We wear the mask that grins and lies…

There are those groups that extend the reaches of creative genius by focusing solely on the music and not allowing the consumer to get wrapped up in unimportant information.  I’m sure we are to this day wondering what the Blue Man Group looks like.  How many members are there anyway?  These three artists The Gorillaz, The Knife and MF Doom are courageous in their approach to music and have become some of my favorite groups of all time.

GORILLAZ – This virtual band compromising of Damon Albarn of Blur and co-creator of the comic book Tank Girl, Jamie Hewlett has sold over 15 million records worldwide.  The band also collaborates with various musicians from a wide range of musical genres that make up the remaining members of the evver evolving group.  The Gorillaz made the Guiness Book of World Records as The Most Successful Virtual Band. Here is a video from an MTV Music Awards performance.

THE KNIFE – This Swedish group consisting of siblings Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer have been The Knife since 1999 and have successfully stayed out of the public eye ever since inception. Fervently, keeping their private lives private, it’s difficult finding anything out about the group. In most of their videos they show unrelated imagery or some form of animation instead of themselves. This trickles over into their live performances as well. Below is a performance in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2006.

MF DOOM – Also known as Doom, he has been in the rap game for a long time dating back to early 90’s in the group, KMD (Peachfuzz!) under the moniker of Zev Luv X.  In 1993, after the death of his brother and fellow KMD member, DJ Subroc, X fell off the radar and reappeared in 1998 at places like the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, peforming with stockings over his face.  He has since graduated to the steel mask that accompanies him everywhere.  His collaborations include Danger Mouse on the project Danger Doom, Madlib on the project Madvillain and also with Ghostface.  Here is a performance he did alongside De La Soul in 2006.


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