|Animated heroes: Gorillaz|
|The cover of the Best Of Gorillaz CD|
They said it would never happen, but despite constant in-band fighting, several kidnappings, major mental breakdowns, jail sentences, bankruptcy and some really bad outfits, Gorillaz have made it to double figures. To celebrate, The Singles Collection: 2001-2011, the career-spanning best of, will be released on 28 November. It's a 15-track collection of the band’s singles, videos and remixes - call it an audio visual excursion along Gorillaz' very own Memory Lane. Gorillaz sit in the tradition of great pop bands. Brain stormed by flatmates Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, the band were amongst the first major pop projects to fully embrace the possibilities of new media. Releasing their debut album in 2001, Gorillaz were seen as a novelty - a sideshow before Damon Albarn got Blur back together. Over time, though, the band established their own identity with some huge artists desperate to work with them. 2010's 'Plastic Beach' featured Snoop Dogg, Mark E Smith, Lou Reed and many more as Gorillaz found acceptance from some seminal talent. Turning ten, the cartoon group are now planning to gather each of their singles thus far on a new compilation. The Singles Collection: 2001-2011' will be available on CD, CD and DVD and on vinyl.