Stevie Nicks made a request before teaming up with Gorillaz

Stevie Nicks got excited about being an “honorary” member of Gorillaz: both singing on the virtual band’s upcoming song “Oil” and appearing – in animated form – in the music video.

Appearing in the clip, she told Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1 (via NME), was his “one request” to collaborate with Damon Albarn in the eclectic project. “That’s how I know the Gorillaz,” she said. Because of all their crazy cartoon videos. …I want to be a gorilla, and I want to have big false eyelashes, and I want to have blonde hair, right? So that’s what I said. And so they do as we speak.

The singer added that she was “so proud” of her work with Gorillaz, having expanded an already impressive resume of unique pieces. “I was an honorary Heartbreaker,” she said. “I was an Honorary Foo Fighter. And now I’m an Honorary Gorilla. I’m so happy.” (Nicks has joined Foo Fighters on stage on several occasions, and she collaborated with the Heartbreakers for her 1981 single “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”.)

“Oil” appears on Gorillaz’s eighth album, cracker island, which also features guest spots from Beck, Thundercat, Tame Impala and Bad Bunny, among others. The disc, released on February 24, 2023, follows the 2020s Song Machine, Season 1: Strange Timez.

Nicks, who recently released a cover of Buffalo Springfield’s protest anthem “For What It’s Worth”, is currently immersed in the second leg of a solo tour of the United States. His next date is Sept. 30 at the Ohana Festival in Dana Point, Calif., and the trek ends Oct. 31 in Huntsville, Ala.

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There have been more than 40 of these outside projects, which deepen and enrich the group’s heritage.