10 Year Anniversary “Crazy” Gnarls Barkley-Thomas DeCarlo Callaway aka CeeLo Green started his music career in church, but it all took off when he joined the Goodie Mob (GOOD DIE Mostly Over Bullshit) with Big Gipp, T-Mo and Khujo. All of the members were from ATL and they were first heard on Outkast’s debut album Southerplayalisticadillacmuzik (most notably “Git Up, Git Out”). CeeLo joined forces with them on 3 albums “Soul Food” from 1995, “Still Standing” from 1998 and “World Party” in 1999. He left the group around 1999 to pursue a solo career signing an agreement with Artista for 2 albums. He dropped “Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections” which was his debut solo album released in 2002, and “Cee-Lo Green… Is the Soul Machine” in 2004. His sophomore album did much better than his debut peaking at #2 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Album chart. The next step for Cee Lo was Gnarls Barkley which was the combination of him and Danger Mouse aka Brian Burton.
Danger Mouse has worked with Gorillaz, The Black Keys, and Jay-Z and the two formed the group’s name based on fictional celebrity names like Prince Gnarls and Bob Gnarley based on Prince Charles and Bob Marley. They met while CeeLo was on tour and Danger just happened to be the DJ. They dropped their debut album on May 9th, 2006 called St. Elsewhere. The album peaked at #4 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and was certified Platinum by the RIAA . The debut single off the album “Crazy” dropped on March 13th, 2006 on Downtown Records in the US, and Warner Music outside of the US. It peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and even topped the charts in New Zealand, Canada, Denmark, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and other countries. The single ended up getting leaked prior to its release and received tons of spins on BBC Radio 1 in the UK. When it was finally dropped it became the 1st single to top the UK charts on downloads only which hadn’t been done in over ten years. By January 2011 it reached 1 million downloaded sales in the UK and nominated for Album of the Year. It was nominated and won a Grammy for Best Urban/Alternative Performance in 2007. The song is still played in heavy rotation and continues to be used in shows such as ”It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, “Medium” & “Grey’s Anatomy” along with movies “Kick-Ass”, “I Think I Love My Wife” and “The Big Short”.
10 Year Anniversary “Crazy” Gnarls Barkley