I also encourage you to read some of the lyrics below. Here is an additional animated video on YouTube.
“Once upon a time at the foot of a great mountain, there was a town where the people known as Happyfolk lived, their very existence a mystery to the rest of the world, obscured as it was by grey clouds.”
The Others or Darma members lived in a valley on the island. Their existence and the existence of the island was known only to a few. It’s location shrouded by time and by the protectors of the island. Some of the Others had a very mysterious origin as well.
“By chance, they stumbled upon the place where all good souls come to rest.”
I feel this is in reference to the event in the beginning of the series. The Airplane was torn apart and everyone died. They all came to rest in a place separate from the rest of the world. Later they discover the resting place of Jacob under the statue who represents all that is good.
“…soon they began to mine the mountain, its rich seam fueling the chaos of their own world.”
This may possibly refer to the Darma workers digging into various places where the Stations would eventually be located. Nearing the end of the series we find the Man in Black and the early settlers of the island working on the crevasse who eventually place the great wheel into it.
“Meanwhile, down in the town, the Happyfolk slept restlessly, their dreams invaded by shadowy figures digging away at their souls.”
This is a clear reference to the Others or whomever has taken up residence in the Darma camp. Who were so afraid of the smoke monster they erected a barrier to keep it out. Additionally, from the perspective of the village, the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 were invaders.
“And as the Strangefolk mined deeper and deeper into the mountain, holes began to appear, bringing with them a cold and bitter wind that chilled the very soul of them up.”
The various phenomenon of the island were predominantly accessed through holes in the ground. This is in reference to Dr. Linus going down the hole to turn the big wheel in the cave. The cave was ice cold. What followed stunned everyone.
“And then came a sound. Distant first, it grew into castrophany so immense it could be heard far away in space. There were no screams. There was no time. The mountain called Monkey had spoken.”
After turning the wheel, the sky turned pink and that sound we’ve only experienced on LOST was heard. The island jumped through time and the island’s power was finally revealed to us.
But wait! There’s more!
This sums up my opinion of how this single song offered several plot elements to the writers of LOST and at this point should be considered a ‘theory’ until someone can disprove it.
It should be noted that there is an additional track on the Demon Days album titled “Don’t get LOST in heaven” which also has several verses that point directly to the LOST series. It appears that this song has greater meaning to the final season of LOST. The track titled “Don’t get LOST in heaven” seems to make more references to the spiritual nature of the series.
When you listen to the song or read the lyrics below you will understand what I am talking about.
“Got off the plane to the country sound, I drove to the mountain and a hole in the ground. There was crack on the corner and someone dead, and …”
Seriously? Did they have to make this so obvious? We all know that Desmond caused the plane to be torn apart and crash land on the island by failing to push the button. We witness this event and hear that familiar sound that the island makes. Shorty thereafter the ‘survivors’ become driven to explore the island and find more permanent shelter resulting in the discovery of a cave which contained dead remains. Later, revealed in season 6 to be the home of Jacob and the Man in Black.
“Put me in a cab to suburbia. I just took a line but it wasn’t with you. There was more of it there, when I got back home. But you had left me, you don’t know my soul…”
Jack and the others who made it back to ‘reality’ lived an unfulfilled existence. They all knew within that there was something missing. They only felt whole when they were on the island. And only with the assistance of Desmond were most of the survivors able to re-unite their soles and memories and relationships with each other.
The similarities do not end here!
Several other songs on the album also make clear reference to the series LOST. This closes my brief summary of my discovery and I hope you find it entertaining and should you disagree or wish to add something, please comment below.