Skip to main content

After reaching massive success with the iconic Britpop band, Blur, lead singer Damon Albarn, blazed a new trail on his musical journey. The Blur frontman joined forces with comic book artist Jamie Hewlett, and the two would go on to create the most successful virtual band of all time. 

Albarn and Hewlett's collective imagination spawned four eccentric band members who named their band Gorillaz. Lead singer 2-D, drummer Russel Hobbs, guitarist Noodle, and bassist Murdoc Niccals, combined their diverse (and sometimes haunting) backgrounds to create a unique sound unlike anything released in the early 2000's. 


On March 26th, 2001, this bizarre bunch released their self-titled debut album which quickly became an instant classic. Critics and fans could not get enough of Gorillaz and the album received glowing reviews alongside outstanding chart and sales performances. Since its release, the album would go on to sell an upwards of seven million copies worldwide.

Recommended Articles


11 Years Later, Steve Aoki Delivers Dose of Dance Music Nostalgia With Remix of "No Beef"

The new remix EP additionally includes fresh takes from Goodboys, LUM!X, and Riot Ten & Crankdat.


Doctors Develop Music-Making App to Battle Brain Fog In Cancer Patients

The app is currently being used in a study with breast cancer survivors.

With fifteen tracks and a run time of about an hour, Gorillaz combined elements of a vast number of genres and created a disjointed, yet coherent album bleeding with personality. 

Some notable tracks from the album include the singles "19-2000", "Clint Eastwood", and "Rock the House". "Clint Eastwood" and "Rock the House" both feature hip-hop artist Del the Funky Homosapien and are seen as prime examples of the iconic Gorillaz sound. Trip-hop and dub-influenced sounds are sprinkled in this chaotic concoction and in turn, DJs of all musical background added this album to their rotation. 

In the years after this self-titled release, Gorillaz would go on to release several more albums and become one of the biggest bands of the decade while winning a plethora of awards, including a Grammy in 2006.



On this Day in EDM History: Justice Release Their Debut Album

How many of you had this album on your MySpace page?

Avicii Tim Bergling

On This Day in Dance Music History: Avicii Released His Debut Studio Album, True

On September 13th, 2013 Avicii released his debut studio album "True".

Gorillaz and Beck in Animal Crossing

Gorillaz and Beck Share Performance Inside Animal Crossing

The two iconic acts joined forces for a performance of their collaborative track "The Valley Of The Pagans."

Color press photo of Skrillex in front of a white background.

On This Day In Dance Music History: Skrillex Released Bangarang

On December 23rd, 2011, Skrillex made waves with one of his biggest EPs to date, Bangarang.


On This Day in Dance Music History: Porter Robinson Released Worlds

On August 12th 2014, Porter Robinson released his legendary debut album, Worlds.

01-dj-avicii-in-sri-panwa-phuket-resort1 2

On This Day in Dance Music History: Avicii Released "Bromance"

Years later, "Bromance" is still one of the most iconic melodies from the late dance music legend Avicii.