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I never really thought about anything as far as I can remember.
~ 2-D

Stuart Pot , also known as 2-D, is the lead vocalist and Pianist of Gorillaz. He is also the DJ of there songs. He is a kind-hearted person, although, he is also rather dimwitted.


Background

2-D was born on May 23, 1978, to David and Rachel Pot. His real name is Stuart Pot (his last name was often thought to be Tusspot, though his father changed his name to "Pot" shortly before Stuart was born to avoid him from getting bullied at school), but is often shortened to Stu-Pot. He was born in Crawley, England and was being educated at St. Wilfred's School (the same school that educated the members of The Cure). His father, David Tusspot, worked as a mechanic and owner of the Tusspot's Fairground. His mother, Rachel Tusspot, was a nurse who supplied Stuart with headache pills from his tree accident. While Stuart wasn't a very intelligent boy (indeed, he was often described as "a bit thick"), he was known as a kind person and had a general love of music. His parents recall a little ten-year-old Stuart bouncing around in his room listening to The Clash, Augustus Pablo, The Human League (his favorite band) and many other musicians of the sort. He hit his head when falling from a tree at the age of eleven, causing all of his hair to fall out. When it came back it was a deep 'azure blue'.

On August 15, 1997, when Stuart was 19, his life changed forever after a hooligan named Murdoc Niccals, age 31, purposefully crashed his Vauxhall Astra through the wall of Uncle Norm's Organ Emporium, where Stuart had been working, in an attempt to ram-raid it and steal the synths. Murdoc's bumper crashed into Stuart's face, landing him with an 8-ball fracture also known as 'hyphema', although he could still see through his injured eye. Murdoc was arrested and sentenced to carry out 30,000 hours (1,250 days) of community service as well as care for the incapacitated Stuart for 10 hours every week.

One year later, in a poor attempt to impress some women, Murdoc performed a 360 in a Tesco car park in Nottingham with his vehicle. This sent Stuart crashing through the windscreen, hitting his head on the curb, fracturing his other eye. When Stuart awoke after sliding through the cement for about a mile, he turned to look at Murdoc. This was the moment when Murdoc knew he had his frontman. "A blue-haired, black-eyed god", Murdoc recalls. Murdoc nicknamed Stuart '2-D', which stands for the "Two Dents" in his head. Rather amusingly, Stuart adored his new nickname, dropping the use of his birth name completely and even signing formal letters with the first name "Two" and surname "D". 2-D would appear to have a chronic history of violent blows to the head, coupled with a complete lack of natural intelligence. Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett commented on this, saying that he has a blank sheet of paper where a brain should be. Despite this, he serves as Gorillaz's lead vocalist.

Forming The Band

Originally, the guitarist of Gorillaz was going to be 2-D's then girlfriend, Paula Cracker. Paula and 2-D where very close (or he thought they where close), so when 2-D's best friend, Russel Hobbes, caught Paula and, band bassist, Murdoc Niccals, having sex in the toilets of Kong Studios, he was deeply saddened. This, along with his frequent headaches and eye pains, led to him getting addicted to pain killers and whiskey.

Gorillaz

n 1998, 2-D and Murdoc moved into Kong Studios and assembled Russel Hobbs to join them. 2-D's girlfriend, Paula Cracker, was originally the group's first guitar player but was soon fired after Russel caught her giving Murdoc a blowjob in the studio toilets. 2-D was upset about this and he and Paula broke up. Later, 2-D began dating Rachel Stevens, a former member of S-Club 7 and invited her to the band's first gig at the Camden Brownhouse.

After Gorillaz attended the record label signing party, Rachel broke up with 2-D the next day, after Murdoc spent most of the evening hitting on her to get her attention.

After Gorillaz played their last gig at the Isle of MTV in Portugal, Gorillaz moved to Los Angeles to write a film and tension began to grow between the band members. After suggesting many crazy ideas for the film, Murdoc snapped and attacked 2-D, almost choking him. Luckily, Russel saved him, but after that fight, the band split up.

During the Gorillaz hiatus, 2-D stayed in Los Angeles. He spent a couple of nights at Britt Ekland's flat, but he left because of her habit of running around naked, banging on the walls and never getting any sleep. 2-D finally left L.A to work on his father's funfair in Eastbourne. He used to collect money for a ride called 'The Switchback Ride', and there he met Shane Lynch, a former member of Boyzone, and they became good friends. By the time they met, 2-D adopted a teddy boy style and used to stroll the city along with Shane. 2-D didn't really think about Gorillaz until a couple of years later, when he received a text message from Noodle and, with that, he decided to return to Kong with fully restored confidence after he realized he was responsible for the Gorillaz’ success.

