Murdoc Niccals

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Murdoc Niccals
Murdoc Niccals.jpg
First appearance 1998
Created by Damon Albarn
Jamie Hewlett
Voiced by Phil Cornwell
Full name Murdoc Faust Niccals
Gender Male
Occupation Bassist, musician
Religion Satanist[1][2]
Nationality British

Murdoc Faust Niccals is a fictional English bassist for the British virtual band Gorillaz. He is voiced by Phil Cornwell and was created by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett.

Character appearance[edit]

Hewlett said that the character Murdoc is responsible for the majority of the creating of Gorillaz, and that he is always angry that he is not the frontman of the band,[3][4] though he is commonly seen as the band's leader. Hewlett has stated that aspects of Murdoc's appearance and personality were based on that of a young Keith Richards. In 2005, during Phase 2, Niccals burnt down the bands' home "Kong Studios" and went on to go find a new home for him and the band members that was safe and private. After a long time of sailing in a boat, Niccals finally found a new location, Plastic Beach (also the name of their third studio album). He gave it the nickname Plastic Beach because it was full of trash. This is where the band would record their third album.[5]


  1. ^ Bananaz. HanWay Films (2008)
  2. ^ Charts of Darkness. Dazed Film & TV (2001)
  3. ^ Bainbridge, Luke (18 April 2009). "Drawn to be wild". Retrieved 2 October 2016 – via The Guardian. 
  4. ^ Phares, Heather (2011). "Artists – Biography – Gorillaz". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  5. ^