CeeLo Says New Gnarls Barkley Record With Danger Mouse is ‘The Next Thing We Should Do’

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CeeLo Green performs on Day 5 of the RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest on July 12, 2015 in Ottawa, Canada. 

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Since CeeLo Green and Danger Mouse teamed up for two collaborative albums as Gnarls Barkley in the 2000s, it hasn’t been clear whether we should expect anything more from the dynamic duo. Danger Mouse has become a massively popular (and busy) producer, working with U2, Norah Jones, A$AP Rocky and many others, while Green went on to find mainstream success with 2010’s The Lady Killer and its standout single “Fuck You,” as well as judging The Voice for four seasons. With more than seven years since their The Odd Couple LP, it was starting to seem very much like Gnarls Barkley was a thing of the past. 

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But now Green is saying the band is a thing of the future as well. As he prepares to release his fifth solo studio album, Heart Blanche, in a new interview with Radio.com the singer said he wants a new Gnarls Barkley album to be “the next thing” he and Danger Mouse do. 

When asked if he’d spoken to his producer pal recently, Green said, “I just talked to him last night. I told him, ‘This is the next thing we should do.’ I know he’s about to do the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ album. I hope he does great with that, but I said, ‘Hey, I need you to be able to split your attention. We need another Gnarls album and so do the people.’”

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Of course there’s a big difference between wanting to do a new album and actually finding the time to do it. But Green seemed optimistic, going on to recall how they got together in the first place.  

“We just have to set aside the time,” he said. “But we did [2006 debut album] St. Elsewhere in a week, because we only had 10 days to be productive. He was working on the Gorillaz album at that time and I was working on some freelance stuff, like the Pussycat Dolls’ ‘Dontcha’ and stuff like that. I was just writing and producing, I didn’t have a record deal at the time. And he’s a producer, he’s always a free agent. We got together, we didn’t know what it was going to be about. But he told me one great thing: ‘I like your music. Or at least I like most of it. I notice there’s a theme in all of your work: you’ve got a lot of good that you, at least, attempt to do. But it’s my understanding that anybody who is trying to do that much good has also done an equal amount of bad. And that’s what I want to hear.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, OK!’ It was like a dare. He was giving me unique and very peculiar sounding things. I was like, ‘You’re pretty f—ed up, aren’t you?’”