Interview from Figurescom
your first line of action figures coming out this year. Will they
have any special features, like kung-fu grips or rocket launchers?
been avoiding talking about this like the black-plague if I can
be perfectly honest with you. I mean it’s hardly very rock
n roll is it? You never heard Motley Crew banging on about their
toys did you. I’ll come clean though I’ve got a few
dolls y’know, the Kiss ones were alright, I even had a little
wheelchair made for my little plastic Peter Criss so that he could
make it to his kit easier. I’ve got this other doll that
has loads of "Special Features," it can please me with
it’s satisfying penetrating suction mouth of love, sensuous
soft luscious lips, quivering velvet-touch tongue or inviting
deep throat! It also has a special vibrating love grip pleasure
action figures and a bunch of "Star Wars" action figures
got in a fight, who would win?
2D: It depends
who owned them. If the person with the Star Wars figures had a
sledgehammer, some petrol and matches or something then they’d
win but I can tell you this much…
Einstein we get the point!
figure ain’t about fighting! Such toys teach children to
accept a militarised world. They teach children that people who
look or think differently should be defeated and that war and
killing are acceptable ways of dealing with conflict. They create
the impression that might is right, and in doing so, denigrate
kindness, conciliation, co-operation, skill, and thoughtfulness
right you’re figure isn’t about fighting! You’re
a big man but you’re out of shape! You feeling a bit right
on today Russ? I don’t envy the interviewers job, there’s
nothing worse than Russel with a political correctness beef in
his bonnet. Makes for a good laugh from my point of view though,
nothing funnier than an over educated Hip Hopper laying down the
--Do you collect
toys or any sort of memorabilia?
2D: I bought
the complete set of the Seven Samurai action figures when we played
in New York. I’ve also got a jar full of my old toenails,
it really stinks.
entertainers are eventually replaced by cartoons, what do you
foresee replacing cartoons? Monkeys?
2D: What do
monkeys have to do with anything?
I dunno, about as much as toe nails at a guess.
world eventually be taken over by monkeys, like in "Planet
of the Apes"? If so, is that a good or bad thing? Discuss.
afraid you’re missing the point! It’s already happened,
after the extinction of dinosaurs the planet was indeed taken
over by apes, us. LA PLANÈTE DES SINGES has more in common
with the social commentary of Jonathan Swift and the scientific
pessimism of H. G. Wells than any of the other science fiction
published in the early ‘60s. Boulle's themes deal with the
human pretension of believing that we are at the centre of the
universe and with the nature of intelligence. The apes in the
book are simply humans in disguise, with human foibles and fears.
It's also an amazingly chilling satire — at the same time
as you're laughing at the apes' pompous statements that they are
the only creatures with souls, you realise that we've heard these
statements before from our own theologians and philosophers.
you. Go on Russ’ lets see who else you can bore!
if you put 100 monkeys at 100 typewriters for 100 years, one of
them will type a Shakespeare play. Do you blame the current state
of popular music on monkeys secretly being employed to write songs?
Or are the problems associated with "Nu metal" and teen
pop actually due to "Lack Of Monkeys"?
an infinite amount of monkeys at an infinite amount of typewriters
and the play they’d come up with is Hamlet. Like Douglas
Adams wrote in his book The HitchHikers Guide to the Galaxy "There's
an infinite number of monkeys outside who want to talk to us about
this script for Hamlet they've worked out." This joke is
no more ridiculous than the initial concept itself as the universe
is not infinite, but what this underlines is that Shakespeare’s
work could not come into creation without the intervention of
the artists intelligence. This has lead some people to come to
the conclusion that as Shakespeare's birth within a finite universe
is just as unlikely and random a possibility then this itself
is proof for a creative intelligence behind the universe. As to
your second point I blame the current state of world affairs on
the monkeys that we have put in charge, in contrast with this
madness "Nu Metal" and pop pale in comparison.
give up with the funnies if I were you nobodies listening to either
2D: Yeah and
the monkeys, I really don’t know what anyone’s going
on about now.
