1. From loathing to love
The two great minds behind the Gorillaz project, Damon Albarn, the charismatic singer of Blur and Jamie Hewlett, co-author of the comic book Tank Girl, absolutely hated each other before they formed the band. They first met in 1990 through Blur’s Graham Cox, who adored Hewlett’s drawings, for an interview published in the magazine Deadline. Hewlett thought Albarn was a wanker. And the fact that Hewlett at the time was dating Cox’s ex-girlfriend, Jane Oliver of Elastica further complicated matters. In spite of all that Albarn and Hewlett became flatmates in London in 1997. Hewlett eventually broke up with Jane around the same time as Albarn split from Elastica’s singer Justine. This concordance brought them together, artistic creativity being the best cure for a broken heart.