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Gorillaz
photo credit: Ampakine
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Group Members Non-Virtual: Damon Albarn
Jamie Hewlett
Virtual: 2D
Murdoc Niccals
Russel Hobbs
Noodle
Past Group Members Virtual: Cyborg Noodle
Music Genre (Text) Alternative rock
electronica
trip hop
alternative hip hop
Music Genre Indie Rock
Origin Essex, England
Year(s) Active 1998–present
Record Label Parlophone
Virgin EMI
Virgin
EMI
Warner Bros. Records
Official Websites Gorillaz.com
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Gorillaz are a British virtual band created in 1998 by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. The band consists of four animated members: 2D (lead vocals, keyboard), Murdoc Niccals (bass guitar, vocals), Noodle (guitar, keyboard, and backing vocals) and Russel Hobbs (drums and percussion). These members are fictional and are not personas of any "real life" musicians involved in the project. Their fictional universe is explored through the band's website and music videos, as well as a number of other media, such as short cartoons. In reality, Albarn is the only permanent musical contributor, and the music is often a collaboration between various musicians. Writers and critics have described their music as alternative rock, Britpop, trip hop, hip hop, electronica, indie, dub, reggae and pop.

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