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Gnarls Barkley
Gnarls Barkley
is an American soul duo, composed of singer-songwriter CeeLo Green
CeeLo Green
and producer Danger Mouse. They have released two studio albums, St. Elsewhere (2006) and The Odd Couple (2008). St. Elsewhere was recorded on the Warner Music UK label, and contained their hit single "Crazy" which topped at number two on the US Hot 100, and topped the charts in the UK. It was also nominated at the 2007 Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, and was platinum certified for shipping over 1,000,000 records.[4] The Odd Couple was recorded on Downtown Records label, and was scheduled for release in April 2008, but due to a leak of their album over the internet, they decided to release it early.[5] The album in its entirety received good reviews, but did not have as much commercial success as their first album.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Background

1.1.1 Band name

1.2 St. Elsewhere (2006–2007) 1.3 The Odd Couple (2008) 1.4 Third studio album (2010–present)

2 Discography 3 Awards 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

History[edit] Background[edit] CeeLo Green
CeeLo Green
first entered the scene as part of the Atlanta
Atlanta
hip hop group Goodie Mob which had a large hand in the Dirty South movement of the 1990s. Green left the group after their third album in 1999 and started his solo career. That year he sang on "Do You Like the Way" along with Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill
on Santana's multi-platinum Supernatural album. Brian Joseph Burton, better known by his stage name Danger Mouse, has produced albums for a number of hip hop and rock artists, including Gorillaz' Demon Days, and The Black Keys' Attack & Release, El Camino, and Turn Blue. He received international attention for his mash-up The Grey Album, which blended the a cappella edition of Jay-Z's The Black Album with samples from The Beatles' White Album. The duo first met while Green was on a tour for which Danger Mouse happened to be the DJ. They became musical partners and worked together on the songs that would become St. Elsewhere; prior to the release of that album they collaborated on the songs "What You Sittin' On?" for Lex Records
Lex Records
in 2004, and "Benzie Box" from the Danger Doom album The Mouse and the Mask
The Mouse and the Mask
in 2005. Band name[edit] In 2006, Sanjiv Bhattacharya interviewed the duo for The Guardian
The Guardian
and asked about where their band name came from, to which Green replied: "You ask me why we're called Gnarls Barkley
Gnarls Barkley
and I'm asking you 'why not?'...The name Gnarls Barkley
Gnarls Barkley
isn't anchored down. It's a drifter. A High Plains drifter, I might add".[6] Danger Mouse said: "There's no story behind it...The name doesn't have anything to do with anything".[6] Although many people believe that their name has something to do with former NBA player Charles Barkley, the duo dismiss that idea. Sanjiv asked them about it, saying "Not even Charles Barkley, the basketball player?", to which Danger Mouse replied: "Nope. It's just like everything else on this record. There was no conscious decision about stuff".[6] According to a Billboard article: "Burton and CeeLo have been cagey about what the name of the act means, and each live performance is an opportunity to play dress-up as tennis players, astronauts and chefs, among many other get-ups. The costuming extends to photo shoots, as Burton and Cee Lo would rather impersonate characters from such films as Back to the Future
Back to the Future
or Wayne's World. They also have dressed up as characters from films A Clockwork Orange and Napoleon Dynamite. About Gnarls Barkley, Green said in an interview:

That is that electric industrial Euro soul, that's what I call it... if I can call it anything. It truly is shapeless and formless. My style and my approach is still water, and it runs so deep. So, with that project I got a chance to be a lil' zany, of course a continuation of eccentricity, abstract and vague, and all of those wonderful things that make art exactly what it is. And that's subject to interpretation. As far as the artiste himself, it does cater to and extend the legacy of Cee Lo Green, and showcase the diversity and range and intention of Cee Lo Green. It is a great project that I'm very, very proud of.[7]

