Pullin’ ‘Tubes: Gorillaz Got Stylo

While 2D, Noodles, Murdoc Niccals and Russel Hobbs may not be household names, we bet you probably know them better as the “fictional,” virtual band Gorillaz. The brainchild of Blur’s Damon Albarn and comic book artist Jaime Hewlett, the band broke onto the music scene in a big way in 2001 with their self-titled debut album and their seemingly ubiquitous hit Clint Eastwood. The band, which is more accurately described as a collective, mixes everything from brit-pop to hip-hop on their third full-length album, Plastic Beach, which came out yesterday.

Albarn has once again secured an impressive array of musicians for their latest release, which features guest appearances from the likes of De La Soul, Snoop Dogg, Lou Reed and Mick Jones and Paul Simonon of The Clash. Last week, the Gorillaz released their latest and simply dazzling looking music video for the album’s first single, Stylo, that shows in the band in a high-speed car chase and being pursued by none other than Bruce Willis…

To hear more of Plastic Beach, the album is currently streaming at NPR.

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