If you’re a Baby Boomer like me who doesn’t want to spend the rest of his life only listening to Oldies, want to hear new music when it passes your quality inspection… DON’T SLEEP ON CEE LO GREEN.  Blacks, young and old, are missing out on the really good music this dude is making because his music doesn’t always fit into the tempo of today’s dance music… or his sound is not always R&B enough… or he doesn’t fit into the nice neat box of today’s Hip-Hop sameness… I’m not sure what it is; in fact, I’m baffled by it.  When Cee Lo (Thomas Calloway) and Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) combined to become Gnarls Barkley, I asked my Generation X children if they liked the hit single, “Crazy.”  They both scrunched up and squealed, “Yuck!”  Here I was trying to persuade my children to dig on a Hip Hop artist’s song… but this was no Hip Hop.  Though the song told an extremely disturbing story, it wasn’t Hip Hop angry.  It told a Rock & Roll-like story but you could actually hear and understand the lyric.  This wasn’t quite Rock either.  It was… uh… it was… NEW.  Ahhhhh, the rare sound of newness in the cluttered repetitiveness that is today’s music scene.  Wow!  Viva la difference!  I love different when it’s backed up with a whole lotta good.  Though I wasn’t hearing the song on Black radio in Detroit, I sought the song out.  It was all up and down the radio dial… every hour on the hour… everywhere but the Black stations. 

CURRENTLY ON STAGE is presenting Cee Lo Green in his solo and Gnarls Barkley incarnations.  We’ll share videos we found by gracious YouTube posters of live performances.  If you haven’t given this guy a really good listen, sample our wares and see if you can’t be wowed.  First up, check out Gnarls Barkley performing a slowed down rendition of their cross-over hit, “Crazy,” on British TV.

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Every now and then a music video comes along with such real looking captures, it looks like someone pulled footage from a documentary.  Janet Jackson accomplished this feat with her video shot in South Africa, “Got Till It’s Gone.”  I got the same reaction to Gnarls Barkley’s, “Going On” video.  It’s been reported to have been shot in Jamaica which is part of the Third World similarity but, more than that, the way it tells its own sci-fi, Twilight Zone-like story is classic.  And even though we weren’t able to secure a copy for your viewing on CURRENTLY ON STAGE, we recommend you seek it out this incredible work online.  We are, however, able to show you an outstanding performance of this song from David Letterman’s show.  Enjoy Ceelo, Danger Mouse and the band performing, “Going On.”

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Cee Lo took time in an interview to express his feelings about the group, Gnarls Barkley:

“That is that electric industrial Euro soul, that’s what I call it… if I can call it anything.  It truly is shapeless and formless.  My style and my approach is still water, and it runs so deep.  So, with that project I got a chance to be a lil’ zany, of course a continuation of eccentricity, abstract and vague, and all of those wonderful things that make art exactly what it is.  And that’s subject to interpretation.  As far as the artiste himself, it does cater to and extend the legacy of Cee Lo Green, and showcase the diversity and range and intention of Cee Lo Green.  It is a great project that I’m very, very proud of.”

Cee Lo has stadium-filled European audiences in the palm of his hand at jam-packed concerts these days. What is it they get that many of us Black Americans don’t get?  Watch this European audience at the Astoria in London, thoroughly enjoy Gnarls Barkley’s, “Run.”

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Gnarls Barkley’s absolute commitment to interpreting a song, musically and vocally, can send their audiences through the wide spectrum of emotions.  They are the most theatrically interpretive group since Freddie Mercury and Queen. What other Pop music act today could possibly move you to tears?  Gnarls Barkley can.  Take a listen to their soul-wrenching ballad, “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul,” and see if you can remain emotionless.  This band is serious about their music even though they release playful songs.  Their creativity is unmatched in the music world today; that’s a big part of their charm.  They have absolutely no concern for matching current hit record tempos, styles or flavor.  They go where the creative moment that birth each song takes them.  You gotta love that if you’re a true music lover.  This is another song that breaks current music trend’s rules; shatters them to pieces.  Please enjoy, Ceelo, Danger Mouse and Gnarls Barkley performing, “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul.”


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Creative, fine-voiced, ground-breaking, mass appeal regardless of race or nationality, great song writing, music always slamming, entirely unique… what more could you want in a performer?  Cee Lo Green is all of these things and more.  Since “Crazy” took off for Gnarls Barkley in 2006, Cee Lo has surpassed the popularity of Outkast, the group he collaborated with via the groups Goodie Mobb and The Dungeon Family.  The seminal song, “Crazy,” stayed number 1 on the British charts for 15 weeks.  And now with Cee Lo’s “Lady Killer” solo LP, his explicit lyrics song, “Forget You,” is taking his career even further.  Profanity notwithstanding, what initially appears to be a novelty song is cleverly written in the first person and tells a story of rejection we all can relate to.  I don’t approve of the profane lyrics, I detest profanity on recordings, but I cannot deny his talent on everything I’ve heard by him lately.  I slept on Jimi Hendrix when I was a kid.  I didn’t get the whole Rock & Roll thing he was doing.  How narrow was my mind?  As a kid I didn’t like Blues, I didn’t like Jazz… I was R&B (and Contemporary Gospel) through and through.  I was actually narrow minded in my R&B taste, too.  But I woke up in High School and expanded my musical horizons.  There’s such a diversity of music to enjoy.  Let’s not overlook talented artistry, no matter the color, no matter the style… good is, and always will be, GOOD!

Cee Lo Green takes us home with a “blue lights in the basement” slow jam… perhaps to prove his eclectic styles still include good ol’ fashioned Soul “sangin’.”  This song is called, “Old Fashioned.”
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