And there are no stars and that you’re never really sure who’s doing what and what voice is what and, you know what I mean? It’s supposed to be quite elusive.
As a musician usually music is your way out.
As soon as it sounds fine, I’m on to the next thing, man.
Being in Blur has allowed me to travel and hear the music that’s being made all over the world.
Even though I’m a Chelsea fan, there’s no getting around Ryan Giggs’ genius. For the fact that you can walk into any pub across the land and guarantee that there’ll be a conversation about him taking place. The last time that happened was with George Best.
Have I ever punched anyone in the band? Oh yeah, all of them! I used to punch Alex a lot. He used to say really annoying things deliberately. I almost think he liked being punched.
I am genuinely inspired by my mum.
I can’t be bothered anymore about giving songs titles.
I couldn’t fit in with the lads at school. I was the weirdo. Post-stroke-gay. I always got called gay.
I find computers to be sort of uncharted seas. And as soon as you set out on them, you’re lost.
I had a black girlfriend when I was five.
I have to wear a new T-shirt every night. I throw them into the audience. One day I’m going to go around the world and reclaim all my T-shirts.
I hope we can keep doing it this way – making music and art that are pure products of our influences while not really having to let the whole celebrity side of it get in the way. Then maybe more virtual bands will come out and do the same thing.
I was always a workaholic, but I just didn’t have any work.
I was approached by Oxfam to go to Mali as their ambassador and get involved in their various initiatives out there. But I felt that was missing the point of using me, a musician.
I’m a mixed up person. I’ve got this real essex man vibe…I cant help it… i cant stand the idea of being a sad lonely bed-sit poet… I’d rather be perceived as loud and arrogant.
I’m more homosexual than Brett Anderson.
I’m not really one of those people who believes that if you’re a musician you can just leave that behind and start getting into politics.
I’m turning into a croaky old singer.
I’m very sexy in the morning.
In the sixties people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird, people take Prozac to make it normal.
It was quite a relief not to win the Mercury prize, because people are going to start getting fed up with us for winning everything. It’s good not to achieve every time and it’s important to remain some kind of underdog because there’s nothing worse than a big-head.
It’s a very romantic idea, to go on a cobbled-together trip on a train with an African diner and rehearsal rooms and sliding doors that allow for playing on to platforms, and people meeting and planning concerts for the evening and watching the English countryside pass by. It’s a beautiful thing.
It’s good to read a book and get a hard-on at the same time.
It’s not easy for us to talk about girls. We’re not very articulate on the subject. Sexual energy is too tiring for me.
It’s not like my old self – I’m not in character anymore, I’m me. I’m not hiding behind that anymore.
I’ve got a PhD in tits.
I’ve got people camping outside my place in Kensington. In sleeping bags. It’s not that irritating, except we haven’t got any curtains in the front room, so we can’t walk around in the nude.
I’ve only ever been in love with one person and that’s Justine.
More and more, cultural groups are cross-pollinating, and we’re getting much more interesting art as a result.
My fantasy Glastonbury would be to be 18 again and to go with a girl that I’ve just met and that I was really, really into. Either that or go with my mates and meet a girl there. I certainly wouldn’t want to go with any famous people. I’d just go and take loads of drugs and watch all my favourite bands. I’d drink, smoke spliff, drop an E and watch The Silver Apples. This is the 18-year-old Damon, not me now talking, of course.
My guaranteed way of sending myself into deep depression is to read music trade papers and watch MTV.
My mum thinks I’m ultra-conservative in the way I dress. Hippy parents just don’t understand why you want to wear a shirt and smart shoes.
No, every album is something like a snapshot. It only shows one moment in time. It shows what we feel and think right at that point in time, nothing more and nothing less.
Oasis are very nice boys.
The British like sex to be a naughty thing. I think it’s because we have an asexual Queen.
The cartoon is a metaphor really for the fact that it’s almost impossible in our celebrity obsessed culture to move around genres and sort of change you ideas, change your face, you know?
The Gorillaz cartoons seem more real to me than the actual people on TV. Because at least you know that there’s some intelligence behind the cartoons, and there’s a lot of work that’s gone into it, so it can’t all be just a lie.
The things that make me happy most are my family and working.
The whole period has taught me that I enjoy being part of an ensemble rather than just a front man. Don’t get me wrong – I enjoy that too, but I get more enjoyment out of really listening to everyone.
There were reports in the papers of people breaking up their relationships, because one liked Oasis and the other one liked Blur… One woman left her husband because he put our CD in the microwave.
There’s always been a hip-hop element to my trousers.
We were young, good looking and in the best band in the world.
We’ll always be friends now. I like the idea of seeing each other being really old and doddery.
We’ve said nothing in any of our interviews – we’re probably the only band in history to do that. Dave just says nothing. Alex says nothing in an Alex way. Graham says nothing in a very negative way. I say nothing in a roundabout way. We do it on purpose because there is very little to say; it’s all about feeling. Our generation doesn’t need a spokesman.
What do we stand for? So we don’t lie down all the time!
When you’re doing a deal with someone in the southern Sahara, it’s a very different way of doing business than in London. You can’t sign them in the usual way because they’d end up getting ripped off, which would defeat the object of setting up a label like this.
Yes, I am a middle-class twat.
You know, there are many alter egos and Gorillaz is a collective of alter egos, really. I think anyone who gets involved in it has to sort of accept that nothing is really as it seems.