Inside the Gorillaverse: A Look at Alt-Rock's Best Cartoon Band

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A Gorillaz who's who

ImageA virtual band; a real success

With the Gorillaz set to release their third studio album, Plastic Beach, on Tuesday, March 9th, it's time to take a look at the talent behind the "virtual" band that has become an unlikely worldwide phenomenon, with album sales exceeding the 15 million mark.

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Damon Albarn -- best known, of course, as the frontman for the Britpop band Blur -- and illustrator and "Tank Girl" creator Jamie Hewlett are the Gorillaz' only two permanent real-world members. (The group's core animated unit, as drawn by Hewlett, remains 2D, Murdoc, Noodle and Russel.) Each of the three Gorillaz albums have been filled out by an ever-expanding roster of talent from across the musical spectrum, including singers and musicians who have gained fame in a number of genres (hip hop, alternative rock, R&B, punk) and decades.

Below, we take a closer look at these collaborators, album by album and track by track. While you are reading, feel free to listen to Plastic Beach in its entirety, courtesy of NPR:

The New Album: Plastic Beach (Virgin, 2010)

Plastic Beach
Metascore: Critics:
80 17,1,1
User Score: 8.5
Remix Album: n/a
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One of 2010's most anticipated releases, Plastic Beach is just the third studio album by the virtual band. The first single "Stylo" serves as an indicator that Plastic Beach may be slightly mellower (or at least lacking an electrifying dance number) than previous efforts, but that doesn't alter the overall quality of the album: critics are once again hailing it as a major success. And, as we shall see in just a moment, the new disc's talent lineup is deeper than ever.

If you like the album as a whole ...

... then check out the work of Damon Albarn, who produced and wrote much of Plastic Beach, in addition to singing and playing on all three albums as well as co-originating the Gorillaz concept with Hewlett. Since 1989, Albarn has fronted the London-based band Blur, who achieved great fame in Britain but were somewhat less successful in the United States until their breakthrough 1997 single "Song 2." In recent years, while Blur has mainly been on hiatus, the 41-year-old Albarn has busied himself with production work and side projects, which -- in the case of the Gorillaz -- have at times brought the artist more fame than Blur ever did.

Albums Featuring Damon Albarn
Album Year Role Metascore Users
The Best of Blur by Blur2000Artist889.1
Welcome To Mali by Amadou & Mariam2009Producer867.9
This Albarn-produced disc is one of several Mali-related releases for the Blur man this decade
Midlife: A Beginner's Guide To Blur by Blur2009Artist868.3
Think Tank by Blur2003Artist839.0
13 by Blur1999Artist797.6
The Good, The Bad & The Queen by The Good, The Bad & The Queen2007Artist768.5
TGTB&TQ also includes Clash bassist Paul Simonon, The Verve's Simon Tong, and drummer Tony Allen
Before The Poison by Marianne Faithfull2005Producer768.8
Heligoland by Massive Attack2010Guest748.2
Monkey: Journey to the West by Monkey2008Artist69n/a
Albarn paired with Hewlett to score a Chinese acrobatic opera based on a 16th century story
Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By by Nathaniel Merriweather Presents Lovage2001Guest669.7
Palookaville by Fatboy Slim2004Guest53 9.0
Democrazy by Damon Albarn2003Artist45 7.8
Key Damon Albarn albums not in Metacritic's database:
Parklife by Blur 1994 Artist    
Blur's best album is a not-to-be-missed Britpop classic
Modern Life Is Rubbish by Blur 1993Artist  
The Great Escape by Blur 1995Artist  
Blur by Blur 1997Artist  
Mali Music by Damon Albarn & Friends 2002 Artist    

In this and all similar tables below, the Metascore is a weighted average of individual scores given by professional music critics on a scale of 0 (bad) to 100 (good). A Metascore of 61 or higher denotes generally positive reviews, while 81 or higher indicates universal acclaim. The User Score is an average of grades assigned by Metacritic site visitors, on a scale of 0 (bad) to 10 (good). The Role indicates what primary role the listed artist (in this case, Damon Albarn) played on the album: either "Artist" (if it is a solo album or he is in the group whose album it is), "Producer" if he produced all or some of the disc, or "Guest" if he merely appeared as a guest artist on one or a few tracks.

