It’s now been a decade since the dynamic Atlanta duo of Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo Green joined together as Gnarls Barkley and released their seminal, Grammy award winning track Crazy. However, out of the blue, we’ve been presented with an unreleased remix from 2006 which changes the vibe completely.
This new version doesn’t feature that catchy and addicting beat from the original, in fact, it’s quite opposite. Cee-Lo’s vocals are layered under this haunting, melodic chant and only subtly stand out. It’s not got that catchiness or appeal, and upon first play it really didn’t stand out to me. After a few more listens though it weirdly works; it’s oddly fascinating.
Danger Mouse announced the track on his Facebook page simply saying, “Just got this remix of Crazy I did rejected. Label didn’t think it would get any new fans I guess. 4/09/2006.”
It’s no surprise that this track got turned down from the label due to it’s non-pop feel, but it’s definitely got some charm to it.
We’ve been waiting on a third studio album from the duo for quite some time now. In 2010 an album was meant to be being recorded, and in 2013, speaking to Billboard Cee-Lo came out saying they would release an album sometime in the future. It’s been three years. Oh well, at least this remix is a glimmer of hope.