Gnarls Barkley



Gnarls Barkley is a collaboration between Baltimore-based DJ and producer Danger Mouse and rapper/singer Cee-Lo, from Atlanta who now resides in Baltimore. Their first album, St. Elsewhere, was released by Warner Music on April 24, 2006 in the UK and on May 9 in the US by Atlantic/Downtown Records. It was made available for download one week earlier in the U.S. iTunes Music Store and other online download stores.

"Crazy", their first single, based on samples of the song "Nel Cimitero Di Tucson" (1968) by Gianfranco Reverberi, gained some of its popularity due to its use on primetime BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe's television advert, and it was also made Record of the Week by Ken Bruce of BBC Radio 2, Scott Mills and Jo Whiley of BBC Radio 1 as well as being made 'Weekend Anthem' by DJ Spoony and Sara Cox (also of Radio 1). It was released as a single on April 3, 2006, preceded by its release as digital download and 12" Gramophone record single in March 2006. On 2 April 2006, it became the first ever UK number one single based on download sales alone.

The band performed the song at The 2006 MTV Movie Awards, where the band performed in Star Wars costumes -- including the garb of Rebel Alliance pilots, Imperial officers, Stormtroopers, Chewbacca, Jango Fett, Obi-Wan, with Cee-Lo singing as an unmasked Darth Vader.

Many think the name Gnarls Barkley is related to the former NBA basketball player Charles Barkley. In the June 18, 2006 New York Times Magazine Burton explains the name came from friends, "making up fictional celebrity names like Prince Gnarls and Bob Gnarley." When someone came up with Gnarls Barkley, Burton wrote it down.

"Crazy" is the first ever single to top the UK singles chart purely on download sales as it was released online a week before it was released as a CD single. It is also the first single to top the UK singles chart for nine weeks consecutively since 1994 when Wet Wet Wet's "Love Is All Around" was number one for fourteen weeks (the last song to spend exactly nine weeks on top was "Two Tribes" by Frankie Goes To Hollywood in 1984). It has also equaled the Queen 1975 classic "Bohemian Rhapsody", which also topped the UK singles chart for nine weeks. Crazy is also the longest number-one on the UK Official Download Chart with its stay lasting eleven consecutive weeks. 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".

Gnarls Barkley performed along with Christina Aguilera, AFI, and Wolfmother at the MTV Movie Awards 2006 June 8, 2006 at the Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California. For the performance, they dressed as characters from the Star Wars film series.

Gnarls Barkley appeared at the O2 Wireless Festival in London on Friday, June 23, and in Leeds on Saturday, June 24.

Gnarls Barkley dressed in Fila tennis whites performed at Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park on August 5, 2006 in front of a sold-out crowd and at the Avalon in Boston on August 11. They performed in Philadelphia at the Electric Factory on August 12, the men dressed in scrubs and the women in nurse dresses, while Dangermouse sported a white lab coat and head lamp. Peeping Tom opened. On August 17 they performed in Central Park dressed in private school uniforms from the movie School of Rock, and will perform at the Virgin Festival at Pimlico Racetrack in Baltimore on September 23.

On August 14, 2006 they performed "Crazy" on The Late Show with David Letterman.

As of August 23, the album has sold 772,000 copies.

To date Gnarls Barkley has released two music videos for each of its first two singles - totalling four videos for two songs. For each single, only one of the two videos produced was granted the title of "official video".

One of the more intriguing aspects of Gnarls Barkley is their propensity to appear in costume. For each live performance, as well as photo shoots and interviews, the duo, as well as the backing band, dresses in a different set of themed costumes. When performing live, the group will also open with a cover suited to their particular costume. For example: When they appeared as chefs in San Francisco, they opened with a cover of Duran Duran's "Hungry Like the Wolf".

Here is a partial list of costumes the group has utilized in concert:

* Airline Pilots (Top of the Pops; April 16, 2006; when an alternate military version of "Crazy" was performed)

* Wizard of Oz (Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival; Indio, California; April 29, 2006; Opened with "Breathe")

* Glam Metal Band (Webster Hall; New York; May 22, 2006; Opened with "The Final Countdown")
* Chefs (The Fillmore; San Francisco; June 18, 2006; Opened with "Hungry Like the Wolf")

* Scientists (Le Bataclan; Paris, July 3, 2006; Opened with "She Blinded Me With Science")

* Bathrobes (Late Night with Conan O'Brien; New York; "Crazy")

* Tennis Players (Lollapalooza; Chicago; August 5, 2006; Opened with "We Are the Champions")

* Doctors and Nurses (Electric Factory; Philadelphia; August 12, 2006; Opened with "Dr. Feelgood")

* Catholic School Kids (Late Night with David Letterman; New York; August 14, 2006; "Crazy")

In photo shoots, as well as in the Smiley Faces video and various concerts, the group mimicks a classic movie. Here is a partial list of movies and/or movie characters they have referenced in publicity photos or otherwise:

* Wayne's World
* Star Wars
* A Clockwork Orange
* Cheech and Chong
* Wizard of Oz
* Zelig
* Superman
* Napoleon Dynamite
* The Big Lebowski
* Men in Black
* School of Rock
* Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
* Pulp Fiction
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