Gorillaz, Gorillaz (2001)
I remember the song Clint Eastwood and loving it straight away. (And I’ve never got sick of it). But I wasn’t straight away sold on Gorillaz. See, I wasn’t at all a Blur fan and I wasn’t that into Damon Albarn. Wasn’t sure if he was any sort of real deal, or a total charlatan, and wasn’t sure what to think. But slowly, surely, Gorillaz won me over. A mate was living in the UK at that time and sent me a letter with a tape – a mixtape he’d made – and he included a couple of other songs on there, so that was a clue. And then I musta bought the CD. Next thing I know I’m into Blur – Think Tank which followed this was the gateway back to Blur. I was curious about Albarn from the Ravenous soundtrack. That was my first clue that he was possibly very clever.
And then this solidified that. I was a fan. It felt like overnight. But was in fact a long time coming. I stayed with Gorillaz right through – including seeing a great gig a few years back, Albarn’s victory lap of sorts. I also interviewed Damon Albarn ahead of the show. I was shitting myself on that one. And to make it worse the interview was on a Saturday, and it kept getting delayed. I sat around all day, by the afternoon almost petrified. Sure it wouldn’t be worth it. The result: an interview I was really proud of and one that several news sources basically just flat out “stole”. Saw this album the other day and really ummed/aaaahed about it. Would I play it often on vinyl? Oh well, we’ll find out. First listen was ace. Nice to hear. Had been a while. I’m sure it’ll get a regular spin. Only problem is I might have to seek the other albums out again now…
Sample Track: Tomorrow Comes Today
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