Today is Danger Mouse’s birthday. In honor of the legendary producer (nee Brian Burton), we’ve compiled a very biased list of his greatest works, starting of course with…
The Grey Album
The seminal work that put Danger Mouse on the map while (for obvious reasons) staying entirely underground.
Danger Mouse’s famed partnership with CeeLo Greene resulted in the pop masterpieces, St. Elsewhere and The Odd Couple. CeeLo Greene’s tendency towards public meltdowns unfortunately ruined multiple live shows for the duo and led to its preemptive demise.
Danger Doom – The Mouse and The Mask
A collaboration between Danger Mouse and MF DOOM featuring Doom rapping over samples from Adult Swim programs. Brilliant, “cooly demented” backpack rap.
Gorillaz – Demon Days
Danger Mouse isn’t a member of the mysterious digital act, but he produced the five-time platinum album that won the Gorillaz a Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals and brought you the hits “DARE” and “Feel Good Inc.”
Also of note:
Danger Mouse’s collaboration with James Mercer of the Shins
A spaghetti western concept album by Danger Mouse and accomplished film composer Daniele Luppi, featuring vocals by Jack White and Norah Jones.
Dark Night of The Soul
Danger Mouse’s unprecedented marquee collaboration with Sparklehorse guest starred a mess of talented musical acts – from the Flaming Lips to Iggy Pop to Julian Casablancas to Suzanne Vega, as well as a 100-page photo book shot by David Lynch.
If you appreciated the Black Keys’ albums El Camino, Brothers, and Attack and Release; Norah Jones’ Little Broken Hearts; Electric Guests’s Mondo; Portugal. The Man’s Evil Friends; The Good, The Band, and The Queen’s eponymous album; and Beck’s Modern Guilt, you can give some thanks Burton, who produced all of the above.
Happy birthday, Danger Mouse. What are you playing to celebrate?