After the El Mañana conspiracy, 2-D and Russel were frantic about Noodle's supposed death. Although it was a hoax, the band went separate ways but not for long. 2-D was, according to Murdoc, "...poncing off somewhere. He's probably gonna try and become an actor or a model or whatever..."

According to an official mail-out from October 31, 2007, Murdoc said that "2-D is away on a vacation at a Jamaican beach." On November 13, however, the D-Sides text in the G-Shop stated that 2-D was currently completing a law degree.

Murdoc later revealed that he had kidnapped 2-D and was holding him against his will on Plastic Beach, enlisting 2-D's vocal talents for use on the third Gorillaz album, Plastic Beach. It was revealed through various media on the trailer in which this kidnapping was revealed that 2-D was in a small flat in Beirut at the time, for reasons which are still unknown. On the Gorillaz website, it was stated by 2-D, in the Plastic Beach adventure game, that Murdoc had "kindly" gassed 2-D and shipped him to Plastic Beach, where he was being forced to sing for his new demos. His room was located on floor B2, and when you enter his room he would be found trembling on his bed. When you would talk to him he would ask who you are and that he didn't think anyone else was on the island. He stated that Murdoc has been gassing various people and forcing them to be on the album.

Throughout an interview, Gorillaz - iTunes Session, 2-D deliberately insulted Murdoc just to spite him for the horrible things he has done to him, and physically attacked him when Murdoc brought up the Paula Cracker incident, which is obviously a sore subject for 2-D. During the Escape to Plastic Beach World Tour, 2-D wrote his Gorillaz album The Fall which, apparently Murdoc knew nothing about. A new character also appeared on Plastic Beach. His name is Big Rick, who owned a record shop on the beach. It had been reported that the shop (previously locked) would open in time for The Fall's release.

During the special XFM radio show to promote the Gorillaz's The Singles Collection 2001-2011 on the 27th of November 2011, Murdoc said that the last he'd seen of 2-D was when the whale Massive Dick bit a chunk out of the island. This included 2-D's room which he was in at the time ("Rhinestone Eyes" Storyboard Video) and thus he was presumed to have been eaten alive.

After the events of Plastic Beach, 2-D was eaten by a Great White Whale named Massive Dick and presumed dead. After years of consuming trash, the whale ultimately died from its diet and washed ashore.

Stranded on a deserted island, 2-D was forced to eat the whale's rotting blubber to survive. Worth noting, 2-D had a perpetual fear of whales up until this experience, but now appears to have overcome it thanks to growing an emotional attachment to Massive. Months later, 2-D spotted a plane flying over the island. Unfortunately, the plane did not see him. 23 minutes later, he was in the middle of a beach party. It was later discovered that 2-D was in fact not lost at sea but, on the island of Guadalupe.

In Heathrow, United Kingdom, a man approached 2-D and offered to drive him to West London to reunite with Murdoc and the rest of the band. After multiple failed attempts of persuasion from the man, 2-D agreed to reunite with his captor in West London to work on the band's next album.

Following the incarceration of Murdoc, 2-D became the defacto (Temporary) leader of the band with Ace of the Gangreen Gang temporarily taking Murdoc's place as the band's bassist. With Murdoc holding 2-D both figuratively and literally, 2-D's confidence in his own abilities grew substantially enough that he went on to release his own album, The Now Now.

During this phase, 2-D began to gain a considerable amount of confidence in himself to the point of appearing to be rude and arrogant. Russel and Noodle initially accepted this as a part of his transformation after being free from the shackles of Murdoc's abuse. However, as time progressed, his ego became more prominent and Noodle became concerned and speculated that El Mierda was perhaps related to this, theorizing something was changing inside 2-D.  However, it turned out in the end that El Mierda wasn't related and 2-D had just grown a huge ego without Murdoc in the group.  

In the music video for Humility, 2-D is roller skating happily around Venice Beach, California while Noodle plays chess with Remi Kabaka Jr. and Ace subsides in a basketball court. 2-D has been depicted as having a high affinity towards Ace compared to Murdoc, stating that 'he's cool and really respects me'. Despite this, Ace has still been known to tease 2-D as much as the others. For example, at one point, Ace once stole a toaster from 2-D and sold it to Russel for $5, who then sold it back to 2-D for $10. 2-D once recalled a moment where he greeted Ace and he responded with 'Please, will you get out of my way?'. In the Tranz music video, 2-D sings and plays keyboard alongside the rest of the band members all playing their respective instruments. Originally 2-D was going to have a conversation with Ace at the beginning of this video, but this had to be scrapped to save the budget.

