Gorillaz issue 3rd album with Snoop Dogg, Lou Reed

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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Virtual band Gorillaz released its third album "Plastic Beach" on Monday, with Snoop Dogg, Lou Reed and Bobby Womack among the eclectic list of guests featured.

Underlining the cartoon group's star-pulling power, Hollywood actor Bruce Willis also appears on the video to the single "Stylo."

"You've got to remember that the Gorillaz name goes a long way now, much further than it did at the beginning," said Murdoc, fictional bass player and self-styled leader of the band in a recent interview on the BBC Radio's 6 Music channel.

"Now it sort of gives you carte blanche really, you can ask whoever you like," he added in a tongue-in-cheek interview. "Some people will basically just agree on the back of that. Others, let's be honest, it takes a little bit more persuading."

The group, created by Blur frontman Damon Albarn and comic book artist Jamie Hewlett, has steered clear of scoring political points despite the ecological message in the record.

The plastic beach of the title is an island of the imagination, "the furthest point from any landmass on Earth," which is the tip of a continent of waste beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean.

"Plastic Beach is not really a green record, it's a soundtrack for a plastic beach," Murdoc explained.

"It's taking little snapshots of many, many places around the world and then stuck them all together on a billboard so you can see how they all fit. It's not a judgment on the world, it's just a picture."   Continued...

<p>A hologram figure of virtual British group Gorillaz appears on stage during their performance at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2005 at Lisbon's Atlantic Pavilion November 3, 2005. REUTERS/Jose Manuel Ribeiro</p>