Gorillaz grow up

Wednesday November 30, 2011 Written by nadia

It's strange to think that ten years have passed since Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett unleashed 'Clint Eastwood' as a virtual band called Gorillaz. Stranger still is the fact that a 2D band has lasted long enough to toast ten years.

No matter what you think of the fandom that followed, the creation of Gorillaz – featuring Murdoc Niccals (bass and drum machine), 2D (vocals, keyboard), Noodle (guitar, keyboard) and Russel Hobbs (drums and percussion) – changed the way that a hellavalot of us experienced music and (dare we say it) "cartoons".

Since 2001 Gorillaz have inspired films, biographies and action figures. They've played "live" performances and collaborated with bundles of famous folk: Lou Reed, Mos Def, Little Dragon and Snoop are just the start of it.

To mark ten successful years in 2D, Gorillaz have released a 15-track collection of singles, videos and remixes called The Singles Collection: 2001-2011, and thanks to EMI we have five copies to give away. Email us here with your name and address before Friday December 2 to go into the draw.