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Gnarls Barkley

Gnarls Barkley

Date: May 18 2009

Themes: Music

Grammar: Adjectives


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You’ve probably heard the song “Crazy.” It’s not just on the radio, it’s everywhere these days. It gets played in stores, at clubs, and it’s probably quite a few people’s cell phone ring. But have you ever heard of the band who sings it, Gnarls Barkley?

Dale loves “Crazy,” but he doesn’t know anything about Gnarls Barkley. Listen to Ella teach him a thing or two about one of his favorite songs.


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Ella:  So are you a fan of Gnarls Barkley?

Dale:  Actually I’m a very big fan. But the only thing is, I only know one song. I don’t have the CD. I’ve heard that song all over the place, it hits all genres, and I love it. That’s it!

Ella:  I don’t know, I love them. I feel like they’re in their own group.

Dale:  It’s a group?!

Ella:  Yeah, so there’s two guys. It’s Cee-Lo Green and Danger Mouse.

Dale:  I thought that Gnarls Barkley was just one guy who had that one great voice that sang that one great song, “Crazy.”

Ella:  “Crazy.” I feel like it could be a dance song, or just a ride in the car kinda thing, or just sing along with your friends. It has so many things going for it. Cee-Lo’s voice is like…I don’t even know how to describe it.

Dale:  I don’t know the words exactly, but I remember when I first heard it in the car, and I didn’t even pay attention, the beat sounded great. That’s what caught me, was the beat. And that’s when it started for me. And I believe at this point that’s a one-hit wonder like Vanilla Ice. But, you know, it’s…Everybody has to have it in their decade.


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Both Ella and Dale love Gnarls Barkley’s song “Crazy.” But Dale doesn’t know much about the band. In fact, he didn’t even know it was a band. He thought it was just one guy named Gnarls Barkley.

Actually, Gnarls Barkley is made up of two guys, Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse. Dale doesn’t know any of their songs besides “Crazy,” and he wonders if they’ll be this decade’s one-hit wonder. He refers to Vanilla Ice, who sang “Ice-Ice Baby,” as a one-hit wonder. Another example of a one-hit wonder might be Los del Rio, who sang “Macarena,” or the singer of “I’m Too Sexy,” Right Said Fred.

Do you like Gnarls Barkley? Do you think they’ll be a one-hit wonder, or will they make other popular songs? Can you think of any other one-hit wonders?



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Who’s gonna save my soul?
i like the odd couple~ woO~

06:09 AM May 18 2009 |




i think it is more then one song:p i have them album and for me they are great :p

05:54 AM May 18 2009 |

harbor zhang


when i study the lesson,i search the song "crazy".i think at this point it's not my favorite,so i stop searching other songs maked by Gnarls Barkley.
as one-hit wonder,if the only one famous song can't catch me,i will not be a fan of the band.

03:29 AM May 18 2009 |




Ok!! I am going to listen that song, Crazy…..

03:25 AM May 18 2009 |



I am sorry ,I never heard their song, so I have no idea on it. But music is very wonderful! I love listening music when i still a little boy, and i love singing tooCool

02:59 AM May 18 2009 |



As a matter of fact,i didn't know them at all before i

read this dialogue.Then i listened the song "Crazy" and

other songs of Gnals Barkley after learning this

text,and i feel like that this is a fantastic song and

band.so i think they woun't be a one hit wonder like

Vanilla Ice,i support for them and hope good luck with


02:56 AM May 18 2009 |

Jessica Behrens


Yeah! I do think its just one hit wonder!

I got surprise as well when I knew it was a band and not only a guy named  Gnarls Barkley!

but anyway.. their song is really good.. played all the time in Brazil a few years ago.

01:00 AM May 18 2009 |

Amido Hernan Rios


Its lyrics is very interesting and poetic.


I remember when, I remember
I remember when I lost my mind
There was something so pleasant about that place
Even your emotions have an echo in so much space

And when you're out there without care
Yeah, I was out of touch
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?

And I hope that you are
Having the time of your life
But think twice
That's my only advice

Come on now, who do you
Who do you, who do you, 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
I think you're crazy
I think you're crazy
Just like me

My heroes had the heart
To lose their lives out on a limb
And all I remember
Is thinking, I want to be like them

Ever since I was little
Ever since I was little
It looked like fun
And it's no coincidence I've come
And I can die when I'm done

But maybe I'm crazy
Maybe you're crazy
Maybe we're crazy


12:59 AM May 18 2009 |



I just know that song "crazy" either.. so, i think it´ll be more like vanila ice than a band with a lot of known songs.

12:49 AM May 18 2009 |

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