Atlanta’s Cee Lo Green, best known as part of Gnarls Barkley and Goodie Mob, is not just a producer and performer, he’s a music fan.
So when Fuse TV asked him to host a music show, he readily agreed.
“We were mixing and tweaking my album. I was able to do that in the evenings and film the television show in early morning through the afternoons.”
They had a list of acts they wanted and got the ones who could fit it in the schedule. He got a couple of Atlanta buddies, including Ludacris (last week) and Lil Jon (this week), but his favorite was Public Enemy.
He felt bad though that there were technical difficulties and the show took a lot longer to tape. He wasn’t even sure he did a good job. “Without those distractions, I would have been more comfortable,” he said. “I was just flattered to be so close to living legends.”
A couple months ago, Cee Lo released a jaunty, upbeat song which explicitly uses the F word on YouTube. It became a sensation. The official video has been watched 15 million times on top of seven million more for the original video, since taken down.
Radio demanded a cleaned-up version and he obliged. “It certainly wasn’t about radio initially,” he said. “But as they got involved and became interested, we didn’t want to curb the enthusiasm. We made amends and gave an alternative version. ”
The song shot up quickly into the teens of the top 40 chart but has begun slipping. Clearly, some stations are refusing to play it, no matter how likable it is.
“There was some collateral damage,” he said. “You can expect that given the song title. We take the bitter and the sweet.”
“Ultimately,” he added, “the song is about smiling. It’s about moving on. It does have a silver lining to it. It was done in all, clean fun. I promise. No malice whatsoever!”
His next album is out November 9.
“Lay It Down With Cee Lo Green” 11 p.m. Wednesdays on Fuse