Synopsis: A documentary on the cryptic cartoon band, Gorillaz.
Director(s): Ceri Levy
Production: HanWay Films
92 min

Every dead body that is not exterminated

becomes one of them.

It gets up and kills!

The people it kills get up and kill!

Manhattan is built on a magnetic rock.

And whenever I come here,

I feel really weird and queasy...

and I have to lie down.

I'll be all right after I aclimatize

to the Manhattan magnet.

I'll be all right in about an hour.

For real.

What time did you get back?

About seven o'clock.

And then I spent about three hours

rearranging my hotel room,

because I didn't like the way it was laid out.

And then I had to come down...

and do this press.

Should have come home

when I told you to come home.

What do you mean?

You did your amazing disappearing act.

- You lying motherfucking sh*t.

- Oh, no, you didn't.

I came up to you and I said, "I'm going."

- I remember. Sorry.

- Yeah, thank you.

I said, "I'm going, 'cause

we've got to work in the morning,

"and I'm a really good boy,"

and you said, "No. I'm staying here."

We have the creators, the masterminds,

the brilliance behind the Gorillaz.

We have Jamie and Damon here today.

So you guys... What's going on?

You have a Gorillaz show, you're doing

a few shows here in the US, right?

Doing five nights at the Apollo in Harlem.

OK. So, how'd you guys...

This is one of the more, like, brilliant,

off-the-wall, amazing music concepts

- that's come up in a long time.

- Right.

What were you doing,

sitting around and all of a sudden,

"Cartoon band. We're gonna

make a cartoon band."

I'm the sort of person who watches TV

and just screams at it all night long.

And then I ended up watching TV

with him, and he's kind of the same,

so we were watching MTV and we were like,

"What's all this rubbish?"

And then... "What's all this rubbish,

manufactured crap?"

So we thought we could probably

do it a little bit better.

But slightly different.

People take themselves way too seriously

in the music business,

so I suppose Gorillaz,

for us, is just a sort of...

is an antidote to that.

Well, how do you guys feel

about stuff, like,

the extreme of what you're talking about,

like American Idol,

- the manufactured...

- All that is a sickness,

and should be...

You know, they need to find a cure for it.

They really do.

Sadly, I know the guy

who invented all of that.

He used to actually work for our manager.

He's got so much money,

and all it's actually given him

is a slight weight problem,

a very, very, very orange skin,

and really bad leather trousers.

It's really... Do you know what I mean?

Now that... that is carma manifest.

A bit of it comes from my nasty little brain

and a bit of it comes from

Damon's nasty little brain.

And it's our little brainchild.

I think the whole thing about Britpop

was that it taught me

that it's very difficult in this country

to be experimental.

People are just bored shitless of being into

Licky or Dicky or Shitty

from, f***ing, this new boy band.

He does the backing bit,

she's the one with the tits,

and she goes out with

the other c*nt from the other band.

It was the most exciting thing we could

do, and that's all it's ever been about,

is really enjoying and getting

genuinely excited about the possibilities,

not necessarily achieving

anything of our ambitions,

but just going into it with that sort

of sense of wonder again, you know?

About what could be if you got it right.

Success! This is loads and loads of shots,

press shots, really.

2-D. This is the... They've got a gorilla

in the band who plays the bongos.

That's Noodle.

All this stuff to be used for internet sites,

press photos, and, you know.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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