Gorillaz's Murdoc Says Oasis Better Than Blur, Talks Brexit & James Bond in New Interview

Murdoc of the Gorillaz rehearses ahead of the MTV Europe Music Awards 2005 at the Atlantic Pavillion on Nov. 1, 2005 in Lisbon, Portugal.
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Murdoc of the Gorillaz rehearses ahead of the MTV Europe Music Awards 2005 at the Atlantic Pavillion on Nov. 1, 2005 in Lisbon, Portugal. 

The Gorillaz are certainly up to something. A new album is coming out in early 2017. The cartoon band has been posting a lot to social media. We got some back story on Noodle, heard from Russell a bit, and now we get a personal chat with the band's bassist Murdoc, via Noisey

Murdoc waxes poetic on topics ranging from Brexit to the Blur vs. Oasis debate, siding with the Gallagher brothers despite being bandmates with Blur frontman Damon Albarn.

It starts at the beginning with the tale of Murdoc's birth:

Mere mortals are born. Murdoc Niccals stage-dived into existence in a blaze of total fucking glory. But if you're after an exact location, I was delivered at The Three-Legged Dog in Stoke-on-Trent, my dad's local boozer. Out the back, by the wheelie bins. It put that dump on the bloody map. There's probably a blue plaque up there these days.


That nasty dive bar was also the site of his first musical performance:

My old man made me sing in the monthly talent contest to win him beer money. First gig, I was 6 years old. Smashed out "The Wheels on the Bus". One of the most seminal gigs in pop history.

He says the Gorillaz' first show was just as remarkable:

Camden Brownhouse, 1998. How did it go? Like any paradigm-shifting event, it overloaded people's synapses. They were so shell-shocked a massive riot broke out (which I predicted). The place got trashed, there were multiple casualties, and I picked up a range of STDs. Top night.

He also gets rather personal, opening up about his homeland, politics and such:

I vote for whichever arsehole is slightly less of an arsehole. Which usually means the Green Party. I get my PA (2D) to fire off my postal vote while I'm kicking back with a mani-pedi and a crack wax. 

And this is hysterical:

I think Noodle should be the next Bond. What's that, Murdoc? But she's a woman? Yeah, deal with it. I'm a feminist now.

Definitely read the full Q&A at Noisey. You'll laugh out loud, for real.


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