A couple of days ago, riding my bicycle through sunny Potsdam, I found myself singing Clint Eastwood by the Gorillaz and reminiscing about the fun times that particular band had provided me with. Good music and some great music videos, not to mention one of the coolest uses of hologram technology for concert purposes ever…
Imagine then, my jubilation at finding a documentary, directed by Cery Levi, about the making of the band, featuring the suspected suspects and various other suspect people circumspectly speaking about the making of the band!
Have a blurb:
This incredible film, “Bananaz” removes the secretive, mucky walls of Gorillaz, the cartoon band created by artist Jamie Hewlett & musician Damon Albarn, smashing down all artificial barriers to reveal the full and filthy details behind this awe-inspiring band. Audiences see just what director Ceri Levy saw over seven years of mayhemical creative madness… a lot of it too graphic for mortal eyes to behold…Bananaz is Levy's story of the partnership & community behind Gorillaz. He takes you into the studio and out onto the road with this virtual phenomenon, showing a part of Gorillaz never seen before - reality. As one radio interviewer puts it, "It's a parallel universe - these guys aren't in the band but they know the animated characters who are". Bananaz is an honest, often hilarious account of the working relationship between Albarn & Hewlett, and the rise to success with Gorillaz - from the initial embryonic conception through to global domination. Also in focus are many of the conspirators & collaborators that came along for the ride, including Dennis Hopper, De la Soul, D12, Ibrahim Ferrer, Bootie Brown, Dangermouse & more. Contains strong language. WARNING: Some footage in this film includes a strobing effect, which may affect viewers with photo-sensitive epilepsy and other such conditions.
The film makes good viewing, made me listen to some old records, remember there was a time I bought records and long for more. The best news is that the film is available on the net, as a free video, right here
It turned my dad on!