Every now and then a new song pops into the charts and captures everyone’s imagination. Gnarls Barkley’s ‘Crazy’ is such a song and will surely be on everyone’s 2006 playlist.
The sparse, insistent bassline, the gospel choir, the soaring chorus… If you are reading this within earshot of a radio, the odds are that you’re bobbing your head to it right now.Crazy is a playlist phenomenon. Everyone, regardless of musical taste or creed, seems to be infatuated with it.
Which explains why Crazy was the first song to reach number one before it was available in the shops – thanks to 31,000 internet downloads. Surely the future of retailing singles?
Strangely enough, very few of Gnarls’ devotees know who he is. So I did a little research. Well, it is not he, it is they.
Gnarls Barkley, a pun on the name of the former basketball player Charles Barkley, is an enigmatic front for two of hip-hop’s unsung heroes: producer Danger Mouse (Brian Burton, who collaborated with Damon Albarn on Gorillaz’ Demon Dayz), and his fellow Atlantan, the rapper/singer Cee-Lo Green (Thomas Calloway).
Now, I’m very much of the view that these hip hop guys are generally responsible for putting the C back into Rap music.
I’m making an exception for Crazy. I love it. What about you? Comments welcome…..