St. Elsewhere (2006–2007)[edit] Downtown/Atlantic in the United States
United States
and Warners Bros. Records in the United Kingdom signed the band after several songs including "Crazy" were played for them by Danger Mouse's management company Waxploitation.[8] "Crazy" was released as their first single on April 3, 2006, preceded by its release as digital download and 12" vinyl record single in March 2006. It gained some of its popularity due to its use on primetime BBC Radio 1
BBC Radio 1
DJ Zane Lowe's television advert, and it was also made Record of the Week by Ken Bruce
Ken Bruce
of BBC Radio 2, Scott Mills and Jo Whiley
Jo Whiley
of BBC Radio 1
BBC Radio 1
as well as being made 'Weekend Anthem' by DJ Spoony and Sara Cox
Sara Cox
(also of Radio 1). In an interview with journalist Stephen Mooallem about their single "Crazy", Mooallem asked the duo, "Is it true that Cee-Lo recorded the vocals for "Crazy" in just one take?" to which Danger Mouse replied, "Yeah. He had the words written on paper, and what you hear on the album was the first time he ever tried singing it. He went in and gave it a shot, really just to see what it would sound like. We just kept it because it sounded great."[9] The song was, in addition, considered by the duo to be an "independent joint venture," paid for entirely "out-of-pocket." Catapulting the two into stardom, the single was primarily responsible for their success, as they "didn't even have a formal deal in place" until the song hit No. 1.[10] In the United Kingdom, "Crazy" became the first ever single to top the UK Singles Chart
UK Singles Chart
purely on download sales as it was released online a week before it was released as a CD single.[11] It is also the first single to top the UK Singles Chart
UK Singles Chart
for nine weeks consecutively since 1994 when Wet Wet Wet's "Love Is All Around" was number one for fifteen weeks (the last song to spend exactly nine weeks on top was "Two Tribes" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Frankie Goes to Hollywood
in 1984). It has also equaled the Queen 1975 classic "Bohemian Rhapsody", which also topped the UK Singles Chart
UK Singles Chart
for nine weeks. Gnarls Barkley
Gnarls Barkley
announced that as the record had spent its ninth week at number one, it was to be deleted as a vinyl/CD listing from May 28, 2006, so people will "remember the song fondly and not get sick of it".[12] "Crazy" is also the longest number-one on the UK Official Download Chart
UK Official Download Chart
with its stay lasting eleven consecutive weeks. In late 2009 the song was voted as the best song of the decade by Rolling Stone magazine.[13] The group released their debut album, St. Elsewhere, on April 24, 2006, in the United Kingdom and on May 9, 2006, in their native United States. For their American television debut on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, May 24, 2006, the band performed "Crazy". They performed along with Christina Aguilera, AFI, and Wolfmother
Wolfmother
at the MTV Movie Awards 2006
MTV Movie Awards 2006
on June 8, 2006.[14] They were dressed as characters from the film series Star Wars. Rebel Alliance
Rebel Alliance
pilots, Imperial officers, Stormtroopers, Chewbacca, Jango Fett, Obi-Wan, with Cee-Lo singing as an unmasked Darth Vader. In October 2006, Gnarls Barkley
Gnarls Barkley
recorded a live session for Live from Abbey Road at Abbey Road Studios. St. Elsewhere has been certified Platinum by the RIAA for selling over 1,000,000 albums in the United States. A limited edition deluxe package of St. Elsewhere was released on November 7, 2006. The CD+DVD package includes a 92-page booklet, four music videos and bonus songs from live performance.[4] St. Elsewhere was nominated for four Grammy Awards in 2007 including for Record of the Year, and Album of the Year, winning two of them for Best Alternate Music Album, and Best Urban/Alternate Performance for "Crazy".[15]

