Crazy – Gnarls Barkley

This is the lastest offering being pimped by Radio 1 and features on the television advert for Zane Lowe’s show. I’m quite glad that Radio 1 is still playing stuff that I love the first time I hear it because I’m way outside of their target audience age (15-24).

You can hear the song and others from the album at the Gnarls Barkley – Official Site

Perhaps Gnarls Barkley will never fully reveal himself. But if St. Elsewhere [his album] is any indication, his music bears Marvin Gaye’s depth of feeling, Jeff Buckley’s emotive theatrics, and wild courage not seen since Prince’s prime. Behold the most exciting debut of 2006. A psychedelic soul masterpiece. Gnarls Barkley may not be easily located, but he won’t be a stranger.


Release Dates

The single is release 3 April 2006 and the album, St. Elsewhere, is released on 24 April 2006. Let’s hope this doesn’t turn out to be another “that’s the only good song on the album” album.


The lyrics for Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy. They aren’t the most profound lyrics ever penned, but I think the sound of the music makes up for it.

Update 2006-07-01: New single out called “Smiley Faces”, as good as “Crazy” and perfect for summer!

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11 Responses to “Crazy – Gnarls Barkley”

  1. get14free says:

    i have read that Gnarls Barkley comprises of Cee-Lo Green (Thomas Calloway) and DJ Danger Mouse (Brian Burton).

    their sites..
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  2. paul haine says:

    It’s true, it says so on the Gnarls Barkley site itself. You can also get the song for free there:

    It’s ‘auzio’ apparently.

  3. ac says:

    does anyone know or have an idea of what the song is about? Would like to hear some feedback. thanks.

  4. craig millard hode hill school says:

    the song crazy is very catchy one youve heard it you wanna hear it again

  5. girl says:

    its about tripping

  6. JoJo says:

    it’s not about tripping

  7. unknown says:

    You say you don’t know who Gnarls Barkley is (are). ITs Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo

  8. T.J. says:

    Folks, come on you MUST have noticed that there is indeed a message behind the lyrics of this catchy tune – let me ‘decipher’ them for you as most people seem to be too lazy to think – here we go then…

    “I remember when I lost my mind There was something so pleasant about that phase…”

    I can only agree to the above – if you’ve ever worked in an office and keep your eyes open you’ll notice that a lot of things going on at work are plain stupid and yet people do it! Only bearable if you are crazy to accept the insanity of daily life! And if you were crazy you wouldn’t care, right? So, that can indeed be pleasant, i.e. to be in a state of mind where you don’t worry and don’t care…

    Got it now? Ok then. I shall continue (the first few readers will probably have already given up – ‘too much’ to read and with an attention span of a second or less it is indeed asked too much…) So the next bit from the lyrics:

    “But it wasn’t because I didn’t know enough
    I just knew too much
    Does that make me crazy
    Does that make me crazy
    Does that make me crazy

    Imagine you knew everything, i.e. all the scandals, corruption, intrigues and all that crap that goes on around you and elsewhere… I am sure this would drive you crazy… Also, imagine how DANGEROUS this would make you – all the governments would be after you to make you shut up (get you killed – what government on earth hasn’t got dirty hands I might ask?) or, much easier and less messy, to declare you as “crazy” or you’d declare being crazy yourself just to save your life… Makes sense? Good. And then he goes on and just asks as if talking to you “Does that make me crazy?” and provides the answer too: “Probably”.

    Ok lets go on to the next bit:

    “… who do you think you are,
    Ha ha ha bless your soul
    You really think you’re in control
    Well, I think you’re crazy…”

    Take these lines as if he’d be talking to all those Joe Blocks out there believing they ‘are in control’. Really? Did you control the last tax rise? Did you prevent the introduction of stealth taxes? What about petrol prices or your gas bills? Who controls those? Not you that’s for sure. Are you in control of your pension? Hmm… You might want to reconsider, huh? Fill in your questions here…

    Then he askes “who do you think you are?” and declares all those ‘I_am_in_control_believers’ as crazy (rightly so I would say…)

    So, ‘nough said. I hope you can manage to think for yourself. Admittedly, not to think is easier. Otherwise you might get depressed. After all “Ignorance is bliss.” (what movie is this line taken from? Any ideas?) In this sense let’s all be a bit crazy – makes life much easier to bear….


  9. paul haine says:

    Yeah, it’s *totally* about tripping.

  10. Emma says:

    Thanks for the break down T.J. Sad thing is only about 3 people will ever read it :(

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