Thankfully, Murdoc Niccals plays mostly music on his weekly radio show. While it’s entertaining, hearing him ramble like a young, drunken Keith Richards incoherently tooting his own horn will never trump his song selection.
Just last week, the fictional leader of the cartoon band Gorillaz, spun artists like Brian Eno, Toots & The Maytals, and Major Lazer. He even pulled out “Trust In Me” from The Jungle Book soundtrack. But it was last night’s episode that proved to be the biggest highlight, as Niccals used his narcissism for good and unveiled an alternate version of Plastic Beach’s “Glitter Freeze”.
On it, Mark E. Smith takes his time spouting gibberish before the song breaks into a similar groove found on the original track. The pulsating synth, laser blasts, and pounding bass line are still there, but the songs vocals seem more fleshed out than the Plastic Beach version. The good news for fans is that there’s probably more where it came from.
Gorillaz mastermind, Damon Albarn, said he recorded about “80 pieces of music” for the 16-track Plastic Beach and that “ theoretically, there is a part two and part three if [the band] ever felt motivated to spend another few years finishing it.”
No word on whether that would happen since, according to Niccals, Albarn doesn’t call the shots. In a recent interview with London’s XFM 104.9 – the station hosting his one month radio residency – Niccals had this to say about the band:
“When Gorillaz is up and running everything is sweet and dandy. I’m just bulletproof,” he said, “Gorillaz is my band…I don’t really need to put it back together. I am Gorillaz.”
Alrighty then. You can listen to the alternate version of “Glitter Freeze” below, and catch the last two shows of Niccals’ residency at the station’s website. If you like what you hear, catch the band on tour.
Photo courtesy of Deviant Art.
Gorillaz 2010 Tour Dates:
07/01-04 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
07/15-18 – Benicasim, ES @ Benicasim Festival
09/10 – Birmingham, UK @ NIA
09/11 – Newcastle, UK @ Metro
09/12 – Manchester, UK @ Evening News Arena
09/14 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
09/15 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
09/22 – Dublin, IE @ O2 Arena