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Danger Mouse gone ‘crazy’
NIDHI GUPTA  16th Oct 2011

n 2005, before the official release of Crazy, the song was leaked on the Internet. It was a brand new single from a brand new collaboration between Danger Mouse and Cee Lo Green, collectively known as Gnarls Barkley.

But instead of denting its potential success, the song became a phenomenon due to its extensive online and radio exposure. It then went on to ace the charts in the UK purely on the basis of download sales. Eventually, the song went on to become a super hit in America, Europe and Australia. It won the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative performance. It was nominated as the best song of the 21st century by the Rolling Stone magazine earlier this summer.

The song was conceived on a languid afternoon of sharing music and thoughts on being taken seriously as artists. In a 2006 interview with The New York Times, Danger Mouse said, "...Cee-Lo and I started talking and I somehow got off on this tangent about how people won't take an artist seriously unless they're insane... So we started jokingly discussing ways in which we could make people think we were crazy. While I was away, Cee-Lo took that conversation and made it into Crazy, which we recorded in one take."

The song has been reviewed as outside any known genre of music, a mix of pop, blues, house and rap, elevating it to a new level. Inspired heavily by Spaghetti Western (a form of Western films largely directed and produced by Italians) scores, according to Cee-Lo, Crazy is such a success because "it rang true to a lot of (his) peers and fellow artists."

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