Trivia / Gorillaz

  • Ascended Fanon: Wikipedia's article on the song El Mañana noted that the helicopters in the video didn't match the ones from Feel Good Inc., and proposed an explanation for it. This article was quoted in Rise of the Ogre, with Murdoc replying, "Er... yeah. That sounds about right."
  • Creator's Favorite: Noodle is Jamie Hewlett's favorite character, and while she isn't without her detractors, she is very well liked by the fanbase.
  • Development Gag: Noodle was going to be the same age as the rest of the band, before being redesigned as a child. The original design was later recycled for Paula Cracker, who in lore was the original guitarist before being quickly replaced by Noodle.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • 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.
  • Name's the Same:
    • Murdoc's playground nemesis, Tony Chopper.
    • "Russell Hobbs" is a brand of iron.
  • No Export for You: Gorillaz is known to leave off several tracks for each album either as secret bonuses, incentive to buy additional EPs or special-edition albums, or for foreign editions such as in Japan. Usually, however, at the end of a phase a corresponding B-side album is released containing these songs. Unfortunately, the supplemental material plays this completely straight.
  • So My Kids Can Watch: 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.
  • Technology Marches On: 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, Gorillaz. 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.
  • Throw It In: 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.
  • Visual Pun: The pirate aircraft attacking Noodle's ship in "Melancholy Hill" are for all intents and purposes F 4 U Corsairs with open cockpits. Incidentally, a corsair is another name for a pirate, although the pun may not have been intentional.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • "Don't Get Lost in Heaven" was originally going to sound 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.
    • The 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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