After receiving a post-card from Noodle, on the 7th of September 2019 2-D sent a post-card to the band while visiting Beirut. He informed Noodle that he received parts for a machine that she had previously mentioned building, and asked what the machine would be used for. The post-card arrived at Studio 13 on the 24th of September.

The machine (revealed as the "Song Machine") was activated on the 28th of January. The following day, the band announced their next project, Song Machine, a multimedia series of songs/music videos released episodically through 2020, as a continuously-updating playlist via streaming services.

In Momentary Bliss, he is shown recording the song with the rest of the band members as well as Slowthai and Slaves in Kong. In the Machine Bitez for Momentary Bliss, he conducts interviews with Slowthai and Slaves about the song and its meaning. In Désolé, 2-D opens a portal door at Kong Studios that transports him to a pier in Lake Cuomo, Italy with the rest of the band, where he then goes on a boat ride with Damon and Fatoumata, leaving a confused and saddened Murdoc behind by himself at Kong. In the following Machine Bitez, he interviews the song's collaborator Fatoumata Diawara.

In Aries, he rides a motorcycle with Murdoc as the band races each other around Lotissement Doha, Morocco, completely oblivious to Murdoc's plans to inject him with a truth serum syringe along the way. After being injected with the syringe in his side, Russel gets out of his vehicle and punches Murdoc in the nose again for hurting 2-D, with Noodle pulling him off. In the Machine Bitez preceding Aries, 2-D explains the portals in the new Kong to a confused and curious Murdoc after teasing him about crying because he was left behind. Russel theorizes that 2-D was injected because Murdoc wanted control of the portals in Kong and believed 2-D was keeping secrets from him about them.Friday 13th shows the injuries 2-D and the other band members received as a result of the fight in the aftermath of Aries. In PAC-MAN, 2-D becomes addicted to a Pac-Man arcade machine built just for him by Murdoc in order to distract him while he builds his own portal for Kong (he claimed to want to redeem himself after the Aries events), playing the game for a total of nine hours before Noodle unplugs the machine. The Gorillaz edition of Pac-Man that 2-D plays in the video feature himself as Pac-Man and the others as ghosts. After Noodle unplugged the machine, 2-D decided to take a rest, since playing for so long made his hands sore.

In Strange Timez, 2-D rides Murdoc's flying Winnebago through outer space and explores the moon with the rest of the band. In The Pink Phantom, 2-D and an animated Elton John perform with a holographic 6LACK as Murdoc attempts to catch a ghost that's haunting Kong Studios named The Pink Phantom. In The Lost Chord, 2-D saves Murdoc's life after he almost drowns following the destruction of Plastic Beach.

As part of promotion for Song Machine Live, 2-D DJ'd an hour-long set for Apple Music's Song Machine Radio, where he spoke with Georgia about his performance on the album. At one point he got very thirsty and began asking for some tea: to his surprise, Murdoc stopped by the studio and gave him some. A few days later Noodle was in the middle of speaking on-air up on the roof when 2-D came by and asked if she wanted a cup of tea later.

Other media

Song Machine

2-D is a main character in the web series Song Machine. 2D is usually sweet and kind, but more than a little blind-sited.

Tank Girl

2-D is seen as a cameo in the comic series Tank Girl.

Powerpuff Girls

2-D is briefly seen in a large crowd of people, he is hard to spot, however, due to his pink suit and heart-shaped glasses. He is also seen on a newspaper ad.

MTV: Cribs

2-D is seen on a episode of MTV Cribs, where he is beaten by Murdoc

Gorilla Bite

2-D is the main character of the Gorilla bite shorts

Phase I: Celerity Take Down

2-D is a secondary character of Phase I: Celebrity Take Down

Trivia

  • 2-D is the very first member that Damon Albarn and Jamie Howlett came up with for Gorillaz, despite sometimes saying it was Murdoc. He was loosely based on Stuart 'Stu' Lowbridge, a longtime friend of both Damon and Jamie's who has worked as Damon's stage engineer and live music co-ordinator for all of his projects since the beginnings of Blur.  Originally, auditions were held to find a singing voice for 2-D, with one serious final contender being Rob Gallagher AKA Earl Zinger.  However, Damon quickly realized that was not the way he wanted Gorillaz to work, and that the proper way to do it is to sing as 2-D himself, and instead use collaborators and guests, rather than have another singer be 2-D.
  • 2-D has an irrational fear of whales.
  • 2-D's top 3 favorite musical artists are The Human League, The Clash, and Augustus Pablo.
  • 2-D's father being an employee a fairground is perhaps a reference to Damon Albarn's father Keith Albarn, who was also a designer for Ekistikit, an attraction at the amusement park for Margate Dreamland in Kent, England that was the world's first psychedelic Fun Palace.

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