I wish I could describe the excitement I had when I discovered the Gorillaz in 2001. I walked Switched on CDs and the shop owner Glen mentioned to me that a cartoon album was about to drop featuring Damon Albarn as a vocalist.
I had taken a really strong liking to a lot of later Blur stuff so I was intrigued to hear what his post Blur stuff would sound like.
I never expected however to hear the style hoppy goodness that turned out to be the Gorillaz. It was everything that I ever wanted in "virtual band". They leveraged the available technology and mediums to the extremes at a time where everything was blurry.
This album is nearly 15 years old and I'm having a hard time trying to remember - how I became obsessed with the band. I'm pretty sure that I spent a lot of time on the net visiting websites... I just double checked the album and confirmed that it was an "enhanced CD". For a brief period of time, a lot of albums came with multimedia you could drag and drop onto your computer.
My computer at the time wasn't particularly good, so I never bothered seeing the extended content. I now have a better computer, but I wonder if the multimedia is obsolete.
Hmmm... a potential weekend project. Go thru my stack of CD's and find examples of multimedia material from albums I own.
Stand out tracks:
- Gorillaz – Tomorrow Comes Today
- Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood
- Gorillaz – Punk
- Gorillaz – Sound Check (Gravity)
- Gorillaz – 19-2000
- Gorillaz – Latin Simone (Que Pasa Contigo)
- Gorillaz – Dracula
Producer: Tom Girling, Jason Cox, Dan the Automator, Gorillaz
Label: Parlophone, Virgin, Warner Bros.
Recorded: Studio 13, Geejam Studios