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No Gorillaz for 'Glee,' says lead singer Damon Albarn

Albarn Not everyone is a fan of “Glee.” Coldplay eventually came around, but Gorillaz, the band behind tunes such as “Feel Good Inc.,” “Dare” and “Clint Eastwood,” won't be doing the same, lead singer Damon Albarn told the Associated Press recently.

“We wouldn't let that happen,” said Albarn of allowing the show to use the band's music. “And not that they've asked us because they haven't, and now they definitely won't.”

So why is Albarn so against the Fox hit? Albarn calls the song covers featured on the show “a very poor substitute for the real thing.” He also brushes off the show's recent accomplishment of surpassing the Beatles for the most appearances on the Billboard Hot 100 chart by a non-solo act.

“Those songs won't last like the Beatles' by any stretch of their imagination,” he told the AP. “They'll be forgotten in a few years' time.”

Readers, do you agree with Albarn? Is there a Gorillaz song you would have liked to hear on “Glee”?

— Vlada Gelman (follow my TV musings on Twitter at @stayingin)

Photo: Damon Albarn in London on Sept. 7. Credit: Luke MacGregor / Reuters.

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Sorry, seems like most of you are too old to know who the Gorillaz are.

I don't like 'Glee', it's way too cheerful for me. As for the songs, I don't like they cover once-popular songs, and was really heartbroken when they made an entire episode of Rocky Horror Picture Show. On the other side, I respect Damon Albarn, and like some songs of blur and Gorillaz. So, my vote's for Albarn.

I would like to hear Feel Good Inc on Glee, but I agree with Damon

I have a few points to share with the commenters.

(1) Damon Albarn did not come out and say this because of his ego. Many reporters ask these kind of questions, so he gave an answer. It's what you're supposed to do in that situation.
(2) If you don't know who Gorillaz is, get out from under the rock made of the top 40 hits you live under and try to experience other music. I guarantee you've heard Gorillaz (ex. Feel Good Inc and Clint Eastwood), and if you don't love it, you have a blatant taste in music. This is a fact.
(3) Gorillaz and Glee wouldn't work together anyway, so thank God Damon is saying no.
(4) Albarn has a brilliant point that I agree with. Shows like Glee and American Idol are, for lack of a better description, a "poor substitute for the real thing." Or, more bluntly, write your own darn music.

 
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