Gorillaz ever pursue solo careers? If so, what would each of you
like to do outside of the band?
of course am the only person in the band who stands a fart’s
chance in hell of making it on the outside. Be it in metal, rock
or new jack swing, the world is my instrument waiting for me to
be ready to play. I’m not blowing my own trumpet, as there’s
an orderly queue waiting to do that for me.
folks going to do a movie? And if you had to cast humans to portray
you, who would each of you choose?
we’ve started work on a script. It’s got the working
title of "The Celebrity Harvest." There’s no one
out there who could play me unless of course we did it like our
live show with the actors behind the screen. Then I guess Gene
Hackman would fit the bill or Pacino.
ever release Gorillaz comic books? Please?
it’s time to flog us like a dead horse who knows what level
of dross we’ll authorise until then we’ll keep on
with the records, oh and the movie…not forgetting the toys
you be back on tour in America?
don’t have any plans to at the moment but as soon as we
do we won’t be keeping it secret. We’re thinking about
playing Russia next.
enjoyed your concert here in Seattle. Got any fond memories of
think it was in Seattle that an interviewer remarked to me that
neither Napoleon nor Kraftwerk ever pretended to be monkeys, what
is it with you guys and simians?
off again, who rattled your cage Kong boy?
is there any credo or manifesto which guides the band?
got the first edition Gredo figure, that’s the sort of thing
you’re interested in isn’t it? Oh and Monkeys, I nearly
forgot. Well I’ve got a one of Mike Nesmith’s original
green woolly hats too. Cool or what!?
from BBC Radio 1
Hira: Do you
think the Brits are a load of crap?
2D: I don't know what you mean - I'm British.
Russel: What is it with you Brits? You're always talking about
your asses. If you're not talking about them, you're talking out
Murdoc: Shut up, fat boy! You've got more ass than anybody! I've
heard of fourbellies but you're fivearses!
Noodle through intepreter Alan: I don't understand that.
Murdoc: What sort of interpreter are you, Alan? You're not a touch
on Dr Stanley Unwin.
2D: Are you all sitting comftibold? Too square on your botty.
Alan the intepreter: Eh?
What are you wearing for the Brits? What will your tipple be for
2D: I'm gonna be wearing my Free Tibet T-shirt.
Russel: I was thinking of wearing a T-shirt that says 'I was nominated
for six Brits but all I got was this lousy T-shirt'.
Murdoc: Yeah, but it wasn't funny. It's not WHAT I'll be drinking
- the question is, what WON'T I be drinking? If there were more
hours in the day, I'd drink more.
Russel: That's a bad example to set.
Murdoc: Look who's talking, gutlord!
2D: Isn't that a Blur quote?
Murdoc: Shut up you idiot!
Will there be a second album, or was this a one-off experimental
collaboration that got a lot bigger than anyone imagined?
2D: Erik Newton. Are you like Marilyn Manson?
Murdoc: Yeah, yeah, are you the ******* son of Eric Sykes and
Isaac Newton? Just imagine Fattie Jacques falling on your head!
2D: Sorry, what did you ask?
Russel: Will there be a second album. I'm sorry for these two
doctors of ha ha. Yeah sure, Erik, there's gonna be a second album.
We're gonna be hitting you with some fresh flavours and some chunky
Murdoc: The only thing that's got bigger than I'd expected...no,
I don't think I'll finish that sentence.
Murdoc, so you're a Satan worshiper and you were brave enough
to work with D12. Ever thought of working with Marilyn Manson?
Murdoc: Yeah, I love Brian's work. Especially when he got those
two girls to ingest sea monkeys. Maybe when I get over to California
on our US tour at the end of this month. I'm gonna see if he'll
introduce me to Anton Le Vay.
Noodle mind being the only girl in the band, especially as she
is only 10?
Noodle through intepreter Alan: What is there to mind about? It's
a dream come true. I've got three big brothers - one who smells
like butterscotch, one who smells like box-fresh trainers, and
the other one that smells like halitosis on toast.
Spicy J: How
much is money a motivation in what you do?
Russel: If money was a motivator, do you honestly think we'd sound
the way we do? Just like Francis Ford Coppola, this is one from
Murdoc: Nice reference, Russ - I love that movie! The Tom Waits
soundtrack moved me to tears the first time...it could have been
because I got my old fella caught in my flies.
just started a band with my mates from school and we're finding
it really hard to sound different - we just sound like a bad Coldplay.