If you like "Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach" ...

... then you might like the work of rapper Snoop Dogg, who contributes vocals to the track. Since the early 1990s, Calvin Broadus has been one of West Coast rap's most successful artists, when not expanding his audience through acting and hosting televizzle shows.

Albums Featuring Snoop Dogg
Album Year Role Metascore Users
Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Boss by Snoop Dogg2002Artist767.8
Ego Trippin' by Snoop Dogg2008Artist719.0
Tha Blue Carpet Treatment by Snoop Dogg2006Artist707.0
Tha Last Meal by Snoop Dogg2000Artist658.6
R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece by Snoop Dogg2004Artist637.5
R&G features Snoop's first #1 single, "Drop It Like It's Hot"
Malice N Wonderland by Snoop Dogg2009Artist616.2
The Hard Way by 2132004Artist56 8.0
Snoop's collaboration with Nate Dogg and Warren G failed to impress reviewers
Key Snoop Dogg albums not in Metacritic's database:
Doggystyle by Snoop Doggy Dogg1993Artist  
Tha Doggfather by Snoop Doggy Dogg1996Artist  

If you like "White Flag" ...

... then you might like the work of grime artist Kano. The East London rapper will release his fourth album later this year. Another grime artist, Bashy, also appears on "White Flag."

Albums Featuring Kano
Album Year Role Metascore Users
Home Sweet Home by Kano2005Artist829.8
Key Kano albums not in Metacritic's database:
London Town by Kano2007Artist   

If you like "Stylo" ...

... then you might like the work of R&B legend Bobby Womack. The one-time member of Sam Cooke's touring band and leader of The Valentinos, the 66-year-old Womack is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee best known for his 1970s-era solo albums and hit singles like "Woman's Gotta Have It" and "Lookin' For a Love."

Albums Featuring Bobby Womack
Album Year Role Metascore Users
Key Bobby Womack albums not in Metacritic's database:
Communication by Bobby Womack1971Artist   
Understanding by Bobby Womack1972Artist   
The Facts of Life by Bobby Womack1973Artist   
The Best of Bobby Womack by Bobby Womack2008Artist   

If you like "Stylo" or "Sweepstakes" ...

... then you might like the work of rapper Mos Def. Better known these days as an actor, Dante Terrell Smith-Bey paired with Talib Kweli in the duo Black Star in the late 1990s before launching a successful solo career. Mos Def has starred in movies such as The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 63 and Be Kind Rewind 52.

Albums Featuring Mos Def
Album Year Role Metascore Users
The Ecstatic by Mos Def2009Artist819.0
Graduation by Kanye West2007Guest798.3
The New Danger by Mos Def2004Artist597.9
True Magic [First Version] by Mos Def2006Artist457.2
Key Mos Def albums not in Metacritic's database:
Black on Both Sides by Mos Def1999Artist  
Black Star by Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star 1998Artist  

If you like "Superfast Jellyfish" ...

... then you might like the work of Gruff Rhys. The Welsh musician and vocalist fronts the veteran alternative-rock band Super Furry Animals, when not busying himself with numerous side projects and guest appearances. (Note that De La Soul also contributes to "Superfast Jellyfish," but we'll get to them in a few moments when we discuss Demon Days.)

Albums Featuring Gruff Rhys
Album Year Role Metascore Users
Phantom Power by Super Furry Animals2003Artist879.0
Rings Around the World by Super Furry Animals2002Artist869.0
Dark Days/Light Years by Super Furry Animals2009Artist848.0
Mwng by Super Furry Animals2000Artist848.7
Mwng is the Furries' only album to be sung entirely in their native Welsh language
Candylion by Gruff Rhys2007Artist808.5
Stainless Style by Neon Neon2008Artist799.1
Fans of the Gorillaz might dig this 1980s-influenced electro-pop collaboration between Rhys and producer Boom Bip, a concept album about carmaker John De Lorean
Love Kraft by Super Furry Animals2005Artist778.7
Hey Venus! by Super Furry Animals2008Artist779.2
Blue Eyed In The Red Room by Boom Bip2005Guest759.0
Dark Night of the Soul by Danger Mouse And Sparklehorse2009Guest717.9
Temporary Pleasure by Simian Mobile Disco2009Guest706.0
Yr Atal Genhedlaeth by Gruff Rhys2005Artist698.5
Key Gruff Rhys albums not in Metacritic's database:
Radiator by Super Furry Animals1997Artist  
Fuzzy Logic by Super Furry Animals1996Artist  

If you like "Empire Ants" or "To Binge" ...

