Gorillaz are an English virtual band created in 1998 by
and Jamie Hewlett
(the co-creator of the comic book Tank Girl). This band is
fronted by four animated members: 2D, Murdoc, Noodle and Russel.
Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett first met in 1990 when Graham Coxon, a fan of Hewlett's work,
asked him to interview Blur.
The interview was published in Deadline magazine, home of Hewlett's comic Tank Girl.
Later they started sharing a flat on Westbourne Grove in London in 1997
The idea to create Gorillaz came about when the two were watching MTV. Hewlett said, "If you watch MTV
for too long, it's a bit like hell there's nothing of substance there. So we got this idea for
a cartoon band, something that would be a comment on that".
alternative hip hop
the Good, the Bad & the Queen
Monkey: Journey to the West
2D (lead vocals, keyboard, and melodica)
Murdoc Niccals (bass guitar)
Noodle (guitar, keyboard, and backing vocals)
Russel Hobbs (drums and percussion)
Guinness Book of Records:
Best selling Virtual Band
"What is there to mind about? It's a dream come true. I've got three big brothers - one who smells like butterscotch, one who smells like box-fresh trainers, and the other one that smells like halitosis on toast." -Noodle, when asked if she minded being the only girl in the band.
"You never grew up, twerp. You're like a 5-year-old trapped inside a blue-haired anorexic girl." -Murdoc (talking about 2D)
"That's for you to know and me to find out...no...wait a minute..." -2D, when asked what the future holds.
MTVu Animated Woodie Award for "El Manana"
Q Awards, best album for "Don't Believe the Truth" (Big Brother),
Q Awards, Peoples Choice Award
BT Digital Music Award for Best Dance Artist
BT Digital Music Award for Artist of the Year
Grammy Award for Pop Collaboration with Vocals: Feel Good Inc.,
MTV Video Music Award for Breakthrough Video, Feel Good Inc.
MTV Video Music Award for Special Effects Passion Pictures, Feel Good Inc.
MTVu Best Woodie Award - Animated "Feel Good Inc"
MTV Europe awards, best dance artist and best song, for "Clint Eastwood"