Gorillaz Biography

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Note: This is an addendum to the biography that's currently posted. This only covers the history/backstory to the band's newest album, Plastic Beach.

In an interview, Murdoc claimed that Noodle HAD in fact died when the windmill island was shot down. Murdoc said he tried to recover her body from the wreckage, but the most he could get was a DNA sample. He also attempted to travel through the bowels of hell in order to bring her back, but failed. He later used her DNA to create a cyborg version of Noodle (who is super violent and basically lives to do Murdoc's bidding). In the Stylo video, Cyborg Noodle pulls out a shotgun and nearly blows away a cop in pursuit of their car. Their is some evidence that Noodle may be alive, however. Part of the album artwork for Plastic Beach included a picture of a battered and bruised Noodle with jet-black eyes. Since a robot can't bruise, it makes sense that this picture would be of the real noodle rather than the cyborg version. (Of course, that brings up the question of how she got those eyes and what exactly they mean, but time will tell.)

2D was gassed and kidnapped in his flat and taken to Plastic Beach in a suitcase (as shown in 2D's Plastic Beach Ident video clip). He believes Murdoc was the one who kidnapped him, however it appears that a new character, a demon wearing a gas mask, was his kidnapper. (The demon appears in several places in artwork, as well as 2D's Ident and Stylo videos. It is likely that this character was created as an alter-ego for Mos Def, as he raps on several Plastic Beach tracks.)

Murdoc made and lost a great deal of money through some illegal means (I believe he was working as an arms dealer selling to the Russians), and decided to burn down Kong Studios for the insurance money. He also mentioned that part of the reason for the move was to flee from the Russians, who were out to kill him after their business deal went south. The burned wreckage of the studio is visible on a certain part of the Gorillaz website. Before burning down the studio, he shipped a great deal of the band's belongings to Plastic Beach, their new home. The beach itself is not made of earth at all; it is the collection of all of the plastic and rubbish floating in the ocean (similar to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch near Hawaii, it symbolizes the the wastefulness and excess of society). The top part of the rubbish heap was stuccoed and painted pink to look like a natural plateau. Murdoc built their new home/studio atop it. (And it's about as dilapidated and leaky as Kong Studios was.) According to the pelican at the entrance of the building on the band's website, Plastic Beach is the farthest point from any other land mass in the world.

Little was known about the fate of Russell initially, as Murdoc mentioned he had essentially dropped off the face of the earth. Finally, Russel's Plastic Beach Ident clip hit the website, showing him stomping down a fishing dock (clearly pissed), and jumping off the end into the ocean. When the album dropped and the artwork for the record debuted, it depicted Russel as a giant; he is now as tall as all of Plastic Beach (which is about 3 or 4 stories high). In the "Making of Plastic Beach" documentary, included in the deluxe edition of the album, Jamie Hewlett shows Mos Def the artwork for the album and explains the back story for each character. He says that in swimming the ENTIRE way to Plastic Beach, Russell ingested so much pollution, trash and toxic waste that it transformed him into a giant, making a reference to Gulliver's Travels. Russell's situation reinforces the idea of human excess destroying nature already present on the album.

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they're real in my heart | Reviewer: mythicwastelander | 6/10/14

I became a fan when I was 6 when I first heard feel good inc. Im 14 now but even though the computer generated they're real in my heart. Thats all that matters. R.I.P noodle. Long live gorrillaz

gorilaz rock!!! | Reviewer: gorillaz fan! | 3/1/14

the gorilaz are the best band in the world!!! the first time i heard them i was only 4. i heard the song on the radio. a few years later i went to a cousins house and played guitar hero. i sang the song and realized it was the same song i had heard and loved years before. im now 15. i did some research to find out who it was by. i found the gorillaz. listening to their music brought back alot of memories and made me sooo happy!!! now i listen to them every day and i am completely insane about them!!!

THEY ARE REAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! | Reviewer: GoRiLLaZ 4evah and evha and evha and evha and evha and evha and EVHA | 6/2/13

Some of you guys say that the Gorillaz aren't real, but they are!!!!2D wasn't REALLY 2D, he was actually Stuart tuss pot (Stu pot for short) and his hair wasn't always blue and spikey,at age 11,he fell out of a tree and lossed all his hair.Want more information?Then buy The Rise of the Oger book and learn you idiots who said "Gorillaz aren't real".

