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Monkey see, monkey do, monkey tour: the Gorillaz are back

Pete Paphides, The Times, 10 May 2010

"I SAY! They're fancy!" exclaims Jamie Hewlett when Damon Albarn strides into the pair's West London headquarters. The object of his fascination? Albarn, his sidekick in Gorillaz, is breaking in a new pair of shiny brogues, just like the ones favoured by Mr Noisy from the Mr Men series. Far from noisy, however, Albarn is a slightly subdued version of his normal combative self. It's the morning after the election. With his long-term partner Suzi away, Albarn never made it to bed. He spent the entire night on the sofa, glued to the emerging chaos until it was time to take his daughter Missy to school.

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