... then you might like the work of Little Dragon. The Swedish electronica outfit has released two albums to date.

Albums Featuring Little Dragon
Album Year Role Metascore Users
Machine Dreams by Little Dragon2009Artist748.6
Key Little Dragon albums not in Metacritic's database:
Little Dragon by Little Dragon 2007 Artist    

If you like "Glitter Freeze" ...

... then you might like the work of Mark E. Smith, the unmistakable frontman for English post-punk band The Fall. A band that's impossible to describe without using the word prolific, The Fall has released 27 studio albums since the late 1970s, while changing band members more often than even the Gorillaz.

Albums Featuring Mark E. Smith
Album Year Role Metascore Users
The Real New Fall L.P. (Formerly Country On The Click) by The Fall2004Artist859.5
Imperial Wax Solvent by The Fall2008Artist818.5
Fall Heads Roll by The Fall2005Artist808.8
Tromatic Reflexxions by Von Sudenfed2007Artist799.5
Smith joined up with German electronica outfit Mouse on Mars for this surprisingly strong one-off collaboration
The Menace by Elastica2000Guest698.6
Reformation Post T.L.C. by The Fall2007Artist677.2
Key Mark E. Smith albums not in Metacritic's database:
50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong – 39 Golden Greats by The Fall2004Artist  
Hex Enduction Hour by The Fall1982Artist  
This Nation's Saving Grace by The Fall1985Artist  
Perverted by Language by The Fall1983Artist  
Grotesque (After the Gramme) by The Fall1980Artist  
The Infotainment Scan by The Fall1993Artist  

If you like "Some Kind of Nature" ...

... then you might like the work of Lou Reed, the artist to whom nearly every alternative rock band of the last four decades owes a debt. The main songwriter for Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Velvet Underground, Reed has also enjoyed a successful solo career since the 1970s.

Albums Featuring Lou Reed
Album Year Role Metascore Users
Animal Serenade by Lou Reed2004Artist718.7
Berlin: Live At St. Ann's Warehouse [Live] by Lou Reed2008Artist706.5
Ecstasy by Lou Reed2000Artist697.5
The Raven by Lou Reed2003Artist54 9.3
Key Lou Reed albums not in Metacritic's database:
The Velvet Underground & Nico by The Velvet Underground & Nico1967Artist   
White Light/White Heat by The Velvet Underground1968Artist   
Transformer by Lou Reed1972Artist   
VU by The Velvet Underground1985Artist   
The Velvet Underground by The Velvet Underground1969Artist   
Loaded by The Velvet Underground1970Artist   
Berlin by Lou Reed1973Artist   
New York by Lou Reed1989Artist   
Songs for Drella by Lou Reed and John Cale1990Artist   

If you like "Plastic Beach" ...

... then you might like the work of Mick Jones and Paul Simonon, two members of legendary punk band The Clash. The album's title track marks the first time that Jones and Simonon have recorded a song together in nearly three decades. In the years since The Clash dissolved, Simonon formed the band Havana 3am and played in Albarn's The Good, The Bad & The Queen project, while Jones, after a brief stint in the English Beat spinoff General Public, achieved success in the 1980s with his group Big Audio Dynamite, and recently produced albums by The Libertines.

