Posts Tagged ‘Gorillaz’

ALBUM: Gorillaz – The Singles Collection 2001-2011

Release Date: November 28th, 2011
Label: Virgin
Website: www.gorillaz.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/gorillaz
Twitter: www.twitter.com/gorillazband

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Given a rather lacklustre headline performance at last year’s Glastonbury Festival (stemming ultimately from the muted reaction of a field full of uninterested people), it’s clear that the popularity of Gorillaz is not what it once was. Indeed, with the failure of any single from latest full-length ‘Plastic Beach’ to crack the top forty, the future for the conceptual animated outfit is certainly looking troublesome, and evidence is no more apparent than on ‘The Singles Collection 2001-2011′, where we witness first hand the journey of a band which managed to progress from early pop brilliance to some disappointingly tame song writing.

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NEWS: Gorillaz celebrate decade long career with singles collection!

To celebrate a decade since their break into the music scene back in 2001, brain child of Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett and animated rock outfit Gorillaz are set to release a singles collection compilation album, showcasing 10 years of their biggest hits. The album is set for release on November 28th 2011 through Parlophone Records, and the tracklisting and artwork can be seen below:

01.) Tomorrow Comes Today
02.) Clint Eastwood
03.) 19-2000
04.) Rock The House
05.) Feel Good, Inc.
06.) Dare
07.) Dirty Harry
08.) Kids With Guns
09.) El Manana
10.) Stylo
11.) Superfast Jellyfish
12.) On Melancholy Hill
13.) Doncamatic
14.) Clint Eastwood (Ed Case & Sweetie Irie Refix)
15.) 19-2000 (Soulchild Remix)

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ALBUM: Gorillaz – The Fall

Release Date: December 25th, 2010
Label: Parlophone
Website: www.gorillaz.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/gorillaz

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Damon Albarn wrote the entirety of ‘The Fall’ whilst touring Escape From Plastic Beach. Bands writing on the road isn’t that uncommon nowadays, but the difference here unlike the majority of others bands doing the same thing is that Albarn wrote the whole album on his iPad. Maybe Albarn was just trying to push the boundaries about what can be done musically now, writing everything on the iPad is a new way of approaching music for a start, and Damon Albarn has always tried to push things forwards with his Gorillaz project. Unfortunately when you go from an album as grand as ‘Plastic Beach’ to an album as bland as ‘The Fall’ maybe writing with a band seems like a better plan.

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NEWS: Gorillaz announce their first world tour!

Gorillaz are set to take their Plastic Beach around the world later this year. The band have today confirmed they play 20 shows in North America (including their first ever show at Madison Square Garden), and 10 nights across Europe including 2 nights at London’s 02 Arena before heading to Asia and down under for 7 shows. Full UK dates are listed below:

NOVEMBER 11 – DUBLIN, O2
NOVEMBER 12 – MANCHESTER, Evening News Arena
NOVEMBER 14 – LONDON, O2 Arena
NOVEMBER 16 – LONDON, O2 Arena
NOVEMBER 17 – BIRMINGHAM, NIA
NOVEMBER 18 – BRIGHTON, Centre

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ALBUM: Gorillaz – Plastic Beach

Release Date: March 8th, 2010
Label: Parlophone/Virgin
Website: www.gorillaz.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/gorillaz

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The post-Blur Damon Albarn continues here for album number three for his animated side-project Gorillaz, notching another stop on his odyssey of “this is 100% my band now, so I’ll do whatever the fuck I want”. Only this time, he doesn’t stop at slick electronic pop-rock-indie type stuff. In fact, he doesn’t stop at anything. This album literally has everything.

The giveaway for this comes before even the album begins. A quick look at the collaborators reveals all. Ranging from the pimp as ever Snoop Dogg, punk icons Mick Jones and Paul Simonon of The Clash, former Velvet Underground mumbler and part time feedback conductor Lou Reed to soul singer Bobby Womack, the incoherent Mark E Smith of The Fall and alt hip-hop staples Mos Def and De La Soul to wacky Super Furry Animal Gruff Rhys and the grimy Kano. Quite the range certainly.

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