Awesome Band | Reviewer: Imani | 1/6/12

i'm just really discovering gorillaz. My buddy at the time got me hooked on them over Christmas break lol and i can't stop listening to Feel Good Inc though. Besides "Clint Eastwood" this is my most favorite song by them :)

Just love the gorillaz | Reviewer: Michael Clarkston 15 yaer old | 4/4/11

I have always loved the band member singing and the 3D animation that went with the awsome music but when I haerd Feel good Inc. I under stand the whole song because I was always around drugs and drug dealers

Love Michael Clarkston.

ha awseome | Reviewer: Niamhski | 6/24/10

i have to say every album they've made i have loved every song there is none that i dont like!
plastic beach is aweseome u have like really nice peacefully songs then really kool funky ass songs.Murdocs funny,2DS a scardy cat but loves zombie films??, and noodle the coolest one of all!! i remmber when i watched DARE the first time i had ever see the Gorillaz and i never got bored of them,ONLY CARTOONS CAN ROCK THAT HARD!!

Update: Plastic Beach | Reviewer: Jesseca | 4/4/10

I love Gorillaz to death and I could never say enough about them. But besides the fact that Gorillaz are an amazing band, with the release of their new album "Plastic Beach" the band also gained more back story. I'll recap:

In an interview, Murdoc claimed that Noodle HAD in fact died when the windmill island got shot down. Murdoc claims he tried to recover her body from the wreckage, but the most he could get was a DNA sample. He also claimed that he attempted to travel through the bowels of hell in order to bring her back, but failed. He later used her DNA to create a cyborg version of Noodle (who is super violent and basically does Murdoc's bidding). In the Stylo video, Cyborg Noodle pulls out a shotgun and nearly blows away a cop in pursuit of their car. Their is some evidence that Noodle may be alive, however. Part of the album artwork for Plastic Beach included a picture of a battered and bruised Noodle with jet-black eyes. Since a robot can't bruise, it makes sense that this picture would be of the real noodle rather than the cyborg version. (Of course, that brings up the question of how she got those eyes and what exactly they mean, but time will tell.)

2D was kidnapped in his flat and taken to Plastic Beach in a suitcase (as shown in 2D's Plastic Beach Ident video clip). He believes Murdoc was the one who gassed and kidnapped him, however it appears that a new character, a demon wearing a gas mask, was his kidnapper. (The demon appears in several places in artwork, as well as 2D's Ident and Stylo videos. It is likely that this character was created as an alter-ego for Mos Def, as he raps on several Plastic Beach tracks.)

Murdoc made and lost a great deal of money through some illegal means (I believe he was working as an arms dealer selling to the Russians), and decided to burn down Kong Studios for the insurance money. He also mentioned that part of the reason for the move was to flee from the Russians, who were out to kill him after their business deal went south. The burned wreckage of the studio is visible on a certain part of the Gorillaz website. Before burning down the studio, he shipped a great deal of the band's belongings to Plastic Beach, their new home. The beach itself is not made of earth at all; it is the collection of all of the plastic and rubbish floating in the ocean (similar to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch near Hawaii, it symbolizes the the wastefulness and excess of society).

The top part of the rubbish heap was stuccoed and painted pink to look like a natural plateau. Murdoc built their new home/studio atop it. (And it's about as dilapidated and leaky as Kong Studios was.) According to the pelican at the entrance of the building on the band's website, Plastic Beach is the farthest point from any other land mass in the world.

Little was known about the fate of Russell initially, as Murdoc mentioned he had essentially dropped off the face of the earth. Finally, Russel's Plastic Beach Ident clip hit the website, showing him stomping down a fishing dock (clearly pissed), and jumping off the end into the ocean. When the album dropped and the artwork for the record debuted, it depicted Russel as a giant; he is now as tall as all of Plastic Beach (which is about 3 or 4 stories high). In the "Making of Plastic Beach" documentary, included in the deluxe edition of the album, Jamie Hewlett shows Mos Def the artwork for the album and explains the back story for each character. He says that in swimming the ENTIRE way to Plastic Beach, Russell ingested so much pollution and toxic waste that it transformed him into a giant and made a reference to Gulliver's Travels. Russell's situation reinforces the idea of human excess destroying nature. already present on the album.