Albums Featuring Mick Jones and/or Paul Simonon
Album Year Role Metascore Users
London Calling [25th Anniversary Legacy Edition] by The Clash2004Artist1009.1
Even in its original format (the '04 reissue adds rare early recordings of the songs), this 1979 double album is widely regarded as one of the best rock albums ever recorded
Live at Shea Stadium by The Clash2008Artist819.4
The Libertines by The Libertines2004Producer808.8
Up the Bracket by The Libertines2003Producer788.8
The Good, The Bad & The Queen by The Good, The Bad & The Queen2007Artist768.5
Down in Albion by Babyshambles2006Producer56 7.4
Key Mick Jones and/or Paul Simonon albums not in Metacritic's database:
The Clash on Broadway [Box Set] by The Clash1991Artist  
While you'll still want to seek out most of their individual albums if you haven't already, this 64-song compilation includes a big dose of non-album tracks and great liner notes
Sandinista! by The Clash1980Artist  
How did The Clash follow their acclaimed double-LP London Calling? With a triple album
Combat Rock by The Clash1982Artist  
The Clash by The Clash1977Artist  
Give 'Em Enough Rope by The Clash1978Artist  
This Is Big Audio Dynamite by Big Audio Dynamite1985Artist  
Look for a remastered, 2-disc "Legacy Edition" of BAD's sterling debut later this spring
No. 10, Upping St. by Big Audio Dynamite1986Artist  
A reunion of Jones and fellow Clash member Joe Strummer, who produced BAD's second LP
Megatop Phoenix by Big Audio Dynamite1989Artist  
Tighten Up Vol. 88 by Big Audio Dynamite1988Artist  
Kool-Aid by Big Audio Dynamite II1990Artist  
The Globe by Big Audio Dynamite II1991Artist  
All The Rage by General Public1984Artist  

The Second Album: Demon Days (Virgin, 2005)

Demon Days
Metascore: Critics:
82 34,3,0
User Score: 8.7
Remix Album: D-Sides
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While Demon Days may be best known for the absolutely irresistible single "Feel Good Inc.," the album is stocked with great tracks from beginning to end, and was the second straight commercial success for the virtual band.

If you like the album as a whole ...

... then you might like the work of Danger Mouse, who produced much of Demon Days. Born Brian Joseph Burton, the DJ and producer has been associated with a number of memorable albums over the past decade, and is a member of Gnarls Barkley. "Crazy" and "Feel Good Inc."? The guy knows how to produce a hit single.

Albums Featuring Danger Mouse
Album Year Role Metascore Users
The Mouse and the Mask by DangerDoom2005Artist818.3
Danger Mouse collaborated with another Gorillaz contributor, rapper MF Doom, on an album tied to Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming
St. Elsewhere by Gnarls Barkley2006Artist818.3
The Grey Album by Danger Mouse2004Artist797.9
The LP that launched his career, The Grey Album is an attention-grabbing mash-up of Jay-Z's 'The Black Album' and music from The Beatles' 'The White Album.'
Dreamt For Light Years In The Belly Of A Mountain by Sparklehorse2006Guest788.0
A Healthy Distrust by Sage Francis2005Guest789.0
Fear Of A Black Tangent by Busdriver2005Guest789.0
Modern Guilt by Beck2008Producer778.0
The Good, The Bad & The Queen by The Good, The Bad & The Queen2007Producer768.5
The Odd Couple by Gnarls Barkley2008Artist768.2
Attack & Release by The Black Keys2008Producer769.0
Pieces Of The People We Love by The Rapture2006Producer747.2
The Last Laugh by Joker's Daughter2009Producer7210.0
Dark Night of the Soul by Danger Mouse And Sparklehorse2009Artist717.9
Replica Sun Machine by The Shortwave Set2009Producer658.0
Key Danger Mouse albums not in Metacritic's database:
The Blue God by Martina Topley-Bird2008 Producer  

If you like "Kids with Guns" ...

... then you might like the work of Neneh Cherry, the Swedish artist best known for her hit 1989 single "Buffalo Stance."

Albums Featuring Neneh Cherry
Album Year Role Metascore Users
Present/Future by Eagle Eye Cherry2001Guest538.0
Key Neneh Cherry albums not in Metacritic's database:
Raw Like Sushi by Neneh Cherry1989Artist  

If you like "Dirty Harry" ...

... then you might like the work of Bootie Brown, a rapper who was one of the founding members of West Coast hip-hop outfit The Pharcyde.

Albums Featuring Bootie Brown
Album Year Role Metascore Users
Plain Rap by The Pharcyde2000Artist6510.0
Key Bootie Brown albums not in Metacritic's database:
Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde by The Pharcyde1992Artist  
Labcabincalifornia by The Pharcyde1995Artist  

If you like "Feel Good Inc." (and, really, who doesn't) ...

