Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Crazy (Richard Vission Remix)

Song: Crazy (Richard Vission Remix)
Artist: Gnarls Barkley
Album: Crazy

As we sail quickly into December and the close of 2006 my mind can’t help but be distracted by something very important to me at the close of ever year… my best in music picks! Look for more as we get closer into December…

Arguably, Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” is the song of the year. It debuted by breaking the digital download record which it still holds, and was met with pretty universal praise from critics and the public at large. I actually don’t know if there has been another song this year that has gotten so much play from so many different formats, from hip hop to alternative, pop radio and even adult contemporary… this song was everywhere.

I do think it’s an amazing song, one so simple yet catchy with an unmistakable new sound to it. The album it came from, “St. Elsewhere,” was a bit of a disappointment for me. It’s good, though doesn’t have anything that matches the highs of “Crazy.” But Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo have no doubt edged themselves into a pretty important spot when discussing the music of 2006. Danger Mouse is on a serious winning streak with the Grey Album of 2004 introducing him to the music world, and then in producing last years international smash, the Gorillaz’ “Demon Days.” He also produced a handful of tracks on the Rapture’s 2006 release and has many more projects lined up in the next year, including another Gnarls record.

Since ubiquitous doesn’t begin to describe “Crazy,” I am choosing to highlight the amazing Richard “Humpty” Vission remix which I have been listening to in equal measure with the original. It has a great build and keeps the elements of the original in tact. You’ll like it.


And if for some reason you have been living under a rock this year, please enjoy the clever and visually exciting video for “Crazy”:

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