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Date: May 17 2010

Themes: Alternative, Music

Grammar: Modal Verbs


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Since the late ‘90s, Gorillaz has been challenging the public’s ideas of what it means to be a band. A rotating group of musicians writes and records the songs, but the band is represented by four cartoon characters. At live shows, musicians play in the shadows while images of the animated characters appear on giant video screens.

The members of Gorillaz also collaborate with other artists, who sometimes show up at their concerts and play alongside video images of the band. The latest Gorillaz album, Plastic Beach, features guest spots from artists as diverse as Snoop Dogg, members of the Clash, and the Lebanese National Orchestra for Oriental Arabic Music.

Find out if Devan and Jeff think Gorillaz is a goofy gimmick or a musical revolution.


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Jeff:  Hey Devan, have you heard that new Gorillaz album?

Devan:  I haven’t. I didn’t even realize they were still together until I just heard that they had a single coming out recently.

Jeff:  Yeah, I heard a remix of one of the songs online today. It was pretty good.

Devan:  Yeah. I still don’t even fully understand the concept of their band, so it’s…It’s like they’re animated characters, right?

Jeff:  Yeah, they’re real-life musicians but the image of the band is presented with animated characters.

Devan:  So, it seems like our concept of what a band is or can be has kind of changed in this decade, you know? Like you don’t even have to have real people playing instruments anymore, you can be cartoons. It’s just kind of a new concept, it’s very strange.

Jeff:  I’d agree. The 2-D characters have taken over the flesh-and-blood, apparently.

Devan:  And then I heard that at their concerts there’s a jumbo-tron that like projects characters onto the screen, which to me seems weird because it’s like going to a concert to watch TV almost. Like I thought the whole point of going to a concert is to see the musicians live, you know? But if it’s just a screen…I don’t know, do you feel like that defeats the purpose?

Jeff:  I don’t think so, I think it’s just a new thing that they’re experimenting with, which is what a lot of art is all about.


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Devan is a little confused about the band Gorillaz. Jeff explains the concept behind the band. Flesh-and-blood musicians play the music, but the image of the band is four cartoon characters.

At live shows, video clips of the animated characters are shown on jumbo-trons. Devan thinks it sounds pointless to go to a concert just to watch videos of cartoon characters on a huge TV screen. But Jeff disagrees. He likes Gorillaz’ music and thinks the concept of the band is interesting and innovative.

Has your concept of a band changed in the last decade? Would you like to go to a Gorillaz concert?



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bambang hadi satriyo


i like their song coz they put some rap into their songs….. totally cool yooo…

10:55 AM May 17 2010 |



I have seen real music and boxing show of Orang Utan at Safari World Thailand. The show was realy amazing.


10:51 AM May 17 2010 |



really innovative thoughts & for the fans band musics are the real soul of the god instead of thier face..am i rht??

08:13 AM May 17 2010 |




That must feel good

05:18 AM May 17 2010 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

 animated band!!!!!!!!!!!!!Surprised ................ sounds good

01:21 AM May 17 2010 |




i like gorillaz… nice band….please writte me..

12:53 AM May 17 2010 |




this band is very nice…

12:52 AM May 17 2010 |

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