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Danger Mouse

Danger Mouse dressed as The Tin Man at a live concert
Background information
Birth name Brian Burton
Born July 29, 1977 (1977-07-29) (age 32)
Origin White Plains, NY
Genres Hip hop, alternative rock, electronica, funk, neo-soul, R&B, mashup
Occupations Artist and Music producer
Instruments Multi-instrumentalist
Years active 1998–Present
Associated acts Broken Bells
Gnarls Barkley
Gorillaz
The Black Keys
Danger Doom
Beck
The Good, the Bad and the Queen
Underground Animals
Jemini
Sparklehorse
Joker's Daughter
MF DOOM
Cee-Lo Green
Website dangermousesite.com

Brian Joseph Burton, better known by his stage name Danger Mouse, (born July 29, 1977) is an American musician and producer. He came to prominence in 2004 when he released The Grey Album, which combined acappellas from Jay-Z's The Black Album with instrumentals from the album The Beatles (also known as The White Album).

He formed Gnarls Barkley with Cee-Lo Green and produced their albums St. Elsewhere and The Odd Couple. He produced the second Gorillaz album, 2005's Demon Days, as well as Beck's 2008 record, Modern Guilt. He was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Producer of the Year category. In addition, Burton worked with rapper MF DOOM as DANGERDOOM and released the albums The Mouse and the Mask and Occult Hymn.

In '09, Broken Bells, a collaboration between Danger Mouse and James Mercer of the indie rock band The Shins was formed. The group's first album was released on March 9, 2010.

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Biography

Early life and career

Brian Burton was born in White Plains, New York; he spent much of his childhood in Spring Valley, New York and lived in Athens, Georgia for a long time where his electronica (more specifically, trip-hop) work was released under the name "Pelican City". He also remixed work by several local artists, including Neutral Milk Hotel[1] and DJ'd for University of Georgia radio station WUOG-FM. From 1998 to 2003 Burton also created a series of remix CDs and records under the stage name Danger Mouse. He performed in a mouse outfit because he was too shy to show his face, and took his name from the British cartoon series Danger Mouse.

While in Athens, Burton took second place in a 1998 talent contest and was asked to open for a concert at the University of Georgia featuring OutKast and Goodie Mob. Afterwards, Burton approached Cee-Lo Green, a member of Goodie Mob, and gave him an instrumental demo tape. It would be several years before the pair made contact again, but the two would eventually collaborate as Gnarls Barkley.[2]

2001–2004

Burton moved to England for a couple of years, living in New Cross in London and working at the Rose[3] pub near London Bridge. While he was in the U.K., he sent a demo to Lex Records, who signed him. Burton's first original releases under the name Danger Mouse were his collaborations with rapper Jemini, including the album Ghetto Pop Life, released in 2003 on Lex Records. While the Danger Mouse debut was well received by critics, he did not rise to fame until he created The Grey Album, mixing a cappella versions of Jay Z's The Black Album over beats crafted from samples of The Beatles' White Album. The remix album, originally created just for his friends, spread over the Internet and became very popular with both the general audience and critics, with Rolling Stone calling it "the ultimate remix record"[4] and Entertainment Weekly ranking it the best record of the year.[5] He discusses his feelings about any controversy the album may have created in the documentary Alternative Freedom. Danger Mouse was also named among the Men of the Year by GQ in 2004 and won a 2005 Wired Rave Award.[6]

2004–2007

The Grey Album also got the attention of Damon Albarn, who enlisted Danger Mouse to produce the Gorillaz' second studio album, Demon Days. Danger Mouse technically shares production credits for Demon Days with Jason Cox and James Dring. However, these two are engineers[citation needed], so Danger Mouse was that album's sole producer for all intents and purposes[citation needed] (though a few songs feature musical contribution from talents such as Ike Turner and Simon Tong). Demon Days earned Burton a Grammy Award nomination for Producer of the Year.