... then you might like the work of De La Soul. Since the late 1980s, the New York trio has been one of hip-hop's most innovative groups. De La Soul's one Grammy Award, however, comes from their work on this Gorillaz track.

Albums Featuring De La Soul
Album Year Role Metascore Users
The Grind Date by De La Soul2004Artist809.5
AOI: Bionix by De La Soul2001Artist778.1
Art Official Intelligence (Mosaic Thump) by De La Soul2000Artist759.6
Are You In? by De La Soul2009Artist718.5
Key De La Soul albums not in Metacritic's database:
3 Feet High and Rising by De La Soul1989Artist  
The group's hugely influential debut spawned the hits "The Magic Number" and "Me Myself and I"
De La Soul is Dead by De La Soul1991Artist  
Stakes Is High by De La Soul1996Artist  

If you like "November Has Come" ...

... then you might like the work of rapper and producer MF Doom. Known to his parents as Daniel Dumile, Doom has recorded under a number of aliases in the years since departing from the group KMD.

Albums Featuring MF Doom
Album Year Role Metascore Users
Madvillainy by Madvillain2004Artist938.8
A modern hip-hop masterpiece, Madvillain was a collaboration between MF Doom and Madlib
Fishscale by Ghostface Killah2006Producer888.7
MM..Food by MF Doom2004Artist818.5
The Mouse and the Mask by DangerDoom2005Artist818.3
The Grind Date by De La Soul2004Guest809.5
Born Like This by DOOM2009Artist778.6
Droppin' Science Fiction by The Mighty Underdogs2008Guest75n/a
White Van Music by Jake One2008Guest738.5
Venomous Villain [VV:2] by Viktor Vaughn2004Artist718.5
Exquisite Corpse by Daedelus2005Guest669.0
Made In Brooklyn by Masta Killa2006Producer666.5
Unexpected Guests by DOOM2009Artist657.0
Key MF Doom albums not in Metacritic's database:
Vaudeville Villain by Viktor Vaughn2003Artist  
Operation: Doomsday by MF Doom1999Artist  
Mr. Hood by KMD1991Artist  

If you like "All Alone" ...

... then you might like the work of Roots Manuva. The London-based rapper has been recording for over a decade.

Albums Featuring Roots Manuva
Album Year Role Metascore Users
Awfully Deep by Roots Manuva2005Artist808.9
Slime & Reason by Roots Manuva2008Artist769.0
Key Roots Manuva albums not in Metacritic's database:
Brand New Second Hand by Roots Manuva1999Artist   
Run Come Save Me by Roots Manuva2001Artist   

... or you might like the work of Martina Topley-Bird, who also sings on "All Alone." Best known for her collaborations with one-time boyfriend Tricky, the singer has released a pair of solo albums and also guests on the new Massive Attack album.

Albums Featuring Martina Topley-Bird
Album Year Role Metascore Users
Bow Down to the Exit Sign by David Holmes2000Guest848.5
Anything by Martina Topley-Bird2004Artist768.5
This American version of 'Quixotic' lacks several of the tracks found on that UK release
Heligoland by Massive Attack2010Guest748.2
Quixotic by Martina Topley-Bird2003Artist7110.0
Key Martina Topley-Bird albums not in Metacritic's database:
Maxinquaye by Tricky1995Guest  
Pre-Millennium Tension by Tricky1996Guest  
Nearly God by Nearly God 1996 Guest    
The Blue God by Martina Topley-Bird2008Artist  

If you like "Dare" ...

... then you might like the work of Shaun Ryder, the frontman for seminal "Madchester" band the Happy Mondays. While the Mondays have been an on-again, off-again proposition since the early 1990s, Ryder formed another band (Black Grape) and released a solo album.

