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Gorillaz (2001)
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Will Gorillaz be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


24 comments so far (post your own)

Five years from now we will all realize that the Gorillaz were ten years ahead of the game.

Posted by tucker on Tuesday, 01.23.07 @ 10:54am

To start things off, Gorillaz will be in the HOF based on two things:

1) Animated Band. Not many people can pull that off and have never attempted to do so.

2) Damon Albarn is a musical genius. Mixing rap and rock together reminds me of what The Beastie Boys did

Posted by Mike on Tuesday, 01.30.07 @ 14:38pm

Interesting...but, I'll have to wait a few more years though to give my thoughts on them.

Posted by maplejet on Tuesday, 02.27.07 @ 11:48am

Gets sticky when you start considering fictisous bands. What's next The Monkees, Milli Vanilli?

Posted by AZ Dave on Sunday, 03.4.07 @ 10:45am

OK, first of all,if any of you didn't realize it yet THE GORILLAZ ARE NOT A REAL BAND!!!!!!!
They were created by an animater.
GET OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

P.S: their music as also very basic and sucky

Posted by a person who hates fakers on Thursday, 04.19.07 @ 15:01pm

Wow, I totally did not notice that the animated characters on the teevee were not real people. It's a good thing you're here to set everyone straight on that.

It's a supergroup project that happens to have a fairly obvious gimmick. That doesn't make it bad, so I still think you're an idiot, but no, I don't think they'll get in the Hall of Fame, nor really deserve it.

Posted by William on Thursday, 04.19.07 @ 18:41pm

Quick, someone call Damon Albarn and tell him he's not a real person.

Posted by Kit on Friday, 04.20.07 @ 15:09pm

I voted, since I love Gorillaz, but I don't know if they really belong in a hall dedicated to rock... they're a bit genre-splicing.
And yes, I realise they are cartoons but I love the music they make, due to its individuality and how it cleverly uses many layers of instruments to create a unique sound. As a budding musician myself, I think that their music is truly awe-inspiring.

Posted by Sofi on Thursday, 08.16.07 @ 11:39am

It depends. If they put out at least one more great album I would consider them serious candidates. However, IMO the greatest achievement of Gorillaz is not that they're the first virtual band but the fact that they're one of the rare acts these days that manages to cross the great divide between Hip-Hop/R&B (Black Music) and Alternative/Rock (White Music) and by that unleash some kind of synergy that I miss in all those other artists who still think in categories such as "Rock", "Rap" or whatever, which is silly since they all basically have the same roots, it's all part of the same fabric. After all, what is "Rock & Roll" anyway? Is it just about loud electric guitars and the good old Sex & Drugs & R&R lifestyle? That's a thing of the past and what was Rock & Roll then doesn't necessarily make it Rock & Roll now. It is like a shark, it needs to constantly keep moving on and evolving or else it dies out and the music just becomes muzak, sonic wallpaper that no one really LISTENS to and THAT is the exact antithesis of Rock & Roll. It is about "sticking it to the man", going against the grain of the establishment frame of mind. It is about delivering the truth, the truth and nothing but the truth. Rebellion, Freedom, Beauty, Love, in other words everything that is human. Those things are REAL and therefore appeal to a lot of people and because of its popularity it keeps being exploited and marketed and because of THAT it constantly needs to change and stay ahead of the game by creating something that is popular in the present and becomes classic in the future and inspire the next generations.

Posted by denyo on Friday, 11.16.07 @ 15:43pm

I'll agree that they're one of the few artists who manage to cross hiphop/r&b and rock well, but come on! Not before Blur!

Posted by liam on Friday, 11.16.07 @ 15:46pm

Agreed. But what speaks against Blur is that they never really broke through in America and that's where the HoF is situated. Anyway, Blur shouldn't get in before The Jam!

Posted by denyo on Friday, 11.16.07 @ 16:27pm

I realize that, but the SMALL FACES should get in before the Jam!!!!!

Posted by liam on Wednesday, 11.21.07 @ 11:58am

'Course, how could I forget about them?!
But let's get Lonnie Donegan in first, then we can talk.
Hear that, HALL OF FAME?

Posted by denyo on Thursday, 11.29.07 @ 16:51pm

Gorillaz are mad smart and awesome

Posted by Good on Tuesday, 08.5.08 @ 08:24am

Not even rock and clint eastwood was there only good song.

Posted by Bob on Saturday, 08.9.08 @ 22:42pm

I would really love for the gorillaz to get in but im not sure if its gonna happen. if they come with a few more hits maybe. if people actually bought the cds and listened to them they would be way more liked than they are now. they deserve to be in because they were the first to animate their musical collaborations into symbolic characters, their music can please anyone, no matter what kind of music you listen to, and the ability to weave music and the tale behind their animated characters into each other. Some gorillaz music, if you sit and listen, will take you off into your own world. You feel peaceful. Not to mention making like 6 animated videos where 2 or 3 became hits. The gorillaz do somewhat deserve to be in as of now, but if they don't come with another hit track or album, im sad to say i do not think they will make it in. That is all.

Posted by Derrick on Wednesday, 07.15.09 @ 02:07am

If Gorillaz continues on the track they're on, I'd pull for them. Yes, the mix rap and rock together in a new more innovative way most bands today do, but let's not forget they also experiment with techno, blues, garage rock, jazz, and even gospel. Their music alone is what I'd induct them in for.

Posted by Breaker on Wednesday, 09.9.09 @ 12:39pm

real or not,gorillaz kick ass and hell yeah

Posted by james on Friday, 09.11.09 @ 14:19pm

Not until The Banana Splits and Josie & the Pussycats get their due!

Posted by Clyde on Thursday, 10.1.09 @ 14:01pm

-_- gorillaz have to get in !!! they brought a whole new style to rock and rap. they also used anime characters as the band its simply unique and genius. jeez people these days don't realize what is good
those who dont agree can go kiss... nvm D=<

Posted by your mom D=< on Tuesday, 01.12.10 @ 18:55pm

No idea right now. Too early to tell. Let's get something straight, however: Unless Blur get in first, the only way they should get into the Hall is by buying a ticket. Period. I knew some people at school who loved Gorillaz, and the irony is that if I tried to talk to them about Blur or Damon Albarn, there's a good chance they'd have no idea what I was talking about. "Clint Eastwood" is a great song, however.

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 03.28.10 @ 20:14pm

They'll be in if Damon doesn't get sloppy. His skills as a composer just keep getting better. They've also mixed hip hop and African music with the alternative and electronic sound. Deffinitely unique. They might get in before Blur, seeing as they're actualy somewhat popular in the US.

Posted by Alex on Monday, 05.3.10 @ 17:18pm

I heard Damon went to Mali to make one of his solo albums, but that's not innovative. Peter Gabriel and Paul Simon were really the ones combining rock and world music. Let's give them time and see whether they deserve it, but... if they get in before Blur then that's yet another credibility blow to the Hall.

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 05.16.10 @ 16:44pm

Gorillaz will make it in. not only is their music constantly changing and inventive, but how many other people can pull off a animated band and get as much success as they did? it would be a great representation if they got in

Posted by James on Sunday, 07.31.16 @ 15:27pm

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