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Their fictional universe is presented in music videos, interviews and short cartoons. In reality, Albarn is the only permanent musical contributor, and often collaborates with other musicians. With Gorillaz, Albarn departed from the distinct Britpop of his band Blur through hip hopelectronic musicand world music through an "eccentrically postmodern " approach.
The third Gorillaz studio album, Plastic Beachwas released on 3 March The fourth, The Fallwas released on 25 December as a surprise gift for paying fan club members, then on 18 April as an official release.
The fifth, Humanzwas released after a six-year hiatus on 28 April Musician Damon Albarn and comic creator Jamie Hewlett met in when guitarist Graham Coxona fan of Hewlett's work, asked him to interview Blura band Albarn and Coxon had recently formed. Hewlett initially thought Albarn was "arsey, a wanker"; despite becoming acquaintances with the band, they often did not get on, especially after Hewlett began seeing Coxon's ex-girlfriend Jane Olliver.
So we got this idea for a virtual band, something that would be a comment on that. The musicians behind Gorillaz' first incarnation included Albarn, Del the Funky HomosapienDan Ascension Phase - Various - 14 Tracks - Present: Future Automator and Kid Koalawho had previously worked together on the track "Time Keeps on Slipping" for Deltron 's eponymous debut album.
Although not released under the Gorillaz name, Albarn has said that "one of the first ever Gorillaz tunes" was Blur 's single " On Your Own ", which was released for their fifth studio album Blur. The band's first single was " Clint Eastwood " and was released on 5 March It was produced by hip hop producer Dan the Automator and originally featured UK rap group Phi Life Cypherbut the version that appears on the album features American rapper Del the Funky Homosapien known on the album as Del tha' Ghost Rappera spirit in the band's drummer Russel Hobbs.
On 26 Marchtheir first full-length album, the self-titled Gorillazwas released, producing four singles: " Clint Eastwood ", " ", " Rock the House ", and " Tomorrow Comes Today ". On 7 December, the song " " was released, a collaboration between Gorillaz and hip hop group D12 without Eminem and Terry Hall about the September 11 attacks. Gorillaz performed at the Brit Awards in London on 22 February, appearing in 3D animation on four large screens along with rap accompaniment by Phi Life Cypher.
Gorillaz was released. It contains most of the songs from the Gorillaz' first album, Gorillazbut remixed in dub and Ascension Phase - Various - 14 Tracks - Present: Future style. Rumours were circulating at this time that the Gorillaz team were busy preparing a film, but Hewlett said that the film project had been abandoned: "We lost all interest in doing it as soon as we started meeting with studios and talking to these Hollywood executive types, we just weren't on the same page.
We said, fuck it, we'll sit on the idea until we can do it ourselves, and maybe even raise the money ourselves. The album Demon Days was released on 11 May The album debuted at No. It was released in the United Kingdom on 21 November. It was released in the UK on 10 April During 16 October—2 November, a set of Gorillaz figures were released by Kidrobot to coincide with the release of Demon Days. Two variations of the set were released, known as the Red and Black editions, and a limited edition Noodle from the music video for " Dare " was also released.
The basic set which was limited to 60, was the two-tone set limited to 1, and the white edition which was limited to 4, were released. And 11 November in Australia. It contains the most of the materials released by Gorillaz from to On 2 June the hopes for a Gorillaz film were revived, when Hewlett stated that they would be producing the film on their own.
We've got Terry Gilliam involved. But as far as being in a big band and putting pop music out there, it's finished. We won't be doing that any more. On 19 Novembera compilation album titled D-Sides was released. It contains B-sides and remixes from singles and bonus tracks for the band's second studio album Demon Daysas well as previously unreleased tracks recorded during the same sessions.
It contains the documentary filmdirected by Ceri Levy, documents the previous seven years of the band. In lateAlbarn and Hewlett began working on Carousela new Gorillaz project which eventually evolved into the band's third studio album Plastic Beach. Albarn said "I'm making this the biggest and most pop record I've ever made in many ways, but with all my experience to try and at least present something that has got depth.
On 18 Januaryit was announced that Gorillaz would be headlining the final night of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on 18 April This statement led most people to believe that Gorillaz had been asked by Glee producers to lend their music to the show, which they had not. Albarn responded to the confusion with a laugh and said "and now they definitely won't. On 5 OctoberGorillaz announced their new single " Doncamatic " featuring Daley.
On 18 AprilGorillaz announced the release of their own version of the iPad app iElectribe, by Korg — which features loops and samples taken from The Fall as well as other samples.
The new version features a Gorillaz designed and styled interface, and is customised to generate Gorillaz samples from their Ascension Phase - Various - 14 Tracks - Present: Future The Fall and includes new sounds created by the band and 64 Running - Minor - The Rousing pre-programmed patterns from Gorillaz, Stephen Sedgwick Gorillaz' engineer and Korg.
