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Conceived as the first "virtual hip-hop group," Gorillaz blended the musical talents of Dan "The Automator" Nakamura, Blur's Damon Albarn, Cibo Matto's Miho Hatori, and Tom Tom Club's Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz with the arresting visuals of Jamie Hewlett, best known as the creator of the cult comic Tank Girl. Nakamura's Deltron 3030 cohorts Kid Koala and Del tha Funkee Homosapien rounded out the creative team behind the Gorillaz quartet, whose virtual members included 2-D, the cute but spacy singer/keyboardist; Murdoc, the spooky, possibly Satanic bassist and the brains behind the group; Russel, a drummer equally inspired by "Farrakhan and Chaka Khan" and possessed by "funkyphantoms" that occasionally rise up and provide some zombie-style rapping; and last but not least, Noodle, a ten-year-old Japanese guitar virtuosa and martial arts master. The group's website, www.gorillaz.com, showcased Hewlett's visuals and the group's music in eye- and ear-catching detail. Gorillaz debuted in late 2000 with the Tomorrow Comes Today EP, which they followed early the next year with the popular Clint Eastwood single. A self-titled, full-length debut album arrived in spring 2001. Gorillaz was a massive worldwide success and achieved platinum-level sales in the U.S.; worldwide, it sold over seven million copies. The group's Svengalis were quick to capitalize, and released the B-sides collection G-Sides, the Phase One: Celebrity Takedown DVD, and the dub-inspired remix album Laika Come Home in 2002. The project soon went on hiatus, however, as Albarn resumed work with Blur for their seventh album, 2003's Think Tank. When he was ready to begin the next Gorillaz album, Albarn turned to Danger Mouse (the DJ behind The Grey Album, the infamous mash-up of the Beatles' White Album and Jay-Z's Black Album) and a host of other collaborators, including De La Soul, Shaun Ryder, Debbie Harry, Dennis Hopper, and Martina Topley-Bird. Although Del tha Funkee Homosapien and Nakamura did not return, 2-D, Russel, Murdoc, and Noodle were all present and accounted for on Demon Days, another Top Ten hit, which arrived in spring 2005. The album went double platinum in America and enjoyed even more success in the U.K.; it also received a host of Grammy nominations, a sign that the band had secured critical as well as commercial approval. Gorillaz broke ground for a new album in 2007, but the project wasn't released until 2010, when Plastic Beach marked the band's third studio effort. Greeted to generally positive reviews, Plastic Beach received more attention for its tour, as ex-Clash members Paul Simonon and Mick Jones were both part of Gorillaz. During that tour, Albarn recorded a new Gorillaz album called The Fall on his iPad. Initially digitally released to fan club members on Christmas Day 2010, The Fall saw a wide official release in the spring of 2011. ~ Heather Phares
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Albums by
Gorillaz

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    The Fall

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    Plastic Beach

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    Demon Days

    20 songs

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    Gorillaz [2001 Bonus Tracks]

    9 songs

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    G-Sides

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    Revolving Doors / Amarillo

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    Stylo (feat. Mos Def and Bobby Womack)

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    DARE

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    DARE

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    Lil Dub Chefin

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    The Singles Collection 2001-2011

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    The Singles Collection 2001-2011

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    D-Sides [Deluxe]

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    G Sides

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    Kids With Guns/El Mañana

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    G-Sides

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    El Mañana/Kids with Guns

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    DoYaThing [feat. Andre 3000 & James Murphy]

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    On Melancholy Hill

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    Stylo [Seiji Remix]

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    19/2000

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    Monkey Bee

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Top Songs by
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  2.   Feel Good Inc.
  3.   Clint Eastwood
  4.   Dare
  5.   Stylo
  6.   On Melancholy Hill
  7.   Dirty Harry
  8.   Superfast Jellyfish
  9.   Kids with Guns
  10.   19-2000
  11.   Rhinestone Eyes
  12.   Empire Ants by Little Dragon
  13.   White Flag featuring Bashy
  14.   Hongkongaton
  15.   Bill Murray
  16.   Hong Kong
  17.   Stop the Dams
  18.   DoYaThing featuring Andre 3000
  19.   Revolving Doors
  20.   Rock the House
  21.   Double Bass
  22.   Dracula
  23.   5/4
  24.   Some Kind of Nature by Lou Reed
  25.   Doncamatic by Daley
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