“I think one of the most important ways Gorillaz does that, is in the range of influences that Damon draws on, for the songs.”
“Absolutely. I’ve spoken to Damon and Cass about this, and we’re all in agreement. That to us, is the greatest achievement of Gorillaz. It’s not the amount of albums that were sold, it’s not about the Grammys or the Brits or Ivor Novellos. That’s just record company shit. It’s that we know that a very large percentage of our audience are kids, who go on gorillaz.com, who go on gorillaz-unofficial.com, and through seeing the cartoons and hearing the tune, buying the record, are finding out about this stuff that they knew nothing about. So they’re learning about Vlad The Impaler, or Ronald Searle, or The Specials… so it’s like an education. They really get into it. And they discover it, the music we grew up on.”
“I say! That’s rarer than a witch’s third nipple… Leap years come about once every four years, but Gorillaz videos like this? Mmmm… once in a lifetime. Yup.”
— Murdoc Niccals
Gorillaz — DoYaThing (feat. Andre 3000 and James Murphy)
Go on - you can download it too! An asskicking, up-beat, fast-paced driving bonanza, living up to everything you could expect from Gorillaz. For the full 13-minute version click here (otherwise how will you know how much Andre is the shit?)
Storyboard excerpt from Gorillaz’ upcoming music video for the also to-be-released single DoYaThing.
See more and watch a short, effin awesome, Making Of for the video here.
Gorillaz never fail to tease, and never cease to kick ass with their shit. I can’t frickin’ wait another nine goddamn days!
Cass Browne (Gorillaz scriptwriter / drummer) and Jamie Hewlett (Gorillaz artist / co-creator) endeavour to play a sprawling selection of tunes, scores, soundtracks and other ephemera from the world of Horror, taking in cuts from The Shining, Cape Fear, The Exorcist, The Omen, Dawn of The Dead, Rent-a-Ghost, Eraserhead and more.
We also get a flimsy insight too, as to which of these images and themes have made their way into the colourful Gorillaz visual world. Rich pickings indeed.
Cass lines up the tracks while Jamie twiddles with his ingenious ‘saxophone tie’ toy in a puerile attempt to cause disruption. The show has been heavily edited in order to make some kind of sense, and in some places it actually does come close. Either way it makes for a truly ‘horrible’ listening experience. A night of horror ‘par excellence’, perhaps…?
Maybe so. Have a listen and see…