I watch every other freckle,
I watch every other freckle…
I remember Jamie Hewlett from his Tank Girl work. But when he partnered with Damon Albarn to create the first, successful virtual band known only as the Gorillaz back in 2001, he was forever etched in illustration and animation lore as one of the greats. Ahead of it’s time (after After Watanabe’s Sharon Apple of course, lol), the Gorillaz went on to successfully sell over 7 million copies of their debut album, break a Guiness World Record and withdrawn Mercury Prize (at the band’s request). Their followup went 5 times platinum in the UK alone and 2-times platinum in the US, nabbing 5 grammy nods and winning one.
This was one of my favorite videos!
god I remember seeing this video and I had NO idea animation could be used to do something like this.
It was so badass, so different, so totally apart from any other music video I had ever seen up til then that always rather scant animation in it… this was actually animated. Of course, there was some television animated stuff that was thematically similar but imagine seeing Daria or something from MTV given the budget you’d see in an animated movie. WHAT!?
I don’t know if there really was the “animated music video” before Gorillaz made it into something. There were animated music videos, sure, but they made it a THING. It was like an experience.
It’s hard to explain the eye-poppingness that this video inspired in a bunch of animation people my age. I’m really lucky to have pretty much been there with Gorillaz from the beginning to the end. To be honest I sort of miss it :(
☾ fucking breathe || 2 + hours of music to help you calm down after a panic attack.i. those to come - the shins ii. greendale is where i belong - ludwig gorranson iii. kisses and cake - john powell iv. moon river - audrey hepburn v. the predatory wasp of the palisades is out to get us! - sufjan stevens vi. to build a home - cinematic orchestra vii. chantiers navals 412 - lj kruzer viii. pacific rim theme - music box version ix. up all night - oliver tank x. falling asleep with a book on your chest - lullatone xi. wind forest - my neighbor totoro xii. sea of love - cat power xiii. such great heights - iron wine xiv. flower garden - howl’s moving castle xv. can’t help falling in love - fleet foxes xvi. i will follow you into the dark - music box version xvii. holocene - bon iver xviii. boats and birds - gregory and the hawk xix. the breaking of the fellowship - lord of the rings xx.howl’s moving castle theme - music box version xxi. skinny love - birdy xxii. flesh and bone - keaton henson xxiii. never play - emily & the woods xxiv. morning talk/supersymmetry - arcade fire xxv. to your health - keaton henson xxvi. blinsided - bon iver xxvi. wolf trap motel - husky rescue xxviii. i don’t like it like this - the radio dept. xxix. help you breathe - oliver tank xxx. feel real - deptford goth lxi. child i will hurt you - crystal castles lxii. the departure - gattaca lxiii. i was lost without you - mass effect 3 lxiv. saturn - sleeping at last
heaven and home | for an old, old story, spinning itself out in endless kaleidoscopic iterations. told in three parts.part i : let there be (an angel falls. a messiah is named. a disciple meets their prophet. something is born and the earth shivers.)
o1. At The Beach David Wingo
o2. Hutterite Mile Sixteen Horsepower
o3. Celestial Phildel
o4. Gethsemane Dry The River
o5. Believing Makes It Easy Shearwater
o6. Sun In Your Eyes Grizzly Bear
o7. Belfast Child (Simple Minds Cover) Sydney Wayserpart ii : pass from me (it is an unbearable ache on your knees in the garden. it is a long forty days waiting for your christ to survive the desert. it is dark and cold in the belly of the ark.)
08. Sarajevo Max Richter
o9. Jordanna Ola Podrida
10. Facing Demons Zack Hemsey
11. Dead Hearts Stars
12. Wild Swans Shall Never Be Cnquered Tiago Benzinho
13. The Humbling River Puscifer
14. Acoustic Tale 1 Field Rotationpart iii : it is finished (there is a rustle of feathers. a sigh down the length of the cross. an olive branch. a shining face, waiting beyond the tomb.)
15. Hands, Be Still Ólafur Arnalds
16. Something For Myself Dark Dark Dark
17. King David Wingo
18. See How Man Was Made Josh Ritter
19. The Universe Gregory Alan Isakov
20. Rebirth Hi-Finesse
21. Sun Sleeping At Last