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Conceived as the first "virtual hip-hop group," Gorillaz blended the musical talents of Dan "The Automator" Nakamura, Blur's Damon Albarn, Cibo Matto's Miho Hatori, and Tom Tom Club's Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz with the arresting visuals of Jamie Hewlett, best known as the creator of the cult comic Tank Girl. Nakamura's Deltron 3030 cohorts Kid Koala and Del tha Funkee Homosapien rounded out the creative team behind the Gorillaz quartet, whose virtual members included 2-D, the cute but spacy singer/keyboardist; Murdoc, the spooky, possibly Satanic bassist and the brains behind the group; Russel, a drummer equally inspired by "Farrakhan and Chaka Khan" and possessed by "funkyphantoms" that occasionally rise up and provide some zombie-style rapping; and last but not least, Noodle, a ten-year-old Japanese guitar virtuosa and martial arts master. The group's website,, showcased Hewlett's visuals and the group's music in eye- and ear-catching detail. Gorillaz debuted in late 2000 with the Tomorrow Comes Today EP, which they followed early the next year with the popular Clint Eastwood single. A self-titled, full-length debut album arrived in spring 2001. Gorillaz was a massive worldwide success and achieved platinum-level sales in the U.S.; worldwide, it sold over seven million copies. The group's Svengalis were quick to capitalize, and released the B-sides collection G-Sides, the Phase One: Celebrity Takedown DVD, and the dub-inspired remix album Laika Come Home in 2002. The project soon went on hiatus, however, as Albarn resumed work with Blur for their seventh album, 2003's Think Tank. When he was ready to begin the next Gorillaz album, Albarn turned to Danger Mouse (the DJ behind The Grey Album, the infamous mash-up of the Beatles' White Album and Jay-Z's Black Album) and a host of other collaborators, including De La Soul, Shaun Ryder, Debbie Harry, Dennis Hopper, and Martina Topley-Bird. Although Del tha Funkee Homosapien and Nakamura did not return, 2-D, Russel, Murdoc, and Noodle were all present and accounted for on Demon Days, another Top Ten hit, which arrived in spring 2005. The album went double platinum in America and enjoyed even more success in the U.K.; it also received a host of Grammy nominations, a sign that the band had secured critical as well as commercial approval. Gorillaz broke ground for a new album in 2007, but the project wasn't released until 2010, when Plastic Beach marked the band's third studio effort. Greeted to generally positive reviews, Plastic Beach received more attention for its tour, as ex-Clash members Paul Simonon and Mick Jones were both part of Gorillaz. During that tour, Albarn recorded a new Gorillaz album called The Fall on his iPad. Initially digitally released to fan club members on Christmas Day 2010, The Fall saw a wide official release in the spring of 2011. ~ Heather Phares
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  1.   Song
  2.   Feel Good Inc.
  3.   Clint Eastwood
  4.   Dare
  5.   Stylo
  6.   On Melancholy Hill
  7.   Superfast Jellyfish
  8.   Dirty Harry
  9.   Kids with Guns
  10.   19-2000
  11.   Rhinestone Eyes
  12.   Empire Ants by Little Dragon
  13.   White Flag featuring Bashy
  14.   Bill Murray
  15.   Hongkongaton
  16.   Hong Kong
  17.   Stop the Dams
  18.   DoYaThing featuring Andre 3000
  19.   Revolving Doors
  20.   Rock the House
  21.   5/4
  22.   Some Kind of Nature by Lou Reed
  23.   Double Bass
  24.   Dracula
  25.   Doncamatic by Daley
  26.   O Green World
  27.   To Binge by Little Dragon
  28.   Tomorrow Comes Today
  29.   El Mañana
  30.   All Alone
  31.   Fire Coming Out of the Monkey's Head
  32.   Last Living Souls
  33.   HillBilly Man
  34.   Every Planet We Reach Is Dead
  35.   November Has Come
  36.   Rockit
  37.   Sound Check (Gravity)
  38.   Cloud of Unknowing featuring Bobby Womack
  39.   Demon Days
  40.   Broken
  41.   People
  42.   New Genius (Brother)
  43.   The Parish of Space Dust
  44.   Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach featuring Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
  45.   White Light
  46.   The Sounder
  47.   Slow Country
  48.   Latin Simone (¿Qué Pasa Contigo?)
  49.   Shy-town
  50.   Pirate Jet
  51.   68 State
  52.   Don't Get Lost in Heaven
  53.   Re-Hash
  54.   Little Pink Plastic Bags
  55.   Orchestral Intro
  56.   Glitter Freeze
  57.   Starshine
  58.   Left Hand Suzuki Method
  59.   California and the Slipping of the Sun
  60.   Aspen Forest
  61.   Stylo
  62.   Spitting out the Demons
  63.   Intro
  64.   Ghost Train
  65.   Man Research (Clapper)
  66.   Space Monkeyz Theme
  67.   The Joplin Spider
  68.   Phoner to Arizona
  69.   Detroit
  70.   Amarillo
  71.   Highway (Under Construction)
  72.   The Swagga
  73.   Hip Albatross
  74.   Punk
  75.   Clint Eastwood featuring Bootie Brown
  76.   Seattle Yodel
  77.   Plastic Beach featuring Mick Jones
  78.   Monkey Bee
  79.   Murdoc Is God
  80.   Lil' Dub Chefin'
  81.   12D3
  82.   Faust
  83.   M1 A1
  84.   Sweepstakes featuring Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
  85.   Bobby in Phoenix by Bobby Womack
  86.   We Are Happy Landfill
  87.   The Snake in Dallas
  88.   The Speak It Mountains