Gnarls Barkley
Gnarls Barkley
at the Mini V festival in Melbourne, 2007

From January until March 2007, they toured with the Red Hot Chili Peppers through the U.S.[16] They did a collaborative short film in both the Spring of 2006 and 2007 with the international TV series Kung Faux which airs heavily on Channel V
Channel V
around the world, and they also toured Australia in March and April 2007 as part of the Channel V
Channel V
Festival.[citation needed] The Odd Couple (2008)[edit] In early March 2008, the duo's second album, The Odd Couple, was leaked over the internet prompting the duo to push the release date up from April 8. In an interview with Entertainment Magazine, Danger Mouse said that he "knew it [the leak] was coming...every day, I expected to get a call saying it leaked, and eventually I got a call saying it leaked."[17] On March 18, 2008, the album became available via download on the iTunes Store and Amazon MP3. Hard copies of the album were released on March 25. Prior to its official release, Green spoke to the album's anti-formulaic qualities, noting bluntly that "there's no formula to it," and that to expect the same wild success of St. Elsewhere is to neglect the ever-present "risk factor in any artistic endeavor." He called it something of an "act of faith" – a true, earnest attempt to create and disseminate a piece of art to those who would seek out its conception.[18] They appeared as the musical guest on the April 12, 2008 episode of NBC's Saturday Night Live. They were supposed to be in a Digital Short parodying amateur music videos according to the scrolled text but only appeared in the singing performances of the live broadcast. On November 11, 2008, they released an EP, Who's Gonna Save My Soul, featuring four versions of the song which originally appeared on The Odd Couple, along with a live version of "Neighbors" and a previously unreleased song, "Mystery Man." A music video for "Mystery Man" was directed by Walter Robot and premiered on Yahoo! Music.[19] Third studio album (2010–present)[edit] In 2010, Green announced Gnarls Barkley
Gnarls Barkley
would start recording their third studio album after he finished work on the latest Goodie Mob album.[20] However, the Gnarls Barkley
Gnarls Barkley
album did not materialize and the duo was dormant for several years. In 2013, Green stated they will be releasing a third album sometime in the future.[21] Discography[edit] Main article: Gnarls Barkley
Gnarls Barkley
discography

St. Elsewhere (2006) The Odd Couple (2008)

Awards[edit]

BET Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2007 "Crazy" Video of the Year Nominated

Gnarls Barkley Best New Artist Nominated

Best Group Won

2008 Gnarls Barkley Best Group Nominated

Brit Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2007 St. Elsewhere International Album Nominated

Gnarls Barkley International Breakthrough Act Nominated

International Group Nominated

Grammy Awards

[22]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2007 St. Elsewhere Album of the Year Nominated

Best Alternative Music Album Won

"Crazy" Record of the Year Nominated

Best Urban/Alternative Performance Won

2008 "Gone Daddy Gone" Best Music Video Nominated

2009 "Going On" Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Nominated

"Who's Gonna Save My Soul" Best Music Video Nominated

The Odd Couple Best Alternative Music Album Nominated

MTV Europe Music Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2006 Gnarls Barkley Future Sound Won

"Crazy" Best Song Won

Best Video Nominated

MTV Video Music Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2006 "Crazy" Best Group Video Nominated

Best Direction Won

Best Editing Won

2007 "Smiley Face" Best Editing Won

2008 "Run (I'm a Natural Disaster)" Best Choreography Won

Best Art Direction Won

2009 "Who's Gonna Save My Soul" Breakthrough Video Nominated

Best Visual Effects Nominated

Best Art Direction Nominated

MTVU
MTVU
Woodie Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2006 Gnarls Barkley Left Field Woodie Won

"Crazy" Best Video Woodie - Animated Nominated

2008 "Who's Gonna Save My Soul" Best Video Woodie Nominated

NAACP Image Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2007 Gnarls Barkley Outstanding Duo or Group Nominated

"Crazy" Outstanding Song Nominated

Q Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2006 "Crazy" Best Track Won

"Smiley Face" Best Video Nominated

Soul Train Music Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2007 St. Elsewhere Best R&B/Soul Album – Group, Band or Duo Nominated

"Crazy" Best R&B/Soul Single – Group, Band or Duo Won

Teen Choice Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2006 Gnarls Barkley Choice Music: Male Breakout Artist Nominated

"Crazy" Choice Music: Summer Song Nominated

2009 Rolling Stone 100 Best Songs of the Decade – No. 1 "Crazy"

See also[edit]

Broken Bells Gnarls Biggie

References[edit]

