* ExecutiveMeddling:
** The video and single release of "Rhinestone Eyes" was pulled and replaced with "Doncamatic". This has led to a lot of people being concerned about how much trust EMI has in the project anymore. Hewlett claimed later that EMI didn't have the money to afford another video, since "Stylo" turned out to cost much more than they expected.
** These fears are being renewed now that EMI has pulled their funding for the rest of the ''Plastic Beach'' arc, resulting in a rushed ending.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Well it starts from [[Music/{{Blur}} Damon Albarn]] (the co-creator of the band and singing voice for 2-D -- in essence, Albarn is the band's lead singer) and goes from there. The guest performers on some of their songs include Music/DeLaSoul ("Feel Good Inc.", "Superfast Jellyfish"), Del tha Funkee Homosapien ("Clint Eastwood", "Rock the House"), Shaun Ryder of The Happy Mondays ("DARE"), Bootie Brown of The Pharcyde ("Dirty Harry"), Dennis Hopper ("Fire Coming Out of A Monkey's Head"), Bobby Womack ("Stylo"), Mark E. Smith of The Fall ("Glitter Freeze"), [[Music/TheClash Mick Jones and Paul Simonon]] ("Plastic Beach") and Music/LouReed ("Some Kind of Nature").
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: An inversion, for singer/2D voice Damon Albarn. A manga writer in Japan decided to name his protagonist [[SoulEater Maka Albarn]] after one of his favorite musicians. In the animated adaptation, her theme song is a punk-rockish, closely resembling the style of many Gorillaz songs.
* NamesTheSame: Murdoc's playground nemesis, [[Manga/OnePiece Tony Chopper]].
* NoExportForYou:
** Gorillaz is known to leave off several tracks for each album either as secret bonuses or as incentive to buy additional [=EPs=] or special-edition albums. Usually, however, at the end of a phase a corresponding B-side album is released containing these songs. Unfortunately, the [[AllThereInTheManual supplemental material]] plays this completely straight.
** Besides this, there are often tracks added into the release of certain albums only in certain areas, with the Japanese release of each studio album getting 1 or 2 songs that otherwise wouldn't be available until the singles or B-side collection gets released.
* [[SoMyKidsCanWatch So My Kids Can Listen]]: The exact reason why Bobby Womack came out of retirement to sing on "Stylo" (his daughter specifically nudged him to work with Albarn.) The song revitalized public interest in Womack, leading to his first album in 18 years.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: At the time, the fact that the first Gorillaz CD gave you access to exclusive content on the band's interactive site was revolutionary. Now, if you play that movie that pops up when you put the disc into your computer all the way through, your browser opens up... to an error message. Indeed the whole "Enhanced CD" fad was on its last legs around the time of the first Gorillaz album. Compare ''Demon Days'' and ''Plastic Beach'' which feature no such Autoplay content, but merely references in the booklet to sections of the band's website to find lyrics and other content.
* ThrowItIn: According to interviews, the title of the song "Dare" came from the fact that the guest singer, Shaun Ryder, couldn't pronounce "there" because of his accent. The original lyric was, "It's coming up, it's coming up, it's coming up, it's there!" But it was changed after a few takes proved it impossible to record that understandably.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** "Don't Get Lost in Heaven" was originally going to sound [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jn6D0xYDRDA a lot different.]]
** Paula was originally meant to be guitarist, until Jamie redesigned her as a ten-year-old. There was also a Bongo-playing Ape involved.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lWKt4vxOdg Rhe unfinished video for "5/4"]].
** Phase 3 had an entire ''2 hours'' of music that was getting saved for a sequel album that was never made. Presumably this is why the plot was moving so slowly. Because of this, almost nothing got resolved and we're left to imagine what actually happened across the five-year time span.

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