The app was based on Korg's Electribe: R device app. On 9 FebruaryGorillaz announced " DoYaThing ", a single to promote the Gorillaz-branded Converse shoes that were soon to be released. An explicit, minute-long version of the song became available for listening shortly after on Gorillaz. Hewlett returned to direct the single's music video, featuring animated versions of the two collaborators on the track. In AprilAlbarn told The Guardian that he and Hewlett had fallen out and that future Gorillaz projects were "unlikely".
It was the greatest band ever. And the screen on stage behind them seemed to get smaller every day. In AprilAlbarn told the National Post that he "wouldn't mind having another stab at a Gorillaz record. Za Vse Pajdaše Stare - Various - Krapina 89 love to just get back in to that routine of being at home and coming to the studio five days a week. Speaking about his relationship with Hewlett, Albarn said that the pair's well-publicized fall-out has helped their relationship in the long term.
On 20 SeptemberGorillaz began an abridged retrospective timeline of the history of Gorillaz releases since On 23 MarchGorillaz announced via Instagram that the new album will be entitled Humanzwith a scheduled release date of 28 April The track features vocals from Jamaican dancehall artist Popcaan.
The band also released an art video for the track " Andromeda ", featuring an animated planet in a galaxy. The track features the American rapper D. Mat Weasel - Better Sweat 24 Aprilfour days before the Humanz release date, another promotional single was uploaded, titled "The Apprentice".
It is the only new song taken from the deluxe edition of Humanz. On 28 AprilHumanz was released worldwide. On 8 Junethe non-album single " Sleeping Powder " was released, along with an accompanying music video. On 4 August the band released " Strobelite " as a single with an accompanying music video.
During their acceptance speech, a short-video of Murdoc was played, showing him being imprisoned for an unknown reason. In an interview with Q Magazine in SeptemberAlbarn hinted at another potential Gorillaz album being in production. He mentioned enjoying the spontaneity of recording and debuting music while on tour, similarly to the band's release The Fallbut expressed desire to make it a comparatively more "complete" record, adding that "If we're going to do more with Gorillaz we don't want to wait seven years because, y'know, we're getting on a bit now".
Hewlett confirmed later on in December that the band planned to release a follow-up album to Humanz inciting a desire to keep the band going rather than take any prolonged breaks as the band had usually done with previous projects. Ascension Phase - Various - 14 Tracks - Present: Future described several of the demos and new material as a "new direction" for the band, stating that he hopes to move the band's artwork in a similar direction. On 13 September, " Tranz " was released as a single along with a music video.
In the fictional Gorillaz storyline, the band introduced Ace from Cartoon Network 's animated series The Powerpuff Girls as a temporary bassist of the band, filling in for the imprisoned Murdoc Niccals as seen in the band's Brit Awards acceptance speech for Humanz. Writers and critics have variously described Gorillaz' music as alternative rock art pop hip hop pop trip hop dark pop Ascension Phase - Various - 14 Tracks - Present: Future hip hop rap rock indie rock electronica bedroom pop dance-rock new wave funk  and worldbeat.
In MarchGorillaz played their first show at the Scala in London before embarking on a UK tour later that summer, with one date in Paris and two in Japan. During this tour the live band played behind a giant projector screen which covered the whole stage, on which was projected various visuals El Jaleo - Various - Improvisto 2 images created by Hewlett.
After taking a short break over the holidays, the tour resumed with a North American leg in February It was later announced that an American version of the event would take place from 2 to 6 April at the Apollo Theater in HarlemNew York. Within an hour of release tickets were sold out. In MarchGorillaz began a short six date tour as "rehearsal" shows for their headlining slot at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The shows were open exclusively to Gorillaz Sub Division fan club members and featured no visuals whatsoever.
These performances were the band's first public performances in four years. On 27 April they were the main guests on Later In addition, Gorillaz played a two-night residency at London's Camden Roundhouse 29 and 30 April Mick Jones and Paul Simonon of the Clash performed guitar and bass respectively with the band and more than once in the evening chords from Deep Blue - Angra - Holy Land Clash song " Guns of Brixton " were heard as a subtle reference to their presence.
Gorillaz kicked off their first ever world tour in Octoberwith some preceding festival dates in the summer, such as at the Byblos Festival in Lebanon, the Roskilde Festival in Denmark, headlining the Glastonbury Festival in England and one show at the Citadel of Damascus in Syria.
On 8 JulyGorillaz embarked upon the Humanz Tourthe band's second world tour Colors (Take Me Away) - TSOL* - Revenge first since With 53 scheduled shows and lasting over a year, the tour was Gorillaz' Ascension Phase - Various - 14 Tracks - Present: Future tour in their history.
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