Okay so I read a lot of pop culture news and the other day I was reading some articles about past band drama that many pop punk bands of the late 90s and early 2000s encountered and one common form of drama that I noticed was the act kicking someone out of the band (sometimes without that band member even knowing) for any plethora or reasons. And I always relate things back to fandom, so when I started to consider Gorillaz it dawned on my that this has never really a plot point in the narrative.
We all know Murdoc has explicitly affirmed that 2D isn’t replaceable but looking back on the band’s entire career it’s clear that replacements, or even kicking anyone out has really never been an option entertained by any of them (with the exception of Paula, though it’s been stated that they never really considered themselves “Gorillaz” until Noodle joined so I’ll let that slide). Even when it was just 2D and Murdoc, they didn’t go to audition new guitarists or drummers, Murdoc literally built a robot to try and create the closest thing to Noodle that he could. And what about Murdoc? It would have been so simple to have a 3 vs 1 vote to kick him out, send him back to prison etc. yet that’s never really been a direction the team and by extension the band has entertained. This would have been a very understandable and convenient arc to undertake since it’s easily one of the most standard issues bands of their era, both real and fictional, seem to run into at SOME point in their careers. But it has yet to happen.
I guess what I’m getting at is this: I’ve always been a little skeptical of the “Gorillaz is a family” concept not because I don’t like it (quite the opposite) but because I’ve always acknowledged that IF this story were actually going for realism, there’s now way it would be the reality. However, considering everything mentioned above I feel like it’s fair to conclude that really, they all view each other, on some level, as irreplaceable; that the dynamic they have when they’re all working together is unable to replicated so if they’re not all in agreement to work on music, they simply don’t work at all. Everyone is valued, and idk, I find that very..reassuring? Sweet? In any case, it’s something to think about.