Danger Mouse's next project was The Mouse and the Mask, a collaboration with MF DOOM (as DANGERDOOM) about and for Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. The two had previously collaborated on the Danger Mouse remix of Zero 7's "Somersault", on the Prince Po track "Social Distortion", and on Gorillaz' "November Has Come". A year later, DANGERDOOM released a follow-up EP called Occult Hymn. The 7-track EP featured new songs as well as remixes of tracks from The Mouse & The Mask and was released exclusively as a free download on Adult Swim's site.

In 2006, Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo (as Gnarls Barkley) released their first album, St. Elsewhere, which included the international hit single "Crazy". "Crazy" became the first UK number-one single based solely on downloads.[7] He also produced two tracks on The Rapture's 2006 album Pieces of the People We Love. In August and September 2006, Danger Mouse collaborated with British graffiti artist Banksy to replace 500 copies of Paris Hilton's album Paris in English music stores with altered album artwork and a 40 minute instrumental song containing various statements she had made.[8]

2007–present

In January 2007, Danger Mouse produced another collaboration with Damon Albarn on The Good, the Bad and the Queen, along with Clash bassist Paul Simonon, former Verve guitarist Simon Tong and Afrobeat pioneer and Africa 70 drummer Tony Allen.

In March 2008, The Odd Couple, the second album of his and Cee-lo's Gnarls Barkley project, was released. In May 2008, an album with Martina Topley-Bird, titled The Blue God, was released. Martina collaborated on "All Alone", one song on the Danger Mouse produced Gorillaz second LP, Demon Days. Also released in May 2008 was Replica Sun Machine, an album with the band The Shortwave Set, including a collaboration with Van Dyke Parks and the Velvet Underground's John Cale, according to British music magazine New Musical Express. NME also reports that Danger Mouse is going to produce The Shortwave Set's third album.

In collaboration with MF DOOM.

Upcoming releases include a follow-up to Ghetto Pop Life entitled Kill Your Heroes. KYH was scheduled to be released in summer of 2006, but its release has been pushed back to an undetermined date. A collaborative album with Black Thought of The Roots is said to be in the works.[9] He was also working on an album with The Black Keys and Ike Turner. Turner's death was expected to cancel the album, but The Black Keys and Danger Mouse released Attack & Release in April 2008. Some songs must have been recorded by Turner, however, as a posthumous Danger Mouse produced album is scheduled to be released this year, as well as another collaboration with MF Doom.[10]

Danger Mouse also produced Beck's album Modern Guilt, which was released in July 2008.[11] In April 2009, he and Helena Costas released an album as Joker's Daughter titled the Last Laugh. Danger Mouse was also listed as one of Esquire's 75 most influential people of the 21st century.

Since 2005, Danger Mouse (as a producer as well as an artist with Gnarls Barkley) has been nominated for 11 Grammy Awards: Producer of the Year (2005, 2006 and 2008), Record of Year (2006), Album of Year (2006), Best Alternative Album (2006 and 2008), Best Urban Alternative Performance (2006), Best Short Form Music Video (2007 and 2008) and Best Pop Performance (2008) He won two Grammy Awards in 2006 for Best Alternative Album and Best Urban Alternative Performance.

Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse were due to release an album in the summer of 2009 entitled Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse Present: Dark Night of the Soul (together with a 100+ photo book with photographs by David Lynch).[12][12][13] Due to an ongoing dispute with EMI the album will not be released commercially. However, the BBC reported that Danger Mouse plans to release a full illustrated jewel case with a blank CD-R included in it.[12][13][14] The CD-R will be labeled:

"For Legal Reasons, enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will."[12][13][14]

On November 8, 2009, Paste Magazine named Danger Mouse the "Best Producer of the Decade (2000-2009)."[1]

Together with James Mercer Danger Mouse (billed by his real name, Brian Burton) formed Broken Bells. The project was first announced on Tuesday, September 29, 2009.[15] 21 December 2009 the band informed fans in an e-mail message of the release of their debut single "The High Road", which was made available as a free download on their official site.[16] The self-titled debut album was released in the U.S. on March 9, 2010.

