Peak UK Chart Position: #1 in April 2006.
Small-fry compared to some of the number ones in the UK in the last year, but at the time this spent nine weeks at the top – something of an achievement. Gnarls Barkley comprised singer CeeLo Green (real name Thomas DeCarlo Callaway), and producer Danger Mouse (Brian Joseph Burton). Green had previously been a member of hip hop group Goodie Mob, and had lent vocals to Santana’s “Supernatural” album on the track “Do You Like The Way” with Lauryn Hill. Danger Mouse came to prominence in 2004 when he released “The Grey Album”, which combined vocal performances from Jay-Z’s “The Black Album” with instrumentals from The Beatles’ “The Beatles” (aka “The White Album”). He also produced the Gorillaz second album “Demon Days”.
“Crazy” was a huge success globally, reaching the top three in most countries, and the top spot in Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Ireland, New Zealand, and Switzerland, as well as the UK. It narrowly missed out in the US, spending seven weeks at number two, but still managed the distinction of a quadruple-platinum certification (four million copies sold). In the UK, it was the first song to hit the top on downloads only – on this day in 2006 – with the physical release a day later making it, at the time, eligible for a chart placing. It would eventually be deleted from sale on May 29th 2006, culminating in a chart run of 1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-2-5. It reappeared in the charts the following January after a further change in chart rules, and became a million-seller in January 2011.
More recently, Green has been recording and appearing under alias Gnarly Davidson – dressing all in gold complete with a face mask. In 2017, Danger Mouse received an Album of the Year Grammy for his work on producing the Adele album “25”. Here they are, in their finest Star Wars disguises, performing at the MTV Movie Awards in 2006.