August 3, 2006
Gnarls Barkley finding success a little crazy
NEW YORK (Billboard) - Not that they're complaining, but
the worldwide success of Gnarls Barkley's hit single "Crazy"
and debut album "St. Elsewhere" is forcing the two principals
of the soulful collective to alter their schedules.
"A lot of things have been pushed on the back burner by the
success of Gnarls -- which is a good thing," said rapper Cee-Lo
Green, who heads the combo with producer Danger Mouse.
"It's bittersweet, a double-edged sword. We didn't plan on
touring for ('St. Elsewhere'), but here we are, three months
into a tour. The dominoes are falling just as they should."
Both Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse have plenty on their plates
outside of Gnarls Barkley. Danger Mouse is plotting a
collaboration with rock outfit Sparklehorse, while Cee-Lo has
plans to reunite with Goodie Mob and also made an album with
Jazze Pha. But the rapper said the latter is unlikely to see
the light of day.
"That was originally scheduled to be released prior to
('St. Elsewhere')," Cee-Lo told Billboard.com, "but I must say
that Capitol Records dropped the ball, and I'll say it just
like that 'cause, frankly, I'm a little insulted by it. It's a
very good project, and I wish people had gotten the opportunity
to hear it."
Nevertheless, he added, "If I have my way, I'll be trying
to push for it (to come out). I feel strong about that
Meanwhile, Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse are happily carting
Gnarls Barkley around the world, performing under alter egos
such as the Sam Cookes, Brushfire and Mr. Twig & the Berries.
Next stop is Lollapalooza on Saturday in Chicago.
Cee-Lo said he and Danger Mouse are also looking at a
second album for what begin as a "casual" collaboration. "Now,
with what it's become, I'd like to see what we could do if we
really, really focused," he said. "It's surpassed both of our