Gorillaz’ debut album just celebrated its 20th anniversary, with Damon Albarn planning big celebrations, but not everyone is thrilled, with some even wanting to cancel him due to a new NFT release.
Gorillaz bassist Murdoc Niccals said about 20 years of the group, “I’m exhausted. 20 years is a long time to be top of your game and let’s be clear here, it’s a one man gig keeping this show on the road.
“A lot of names get bandied about, a lot of pretenders to the throne, one or two in particular… But there is only one Murdoc Niccals. As an ex of mine once said, it’s hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world.”
Gorillaz have reissues planned including of their debut album, stating, “The attic of Kong Studios is a virtual treasure trove of Gorillaz ephemera, a giant biscuit tin of early ideas, deep dive musical moments, demos, early drawings and never-before-seen-or-heard Gorillaz memories.
“Murdoc Niccals, inspired by his hero Marie Kondo, will tackle that attic with a promise to spark joy in the hearts of fans around the world with a very special physical release featuring an abundance of declassified gems.”
Gorillaz are also releasing NFT’s, which are bad for climate change, drawing criticism from fans. Wired states, “NFTs have a clear impact on climate change. In one instance, the 10 seconds it took for cryptocurrency website Nifty Gateway to sell six NFTs consumed 8.7 megawatt-hours of energy, comparable to the amount of electricity used by a household in a single year.”
A fan on Twitter named El Famous Era wrote, “Why the f*** is gorillaz participating in this nft bullshit when they made a whole album dedicated to the harmful effects on the environment??? and apparently in song machine lore, noodle wanted to see the world before it was gone due to climate change.”
“It makes no sense. they’re literally going against their beliefs. first they hire kevin bishop and keep him on their team, now this. look, i love gorillaz and they hold a very special place in my heart, but this is outrageous”