Any ideas on equipment or ways of doing things that can make us
Murdoc: One bad Coldplay is enough for the world already.
Russel: Jim, all you've got to do is try really hard to make your
music say what you feel. Then you won't sound like anyone else.
But there's nothing wrong with having influences - that's how
Murdoc: Yeah, Russ, when we first met you sounded just like Weird
2D: I loved 'Eat It' - I thought that was brilliant.
Russel: Yeah, D, I think that was the point that Murdoc was trying
to make. Ha ha ha I'm fat, ha ha ha.
Kev: You are
all about your image, without it, you wouldn't exist. Do you think
there is a lesson to be learned by indie bands who really don't
worry too much about they look.
Murdoc: Yeah, I had to go to the record label the other day, and
I was caught in a lift with the bass player from Coldplay, the
drummer from Radiohead, and some other no-faced plonker from some
other band, The Flip-Flops or something, I don't know.
Lisa: Do you
ever get nervous before recording your songs in the studio. How
do you calm yourself down?
Russel: It depends what we're working on. There wasn't any pressure
or nerves when we recorded the album because we were just working
with each other and experimenting. I think Murdoc was quite nervous
when D-12 came in...
Murdoc: Yeah, I thought he was gonna bring his dirty mattress
with him, and I didn't wanna try.(I was talking about Bizarre...)
you ever consider touring - do you think you would encounter the
same ups and downs that other bands do?
Murdoc: Sam, what planet are you from? We are touring. After the
Brits, we're touring the States, starting in Toronto, and ending
up in Mexico City. We've played Japan, France and the Camden Brownhouse
and it was wik wik wikker, man!
going on tour in America soon - what are your top three tips for
having a good tour?
Murdoc: Clean pants to begin with, dirty pants to end with...
Russel: Dirty pants never stopped you before...
Murdoc: True. Scrub that. Start with dirty pants - start as you
mean to go on...
Russel: Scrubbing your pants isn't a good idea, it's only the
stubborn understains that are holding them together.
it important to have a gimmick if you're in a guitar band or should
the music speak for itself?
Murdoc: How do you define a gimmick? Jimi Hendrix set fire to
his guitar and played it with his teeth - but don't try this at
home kids. Michael Jackson gave it a go and look at the state
Russel: Being entertaining isn't a gimmick.
What other cartoons do you reckon you could take in a fight?
Murdoc: What you on about, cuppatea? Cartoons are for kids, and
they're not real, you know. Postmodernism will get you nowhere.
2D: I was on a road to nowhere once... but luckily David Byrne
came along and gave me a lift home.
Russel: That's how you met Tina was it?
Gorillaz, who would you most like to date, Wilma Flinstone or
2D: That's not 3D - you haven't got a Westcountry accent. Who
would you rather be - Daddy G or Mushroom?
Murdoc: I bet Liam Gallagher regrets the day he called George
Harrison a mouldy old mushroom.
us Winnebago hunters ever get resolution to the perp who nicked
the porn transporter?
Murdoc: Speak of the westcountry, and it will appear... How are
you doing, Stumbo, you skiver? I'm as much in the dark as you
lot are about who took the rustbucket... All I know is I've got
it back and I've restocked the porn.
any of u get a Valentines card then?
Murdoc: Yep, 2D got one from Rachel S Club.
2D: Did I? I never saw it.
Murdoc: Yeah, that's cos I got to it first, just like her - unlucky!
2D: Shut up! Love her...
any of you like to get it on with Kylie?
Murdoc: Kylie wants to get it on with me. When we met at the MTV
awards in Frankfurt, she had a little bit of a cold, bless her.
Fortunately she was wearing a tissue, so she had something to
blow her cute little nose on.
Which one of you is the best dancer?
All: Alan (Noodle's interpreter)
you ever seen Tank Girl- what did you think?
Russel: Yeah, that was the end of the line for old Tracey Marrow,
when that immortal line "there ain't gonna be no crumpets
and tea" fell out of his kangaroo mouth, I knew it was curtains
for the brother.
Murdoc: Tank Girl... I'm sure Hewlett meant to spell that with
a 'W'. Pathetic - a grown man spending all of his days drawing
pictures of girls in bras.
What's all this about the second album being the soundtrack to
Russel: Well, Gerald Anderson, it kind of makes sense. Two birds
with one stone.
