Released: March 2006
Danger Mouse’s skitterish funk and Cee-Lo Green’s smooth soul vocal made for ridiculously compatible bedfellows, creating something that was simultaneously retro and modern. And whilst some of their later collaborations veered too far towards the cerebral, ‘Crazy’ was a three minute slice of effortless pop heaven. That the whole thing was a very real account of mental illness gave it a subversive edge, with Cee Lo singing that eternal refrain: “Does that make me crazy?” like the internal dialogue of the Indian Chief in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’. (PE)
How We Wrote 'Crazy'
"'Crazy' was one take, that was it. The first time [Cee-Lo] did that, he went out of body. I work with a lot of singers; one thing that always screws stuff up is trying to emulate a performance, but the first time you're plucking at a guitar, when you're coming up with it and it comes out, that's the only time it's real. 'Crazy' was out the first time it came out of his mouth; it's like he sang it on the mic and that's why it sounds the way it does, I think. I remember afterward he was like, 'What do you think of that, how was that' and I was like 'Ohhh, that was alright'." (Pitchfork)
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