Laugh now, but the future belongs to them. Gorillaz are a turbo boosted four-piece in overdrive. Their race-turned sound is an F1 Kong with Mighty Joe Young at the wheel. Gorillaz is the brainchild of Murdoc, a snaggle-toothed Svengali from Stoke-On-Trent. He's a self-taught bassist with a mind like a rusty steel trap and a burning desire to create a chart-topping band. From day one Gorillaz' warped back-seat driver knew that good tunes weren't enough to succeed; he needed good hooks and good equipment, neither of which he had.
Murdoc met frontman 2 D while ram-raiding the Organ Emporium where he worked. 2D is a sweetheart with a blank sheet of paper where his mind should be. His black eyes and vacant stare make people think he's cool and enigmatic but he's just got a migraine. Voice like an angel, arse like a Satsuma, Murdoc recognized perfect pop material.
Next to join was drummer, Russel, a hip-hop hard man from the US of A. Russel draws upon spooky mates to help guide his beats. The funky phantoms live in Russel's hunking frame and pop out every so often to provide some undead rapping. Russel himself is actually a bit posh. With an enviable wardrobe and a
private education, Russel is a proper musician. Murdoc discovered him working in a Soho rap store after his parents had moved him to London.
Which just left them needing a guitarist. An ad in the NME resulted in a FedEx freight container arriving, out of which
jumped Noodle, a 10...