Noodle (Gorillaz)

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This article is about the Gorillaz fictional member. For the American guitarist, see Noodles (musician).
Noodle
Gorillaz Noodle.jpg
Background information
Born (1990-10-31) 31 October 1990 (age 23)
Origin Osaka, Japan
Occupations Musician, singer, songwriter, guitarist
Instruments Vocals, Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, Bass guitar, Keyboard, Synthesizer, Melodica
Years active 1998–2006; 2010–present
Labels Parlophone, Virgin, Warner Bros. Records
Associated acts Gorillaz
Website Official

Noodle (born 31 October 1990) is a fictional Japanese musician and member of the virtual band Gorillaz. She provides the guitar, as well as some main and backing vocals for the band. Noodle has been voiced by the likes of Japanese actress Haruka Kuroda, singer-songwriter Miho Hatori of trip-hop group Cibo Matto, Talking Heads bassist Tina Weymouth, and solo musician Rosie Walker aka Roses Gabor. Like all other band members of Gorillaz, she was created in 1998 by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett.

Biography[edit]

Noodle arrived on Murdoc Niccals' doorstep in a FedEx crate, in immediate response to the ad they placed for a guitarist in NME. She couldn't speak English beyond the word "Noodle", thus earning her name. She quickly got settled in England with the Gorillaz, and was accepted as the fourth member of the band.

In Rise of the Ogre, it is revealed that during the band's hiatus in November 2003, Noodle went back to Japan to find out the truth about her past after being haunted by strange nightmares while on tour. Upon her return to Japan, Noodle regained her memory after hearing the code-phrase "ocean bacon" at a restaurant. There she coincidentally met with her creator/mentor, Mr. Kyuzo, who was working as the head chef in the restaurant. Kyuzo helped her make sense of her lost memories: Noodle is, in fact, part of a secret government super soldier project, trained specially as a musician. As a result, she is a master of many weapons, languages, and musical instruments, with a specialty in the guitar, both as a musical instrument, and a weapon. Out of the 23 children created for the project, Noodle was the only one to survive; the others were all destroyed by the government when the project was scrapped. Kyuzo had smuggled her to safety in England after reading the aforementioned ad placed by the other three Gorillaz members in NME.

Noodle regained the ability to speak English, along with her memories, and was the first member of Gorillaz to return to Kong Studios after their failed international tour. She was alone at Kong Studios for nearly six months; during that time she composed the majority of the Demon Days album as a response to the chaotic cultural climate at the time. Her composition of the album crafted a specific message, as opposed to the debut which was composed by Russel, which had a grimier, more spontaneous sound. Despite her quiet nature, she became the most vocal of the band when it came to describing the album.

"El Mañana"[edit]

In March 2006, the Gorillaz video "El Mañana" was released.

Trapped in hell[edit]

When the Gorillaz web site still allowed visitors to tour Kong Studios, a radio could be heard in the basement, broadcasting a distress call from Noodle. The message was printed as an epilogue in the Gorillaz book, Rise of the Ogre:

Murdoc! Russel... Is anybody there?! It's me, Noodle... Is there anybody there! You need to reply... Helllloooo! Come In ... It's Noodle ... I've found the missing code ... They're coming! ... (quieter) The reception here is really terrible ... (Back to normal volume) MURDOC! ... Murdoc, you got to get the combin ...! Come in! They know where you ... Mur ... You must get out! ... It's coming from BENEATH the building! You have to get out! ... Murdoc, hurry before it's too late. MAYDAY ... MAYDAY ... Murdoc! COME IN GORILLAZ!'
—Transmission from Noodle (In the epilogue of Rise of the Ogre)

According to an interview with Q magazine, Murdoc found that Noodle had fallen foul of another attempt to take his soul, this time by a group of spirits who had taken advantage of Russel's spirit-channelling capabilities. Armed with an ancient spellbook, he set off into the underworld, but failed to find her.

Cyborg Noodle[edit]

Cyborg Noodle
Also known as Android or Evil Noodle, Robotic Noodle (By Noodle), Noodle the Doppelgänger (By Russel)
Occupations Musician, Auto-Tuned singer, guitarist
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboard, melodica, bass guitar, banjo, piano
Years active 2010–2011
Labels Parlophone, Virgin
Associated acts Gorillaz

Cyborg Noodle was the newest member for virtual band Gorillaz created for their album Plastic Beach. In the storyline, she was created by the band leader, Murdoc, as a replacement for the band's original guitarist, Noodle, whose whereabouts were allegedly unknown.

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