Albums Featuring Shaun Ryder
Album Year Role Metascore Users
24 Hour Party People OST by Various Artists 2002 Artist 86 8.2
The soundtrack to Michael Winterbottom's film about the Manchester music scene features several songs by the Happy Mondays, including the title track
Uncle Dysfunktional by Happy Mondays 2007 Artist 57 8.0
Amateur Night In The Big Top by Shaun William Ryder2003Artist51 9.2
Key Shaun Ryder albums not in Metacritic's database:
Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches by Happy Mondays1990Artist  
While the Mondays had standout tracks on several of their other albums, none of their LPs comes close to topping Pills 'n' Thrills, which excels from start to finish
Hallelujah [EP] by Happy Mondays1989Artist  
Bummed by Happy Mondays1988Artist  
It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah by Black Grape1995Artist  

The First Album: Gorillaz (Virgin, 2001)

Gorillaz
Metascore: Critics:
71 11,7,0
User Score: 9.2
Remix Album: G-Sides
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The album that started it all, Gorillaz' eponymous 2001 release featured the unexpected hit single "Clint Eastwood." In fact, the entire album was a surprising success, selling over 7 million copies worldwide.

If you like the album as a whole ...

... then you might like the work of Dan the Automator, who produced much of the LP. The San Francisco-based producer (born Daniel M. Nakamura) has released albums under several different names, and his eclectic and humorous production style proved a perfect foil for Albarn's songwriting on the Gorillaz debut.

Albums Featuring Dan the Automator
Album Year Role Metascore Users
So… How's Your Girl? by Handsome Boy Modeling School1999Artist798.6
This "Get a Life"-sampling album featured appearances by several artists who would return for the Gorillaz disc, including Del tha Funkee Homosapien and Miho Hatori
Wanna Buy a Monkey? by Dan The Automator2002Artist728.0
Naturally by Men Without Pants2008Artist71n/a
Stand Your Ground by Little Barrie2007Producer6810.0
West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum by Kasabian2009Producer688.2
White People by Handsome Boy Modeling School2004Artist668.2
Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By by Nathaniel Merriweather Presents Lovage2001Artist669.7
Peeping Tom by Peeping Tom2006Producer648.4
Key Dan the Automator albums not in Metacritic's database:
Dr. Octagonecologyst by Dr. Octagon 1996 Producer    
Deltron 3030 by Deltron 30302000Artist  
Another precursor to the Gorillaz album in some ways, Deltron 3030 was a trio consisting of Dan the Automator, Del tha Funkee Homosapien, and Kid Koala

If you like "Re-Hash" or "19-2000" ...

... then you might like the work of Miho Hatori. The Japanese singer and musician is best known for fronting the 1990s college-rock group Cibo Matto.

Albums Featuring Miho Hatori
Album Year Role Metascore Users
Key Miho Hatori albums not in Metacritic's database:
Viva! La Woman by Cibo Matto 1996 Artist    
Stereo Type A by Cibo Matto 1999 Artist    

If you like "19-2000" ...

... then you might like the work of Tina Weymouth, bassist for influential alt-rock band Talking Heads and co-founder of the Tom Tom Club. Weymouth is married to the drummer for each of those groups, Chris Frantz.

Albums Featuring Tina Weymouth
Album Year Role Metascore Users
The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads [2004 Version] by Talking Heads2004Artist939.1
Once in a Lifetime [box set] by Talking Heads2003Artist838.0
The Good, the Bad, and the Funky by Tom Tom Club2000Artist719.0
Key Tina Weymouth albums not in Metacritic's database:
Remain in Light by Talking Heads1980Artist  
While you really need to own every Talking Heads album, if you have to start somewhere, try this groundbreaking set, one of several of the band's collaborations with producer Brian Eno
Fear of Music by Talking Heads1979Artist  
More Songs About Buildings and Food by Talking Heads1978Artist  
Talking Heads: 77 by Talking Heads1977Artist  
Speaking in Tongues by Talking Heads1983Artist  
Stop Making Sense [1999 edition] by Talking Heads1999Artist  
Naked by Talking Heads1988Artist  
Tom Tom Club by Tom Tom Club1981Artist  
Weymouth and Frantz used a break between Talking Heads albums to launch their side project Tom Tom Club, whose eponymous debut includes the enduring club hit "Genius of Love"
Little Creatures by Talking Heads1985Artist  
Close to the Bone by Tom Tom Club1983Artist  

If you like "Clint Eastwood" or "Rock the House" ...

... then you might like the work of Del Tha Funkee Homosapien. The 37-year-old rapper released his first album in 1991 -- at the age of 18 -- with some help from his cousin, Ice Cube. Del appears as an animated ghost in the videos for his two hit Gorillaz tracks.

