On Gorillaz self-titled debut, Damon Albarn teamed up with cartoonist Jamie Hewlett and producer Dan the Automator. By the time their second album rolled around Albarn had lost Dan the Automator. But it didn't really matter since Gorillaz was always masterminded by Albarn who served as a ringleader who plucked talent as he saw fit.
The album ended up being produced by Danger Mouse and featured contributions from everyone from De La Soul to Bootie Brown of the Pharcyde. The result was one of the darkest of pop records imaginable and one of the few albums that truly captured what it was like to live in the bad old days of the Bush era.