Phil Lynott, Pete Townshend and Paul Weller Get Gorillaz'd
... (Classic Rock) Liam Gallagher's clothing line Pretty Green has joined forces with Tank Girl/Gorillaz
man Jamie Hewlett to design three limited edition T-shirts to benefit Teenage Cancer Trust. With a white guitar as the stand-out symbol, the designs created by Hewlett depict classic guitar poses inspired by three rock idols: Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott, Pete Townshend of The Who and 'modfather' Paul Weller. Hewlett, who has a long-standing relationship with the charity, is most famously known as the comic book artist and creator of Tank Girl and co-creator of virtual band Gorillaz
. He created the now iconic logo for Teenage Cancer Trust's annual concert series at the Royal Albert Hall. Read more and check out photos of the shirts here. Classic Rock Magazine is an official news provider for antiMusic.com. Copyright Classic Rock Magazine- Excerpted here with permission. Phil Lynott, Pete Townshend and Paul Weller Get Gorillaz
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LISTEN: Gorillaz Release Stream of Previously Unreleased Orchestral Track "Whirlwind"
... Tweet Damon Albarn filled in for BBC 2 Radio host Dermot O'Leary over the weekend, and released an unheard track by Gorillaz
entitled "Whirlwind." The lead singer and songwriter for Gorillaz
, as well as the band Blur, interviewed Idris Elba as well as The Clash's Paul Simonon on the show, then released a track recorded during the 2010 Plastic Beach sessions. It was recorded with the Syrian National Orchestra in Damascus, and is a 90 second bizarre orchestral piece that is true to the Gorillaz
' unique and varied style. Sadly, Albarn stated that due to the Syrian uprises, he has lost contact with several of those he knew, and dedicated the song to them. Fans will be happy to hear the song after rumors of Gorillaz
desolving were quelled by both Albarn and co-founder Jamie Hewlett. Search for Blur albums on Amazon Tweet LISTEN: Gorillaz
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DAMON ALBARN PLAYS UNHEARD GORILLAZ TRACK
... Damon Albarn has played a previously unheard 90-second Gorillaz
track, entitled 'Whirlwind', while covering for Dermot O'Leary on BBC Radio 2. The Blur frontman said the track was taken from Gorillaz
's 'Plastic Beach' sessions in 2010, performed alongside the Syrian National Orchestra. He spoke of losing contact with friends from the Orchestra since the crisis in Syria has escalated and dedicated the song to their safety. Questions remain as to whether the virtual band will release any new material owing to a dispute between Albarn and collaborator Jamie Hewlett. Albarn is currently working on a solo album with XL boss Richard Russell, after the pair produced Bobby Womack's album 'The Bravest Man In The Universe' together. Listen to the unearthed Gorillaz
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Damon Albarn (vocals, guitar) 2000-
Jamie Hewlett (illustrator) 2000-
Dan "The Automator" Nakamura (producer) 2000-
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Albarn is the frontman for the British rock group Blur. Hewlett draws comic books. He is most famous for Tank Girl, which was made into a movie starring rapper Ice-T and Stooges frontman Iggy Pop. Nakamura specializes in fantasy hip-hop, coming from the underground group Deltron 3030, which put its members into the year 3030, traveling the galaxy.
On its first album, Gorillaz featured the musicianship of Tom Tom Club/Talking Heads bassist Tina Weymouth and drummer Chris Frantz, Deltron 3030 rappers Del Tha Funkee Homosapien and Kid Koala, Buena Vista Social Club singer Ibrahim Ferrer, and Cibo Matto singer Miho Hatori.
The group is a mixture of Nakamura and Albarn's music and Hewlett's animation. They designed four cartoon characters to be members of the group a la Spinal Tap. Murdoc is the devil-worshipping bass player, 2-D is the melancholy lead singer, Noodle is the 10-year-old Asian female guitarist, and Russel is the drummer/rapper.
Albarn and Hewlett were roommates. They got the idea to create this group after each ended long-term relationships. After the appropriate grieving period, they decided to make good use of their time and began work on the look and sound of their pet band.
In 2002, they went on tour. The band played behind a video screen that displayed their cartoon images. Albarn was the only member who played every show.
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