Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
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Release date: 08 March 2010
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- Orchestral Intro (Feat. sinfonia ViVA)
- Welcome To The World of The Plastic Beach (Feat. Snoop Dogg and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)
- White Flag (Feat. Bashy, Kano and The National Orchestra For Arabic Music)
- Rhinestone Eyes
- Stylo (Feat. Mos Def and Bobby Womack)
- Superfast Jellyfish (Feat. Gruff Rhys and De La Soul)
- Empire Ants (Feat. Little Dragon)
- Glitter Freeze (Feat. Mark E Smith)
- Some Kind of Nature (Feat. Lou Reed)
- On Melancholy Hill
- Sweepstakes (Feat. Mos Def and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)
- Plastic Beach (Feat. Mick Jones and Paul Simonon)
- To Binge (Feat. Little Dragon)
- Cloud of Unknowing (Feat. Bobby Womack and sinfonia ViVA)
- Pirate Jet
Specially commissioned Converse track
- Feb 23, 2012
Failing at ‘normal people’ jazz, but they do their thing so well
- Feb 21, 2012
Damon ditches the celeb mates and takes up the iPad for his best cartoon hip-hop album to date
- Jan 17, 2011
Unreleased song was recorded for 'Plastic Beach' sessions
Blur and Gorillaz frontman says project could exist without Murdoc cartoon
Is the end of the cartoon band?
Gorillaz - Plastic Beach: Wikipedia Album Entry
Plastic Beach is the third studio album by English virtual band Gorillaz, released 3 March 2010 on Parlophone and Virgin Records. Conceived from an unfinished Gorillaz project called Carousel, the album was recorded during June 2008 to November 2009 and produced primarily by group co-creator Damon Albarn. It features guest appearances by several artists, including Snoop Dogg, Gruff Rhys, Bobby Womack, Mos Def, Lou Reed, Mick Jones, and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Primarily a pop album, Plastic Beach contains lyrics concerning consumerism and ecology-related themes.
The album has produced three singles, "Stylo", "Superfast Jellyfish", and "On Melancholy Hill".
Creators of Gorillaz, musician Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett, began working on a new Gorillaz project in November 2007 called Carousel, which evolved into Plastic Beach, the group's third studio album. In the November 2007 issue of Q, when asked what his top priority for 2008 was, Damon Albarn replied "Well, I'm doing the next Gorillaz thing, but it won't be called Gorillaz." In the February 2008 Gorillaz-Unofficial interview, Jamie Hewlett elaborated on this, saying "I think the idea behind it is that it's like how The Who presented their movies – Tommy and Quadrophenia and so on. Those were presented as by 'The Who' even though none of the members of the band were in the movies. I don't think anyone from The Who was in Quadrophenia. But it's the same people working on it, that's the principle." In a July 2008 interview with The Observer he also said, "Gorillaz now to us is not like four animated characters any more — it's more like an organisation of people doing new projects. [...] That's my ideal model — Gorillaz is a group of people who gave you this, and now want to give you new stuff."
In the Observer interview, Hewlett said that there is "a new project which Damon and I are working on now, called Carousel, which is even bigger and more difficult than Monkey, and it isn't going to fit anywhere and no one's going to like it, ha ha ha! We've started work — I've done a lot of visuals and Damon's done a lot of music but we haven't figured out how they're going to fit together. I can't say much about it yet but it's sort of like a film, but not with one narrative story. There's many stories, told around a bigger story, set to music, and done in live action, animation, all different styles, well... originally it was a film but now we think it's a film and it's a stage thing as well and... look, it's basically us doing what the fuck we want without worrying about whether it's for a record company or a film company or whatever. So I'm not sure how it'll pan out, or even if it will happen. But Damon's written around 70 songs for it, and I've got great plans for the visuals, but right now, at this moment, it's still just a really good idea." Carousel was to be about the mystical aspects of Britain.
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