In 2006 the world, literally went crazy for ‘Crazy’ sung and produced by the dynamic duo Gnarls Barley, Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo Green. This first single went straight to the top of the UK charts on downloads alone! This was the first time this had ever happened and really brought their names into the focus of the mainstream masses.
Having been described as a singer ‘whose voice can nail an emotion be it pain, yearning, anger, sarcasm, love, lust or frustration – like no other’. Cee-Lo Green can be considered to be one of the music moguls of our time.
Having been nominated for no less than 5 Grammy awards, as well as being crowned ‘The Best International Male of 2010’ at The Brit Awards, Cee- Lo Green has been a very busy boy.
The track originally named ‘F**k You’ was renamed for radio play and co produced with the unlikely young new comer Bruno Mars. Mars was a relatively new artist for 2010. He rose to fame after joining Cee-Lo’s record label, and providing vocals for B.O.B’s track Billionaire, which again went to number one around the world.
Cee-Lo’s ‘Bright Lights, Bigger City’ is another fabulously produced track off his ‘Lady Killer’ album and is so well produced with a beautiful late 70’s early 80’s feel. You could almost be forgiven on first listen for thinking it was actually for the golden disco era as there is such a strong reminiscent of the Quincy Jones/ Michael Jackson vibe. The looping bass line is very similar to the one in Billie Jean. After another few listens the tracks can be said to have similar string arrangement to the James Bond Theme tune ‘You Only Live Twice’, harder to spot but definitely there in my opinion.
With a feeling this could be a fantastic year for Cee-Lo, Bruno Mars, and Dangermouse, we wait with baited breath to see what they produce next!
If you would like to hear the tracks Ameritz has for Gnarls Barkley/Cee-lo Green or any of the other artists mentioned. Please check out our website at www.ameritz.co.uk