Gnarls Barkley is a musical group collaboration between multi-instrumentalist, DJ and producer Danger Mouse from New York, and rapper/vocalist Cee Lo Green, from Atlanta. Their first album, St. Elsewhere, was released in 2006; along with its first single, “Crazy“, it was a major commercial success, and both album and single have been noted for their large sales by download. The duo released their second album, The Odd Couple, in March 2008.
St. Elsewhere (2006–2007)
Downtown/Atlantic in the U.S. and Warners Bros. Records in the UK signed the band after several songs including “Crazy” were played for them by Danger Mouse‘s management company Waxploitation. “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 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).