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1999 Paradise in Distress. Most of Gorillaz's fanbase have rented and/or bought these films. 1997 Naked II (unplugged). The band's art is deeply rooted in horror film imagery and ideals. 1995 Love Sweat (covers). For their first tour of the United States, two screens were used; one was simply the animatics, while the second, lower screen displayed the band's silhouettes along with various quotes from interviews. 1994 Face It (partially unplugged). Videos, animatics and image collages are projected onto the audience side of the screen, while choreographed lights behind the screen light up silhouettes of the physical band, creating a meld of the physical and animated.
1992 The Naked Truth (unplugged). At all performances, the physical band plays behind a specially designed screen which covers the stage area. 1991 Bloody Buccaneers. The song from the website, Rock It, will not be on the album. 1989 Keeper of the Flame. are known to be on the new release. 1986 The Hole. Dirty Harry, Kids With Guns, and Feel Good Inc.
1984 Something Heavy Going Down (live). It is now known as "Demon Days" Some track names have been revealed as well. 1984 N.E.W.S.. The name of the album has been reported to be "We Are Happy Landfill", but this has also been changed. 1982 Cut. This was later changed to May. 1981 2nd Live. It was first reported to be coming in March 2005.
1980 Prisoner of the Night. Since then, some information about the new album has gotten out. 1979 No Promises...No Debts. It has been revealed that a log in system will be added to the website in the near future, according to Gorillaz-Unofficial (http://www.gorillaz-unofficial.com). 1978 Grab It for a Second. A contest was also announced which allowed fans to send in a minute-long video or audio they had made; the prize included collaborating with the band in some way, shape or form and getting their own room in the newly rebuilt Kong Studios. 1977 Live. On December 8th, 2004, the website reopened with the announcement of a new album on the way, including production by DJ Danger Mouse and guest appearances by De La Soul.
1976 Contraband. Rumours were circulating around this time that Gorillaz were busy preparing a film, though nothing has surfaced. 1976 To the Hilt. The DVD contains all five videos (including the abandoned video "5/4"), the "Charts Of Darkness" documentary, the five Gorilla Bites (short vignettes), a tour of the website by the MEL 9000 server and much more. 1975 Switch. The building was in shambles and it turned out that the band had fled to Hollywood to escape whomever or whatever that was trying to attack them. November saw the release of the DVD Phase One: Celebrity Take Down which features an abandoned 3D Kong Studios (only eight rooms, including the lobby, are accessible.) If someone waits in a room longer than a minute, zombie hands will appear and grab the viewer; in some instances, a nude man is seen laughing maniacally. 1973 Moontan. On October 30th, 2002, as the band was passing into global obscurity, Kong Studios was closed by police, stating that a domestic disturbance involving a running nude man was reported at the site.
1972 Together. The single to follow, Lil' Dub Chefin' (M1 A1), contained an original track by the Spacemonkeyz titled "Spacemonkeyz Theme". 1971 Seven Tears. The record was credited to Spacemonkeyz VS Gorillaz, containing most of the album reworked by Spacemonkeyz. 1970 Golden Earring. The dub remix album Laika Come Home was released in June. 1969 Eight Miles High. The end of the year brought 911, a collaboration with rap artists D12 (sans Eminem) about the September 11, 2001 attacks, along with the announcement of G-Sides, a compilation of the b-sides from the first three singles. The new year also saw a spectacular performance at the 2002 BRIT awards, featuring the band in 3D, weaving in and out of each other on four large screens along with rap accompaniment by Phi Life Cypher.
1969 On the Double. The special also interviews Rachel of S Club 7 fame and a few of the band's voice talents, who had been given roles to play. 1968 Miracle Mirror. Around this time, a half-hour TV mockumentary entitled Charts Of Darkness was released, which follows Channel 4 news reporter Krishnan Guru-Murthy attempting to track down Damon and Jamie after they were placed in an insane asylum. 1967 Winter-Harvest. The only time the video for "Tomorrow Comes Today" was played in the States was when Toonami broadcasted a "Midnight Run" special where they played animated music videos from Gorillaz, Daft Punk, and Kenna. 1965 Just Earrings. Each of the videos contained humorous and often ridiculous storylines and imagery, though "Clint Eastwood" and "19-2000" were the only singles to break through the American music scene.
