British virtual band Gorillaz managed to win the hearts of music lovers everywhere despite their ‘handicap’ of not being, well, real. Stephen Colbert put it best by saying that they were a “good band” but “no ‘Jem and the Holograms.'”
The group clearly heard that quip, as our favorite band from across the pond have decided to take a page from Jem with their own television series. Hey, at least it’s not a reboot.
Band co-creator Jamie Hewlett is developing the series to help promote the band’s new resurgence, which will also include “new artwork, tour merchandise, a clothing line, and visuals.” The band is already animated, and they had come close to full-feature spin-offs before, albeit with a failed animated film that was supposed to be headed by Dreamworks. “It was too dark to spend a couple of hundred million dollars on,” explained Hewlett in a released statement.
According to the group’s official backstory, “The band consists of four animated fictional characters, Stuart “2-D” Pot (vocals and keyboard), Murdoc Niccals (bass guitar), Russel Hobbs (percussion), and Noodle (lead guitar).” The cast also has their own specific backstories themselves. For example, Murdoch was forced by his abusive father to perform as Pinocchio for talent contests, and the members even went through phases throughout their careers. With such dedication, you’d think these buggers were made for television.
Obviously, our favorite shaved gorillas… wait, what do you mean they’re not really shaved gorillas? Anyway, our favorite animated band that does not involve pussycats have a new album on the way, too, titled Humanz, which is scheduled for an April 28 release. Think of it as a belated Easter/Passover gift.
And since I brought it up…