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  • Approval of God: The official Gorillaz YouTube account commented on Richard Van As' fan recreation of the scrapped Rhinestone Eyes music video with an oncoming fist (fist bump) emoji (👊).
  • 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."
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  • Creator's Favorite: Noodle is Jamie Hewlett's favorite character, and while she isn't without her detractors, she is generally very well liked by the fanbase.
  • The Danza: You have to read 2D's lips, but when he sees the hitman chasing them in the "Stylo" video, he says "It's Bruce" to Murdoc. The hitman's played by Bruce Willis. Considering his roles in action movies, it's possible he's playing As Himself in the video.
  • 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.
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    • 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.
  • Fanon: Cyborg Noodle is never said to have been based on the real Noodle's appearance as a teen at any point, and is in fact shown to be nearly identical to an adult Noodle in the few pictures where they appear together. Despite this, you'd be hard-pressed to find any fanfiction that doesn't claim this to be true, simply because it avoids dealing with the the Fridge Logic of how Murdoc (the Cyborg's creator) would know what Noodle would look like as an adult despite last seeing her as a young teen.
  • In Memoriam: "How Far?" featuring Tony Allen and Skepta was released on May 2, 2020, much earlier than what the Song Machine series' usual monthly schedule entailed, due to Allen — a longtime collaborator and friend to Damon Albarn — having passed away two days earlier.
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  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Rise of the Ogre, despite being the band's biography, apparently hasn't been printed since its initial publication, since no book store seems to have it and Amazon prices range from 70 to 100 bucks, and it's even worse on eBay.
  • 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.
    • Damon Albarn has admitted that some of the collaborators that he picked to work with on Humanz was largely because his daughter was a fan of them, and he hoped she would still think her dad was cool.
  • 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. 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.
    • Around 2003 and the preamble to Demon Days, Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett teased the existence of an upcoming feature-length Gorillaz movie with DreamWorks Animation referred to as Celebrity Harvestnote , whose plot was about "the end of time, brought out by the sickness of celebrity culture". It was scrapped as Dreamworks kept insisting on making it family-friendly, and many of the aesthetic and story elements (such as backstories for Noodle and Russel) were repurposed elsewhere throughout Phase 2 media.
    • 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 called Carousel (it was worked on from mid-2008 to late 2009 before being scrapped and turned into Plastic Beach).
    • A book in a similar vein to Rise of the Ogre was originally planned to be released toward the end of Phase 3 in order to tie up and expand Plastic Beach's storyline. Eventually, this idea was modified into being an e-book rather than a physical book before being dropped entirely.
    • Plastic Beach had a huge amount of music scrapped, most notably a collaboration with post-punk band The Horrors for the song "Leviathan" and most infamously "Crashing Down", which was used for the Russell indent.
    • Del The Funkee Homosapien's appearance on "Clint Eastwood" was a last minute addition, and he almost declined. They originally recorded a version with verses by the group Phi Life Cypher, but Dan The Automator later decided that he wanted Del on the song instead. Because Automator asked him to do it at the end of a long session for the first Deltron 3030 album, Del initially just wanted to call it a day. The Phi Life Cypher version appeared on G-Sides, but the Del version on Gorillaz is much better known.
    • Humanz was originally supposed to be titled Transformerz, but Damon Albarn was convinced to change it by his daughter, because "it’d only remind people of those big, loud Michael Bay movies these days." This would later be referenced in the Super Deluxe edition of Humanz, ending with an instrumental track titled "Tranzformer".
  • The Wiki Rule: The Gorillaz Wiki.


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