Get excited because music and pop culture icons Gorillaz are back with a new single! The song is called ‘Cracker Island’ and features GRAMMY winning artist Thundercat, known for solo studio albums and work with rap icon Kendrick Lamar.
To celebrate the return of 2D, Murdoc, Russel, and Noodle, we’ve compiled a list of five of the most iconic Gorillaz moments for you to binge.
Live Interview With NME
If you’re not familiar with the concept behind Gorillaz, this interview is a good place to start. All of the members are, in fact, animated characters that have deep and complex lore behind them. Their in-person appearances are rare, but this interview with UK-based culture hub New Music Express features Murdoc and 2D in the “flesh.” Watch them banter with interviewer Mark Beaumont to get a sense of how they interact with our world!
MTV Cribs Appearance
MTV Cribs is a reality show that has been running for over twenty years, in which celebrities show us their lavish and extravagant homes. Gorillaz made their own appearance in 2010, with bassist Murdoc giving us a tour of the band’s unconventional pad. The band members’ crude humor and hysterical back-and-forth moments are what make them memorable!
MTV Europe Music Awards Performance
You’re probably wondering how animated characters can perform for audiences or go on tour — but we’ve got you! Check out their performance of their hit song Feel Good Inc. at the 2010 MTV EMA’s! Using holograms, the band is able to appear right in front of our eyes while their respective human counterparts play live while remaining hidden. It makes for an unforgettable performance, and we can’t wait to see how their tech has changed on their upcoming North American tour!
‘Saturnz Barz’ Music Video
‘Saturnz Barz’ hails from Gorillaz’s 2017 studio album Humanz, and features Jamaican DJ Popcaan. The accompanying video is a trippy journey through both a haunted house and space. Somehow though, this works and makes for a wild ride rather than what you’d expect from a normal music video.
Billie Eilish Coachella Collab
Billie Eilish made history when she headlined Coachella this year and was the youngest person to ever do so. Her performance was incredible, but we loved when she brought out Damon Albarn to join her in performing ‘Feel Good Inc.’ onstage. You might not recognize him by looking at him, but his voice is iconic! He serves as a songwriter and musician for Gorillaz, but also sings as 2D.
These four characters have forever made their mark on the music industry and paved the way for technology like holograms to be used for live performances. These Gorillaz moments are the most iconic to us, but we want to hear from you! Comment your faves down below, or find us buzzing around over on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook!
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