Podcast: Jamie Hewlett on The Gorillaz and Tank Girl

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Jamie Hewlett is the award-winning artist behind the world's most popular cartoon band, The Gorillaz. Before he created The Gorillaz with his then-flatmate Damon Albarn, he created the seminal punk-rock comic Tank Girl. The Gorillaz have just released a lavish "oral history" of the band called Gorillaz: Rise of the Ogre.

I talked with Jamie about how music has influenced his art, how Hollywood ruined Tank Girl, and why rock star Damon Albarn was sharing a flat in the first place.

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I'm one of the eight people in America who seen Tank Girl (editied for TV version). I thought it was good. Lori Petty, Naomi Watts and a kangaroo Ice-T. Cult movie goodness!

I'm also one of the eight. Now where the heck are the other six? We should create an event like "TankGirlCon" and get together to trade stories and memorabilia. I have one of Rat Face's (Iggy Pop) whiskers with a Certificate of Authenticity.You gotta think about it like the first time you got laid. You gotta go: "Daddy, are you sure this is right?" - Tank Girl