🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Gorillaz

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NiN slot in between The National and RATM:

Leaderboard
Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
A Tribe Called Quest 4.56
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
The Temptations 4.32
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Boards Of Canada 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Fugazi 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Johnny Cash 4.19
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Four Tet 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Pavement 4.12
The Four Tops 4.12
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Orbital 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
The Stooges 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Yo La Tengo 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Joanna Newsom 4.02
Mclusky 4.02
MF DOOM 4.01
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
The Knife 4.01
My Bloody Valentine 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
Sharon Van Etten 4.00
New Order 3.99
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Wilco 3.97
Low 3.96
Robyn 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Janelle Monáe 3.89
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Future Of The Left 3.84
Siouxsie & The Banshees 3.83
Underworld 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
At The Drive-In 3.82
Guided By Voices 3.82
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
Nine Inch Nails 3.70
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
M.I.A. 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Mercury Rev 3.63
Blur 3.61
The Magnetic Fields 3.61
N.W.A. 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Eels 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Roxy Music 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Jimmy Eat World 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Teenage Fanclub 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Bon Iver 3.43
Idlewild 3.42
The Fall 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
Big Thief 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Dr. Dre 3.32
Hole 3.31
Squarepusher 3.31
Iggy Pop 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Doves 3.26
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
The Streets 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Pearl Jam 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Goldfrapp 3.14
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Divine Comedy 3.04
Everything Everything 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
AC/DC 3.00
The Bee Gees 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Grimes 2.96
Garbage 2.96
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
The Mars Volta 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Tool 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Miley Cyrus 2.73
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Cher 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Katy Perry 2.18
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
Christina Aguilera 2.09
The Offspring 2.08
Moby 2.06
Adele 2.05
Aerosmith 2.03
Kings Of Leon 2.01
The Libertines 1.99
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Spice Girls 1.81
Stereophonics 1.74
Kasabian 1.57
Ed Sheeran 1.29

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  • Gorillaz
  • Demon Days
  • Plastic Beach
  • The Fall
  • Humanz
  • The Now Now
  • Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez

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  • Clint Eastwood
  • 19-2000
  • Rock The House
  • 911
  • Tomorrow Comes Today
  • Lil’ Dub Chefin
  • Feel Good Inc.
  • Dare
  • Dirty Harry
  • Kids With Guns
  • El Mañana
  • Stylo
  • Superfast Jellyfish
  • On Melancholy Hill
  • Doncamatic
  • Revolving Doors
  • Amarillo
  • DoYa Thing
  • Saturnz Barz
  • We Got The Power
  • Ascension
  • Andromeda
  • Let Me Out
  • The Apprentice
  • Sleeping Powder
  • Strobelite
  • Garage Palace
  • Humility
  • Lake Zurich
  • Sorcererz
  • Fire Flies
  • Hollywood
  • Tranz
  • Momentary Bliss
  • Désolé
  • Aries
  • How Far?
  • Friday 13th
  • Pac-Man
  • Strange Timez
  • The Pink Phantom
  • The Valley Of The Pagans

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Get the feeling that they might get a slight kicking here but I think they’ve more than enough gold to justify a 5. Demon Days was a really formative record for me and I’ll always love it to bits

9 Likes

Lots of stuff that doesn’t exist on the singles poll mind

14 Likes

Quite like the idea of what they do but never heard anything by them that wasn’t considerably less than the sum of its parts. Probably going to abstain but will check out some stuff that gets love in here in case I can be converted.

I enjoyed the first couple of albums but, much like life in general, the whole thing has become less fun as it goes on. It seems like the cartoon band idea and the emphasis on the visuals have faded into the background, and that Gorillaz is much more Damon Albarn than it is Jamie Hewlett these days. There’s always at least a couple of good tunes on each album, but for me at least they’ve lost a bit of the spark that made them stand out to begin with. Probably a 3? Maybe a 2 if I’m in a bad mood.

2 Likes

Was absolutely obsessed with Demon Days when it came out. Loved the mythology of the band as well, which seems to have become less important and well formed as time’s gone on, which is a shame. Think it’s been diminishing returns ever since Demon Days but always enjoy a handful of tracks off each subsequent release.

Andre 3000’s bit in this is incredible

This is a banger as well

12 Likes

Genuinely had no idea they were a going concern. Fair play to them.

4 probably. Saw them at the Opera House for MIF and were really good. Didn’t like the no standing policy at the time these days probably don’t mind it so much.

They were excellent at Glastonbury becoming more and more convinced it is one of the best sets ever. Why didn’t Snoop Dogg do his actual song at the start? Mark E Smith twiddling Mick Jones amp knobs and Paul Simonon looking like he was going to lamp Smith then Lou Reed coming on straight after. It does contain one of the most excruciating moments I’ve ever seen, Albarn begging people to sing Pirate Jets was proper uncomfortable (I have definitely typed this paragraph out about 20 times in different thread but,look):

Not listened that much to them after Plastic Beach that Fall LP was alright and they have done some alright songs since, that one with Peter Hook from last year was surprisingly good.

14 Likes

Always thought the first Gorillaz album felt very close to Blur’s b-sides.

They’re a 4 from me but mainly for the good times of the early albums.

Very very good singles band. Never heard an album that didn’t leave me wanting something more substantial around midway through. But…

Clint Eastwood
Feel Good Inc
Dirty Harry
Dare
Stylo
Melancholy Hill
Tranz…

…are all grand. I’m generally fairly well disposed towards Damon Albarn too - seems like he is probably a good egg, although maybe a bit of a Wally from time to time. Glad he exists. Same with Gorillaz.

Generous 4

14 Likes

Always forget about how good this song was, think it got overplayed at the time but it’s huge

15 Likes

Best track is a toss up between On Melancholy Hill and El Manana for me. Both really beautiful tracks. Tonnes of stuff from the first 3 records that are on a par though.

Just noticed this isn’t in the list (guessing it was never a single) but another contender for favourite track, really incredible

12 Likes

Woah, I didn’t realise they’d released more than 1 album since The Fall! I only know the first 4 albums

Obviously not Albarn’s best project but they’re a 4 for me. Lots of enjoyable songs; both songs with Little Dragon on Plastic Beach are immense.

I don’t really have much of substance to say about them, though.

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Not a fan. 2/5

That didn’t look uncomfortable to me, got an okay response from the crowd?

Not listened to anything after Plastic Beach.

But I was obsessed with the S/T album as a kid. Utterly bewitched by the music videos. Very strong link there.

But turns out I think that Think Tank is better than s/t now. And they both feel similar.

Dislike Demon Days bar the singles and Plastic Beach is a lot of filler around some bangers.

So yeah, brilliant singles, middling albums, but very good over all.

A 4. A mild 4.

Introduced me to Little Dragon too.

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(don’t tell anyone but I prefer Gorillaz to Blur)

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The post-Plastic Beach stuff isn’t really my bag but everything up and including it is ace. Maybe a slightly generous 4

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