In a new feature with Noisey, Gorillaz bassist Murdoc touched upon his escape from Plastic Beach and the creation of the band’s upcoming new album. However, the interview was mainly about the animated band member’s opinion on and life in his home country of Britain. There were tidbits about his first kiss (Kelly O’Driscoll on a school trip to a Tipton silage plant), his first fist-fight (Kelly O’Driscoll on that same trip), and Gorillaz’s first show (“The place got trashed, there were multiple casualties, and I picked up a range of STDs. Top night”).
Things got really intriguing when Murdoc was asked about some of his favorite British musicians. He tapped Ringo Starr as the greatest living British artist (“While everyone else was coked out of their minds in the eighties, he did his career’s finest work on Thomas the Tank Engine“) and Delia Derbyshire, writer of the Doctor Who theme, as the greatest dead one. Then he weighed in on some of the fiercest British musical debates of all time, picking The Beatles over The Rolling Stones and — in a fascinating decision — Oasis over Blur.
The choice is shocking considering that the real-life man behind Gorillaz is, of course, Damon Albarn, frontman of Blur. If there was ever any doubt that the digital members of Gorillaz have personalities entirely independent from their creators, this certainly puts that to rest. Although maybe Albarn himself actually prefers (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? to The Great Escape, who knows?
The rest of the interview is an entertaining read, filled with insight into Murdoc’s political views, Satanism, and the qualities he seeks in a good pub. Check it out over at Noisey.