Gorillaz

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Gorillaz

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London, England

Birth Name

Gorilla

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Gorillaz is a hugely successful animated band that was created by Damon Albarn (from the British band Blur) and Jamie Hewlett (who co-created the comic book Tank Girl) back in 1998. The band consists of four members: 2-D (keys, vocals), Murdoc Niccals (bass), Russel Hobbs (drums), and Noodle…more

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  • Trivia

    • Gorillaz headlined the third day of California's 2010 Coachella festival, that ran from April 16th-18th. Other headliners were Jay-Z and Muse.

    • Gorillaz performed "Dirty Harry" at the 2006 Brit Awards, using a huge animated screen to project their cartoon likenesses on the stage. The rapper Bootie Brown, along with a children's choir, were enlisted to help sing the song.

    • Noodle was born in Osaka, Japan and arrived at Kong Studios in a crate. She is also a martial arts expert.

    • There have been many guest singers in Gorillaz songs. One of the most popular is Del, The Funky Homosapien, who appeared in the videos "Clint Eastwood" and "Rock The House."

    • Gorillaz have their own autobiography, entitled Rise of the Ogre, which was released on October 26th, 2006 in the United Kingdom and on November 2nd, 2006 in the United States.

    • There are many horror references from Gorillaz songs and photos, including ones from the movies "The Amityville Horror," "Dawn of the Dead," "Day of the Dead," "Friday the 13th," "The Exorcist," "Night of the Living Dead," "The Shining," and "Resident Evil," and also from Michael Jackson's "Thriller."

    • Gorillaz's song "Feel Good Inc." won the 2005 Grammy Award for "Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals."

    • One of Gorillaz's most famous songs, "Clint Eastwood," is modelled after the 1960's movie "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" which stars Clint Eastwood.

    • The Gorillaz's album Laika Come Home includes most of the songs from their first CD Gorillaz but with different remixes.

    • According to an interview with Damon Albarn, the reason why 2D doesn't have eye pupils is because of an accident caused by Murdoc.

    • Gorillaz's first single, Clint Eastwood, was released in the U.K. on March 5th, 2001. Less than a month later the album Gorillaz was released. The album reached #3 on the pop album chart in the U.K. and Clint Eastwood reached the top 5 on the singles chart. Two months later the album was released in the U.S. and became a major underground hit.

    • After the release of Demon Days Damon Albarn said that he doubted the creation of another Gorillaz CD, as he revealed in an MTV special on the group. He said that they had already done what they wanted to do and were happy with what they have accomplished. But then Albarn and Jamie Hewlett began working on the "Carousel" project in 2007, which eventually morphed into the band's 2010 album Plastic Beach.

    • Gorillaz's singles for their two main discs Gorillaz and Demon Days are:
      Gorillaz
      1. Rock the House
      2. Tomorrow Comes Today
      3. 19-2000
      4. Clint Eastwood

      Demon Days
      1. Feel Good Inc.
      2. DARE
      3. Dirty Harry
      4. El Mañana/Kids With Guns

    • Gorillaz performed their song "Feel Good Inc." live at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards on February 8th, 2006. They performed as 3D holograms that resembled puppet versions of their cartoon-selves. Midway through their song, Madonna appeared on stage and the song was transitioned into "Hung Up," which she went on to perform.

    • Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, creators of Gorillaz, made a rare TV appearance on "Friday Night With Jonathan Ross" on November 25th, 2005. They discussed topics such as how they got the idea for the band and some of the group's recent performances.

    • The first song recorded by Gorillaz was "Ghost Train."

    • Gorillaz released a DVD on November 18th, 2002 entitled "Phase One: Celebrity Take Down." On October 31st, 2006 they subsequently released the DVD "Phase Two: Slowboat to Hades."

    • Gorillaz are under the music label "Parlophone/EMI Records" in the UK, and "Virgin Records" in the US.

    • Gorillaz performed their song "Feel Good Inc." live at the MTV Europe Music Awards on November 3rd, 2005. They performed as 3D holograms that resembled puppet versions of their cartoon-selves.

    • Gorillaz are in The Guinness Book of World Records for being the most successful virtual band in the world.

    • Gorillaz's album Demon Days made it to #6 on the album charts in the US and #1 in the UK.

    • Gorillaz have released 6 albums: Gorillaz on March 26th 2001, G-Sides on March 11th 2002, Laika Come Home on July 1st 2002, Demon Days on May 23rd 2005, D-Sides on November 19th 2007, and Plastic Beach on March 3rd 2010.

    • Gorillaz made their first live performance, shedding their cartoon aliases for the first time, at the Manchester Opera House in England from November 1st-5th, 2005.

  • Quotes

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A truly marvellous band

    10
    This band, fronted by the music maestro Damon Albarn and magnificent artist Jamie Hewlett creates the perfect combination to make a wonderful genre of music. The band consists of 2D (Singer and keyboard), Russel (Percussion), Murdoc (Bass) and Noodle (Guitar and extra vocals) and they cover a wide variety of music including rap, rock, electronic and punk. They are most well known as being a band that has just animated music videos that also tell a story when watched in the correct order. This is the perfect band as they care as much about the storyline of the albums as much as they do about delivering fresh and unique sounds in this time of pop and rap garbage. The perfect band.moreless
  • Changed both music and cartoons forever!

    10
    I suppose the Gorillaz (to me) are the best band. And the unusal part? They are cartoons! Though this virtual band could go as a song in some Cowboy Bebop episodes or anime!



    The members of the band are 2-D,Noodle, Murdoc, and Russell. These four virtual band members have changed both music and cartoons forever. They have storylines and biographies of themselves. Which is rather interesting since these characters are fictional. The leader is 2-D, a british keyboardist who both sings and plays keyboard. He acts very strangely since he was hit in the hed twic when he was younger and has two dents in his head. His original name was Stu-Pot,but Murdoc changed it to 2-D because of the two dents in his head. Next is Noodle, a Japanese girl who is both a guitarist and martial arts expert.The confusing about this cute member is that sometimes, she says she is ten. Then 15, but she is really 14 now. Murdoc, a crazed gothic member and plays base. He is exatly 38. Last but not least is Russel. An american member from New York who was kicked out of school for being posessed by demons. He then began joining hip-hop places. and got friends who were hip-hop artists as well. One day, a drive-by shooting happened and all of Russel's friends were killed. Leaving Russel...the sole survivor...the ghosts of his old friends took over Russel, and gave him the power to give him awesome beats and made his eyes glow eerily white. Together, these four virtual band members have formed together and became "The Gorillaz"!





    The music of Gorillaz is outstanding. The music is highly unusal yet can get stuck in your head. In fact,some of the songs don't really go with the title. Example:The song Feel Good Inc., does not actually use the word "Feel good Inc." Only the words "Feel Good" are used. Also just the word "INC" is used once. But the song has strange yet hilarious lyrics. Though the song "Fire coming out of a monkey's head" is more narration than a song. But it just somehow seems like a song for these guys. Though the song "Kids With Guns" is actually pretty cool. This song is very catchy and it's my favorite. It makes you want to listen to it over, and over again.



    The final word for this band?...More like the final paragraph!!! The Gorillaz is actually a better band than any other imo. The creators Damon Alburn and Jamie Hewlett created this band, not because they are real people, they are based on the emotions some of the people their act! This band is defintaly one of the all-time-greats.moreless