Monday, June 21, 2010

Music Monday: Gorillaz

Gorillaz is a music project created by Blur frontman Damon Albarn and cartoonist Jamie Hewlett, co-creator of the comic book Tank Girl. Gorillaz are known as a virtual band, because they use animated characters rather than the actual members of the band for their image and promotion. The characters that make up the visible part of the band are 2D (the lead vocalist, voiced by Albarn), Murdac Niccols (base guitar, vocals), Noodle (guitar and vocals), and Russel Hobbs (drums and percussion). Their music is a collaboration between a rotating cast of musicians, with Albarn being the only permanent member. The cartoon faces of the band have even gone on tour to perform live in the form of holograms, as in the video below:

Gorillaz have come out with three albums: Gorillaz, Demon Days, and most recently Plastic Beach. They also have three compilation/remix albums, which you can find here. Here's a cool video for a truly awesome song from their first album:

While Gorillaz has always been made up of a huge collection of musicians, Plastic Beach in particular makes good use of many singers who are famous in their own right, like Snoop Dogg, Bobby Womack, and Mos Def. Our very favorite song from this album is this one with vocals by Lou Reed:

Because the visual aspect of Gorillaz is so integral to the band, they have a lot going on their Youtube channel, which you can check out here to see more videos. Also take a look at their website for more music, a video game, and all kinds of crazy virtual fun!

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