Gorillaz is a virtual band consisting of Damon Albarn of Britpop band Blur, and Jamie Hewlett, co-creator of the comic book Tank Girl. The band is composed of four animated band members: 2D (vocals, keyboard), Murdoc (bass), Noodle (lead guitar and occasional vocals) and Russel (drums and percussion).
Gorillaz music videos follow the adventures of the band members, so the music is written around the concept of them being within a certain environment for each album. The band’s music is a collaboration between various musicians; Albarn being the only permanent musical contributor. Their style is broadly alternative rock, but with a large number of other influences including Britpop, dub, hip-hop, and pop music.
Their eponymous debut album, Gorillaz, was released in 2001 and sold over seven million copies. Its most successful single, “Clint Eastwood” (feat. Del the Funky Homosapien), remains one of the group’s most iconic songs to date.
Demon Days, the group’s sophomore album, topped the UK chart and features a variety of guests ranging from Shaun Ryder to MF DOOM. This album is primarily set on a floating island, which is prominent in the videos for “Feel Good Inc”, “El Mañana” and “Dare”.
After a four-year hiatus, the group returned with Plastic Beach, an album that involves collaborations with Snoop Dogg, Kano and the now sadly late musicians Bobby Womack and Lou Reed. Its most successful single was “Stylo”, which was also remixed by Labrinth and Tinie Tempah.
In 2011, the group released The Fall, which was recorded entirely on an iPad whilst touring. They have since confirmed that a fifth album is in the works and imminent for a 2016 release.