The costume took six days to create
The Good, The Bad & The Queen have revealed that the ventriloquist’s dummy which starred in the videos for their new tracks ‘Merrie Land’ and ‘Gun To The Head’ is in fact their frontman Damon Albarn hidden under prosthetics.
The bespoke prosthetic piece was made by high-profile company Millennium FX over the course of six days. First of all, they took a cast of Albarn’s face before then spending two days sculpting the prosthetics.
The third and fourth days were spent moulding, while the day before the video shoot it was painted and then, finally, it was applied to Albarn’s face on the day of filming.
The prosthetic was stuck physically to the singer’s face, and it isn’t a mask – meaning that, as soon as it was removed, it was unable to be used again.
A supergroup consisting of Albarn, The Clash’s Paul Simonon, The Verve’s Simon Tong, and Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen, The Good, The Bad & The Queen shared ‘Merrie Land’ as the title track of their new album last month.
The video for ‘Gun To The Head’, meanwhile, was revealed last week. Both clips star the Damon-dummy, and can be watched above.
The band made their first live appearance in seven years last month as they performed on Later…With Jools Holland .
It marked both the first performance of the track and the first time that the supergroup had played live together since reuniting for a benefit concert in 2011.
The Good, The Bad & The Queen’s new album ‘Merrie Land’ is released this Friday (November 16). They’ll be supporting its release with a number of December tour dates throughout the UK.