One of the biggest differences between music now and when I was a kid — and certainly prior to that — is the ability to add a variety of other forms of art to the music itself. It started with MTV and grew.
Gorillaz, the brainchild of Brits Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, takes the concept much further. Wikipedia describes what the band — if it even is proper to call it that — is all about:
Gorillaz are a British musical and visual project created in 1998 by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. The project consists of Gorillaz itself and an extensive fictional universe depicting a “virtual band” of cartoon characters. This band has four animated members: 2D (lead vocalist, keyboard, and melodica), Murdoc Niccals (bass guitar and drum machine), Noodle (guitar, keyboard, and occasional vocals) and Russel Hobbs (drums and percussion). Their fictional universe is explored through the band’s website and music videos, as well as a number of other media, such as short cartoons. The music is a collaboration between various musicians, with Albarn being the only permanent musical contributor. Their style is a composition of multiple musical genres, with a large number of influences including alternative, rock, hip hop, electronica, dub and pop. (Continue Reading…)
Above is Clint Eastwood, which features Snoop Dogg/Dragon. Feel Good Inc., featuring Da La Soul, is below.