The entire album has a simultaneously grungy and glittery feel to it. Tinkling pianos, white noise, blaring base lines, Syrian influences, layered synthesizer riffs, and two entire orchestras; put them on a boat, send them to *literally* the middle of nowhere, let them record for a few months, and you'll have Plastic Beach. I can't really give this album a proper review; it's just that amazing. I honestly didn't care for it the first 2 or 3 times I listened to it. But certainly by the 4th listen or so, I was sucked in. The record has so much going on, it's mind-bogglingly difficult to give just one or two reasons why it's awesome. I will say this, though: Damon Albarn has succeeded (at least in part) in what he wanted to accomplish. He said in the making-of documentary that he hated the fact that playlists have destroyed the idea of an album as a self-contained unit, a journey. This album is solid from beginning to end and should be listened to that way, all the way through.

Sorry for writing a book here. I'm just so excited about this album and this biography wasn't up to date, so I had to jump in. ;)

we LOVE GORILLAZ ! <3 <3 <3 | Reviewer: minky and sab ( two 10 yrs girls ) | 2/18/10

i never knew noodle was a girl and i can relate cuz im asian . is noodle really dead ????? :( ! and we cant beleive that thats computer voices ! when i heard the band waz virtal my heart broke cuz i love thier music . I LOVE 2D <3 minky

sab is the music really from the computer or is it your voices? when i saw the vidios and heard the music i was so amazed !!! btw murdoc your not hot get over it i love you gorillaz !

minky and sab : LONG LIVE GORILLAZ !

Re: Gorillaz aren't Real | Reviewer: Goku1981 | 10/11/09

Well if Gorillaz aren't real...then by the same logic...your review isn't real...so I couldn't have read it and I couldn't have replied to it. Thats a relief....I love Gorillaz....catchy songs...awesome vids and I love how the characters who seem to evolve little by little.

Gorillaz aren't real | Reviewer: michele | 2/21/09

they're virtual! they're fake! some dudes made them up and everything about them! how can these cartoons be reeeal??? exactly. they can't!! stop it you people! they're figments of the imgaination! they don't have feelings or pasts!

Amazing | Reviewer: Johnnie | 2/7/09

The storytelling of the Gorillaz adventures to stardom are very entertaining.

The fact they have an interesting backstory to a fictional band only adds to their impressive styling of music. The lyrics are top-notch, and the stries are interesting to say the least. I'm a late blooming fan having only starting to listen to them a month or moreso ago.

They're already my favorite band ^_^

i want to know them presently not what they were :) i love Gorillaz! | Reviewer: michelle (momo) chick | 12/13/07

i love the the gorillaz! i mean their awsome but are they like you know sucessfull? i wish the whole world would know about them! and only this month (dec 07)ive been a huge fan! i love them but i just dont know that much about them now 2007-2008 i want to know about them Now in this time the present-i love the gorillaz kiss kiss

None of your buisness. | Reviewer: aissjdo | 10/2/07

I have always loved gorillaz.
To be honest, the first time I ever saw anything about the Gorillaz, it was on a commercial for a kid's CD. At first I was scared, because they all looked like zombies. I was only 11 at the time. Then my friend told me about them, and "educated" me about them.

windmill | Reviewer: gorillaz fan | 8/28/07

please please please someone tell me where the windmill is.. people say its just in kong studios just like the kitchen and rooms.. but i cant find it!! someone post the link! please! IM DESPERATE!!!!

It's love. | Reviewer: Chelsea | 7/24/07

Gorillaz have been quite the inspiration from the very start. All those years ago when Clint Eastwood was released, I could tell that the cartoon image and the style of music was not going to be a disappointment. Now look what has happened! Thousands, millions of fans around the world, and the ability of bragging rights for not being able to be categorized into one genre. Which gives the songs more opportunity to be heard.
A definate legend, and beloved by so many, Gorillaz will always be one of the best bands out the for quite a long time to come.
HAIL!


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