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Gorillaz to make Christmas speech
The speech is available to users of mobile network 3

Cartoon band Gorillaz will deliver their own version of the Queen's speech on Christmas Day via mobile phones.

The band's animated frontman Murdoc - voiced by Phil Cornwell - will talk about political, social and artistic highs and lows of 2005.

Gorillaz are the brain child of Damon Albarn and animator Jamie Hewlett.

Murdoc will say the future is "a wonderful place full of exciting possibilities". The speech will also be on the Gorillaz website from 1 January.

"We've all had so many ups and down over the last year with toxic vapour clouds, earthquakes, face transplants, floods in Glastonbury and the end of the old Routemaster buses," Murdoc will say.

"But it's not all good news. On the bad side, we've had new music from James Blunt - who needs valium? - Westlife, and more films from Harry Potter.

"So it really does look like we're just one step closer to the apocalypse, eh?"

Album Demon Days by Gorillaz has sold more than four million copies since its release earlier in the year and has spawned hit singles Dirty Harry, Feel Good Inc and Dare, which went to number one.

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