Albums Featuring Del Tha Funkee Homosapien
Album Year Role Metascore Users
So… How's Your Girl? by Handsome Boy Modeling School1999Guest798.6
Parallel Uni-Verses by Del The Funky Homosapien & Tame One2009Artist738.5
Eleventh Hour by Del The Funky Homosapien2008Artist697.4
Key Del Tha Funkee Homosapien albums not in Metacritic's database:
Deltron 3030 by Deltron 30302000Artist  
I Wish My Brother George Was Here by Del Tha Funkee Homosapien1991Artist   
No Need for Alarm by Del Tha Funkee Homosapien1993Artist   

If you like "Latin Simone (¿Qué Pasa Contigo?)" ...

... then you might like the work of Ibrahim Ferrer, who sings on the track. The late Cuban singer and musician enjoyed a 50+ year musical career in his native country, and achieved international stardom in his final decade as part of the Buena Vista Social Club.

Albums Featuring Ibrahim Ferrer
Album Year Role Metascore Users
Key Ibrahim Ferrer albums not in Metacritic's database:
Buena Vista Social Club by Buena Vista Social Club 1997    
Buena Vista Social Club Presents: Ibrahim Ferrer by Ibrahim Ferrer 1999    
A Toda Cuba Le Gusta by Afro-Cuban All Stars 1997    
Buenos Hermanos by Ibrahim Ferrer 2003    

Your turn

Are you a Gorillaz fan? Who is your favorite Gorillaz contributor, and what are your favorite tracks and/or albums by the Gorillaz? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Comments (11)

  • Ash  

    i am expecting a whole feature album with little dragon, it was so "RIGHT"

  • James  

    i just want to comment on the "Send" button below. Its color palette is amazing. that blue fading slowly into black from top to bottom makes me speechless enough.. but bordering it with that heavenly yellow glowing is just extraordinary. to top it off, they encapsulate its entireity with ANOTHER border which happens to be black. GENIUS!!! now about the article: i'm a big fan of deltron 3030, SOO... HOW'S YOUR GIRL?!, kool keith, dr. octagon, blur, what have you. but gorillaz always reminds me of music for the white trash. not that it's a bad thing! i'm just wondering if other people have the same thought as i do. not trying to be judgemental, but it's like when you think of peanut butter you sometimes think of jelly. well when i think of gorillaz i think of kentucky. ya know what i'm sayin? hey i'm from georgia, so i'm not discriminating. i'm just throwing it out there (metaphorically of course. you don't have to duck or anything.)

  • DJCnet  

    i love gorrilaz (as well as blur who are one of my favourite bands of all time) feel good inc (obviously), kids with guns and tommorow comes today would be my favourites, i also quite like fire coming out of the moneys head from demon days, i love dennis hoppers spoken word turn on that one.

  • Eric Feczko  

    With respect to Del's other work, you neglected to mention his involvement with the group hieroglyphics.

  • Cameron  

    I think the Gorillaz is the most ingenious idea in music since the invention of the piano. I'm just lucky that the guy who invented it happens to have the exact same taste in music as me. I wish they would work with MF Doom more often, there styles match up so well. They should also **** with K'naan, I would love to hear that track.

  • Cyrone  

    Agree with the Deltron 3030 comment!
    That album is better than any that Gorillaz has released.. absolutely epic. Well, maybe it's as good as Demon Days. But the production is masterful.. if anyone likes "Clint Eastwood" they should check it out, or anyone that likes futuristic hip hop.

  • Damon Albarn «  

    [...] post, I said that I was planning to do this, but then opted not to because Metacritic already had that covered. But I decided today that I would do one anyone, because chances are no one actually read that [...]

  • Seth  

    I think Deltron 3030 deserves a greater mention. In my opinion, one of the best hip hop albums of all time.

  • Metacritic, NPR, Pan  

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  • Mike  

    Thanks for this! Great article, hope you guys do more of this stuff.

    As for me, I like when Damon works with British MCs--All Alone & White Flag are two of my favorite Gorillaz tracks. November Has Come is great too. And all the De La Soul collaborations have been ace.

    While I like the new album, I do think I miss Danger Mouse's production just a bit--everything that guy touches turns into gold.

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