^ Hermes, Will (March 25, 2008). "Gnarls Barkley, 'The Odd Couple'". Spin. Retrieved April 11, 2015.  ^ " Gnarls Barkley
Gnarls Barkley
and a Soulful Predecessor". NPR. April 17, 2008. Retrieved March 20, 2016.  ^ Locker, Melissa (December 23, 2014). " Gnarls Barkley
Gnarls Barkley
To Reunite in 2014". Time. Retrieved April 11, 2015.  ^ a b " Gnarls Barkley
Gnarls Barkley
Receives RIAA Platinum Certification – DJBooth". DJBooth.net. Retrieved March 19, 2016.  ^ "New (Leaked) Music: Gnarls Barkley
Gnarls Barkley
– The Odd Couple". Mother Jones. Retrieved March 19, 2016.  ^ a b c Bhattacharya, Sanjiv (April 23, 2006). "Plain crazy". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved March 20, 2016.  ^ "Interviews". ThickOnline.com. July 31, 2006. Retrieved May 9, 2011.  ^ "Interview – Josh Deutsch, A&R for Gnarls Barkley
Gnarls Barkley
(No.1 UK) – Sep 04, 2006". HitQuarters. 2006. Retrieved November 9, 2006.  ^ "Off Campus Access". web.b.ebscohost.com.mctproxy.mnpals.net. Retrieved March 23, 2016.  ^ "Off Campus Access". web.a.ebscohost.com.mctproxy.mnpals.net. Retrieved April 1, 2016.  ^ "Crazy song makes musical history". BBC News. April 2, 2006. Retrieved April 2, 2006.  ^ "Gnarls Go Out On Top". The Daily Record. Retrieved May 28, 2006.  ^ "100 Best Songs of the Decade". December 9, 2009.  ^ Carroll, Larry (May 8, 2006). "2007 Movie Awards Story Justin, Luda To Appear At Movie Awards – Show Story Headlines". MTV. Retrieved December 19, 2012.  ^ "GRAMMY Rewind: 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards". The GRAMMYs. Retrieved March 19, 2016.  ^ "NEWS". Redhotchilipeppers.com. July 24, 2010. Retrieved May 9, 2011.  ^ "Off Campus Access". web.b.ebscohost.com.mctproxy.mnpals.net. Retrieved March 22, 2016.  ^ "Off Campus Access". web.a.ebscohost.com.mctproxy.mnpals.net. Retrieved April 1, 2016.  ^ Cohen, Jonathan (October 22, 2008). " Gnarls Barkley
Gnarls Barkley
Bares Its 'Soul' On New EP". Billboard. Retrieved October 28, 2008.  ^ "I'm a granddad at 35,' Gnarls Barkley
Gnarls Barkley
star Cee Lo Green celebrates daughter's new baby". December 3, 2010. Retrieved July 17, 2015. Cee Lo, who is nominated for record and song of the year at the 2011 Grammys, told Handler he was planning to record a new album with his hip hop group Goodie Mob, and then start on a new record with Gnarls Barkley.  ^ "Cee-Lo Green to Release Three Projects, Announces Goodie Mob's Album Release Date". Billboard. Retrieved November 7, 2013.  ^ Todd Leopold CNN (February 12, 2007). "CNN.com, February 11, 2007". Edition.cnn.com. Retrieved December 19, 2012. 

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Gnarls Barkley

CeeLo Green Danger Mouse

Studio albums

St. Elsewhere The Odd Couple

Singles

"Crazy" "Smiley Faces" "Who Cares?/Gone Daddy Gone" "Run (I'm a Natural Disaster)" "Going On" "Who's Gonna Save My Soul"

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CeeLo Green

Studio albums

Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections Cee-Lo Green... Is the Soul Machine The Lady Killer Cee Lo's Magic Moment Heart Blanche

Compilations

Closet Freak: The Best of Cee-Lo Green the Soul Machine

Singles

"Fuck You" "It's OK" "Fool for You" "Bright Lights Bigger City" "I Want You (Hold On to Love)" "Cry Baby" "Anyway" "Only You"

Promotional singles

"Less Than an Hour" "Georgia" "No One's Gonna Love You" "Love Is a Battlefield"

Featured singles

"Sugar (Gimme Some)" "Politics" "Lil Star" "Pretty Please (Love Me)" "My Life" "Make the World Move"

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Danger Mouse

Studio albums

Ghetto Pop Life The Grey Album The Mouse and the Mask Occult Hymn St. Elsewhere The Odd Couple Dark Night of the Soul Broken Bells Meyrin Fields Rome After the Disco

As Producer

Demon Days Pieces of the People We Love Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain The Good, the Bad & the Queen Attack & Release Replica Sun Machine The Blue God Modern Guilt Brothers El Camino Mondo Little Broken Hearts Songs of Innocence

As a contributor

Verve Remixed The New Sound Redesigned

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Best-selling singles by year in the United Kingdom

