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Friday, September 08, 2006

 

Gnarls Barkley

I've been living in a new music-free bubble since my PC died back in May. Still, even I've heard "Crazy," brought to the world by Gnarls Barkley, Danger Mouse's and Cee Loo Green's collaboration. The song is unavoidable. It's probably even getting airplay on country stations.

Every once and a while a single comes along with a rare brand of critical approval and insta-fame- the sort of three minutes of recorded of soul/r&b/pop/whatever that earns approval from just about everybody. Years ago I read an article written by someone who was living in Manhattan during the early '80s. When Michael Jackson's "Beat It" was released the author remembered walking down a street filled with record shops devoted to various genres. He could hear Jackson's voice coming out of every door. I'm sure "Crazy" has been played in every remaining CD shop in the country and just about every club, regardless of what kind of crowd they draw.

I'm also convinced "Crazy" is a part of a rare breed of songs that are impossible not to like. "Beat It" probably falls into that cannon. Marvin Gaye's "What's Goin' On?" belongs in there. "Dock of the Bay" and "Satisfaction"? Definitely in there. Oh, and more recently, Outkast's "Hey Ya!" In 2003 I remember walking through Lloyd Center and hearing the song coming out of five different shops during the same jaunt down the mall.

But I'm no music critic and I don't have my finger on the pulse of America. I'm talking out of my ass here. If you haven't heard "Crazy" or seen the video, here's a You Tube link. I think it's the stuff of legend and will still be getting airplay somewhere in the far off year of 2050, if anyone still listens to music then. Judge for yourself.



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