Philosophy

In an interview for the New York Times magazine, Danger Mouse described himself as an auteur, basing his music production philosophy on the cinematic philosophy of directors like Woody Allen. "Woody Allen was an auteur: he did his thing, and that particular thing was completely his own," he said. "That's what I decided to do with music. I want to create a director's role within music, which is what I tried to do on this album (St. Elsewhere)... I have to be in control of the project I'm doing. I can create different kinds of musical worlds, but the artist needs the desire to go into that world... Musically, there is no one who has the career I want. That's why I have to use film directors as a model."[2]

Discography

Danger Mouse albums

Pelican City

  • Pelican City - The Chilling Effect (1999)
  • Pelican City - Rhode Island (2000)
  • Pelican City and Scanner - Pelican City vs Scanner EP (2002)

Promos

  • Danger Mouse - Danger Mouse Promo: Volume 1 (1998)
  • Danger Mouse - Danger Mouse Promo: Volume 2 (1999)
  • Danger Mouse - Danger Mouse Promo: Volume 3 (2000)
  • Danger Mouse - Danger Mouse Promo: Volume 4 (2000)
  • Danger Mouse - Danger Mouse Promo: Remix EP 12" White (2001)
  • Danger Mouse - Danger Mouse Promo: Remix EP 12" Red (2002)
  • Danger Mouse - Danger Mouse Promo: Remix EP 12" Yellow (2003)

Contributions

References

  1. ^ "How's this for mash-up: Danger Mouse meets Cee-Lo". Chicago Tribune. http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/chi-0608040339aug04,1,5222194.story?coll=chi-ent_music-hed&ctrack=1&cset=true. Retrieved August 23, 2006. 
  2. ^ a b "The D.J. Auteur". New York Times Magazine. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/18/magazine/18barkley.html?ex=1308283200&en=d69638926b798ed5&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss. Retrieved June 20, 2006. 
  3. ^ "A game of cat and danger mouse". Creative Loafing Atlanta. http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A14551. Retrieved March 1, 2008. 
  4. ^ "DJ Makes Jay-Z Meet Beatles". Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/_/id/5937152. Retrieved April 13, 2006. 
  5. ^ "Records of the year". Entertainment Weekly. http://www.dangermousesite.com/news_weekly_best.html. Retrieved April 13, 2006. 
  6. ^ "The 2005 Wired Rave Awards". Wired. http://wired-vig.wired.com/wired/archive/13.03/rave.html?pg=6. Retrieved April 13, 2006. 
  7. ^ "Crazy song makes musical history". BBC News. April 2, 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4870150.stm. Retrieved April 2, 2006. 
  8. ^ "Danger Mouse, Banksy Burn Paris". Spin. http://www.spin.com/features/news/2006/09/060905_paris/. Retrieved September 8, 2006. 
  9. ^ "Danger Mouse - The man behind Gnarls Barkley" (Real audio stream). Lamacq Live on BBC Radio 1 . http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/media/audio/documentaries/060404_dangermouse_au_nb.ram. Retrieved April 13, 2006. 
  10. ^ Danger Mouse + Beck = DangerBeck « Burnt Orange Juice
  11. ^ "Danger Mouse Producing New Beck Album". Pitchfork Media. http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/page/news/49154-danger-mouse-producing-new-beck-album. Retrieved March 6, 2008. 
  12. ^ a b c d "Dark Night of the Soul". http://www.dnots.com/. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  13. ^ a b c "Exclusive First Listen: Danger Mouse And Sparklehorse Team Up With David Lynch". NPR. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=104129585. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  14. ^ a b "Danger Mouse to Release Blank CD". BBC. May 16, 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8053471.stm. Retrieved May 19, 2009. 
  15. ^ Adams, Sean (2008-09-29). "The Shins' James Mercer + Danger Mouse = Broken Bells! Greatest News Of the Year". Drowned in Sound. http://drownedinsound.com/news/4137986-the-shins-james-mercer-danger-mouse-broken-bells-greatest-news-of-the-year. Retrieved 2010-01-09. 
  16. ^ "Danger Mouse/Shins new band Broken Bells give away new song". NME. 2008-12-21. http://www.nme.com/news/broken-bells/48981. Retrieved 2010-01-09. 