Murdoc: A hand in the bush and all that.
Come on the Gorillaz, every band has one... which one of you is
Murdoc: Come on, Russ - time to let your Imelda Marcos secret
out of the closet!
Russel: Just because a brother likes diamonte shoes, doesn't mean
he bats for the other team.
Murdoc: Look, enough of the sporting analogies, if you're not
in bat, it's time you came into the outfield.
2D: Oh, I get it. Closets, outfield, coming out of the closet...
Russel & Murdoc: Shut up, D!
would be your comeback to Alex James' saying that you were the
Murdoc: He didn't even spell it with a 'Z' - if he's gonna be
funny, at least he could make us laugh. Why doesn't he tell us
all the story about the baked beans?
Sweden: Do any of you in Gorillaz have a girl/boyfriend?
Murdoc: There's too many ladies in the world to love just the
one. And whereabouts in Sweden do you live, Emmza? You're only
an hour flight away... saunas and pine are my favourites.
2-D, if your from Crawley, then how come you have a monkey nose?
2D: I don't know what you're talking about. I haven't got a monkey's
nose. My grandad gave me a rabbit's foot once because he said
it was lucky. It went mouldy and made my poorly.
Murdoc: A mouldy rabbit's foot? Brilliant, have you still got
it? I could use that to summon up Baphomet.
Russel: That's Satan with a capital 'B'. A bit like Derek B.
Murdoc: Yeah, but Lucifer's a really bad young brother, rather
than an idiot in a baseball cap that lives with his mum.
a rumour that you have been seeing Japanese international superstar
footballer Nakata, is this true?
Russel: It had better not be true, little sister. You're too young
to be seeing boys. I'm not having you turn into another Jordan.
Footballers are a no-go zone, and while you're at it, I'm not
gonna let you have any football implants either.
2D: I think it's horrible that Jordan's planning to do a live
webcast of her childbirth. What's the girl thinking of?
Murdoc: You have to pay by the minute, and I've paid for 15 hours
Noodle through intepreter Alan: No, I don't like footballers.
I love Justin Timberlake.
Gorillaz, I have always wondered what your backstage demands are
when on tour...does noodles require noodles?
Murdoc: We get four chickens. Two are deep-fried for Russel, and
the other two are alive, til I bite their heads off on stage.
2D: I always ask for clean socks. It's brilliant. You can ask
Murdoc: If you can ask for anything, why do you ask for socks?
2D: Because you can't beat that comfy-toe foot feeling.
Hey 2D, your hair changes colors from blue to green to purple.
What shampoo do you use to make it do that, or are you just a
2D: I dunno. It's always been blue. I haven't had a rinse or anything.
Murdoc: Mike Reid's always been a bit blue. But mums and grans
love him. You can't beat a bit of sauce with the ladies.
Do you suffer the Mary Poppins-style problem of smudging in the
Murdoc: The only problem with Mary Poppins was Dick Van Dyke's
awful cockney accent. The only one I've ever heard worse than
that is Daman Albarn's.
why do you wear such tight trousers, it's gotta be painful?
2D: Tenshu? Is that a bit like Poo Man Shoe?
Murdoc: That's Fu Man Shu, you idiot. I love that film. Fu Man
Shu and the Cabinet of Doctor Kalimari.
Russel: I like Kalimari too.
2D: No, that wasn't Dr Kalimari, that was Dr Alimantado. The old
70s Jamaican toaster.
Russel: I've got a really old toaster. It only does the bread
on one side, but it looks really cool.
Whos your idol Rus? Is it Will or Gareth?
Murdoc: Who gives a flying rat's arse about those two? The one
who won, whatshisface, looks just like one of Desperate Dan's
kids. I quite liked the other one. Only kidding! He's rubbish.
2d and Murdoc, what's goin' with you two? Why do you hate each
2D: I don't hate him. He's my best mate.
Murdoc: Told you before, I'm not gonna say it again - I saved
your life, you owe me your soul.
Noodle's favorite Powerpuffgirl?
Noodle through intepreter Alan: I love Mojo Jojo. My favourite
at the moment is Samurai Sam.
you have any bad behaviour planned for the Brits?
