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Gnarls Barkley: What Makes 'Em 'Crazy'

Gnarls Barkley: What Makes 'Em 'Crazy'
Cee-lo and Danger Mouse
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06/19/2006 06:00AM

Beyonce, Jay-Z and Diddy are fans, but who is Gnarls Barkley? "If I saw him, I'm not sure that I would recognize him," jokes Cee-Lo, one-half of the duo that records under that name. Then, paraphrasing Patrick Swayze's 1987 Dirty Dancing ditty, he sings, "Gnarls Barkley is like the wind. I'm just a fool to believe I have anything he needs."

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Since topping the U.K. charts for nine weeks with their single "Crazy," Cee-Lo, 31 (of Goodie Mob), and Danger Mouse, 28 (who produced the mash-up The Grey Album), have been catching on with U.S. fans, who got to see one of Gnarls Barkley's costumed performances when the duo performed as Star Wars characters at the MTV Movie Awards.

PEOPLE recently caught up with the movie-loving duo:

On what makes the guys crazy:
Danger Mouse: "I can't touch certain textures, like magazine covers that are kind of like matte-finished. It drives me nuts, touching them or even watching someone read them. I get chills. It's like nails on a chalkboard."
Cee-Lo: "Someone who considers themselves so certain. This life is left up to chance and fate and destiny and things of that nature. I myself, I anticipate adversity."

On the band's chameleon-like style:
Danger Mouse: "Gnarls Barkley himself never really plays live. It's always a different band name whenever we do a full live show. When we play and dress up differently, it's a different attitude going in each time."
Cee-Lo: "Gnarls is not as professional about showing up to do shows. He's a star, baby."

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