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Danger Mouse is a children's animated TV show which ran from 1981-92. It was created by for Cosgrove Hall, and featured the voice talents of David Jason, Terry Scott, Edward Kelsey and Brian Trueman.

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Narrator

  • London, one of the nerve centers of world government. And in the midst of a complex web of streets and buildings, in a quiet corner of Mayfair, lives the greatest guardian of peace and justice in the civilized world. A secret agent so secret that even his codename has a codename. Yes, Danger Mouse! To the down-trodden, a hero! To the evil, a ruthless enemy!
  • Danger Mouse's trusted assistant, Ernest Penfold. Codename: The Jigsaw, because when he's faced with a problem, he goes to pieces.
  • [As Penfold falls through the air at the end of the episode] Will it be Isaac Newton 1: Penfold nil? Tune in next time to find out!
  • London. And in mild Mayfair, within a peculiar perpendicular pillar box, disguised dome of the death-defying duo, Danger Mouse the daring and Penfold the pathetic!
  • And so we come to the confusion of another classically confusing conflict. Can the wretched robot be reconstructed or will he end up as rabbit rubbish? And what of Quark? Quark! Oh, gosh. To find out, join the tune, and see the next adventure of Danger Moose, I mean, Mouse. Sorry about that, J.J., or Jimmy, or...(fade out ad-lib)
  • London: home of the elastic ruler, the clockwork lamppost and the inflatable knitting needle. A peaceful city, a city where, for once, there are no crimes, no adventures and no villains. Where nothing disturbs the cheery rustle of litter, the nimble dance of the pickpockets' fingers, and the soft swish of a shark's fin cutting through the tarmac. One of my better days. In fact, w--SHARK'S FIN? No, look, I was promised! They said there wouldn't be any--oh, DRAT. Not the blessed pillarbox! Not the world's greatest secret agent again! Oh really, this is too ridiculous! They said I could do poetry, I want to do poetry...!

DangerMouse

  • [Repeated line] Penfold, shush.
  • [Repeated line] Good grief!
  • Good heavens, Penfold. I never knew you could run like that!
  • By the way, Penfold, your library books are overdue!
  • Ah, that'll be Colonel K. Let's see what he wants, Penfold.

Penfold

  • [Repeated line] Oh, crumbs.
  • [Repeated line] Oh, carrots!
  • [Repeated line] Oh, crikey!
  • Cor!
  • There's loyalty and loyalty, you know.
  • (as Blue Flash) Ha, ha! Now you have no need to fear! Your hero, the Blue Flash is here! Fruit drops!
  • (as Blue Flash) Cor! Superhero is how I'm feeling! Hope the chief's not cross about his ceiling, but now the real me has been unfurled, and I'm the greatest in the world! Fruit drops!

Colonel K.

  • Ah, DM! Good show!

Stiletto

  • [Repeated line] Si, Barone.

Grovel

  • [Repeated line] I'm sorry! I'm sorry, master!
  • Oh, dear. So sorry about this, especially with us being two or three of a kind, but you know how it is!