Murdoc: Mucky hurdle? I like the sound of that. I'm not quite
sure what it means but I'll give it a go.
Russel: We've been rehearsing the last month for the Brits. Our
performance is gonna blow everyone else off the stage.
2D: I blew-off on stage once. It was really wiffy. Did you smell
it Murdoc? Did you? Did you?
Murdoc: Shut up.
Dave Rowntree (from Blur) have such a horrible neck! Which of
you has a despicable feature?
Russel: Hello Graham. You've made Noodle blush.
Noodle: through intepreter Alan: *giggle*
Murdoc: Yeah, but Dave's neck has got nothing on Damon's arse.
That's all we have time for. Here's The Gorillaz with a final
Russel: Peace. We out of here.
Murdoc: Hail Satan.
Alan (Noodle's interpreter): I'm on Radio 1, and I've always wanted
to say this - this is the Hairy Monster coming at you through
2D: Oh yeah, is Arnold anywhere?
Murdoc: No, he's buried in the Blue Peter garden next to Shep,
Goldie and Percy Thrower.
Noodle through intepreter Alan: Bye bye!
by The Guardian
Q) In a sentence,
tell me what the Gorillaz are all about.
I’ll leave the commentary on contemporary popular culture
to you mate and I’ll stick to making it.
Media friendly wouldn’t you say? We call our sound Dark
Pop or Zombie Hip-Hop and we’re here to save the nation
from soulless, record company puppet, pop stars. How’s that
for a sound bite?
Q) Are you
keeping it real?
What on earth do you mean by that? That’s just the type
of second hand, meaningless arse offering I’d expect to
hear from some middle class, west London tit in a pair of engineered
Levi’s, buying the latest Snoop Diggidy Dog album on import
while shouting down his Nokia 7110 to his retarded east end, media,
coke, flip-flop, whore of a girl friend.
There you go, the Niccals does it again.
Q) Your music
contains an interesting mix of styles - including hip-hop and
garage. how did this evolve?
What else would you expect of a group of musicians from our varying
musical and cultural backgrounds? To paraphrase post structural
theory, I think it’s fair to say that we are all products
of our environment.
No, what happened was Murdoc got carried away, high on Rum Punch,
at Carnival and forced his way onto the Middle Row Records sound
system with an acetate of Clint Eastwood. He then dribbled his
way through an impromptu two step version of Clint before stumbling
off to get some goat curry, leaving the vinyl with Ed Case who
knocked out a remix.
Stick to showing yourself up face ache, don’t ever try to
question my methods or musical genius in public again.
Q) How is
del tha funkee homosapien finding being a ghost?
You want to tread carefully when you ask a nineteen stone, NYC
brother, how the phantom of his brutally slaughtered best friend
might be feeling.
Q) what do
you think of the current state of pop music?
I notice that our pal Damon has been chipping in on this one recently.
We’re current pop music so it can’t be all bad can
Q) Who would
win in a fight: tank girl or lara croft?
Shut up, you sad toss pot. I tell you what though, I wish someone
would pick a fight with those two mindless cows on the Big Breakfast.
What’s her face and Donna Air deserve to be tied up and
thrown into a small pit, covered in goose fat, with a couple of
randy Great Danes.
Of what relevance is either of those two late twentieth century,
consumer society anti-heroes? Thinking of publishing a fifteen
years too late, post-modern, deconstruction of simulacra?
Donna Air isn’t in her late twenties is she?
your preference: oasis or blur?
What is this, 1995?
Super Furry Animals.
Q) 2D - who
is the captain howdy on your T-shirt, and where can i get one?
Captain Howdy is the name that Reagan gives to the spirit she
contacts on the Ouija board in William Peter Blatty’s The
You got his name off of the cover of the DVD, admit it, you’ve
never read any books.
- what was it like being in that fed-ex box for so long?
You’ll be lucky, that girl keeps her shit to herself. Anyway
I think she’s had her MP3 hat turned on all the way through
the interview. It’s all a bit boring for a ten-year-old
who doesn’t speak any English.
- what's it like having a ghost in your head?
Despite what Murdoc may have said earlier, I’m just happy
that my years of possession as a child made it possible for Del
to stick around when we were caught up in the drive by. Don’t
push it too far though.
- why so angry?
Because you spelt my name wrong.