Gorillaz

Gorillaz

Biography

Gorillaz (formed 1998) is a music & animation project, created by Damon Albarn of the band Blur and cartoonist Jamie Hewlett, the creator of Tank Girl. In addition to the music itself, Gorillaz also consists of a 'virtual' band of 2-D members, named 2D (vocalist and keyboardist), Murdoc Niccals (bass), Noodle (guitar and vocals) and Russel Hobbs (drums and percussion).

Musically, Albarn is the primary contributor, with a rotating cast of musicians feeding in to the music.

Creation: The Gorillaz project was created in 1998 when Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett shared a flat in Westbourne Grove, London. The first song that they wrote together was 'Ghost Train', which was eventually released as the B-side to 'Rock the House'. The original trio of musicians consisted of Albarn, Dan the Automator and Del the Funkee Homosapien. Albarn and Dan the Automator had previously worked together on Deltron 3030's debut album.

Career: The debut release from Gorillaz was their Tomorrow Comes Today EP, released in 2000. This was followed by the single 'Clint Eastwood', released the following year. In March 2001, Gorillaz's debut, self-titled album was released. The band also created a half-hour mockumentary, entitled Charts of Darkness, which featured Krishnan Guru-Murthy.

Later in 2001, Gorillaz's collaboration with D12 (minus Eminem) and Terry Hall was released. '911' was a track about the September 11th attacks.

At the 2002 BRIT awards, Gorillaz performed via 3D animation, accompanied by Phi Life Cypher. Despite being nominated for six awards, they finished the evening empty-handed.

Laika Come Home, a dub remix album courtesy of Spacemonkeyz, was released in 2002. Later that year, Gorillaz released a DVD entitled Phase One: Celebrity Take Down. It contained the Charts of Darkness mockumentary, as well as the band's promotional videos.

2004 saw Gorillaz release a video entitled 'Rock It', as well as announcing the release of a new album, to be produced by Danger Mouse. The lead single from the album was 'Feel Good Inc.' and the album, Demon Days, was released in May 2005. The album reached number one in the UK and although it began to drop down the charts, the release of the next single, 'DARE', featuring Shaun Ryder of Happy Mondays. The third single was 'Dirty Harry' and the last single from Demon Days was 'Kids with Guns' / 'El Manana'.

A planned tour in which 3D holograms of the band would be employed was eventually called off due to the expense. In October 2006, a DVD entitled Phase Two: Slowboat to Hades. A few months later, Gorillaz' illustrated autobiography was released, entitled Rise of the Ogre. Another documentary film about Gorillaz - Bananaz - was released on the Babelgum website in April 2009.

Plastic Beach was the title for Gorillaz's next studio album, which hit the shops in March 2010.The album featured a number of guest performers, including Snoop Dogg, Mick Jones and Paul Simonon of The Clash, De La Soul, Lou Reed, Mark E. Smith and Bobby Womack.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Damon Albarn: Noel Gallagher Is 'hilarious'


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Damon Albarn thinks Noel Gallagher is ''hilarious''.

The Blur frontman had a vicious rivalry with the Oasis rocker and his bandmates during the 1990s but relations between the pair have now thawed and they now enjoy spending time with each other.

Asked if they hang out, he said: ''Yeah, occasionally. I always enjoy his company. He's hilarious.''

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Gorillaz To Take Up Whole Of 2016 For Damon Albarn


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JAMIE HEWLETT has promised ''2016 is going to be Gorillaz all year''.

The comic creator has revealed he's once again teamed up with his collaborator Damon Albarn to revive the virtual band with the intention of releasing new music next year.

He confirmed: ''We're doing Gorillaz next year.

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Jamie Hewlett Confirms New Gorillaz Album And 2016 Plans


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JAMIE HEWLETT has confirmed that Gorillaz will soon be returning with a new album. The artist who is preparing to host an exhibition at London's Saatchi Gallery, titled The Suggetionists, said the band are planning to release their new album next year and make 2016 all about Gorillaz.

