Gorillaz is a virtual band founded in 1998 by Damon Albarn from Blur and comic-book artist Jamie Hewlett. The band, known for their unique concept and animated characters, has been recognized as the Most Successful Virtual Band in The Guinness Book of World Records. Originally named 'Gorilla', the band underwent some changes before settling on their current lineup.
The current lineup includes 2D (vocals performed by Damon Albarn), who serves as the lead singer and plays keyboards and additional instruments. Murdoc Niccals, the bassist, sold his soul and middle name to the devil for the band's success. Noodle, a Japanese expat, joined the band at a young age after being shipped to them in a crate at 8 years old. Russel Hobbs, an American expatriate possessed by ghosts of his late friends, is the drummer and creator of Hobbs Hot Sauce.
Over time, Gorillaz has had some former members including Del The Ghost Rapper (vocals performed by Del Tha Funkee Homosapien) who was sent to the afterlife following their first album. Paula Cracker, 2D's girlfriend at one point but kicked out for having an affair with Murdoc when they were known as 'Gorilla'. Cyborg Noodle replaced the real Noodle on Plastic Beach as a robotic replica. In 2018, [a6760389