Dialogues

  • [Danger Mouse has crashed through a brick wall]
    Penfold: Oh, doesn't that hurt, Chief?
    Danger Mouse: No, didn't feel a thing! [he faints]
  • [Danger Mouse and Penfold are standing below the wall of Greenback's castle]
    Danger Mouse: Um, hello? Excuse me? Can we have our ball back, please? I...
    [a fizzing bomb is dropped into his hand]
    Danger Mouse: Oh, thanks very much!
    Penfold: D.M! Look out! It's a bomb!
    Danger Mouse: Hmm? Oh yes, I know it's a buh-buh-buh-buh, buh-buh-buh-buh, a b-, a b-, a bomb!
    [BOOM!]
  • [Danger Mouse is being dangled over the snapping jaws of a crocodile]
    Penfold: We could have had a weekend in Brighton!
    Danger Mouse: I do not wish to know that, Penfold!
  • DM: See who that is, will you, Penfold?
    Penfold: Right, sir.
    Narrator: Danger Mouse's trusted assistant, Ernest Penfold. Codename: the Jigsaw, because when he's faced with a problem, he goes to pieces.
    Penfold: Hello?
    Stilleto's voice: Delivery for Mr. Mouse.
    Penfold: Just pop it in the lift, will you?
    Stilleto's voice: Okay! (snickers)
    DM: What is it, Penfold?
    Penfold: Well, they're sort of...they're too...<shrieks as snapper robots enter door, Penfold flees>
    DM: Sort of what, Penfold?
    Penfold: Too unfriendlylike!
    DM: Good heavens, Penfold! I never knew you could run like that! Now just keep calm! <Penfold screams> And lead them over here, will you? <Penfold screams again> By the way, Penfold, your library books are overdue!
    Penfold: Oh, sorry, sir! Aaaah!
    DM: The things that lad reads! Hmph! J. Comben, Superstar! <crushes robots with books> Oh, it's actually quite lovely!
  • DM: (Looking at sign on door that reads C.H.M.F.F.G.) Look, Penfold...look what it says on that door.
    Penfold: Oh, yes..."Chi-muff-guh".
    DM: "Chi-mu--" No, Penfold, it stands for 'Car Holding Magnetic Force Field Generator'.
    Penfold: 'Cor...how'd you figure that?
    DM: Mm. (confidentially) I read the script.
    Penfold: Ooh, naughty Danger Mouse.
  • Colonel K: Good show, DM. Real Dying.
    Penfold: Real Dying?
    Colonel K: Oh drat I mean well done.
  • DM: You must stop this, Master Lobsnit.
    Lobsnit: Never, Never, Never!! Or perhaps onto the 2nd floor.
  • Stiletto: Fancy you, I was just looking for...
    Penfold: House of [laughs]
    Danger Mouse: Don't take it easy, Penfold. This is no real person, this is the Baron's henchemen.
    Penfold: Not Stiletto!
    Stiletto: Yeah, Signora Mafiosa to you. Pleasent. So Sorry I can't wait to talk. Ulamanergick!
  • Greenback: So, they think my little snippersnappers will lead them to my hideout. Well, I have news for them, eh, Nero?
    <Nero giggles, zoom in on snapper robots which proceed to explode>
    Penfold: Crumbs! I didn't touch anything! It wasn't me, sir!
    DM: It's all right, Penfold. It self-destructed.
    Penfold: Self-destructed?
    DM: Yes. You know, that echo sounded just like you! Anyways, yes. That must mean we're close to its base. We'd better split up!
    Penfold: Right, sir. Uh, can I split up and come with you?
    DM: No, Penfold!
  • Colonel K.: Ah, DM, good show!
    DM: Yes, Colonel?
    Colonel K.: Our spotters have spied a spaceship!
    DM: Spied a spaceship?
    Colonel K.: Precisely! Now I want you two to go out and investigate before this alien, whoever he is, starts trouble!
    Penfold: Trouble, Colonel?
    Colonel: Right, interfering with our radio transmission...
    <signal interference, J.J. Quark appears>
    Quark: Right, you lot! Stop your blubbering!
    DM: You lot?
    Quark: My name is Quark. J.J. Quark.
    DM: Oh, really?
    Quark: I'm from a planet far beyond your kin, you kin! And I'm the owner of planet Earth!
    DM: You're what?!
    Quark: This is a cosmic charter, giving Earth to my great-great-great-great grandfather! Anyway, I'm on my way to take over! And if there's any argument from anyone, I'll paralyze his particles, you kin!
    <signal interference, Colonel K. returns>
    Colonel K.: I say, did you chaps get an alien chappie on your screen just now?
    Penfold: Aye! Uh, yes, Colonel!
    Colonel K.: Talk in a foreign langugae?
    DM: More or less, Colonel. Says he's going to take over planet Earth!
    Colonel K.: Great Scot! Better get after them! Stop them right now!
    DM: Right, sir! Come on, Penfold!

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