Sunday, March 7, 2010


With the new Gorillaz album dropping soon I've been getting a lot of "so, OilCan're trying to be like the Gorillaz, right?"

Well, kind of. But, mostly, no.

I created OilCan Drive as a concept before I had heard of the Gorillaz. In fact, when I came up with the idea in early 2001 the first Gorillaz album hadn't even come out yet. And I heard about them when a friend, who seemed to revel in torturing me, told me about the new cartoon band.

But, I kept going with the OilCan Drive idea.

I figured a cartoon band is nothing new, no matter that the press thinks the Gorillaz are revolutionary and new and that no one else in the history of man has ever come up with such a thing. You see, I remember things like the Alvin and the Chipmunks, the Archies, the gang from Fat Albert playing junkyard instruments, and Josie and the Pussycats.

So, even though I love the work of Jamie Hewlett, the artist who created the Gorillaz, the next time someone asks me if I'm trying to be like the Gorillaz I can tell them, "nah, I'm going for more of a Josie and the Pussycats kind of thing."

And I can look at them as they stare at me like an idiot with no idea what I am talking about.


Manu Mane said...

Or maybe, the same may reply "oh yes, Josie and the Pussycat Dolls, I know them !!!" :) ) ) ) ) ) ) )

Jeff Lafferty said...

Dude, do the Gorillaz even have a gorilla in the band? A single gorilla is better than no gorillas in my book.

Sean Tiffany said...

Sadly, there is no actual gorilla in the Gorillaz, so I still have that going for me. Henry continues to be the best bass playing ape on the planet.

And, Manu, you may be right, maybe someone out there has heard of Josie and the Pussycats but, with the way kids are these days, you never know.