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When asked about a new Gorillaz album, Hewlett told DIY magazine, "That's next year. I'm working on it at the moment, and it's going very well. I'm very excited. I don't want to say too much about it, but I'm at that phase of experimentation.”

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Gorillaz Star Lands First Fine Art Exhibition


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The artist is preparing to debut a show titled The Suggestionists, which will comprise of three bodies of work called Tarot, which will feature the art of tarotica, Honey will be an homage to 1960s and '70s exploitation movies, and Pines will show large-scale illustration of trees.

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Damon Albarn Promises New Albums


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Damon Albarn is releasing new albums with both Gorillaz and The Good, The Bad and The Queen.

The 46-year-old musician is busy with several projects, including a West End theatre musical adaptation of a children's book and told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper he wants to reactive the animated band in 2016, and has a fully-written record for his supergroup - which also features Paul Simonon, Simon Tong and Tony Allen - but needs to find the time for them to get into the recording studio.

However, Damon refused to be drawn on his plans for his most famous venture, 'Parklife' hitmakers Blur, admitting only he would ''imagine'' they do have plans for the future.

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Damon Albarn Doesn't Plan Where Songs Will Go


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Damon Albarn never writes with a specific project in mind.

The 'Beetlebum' singer - who released his debut solo album, 'Everyday Robots', last year and also records with Blur, Gorillaz and his Africa Express collective, as well as working on stage productions - admits he isn't ''organised'' enough to know what he is working on at a particular time, so works out what will suit which of his efforts after the songs are written.

He said: ''I don't make music with any paticular thing in mind. It's what comes out on any given day and then I think about it later.

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Damon Albarn Pays Tribute To Bobby Womack


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Damon Albarn says Bobby Womack will ''never leave'' him.

The Blur star has paid tribute to the late musician - who died last month aged 70 - and admitted he has struggled to ''accept that he's not there anymore''.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's 'The Last Word', he said: ''In a strange way, I find it very hard to sort of accept that he's not there anymore. For me, he feels very present and I don't quite understand why.

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Car Barat: I Want A Career Like Damon Albarn


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Carl Barat wants a career like Damon Albarn.

The former Dirty Pretty Things frontman has launched a new band, The Jackals, and is currently preparing for a Libertines reunion show in London's Hyde Park later this summer, but sees no reason why his various projects can't co-exist.

He told NME magazine: ''I'd rather take a leaf out of Damon's book. He's done a Blur reunion, he does Gorillaz, he does things that are genuine to him. If he bankrolls do that by doing the other thing, fine.

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Bastille Love Damon Albarn's Solo Material


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Bastille are big fans of Damon Albarn.

The 'Pompeii' hitmakers were impressed with the Blur and Gorillaz musician's long-awaited first solo effort, 'Bad Robots', and think his comeback was a stroke of genius.

In an interview discussing the musical highlights of the last year, the band's frontman, Dan Smith, told Billboard.com: ''I really love Damon Albarn's debut solo record. I love the fluidity with which he changes between really varying projects - yet it's nice to see him take the weight of an album release solely upon himself.''

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Damon Albarn Finally Going Solo With Upcoming Debut 'Everyday Robots'


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Damon Albarn is finally set to go solo as he unveils his long-anticipated debut album Everyday Robots on April 28th 2014.

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Blur is still an ongoing project

The Blur frontman is definitely a workaholic of the music industry, with his solo project being unleashed while his newly reunited Britpop band and his virtual band with Jamie Hewlett, Gorillaz, are still ongoing. Little has been revealed about the album as of yet, though in 2011 he told Q magazine that it would a record of 'empty club music' and last year he revealed in an interview to Rolling Stone that it would be 'sort of folk soul'.

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The 2010 Glastonbury Music Festival Held At Worthy Farm In Pilton - Day 2

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Performing At The 2010 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Day 3

Gorillaz - Damon Albarn of Gorillaz Sunday 18th April 2010 at Coachella Indio, California

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