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Gnarls Barkley

Boyz Gone Crazy -- 7/18 & 7/19 @ The Fillmore

We wouldn’t usually be talking about a one hit wonder duo’s first gig in town but when that duo is terrible twosome Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo Green, aka Gnarls Barkley, it bears mentioning, especially when their two shows at the Fillmore sold out in days.

For those of you who haven’t listened to the radio in months, and therefore haven’t been privy to the unending rotation of their mega hit "Crazy", Gnarls Barkley are the perpetrators of the biggest single in recent memory. So big infact that the track debuted at #1 in the U.K. due solely to the massive quantity of downloads -- a physical product would hit the following week -- and stayed in the top spot for nine weeks until Warner Brother deleted it in order to focus on the new summer track, "Smiley Faces". And while the U.K. has led the way with the project, their debut LP St. Elsewhere has sold an impressive 340K in it’s first two months in U.S. stores and "Crazy" looks like it has the legs to be the Top 40 hit of the summer.

Having a big single is one thing, having Paris Hilton delay her "album" (why the world needs a Paris Hilton album in the first place may be a rhetorical question) in order to record a cover of "Crazy" is quite another. Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo have existed in the rarefied atmosphere of extreme hipster appeal, slavering critics and impressive record sales for the last few years. DM’s The Grey Album -- the Jay-Z/Beatles mash up -- landed him features in GQ and Wired and production duties on the last Gorillaz project. Cee-Lo Green is the undisputed king of southern fried funkadelia and commands a rabid following for his empathetic take on hip-hop soul. Whether they can, or want to, navigate the murky waters of pop stardom remains to be seen.

This Fillmore stop is part of a quick U.S. tour that includes shows in LA and Chicago and an appearance on Lettermen before more European dates. Amazing to think that the boys fist ever show was at Coachella in April. Gnarls Barkley follow in the footsteps of many musical alter egos before them. Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo bring a sterling pedigree to the project that would suggest Gorillaz-like success is in their future. Let’s hope they don’t fall into the bargain bins along with all those Chris Gaines CDs.

Gnarls Barkley
at The Fillmore
7/18 & 7/19, 9pm
tickets: $27 (sold out)