Russel Hobbs

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Not to be confused with Russell Hobbs.
Russel Hobbs
Russel Hobbs.jpg
Background information
Born (1975-06-03) June 3, 1975 (age 39)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Genres Alternative hip hop
Occupations Drummer
Instruments Drums
Labels Parlophone, Virgin
Associated acts Gorillaz

Russel Hobbs (born 3 June 1975) is a fictional musician, and member of the virtual band Gorillaz. He provides the drums for the band. He, like all other Gorillaz members, was created by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett.

Character Biography[edit]

Russel has not made many photo appearances since the initiation of Phase 3 and the announcement of Plastic Beach. However, what these photos do show is that Russel appears to have grown to giant proportions, and has lost the hats he usually wore during Phase 2, but has otherwise not changed very much. Jamie Hewlett explained in the Making of Plastic Beach DVD that his gigantic size was a result of eating massive amounts of polluted material while swimming to Plastic Beach, causing him to swell up into his giant state. A Phase 3 character identity was released before the release of Plastic Beach, depicting Russel stomping across a pier in rage and diving into the ocean, headed towards Plastic Beach [1]. It appears, from his remarkable absence in videos and pictures, that Murdoc did not intend to invite Russel back to Gorillaz for Plastic Beach. It was later revealed in a scrawled note by Russel that he believes demons (whether they are real or in his head is unknown) convinced him to jump into the sea.

On 9 March 2010, he was voted the third most sexy cartoon musician of all-time by[2]

Character Appearance[edit]

Russel is depicted as being the relatively ordinary African-American, overweight drummer for Gorillaz, however, his unique eyes set him apart from others. Although born with normal eyes, upon being possessed and exorcised, Russel's eyes glazed over, and became a solid milky white permanently. They, in the same vein as Murdoc's and 2D's eyes, went on to become a trademark for Russel as his major distinguishing feature.

Russel's attire for Phase One mainly consisted of oversized jerseys, baggy jeans, and baseball caps, most notably in the "Clint Eastwood" video, where Del, his friend whose spirit inhabits Russel, rises up wearing the cap. He's also seen with bandannas throughout the band's tenure. His Phase Two appearance changed considerably. For the Demon Days album, Russel was shown wearing a military-like jacket and cap with goggles placed over it on his forehead. The military clothing was seen for the rest of the phase, particularly in the "Dirty Harry" video. After his absence, Russel returned wearing clothes reminiscent of Phase One, but his size had become behemoth.


Remi Kabaka Jr. does Russel's speaking voice, Cass Browne does his drum work.


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