Gnarls Barkley, Live
November 12, 2011 4:23 AM   Subscribe

Gnarls Barkley live, Basement Studio: Crazy. Gnarls live, Abbey Road: Who's Gonna Save My Soul, Smiley Faces, Gone Daddy Gone, Surprise.
posted by maxwelton (21 comments total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
God Smiley Faces is a great song. I didn't know people performed in Abbey Road.
posted by LilSoulBrother85 at 5:15 AM on November 12, 2011

That's a great Gone Daddy Gone. My favorite GB cover is still Reckoner though.
posted by gwint at 5:17 AM on November 12, 2011 [6 favorites]

I liked the Femmes' cover of Crazy.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 5:47 AM on November 12, 2011 [5 favorites]

It made a natural kind of sense to me when Rolling Stone declared "Crazy" the song of the decade, and I'm glad and impressed to hear it's so malleable and still so fresh-sounding. Thanks.
posted by psoas at 5:47 AM on November 12, 2011 [1 favorite]

I'm really starting to like Cee Lo. I wasn't sure what to make of him at first but it's clear he gets it, if you know what I mean.
posted by tommasz at 6:03 AM on November 12, 2011 [1 favorite]

I know exactly what you mean.
posted by punkfloyd at 6:09 AM on November 12, 2011 [1 favorite]

I have no clue what you mean by "it"? But then again I don't speak musician elusive talk.
posted by LilSoulBrother85 at 6:16 AM on November 12, 2011

I have no clue what you mean by "it"?

After ten-odd years of T-SQL programming and database administration, I can glance at a few hundred lines of stored procedure code and pick out the bits that are going to be performance problems within a minute or two. I can come up with a fairly good balance between normalization and ease of access for a new process pretty quickly. I could be said to 'get' SQL, at a journeyman level. There are bits I don't know, and bits I don't know I don't know.

I don't pretend to know the definition of 'it' as it relates to music. But I can tell you this: Cee Lo, he know.
posted by Mooski at 6:35 AM on November 12, 2011 [10 favorites]

Nothing like Smiley Faces, to put a smile on your face.
posted by d1rge at 6:44 AM on November 12, 2011

Gnarls Barkley live, Austin City Limits (30 minutes -- Thievery Corporation plays the second half of the hour)
posted by hippybear at 6:54 AM on November 12, 2011

I didn't know people performed in Abbey Road.

Well, then, you need to know about Live From Abbey Road. Here's the official website, plus a playlist of episodes on Hulu. There also seem to be a lot of bits on YouTube if you do the proper search.
posted by hippybear at 7:04 AM on November 12, 2011 [1 favorite]

I've enjoyed just about every project he's worked on so I couldn't be happier to see that finally translating into name-recognition success for him. That said, he's everywhere right now so I'm really hoping I don't get Cee Lo Fatigue.
posted by JaredSeth at 7:09 AM on November 12, 2011

I've been going back to Transformer for about a year now. Amazing to hear the change from a quick song to something so plaintive.
posted by Lemurrhea at 9:34 AM on November 12, 2011

Fantastic! Thanks for the post!
posted by dazed_one at 12:12 PM on November 12, 2011

Yes, thanks for posting. I was recently trying to find this, and a few other clips from the show, but could never remember the name. It's been just long enough to appreciate "Crazy" again after the initial saturation. Ray Lamontagne's cover is my personal favourite.
posted by Lorin at 12:43 PM on November 12, 2011

Who's Gonna Save My Soul is one of my favorite songs of the past decade. It dovetails with my increasing love for Breaking Bad.

The Metafilter post for the original music video (which is awesome).

Nice post!
posted by mannequito at 1:21 PM on November 12, 2011

That Live from Abbey Road show has the largest contrast in quality since the final season of Sessions at West 54th. You've got Gnarls, and PJ Harvey and MGMT, but you also have the "singer" "songwriter" responsible for the most embarrassing description of a vaginal orgasm ever. You win some, you lose some, I guess. [/derail]
posted by pxe2000 at 3:27 PM on November 12, 2011

You know, when I think of "it" in the musical sense I think of the combination of effortless performance and precisely controlled artistry. Even where it seems like Cee Lo is just having fun he is obviously in complete command of his performance. It's like a zen thing.

"It" can also be seen as making the right artistic decisions, which makes the performance into something people talk about as being "authentic" and "timeless". Everything from the wardrobe, instrumentation, choreography, arrangement, music, lyrics, banter – it's all (effortlessly, naturally) crafted to give us that controlled but natural experience.

Very nice videos.
posted by ianhattwick at 4:30 PM on November 12, 2011

Love, love, love Gnarls. I saw them at Lolla a few years ago and not only was it a solid performance, but they did their "Reckoner" cover, which I had not heard before.

Here's a good performance of "A Little Better".
posted by secret about box at 5:51 PM on November 12, 2011

I almost universally hate the way musical acts sound on SNL, with a few notable exceptions. Prince, an act I never have particularly cared for, absolutely killed it on an appearance in the early 2000s. My general perception of his artistry and ability was changed markedly by that performance.

And then there was Gnarls Barkley. When he started belting out Run Away with that crazy wig and capped teeth, with the nerdy girl next to him rocking the bass guitar in high water slacks, MY GOD. I was standing up by the end of it, a reaction I think I've never had watching television for anything but perhaps a game-winning score in a riveting sports event.

I'd love to link a video for that performance, but of course NBC blocks the hell out of such things on the interwebs. The Austin City Limits performance linked above is from a similar timeframe and approaches that level of awesomeness, but not quite.
posted by mcstayinskool at 12:36 PM on November 13, 2011

ah, so it is SNL / NBC making sure none of that gets online. Just yesterday I was searching for a clip of Queens of the Stone Age's performance where Will Ferrell comes out in his More Cowbell outfit. Thought it would take two seconds yet I never did wind up finding it anywhere.

But I do wish to see that Gnarls SNL performance, so to other channels I go. Thanks for the recommendation.
posted by mannequito at 12:44 PM on November 13, 2011

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