Ugh … this is a hard one because there are so many great artists that I want to mention … how do I pick just one! Lets start with giving some shout outs to
Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Peter Hook with Joy Division and New Order
Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz with Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club
David Grohl with Nirvana and Foo Fighters
Johnny Marr with The Smiths and Modest Mouse
Kim Deal with Pixies and The Breeders
Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger with English Beat and General Public
But ….I had to go with Damon Albarn because although I loved what he did in the nineties with Blur (There’s No Other Way is totally my jam!) …I have to say what he did during a Blur hiatus was just magic.
Albarn created the virtual band Gorillaz with artist Jamie Hewlett, (creator of the comic Tank Girl.) Albarn worked on music with a revolving cast of producers and guest musicians while Hewlett worked on visuals and created the virtual band. They released their first single, “Clint Eastwood,” in 2000; the song reached #3 on the U.S. Alternative Chart. The band had its biggest hit in 2005 with “Feel Good Inc.” from the album Demon Days, which topped the U.S. Alternative Chart. The unique quality of this band and the fab music and visual imagery makes it one of my fave’s !