Later that same month, their first full-length, the self-titled Gorillaz was released, producing four singles: "Clint Eastwood", "19-2000", "Rock The House" and "Tomorrow Comes Today". Due to this, the band's Hotmail accounts were abandoned (and later hacked) and the inboxes on the site were never updated. The blend of raw hip-hop, cheesy horror music and a haunting melodica solo struck chords around the world, thrusting Gorillaz into the global limelight. The Clint Eastwood single was released at the start of March, 2002.
Because of the nature of the site, an official fansite was created to hold the standard band website information, including a discography, touring schedules and more. Each member also had their own computer which contained pictures, sound bites from various takes of songs and their e-mail inboxes. Each room also had bonus surprises and games to play: for example, the lobby had a remix machine, the cafeteria contained the messageboard on the wall and Murdoc's Winnebago (http://www.murdocswinnebago.com/) (accessible only by using the enhanced section of Gorillaz, later stolen and found in the United States) contained a voodoo doll of 2D. The band's website, a literal orgy of Macromedia Flash, was a representation of Kong Studios in the fullest sense of the word: inside, you could browse through each member's bedrooms, their recording environment and even the hallways and bathrooms.
The EP and video followed suit a few months afterward, generating a lot of word-of-mouth advertising, as well as a large shroud of mystery over who was behind Gorillaz and what they were to expect in the months to come. The first single for the band was Tomorrow Comes Today, which was very well received in the UK underground music scene. Gorillaz have earned the Guinness World Record for being the Most Successful Virtual Band (http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/gwr5/content_pages/record.asp?recordid=57561). There are also some rather obscure references made to people and things such as Tom Savini, Looney Tunes and the band Swell Maps, to name a few.
Romero films and horror film locations stated on highway sign posts in the promotional video for "19-2000". Matter-of-fact references to horror films are everywhere, including samples from George A. Gorillaz was created by Damon Albarn (of Blur) and Jamie Hewlett (of Tank Girl fame) and was based on their interests, dreams and fears. The band live in the also-fictitious Kong Studios, high upon a mountain in the centre of a cemetery in Essex.
Gorillaz have a dark and humorous backstory, which involves Murdoc inadvertently putting 2D into and out of a coma while trying to steal keyboards, Russel and his family re-rooting in England from New York due to Russel being on the wrong end of a drive-by shooting and Noodle's arrival in a FedEx crate from Japan. Gorillaz is an animated hip-pop collective or supergroup, comprised of four animated band members: 2D (vocals, keyboards), Murdoc (bass), Noodle (guitars) and Russel (drums, percussion). Rock It (12/08/2004). Lil' Dub Chefin' (M1 A1) (07/22/2002).
911 (CM-size edit) (12/07/2001). Rock The House (10/22/2001). 19-2000 (06/25/2001). Clint Eastwood (03/05/2001).
Tomorrow Comes Today (11/27/2000). Feel Good Inc CDS (2005). Dirty Harry 12" (2005). Phase One: Celebrity Take Down DVD (2002).
Lil' Dub Chefin' (M1 A1) CDS (2002). Laika Come Home (2002). Tomorrow Comes Today CDS/DVDS (2002). G-Sides EP (2002).
911 12" (2001). Rock The House CDS (2001). 19-2000 CDS (2001). Clint Eastwood CDS (2001).
Tomorrow Comes Today EP (2000). Demon Days (2005). Gorillaz (2001). Cass Browne - Drummer.
Roberto Occhipinti - Bass. Dan Left Hand - Bass. Simon Katz - Guitar. Haruka Kuroda - Vocals (Noodle).
Damon Albarn - Vocals (2D). Remi Kabaka - Russel (voice). Haruka Kuroda - Noodle (voice). Phil Cornwell - Murdoc (voice).
Nelson De Freitas - 2D (voice). The Shining. Psycho. Nosferatu.
Night of the Living Dead. The Exorcist. Friday The 13th. Dracula (1931).
Day of the Dead. Dawn of the Dead (1978).