1952–1969

1952: "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart" – Vera Lynn
Vera Lynn
(UK) 1953: "I Believe" – Frankie Laine 1954: "Secret Love" – Doris Day 1955: "Rose Marie" – Slim Whitman 1956: "I'll Be Home" – Pat Boone 1957: "Diana" – Paul Anka 1958: "Jailhouse Rock" – Elvis Presley 1959: "Living Doll" – Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard
(UK) 1960: "It's Now or Never" – Elvis Presley 1961: "Wooden Heart" – Elvis Presley 1962: "I Remember You" – Frank Ifield (UK) 1963: "She Loves You" – The Beatles
The Beatles
(UK) 1964: "Can't Buy Me Love" – The Beatles
The Beatles
(UK) 1965: "Tears" – Ken Dodd
Ken Dodd
(UK) 1966: "Green, Green Grass of Home" – Tom Jones (UK) 1967: "Release Me" – Engelbert Humperdinck (UK) 1968: "Hey Jude" – The Beatles
The Beatles
(UK) 1969: "Sugar, Sugar" – The Archies

1970–1989

1970: "The Wonder of You" – Elvis Presley 1971: "My Sweet Lord" – George Harrison
George Harrison
(UK) 1972: "Amazing Grace" – The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Band (UK) 1973: "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" – Tony Orlando and Dawn 1974: "Tiger Feet" – Mud (UK) 1975: "Bye Bye Baby" – Bay City Rollers
Bay City Rollers
(UK) 1976: "Save Your Kisses for Me" – Brotherhood of Man
Brotherhood of Man
(UK) 1977: "Mull of Kintyre" / "Girls' School" – Wings (UK) 1978: "Rivers of Babylon" / "Brown Girl in the Ring" – Boney M. 1979: "Bright Eyes" – Art Garfunkel 1980: "Don't Stand So Close to Me" – The Police
The Police
(UK) 1981: "Don't You Want Me" – The Human League
The Human League
(UK) 1982: "Come On Eileen" – Dexys Midnight Runners
Dexys Midnight Runners
(UK) 1983: "Karma Chameleon" – Culture Club
Culture Club
(UK) 1984: "Do They Know It's Christmas?" – Band Aid (UK) 1985: "The Power of Love" – Jennifer Rush 1986: "Don't Leave Me This Way" – The Communards (UK) 1987: "Never Gonna Give You Up" – Rick Astley
Rick Astley
(UK) 1988: "Mistletoe and Wine" – Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard
(UK) 1989: "Ride on Time" – Black Box

1990–2009

1990: "Unchained Melody" – The Righteous Brothers 1991: "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" – Bryan Adams 1992: "I Will Always Love You" – Whitney Houston 1993: "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" – Meat Loaf 1994: "Love Is All Around" – Wet Wet Wet
Wet Wet Wet
(UK) 1995: "Unchained Melody" – Robson & Jerome (UK) 1996: "Killing Me Softly" – Fugees 1997: "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" / "Candle in the Wind 1997" – Elton John
Elton John
(UK) 1998: "Believe" – Cher 1999: "...Baby One More Time" – Britney Spears 2000: "Can We Fix It?" – Bob the Builder
Bob the Builder
(UK) 2001: "It Wasn't Me" – Shaggy featuring Rikrok
Rikrok
(UK) 2002: "Anything Is Possible" / "Evergreen" – Will Young
Will Young
(UK) 2003: "Where Is the Love?" – The Black Eyed Peas 2004: "Do They Know It's Christmas?" – Band Aid 20 (UK) 2005: "Is This the Way to Amarillo" – Tony Christie
Tony Christie
featuring Peter Kay (UK) 2006: "Crazy" – Gnarls Barkley 2007: "Bleeding Love" – Leona Lewis
Leona Lewis
(UK) 2008: "Hallelujah" – Alexandra Burke
Alexandra Burke
(UK) 2009: "Poker Face" – Lady Gaga

2010–present

2010: "Love the Way You Lie" – Eminem
Eminem
featuring Rihanna 2011: "Someone Like You" – Adele
Adele
(UK) 2012: "Somebody That I Used to Know" – Gotye
Gotye
featuring Kimbra 2013: "Blurred Lines" – Robin Thicke
Robin Thicke
featuring T.I.
T.I.
& Pharrell Williams 2014: "Happy" – Pharrell Williams 2015: "Uptown Funk" – Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson
(UK) featuring Bruno Mars 2016: "One Dance" – Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla (UK) 2017: "Shape of You" - Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran
(UK)

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