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Danger Mouse

Danger Mouse

Name: Brian Joseph Burton

Origin: White Plains, USA

Labels: Capitol/EMI, Lex Records

Groups: Gnarls Barkley, Danger Doom, Broken Bells


Danger Mouse is the alias used by producer Brian Joseph Burton, born on 29 th July 1977 in White Plains, New York. He gained notoriety in 2004 when he released “The Grey Album”, an album created at the height of the mash-up wave on which he combined the vocal tracks from Jay-Z's “The Black Album” with the instrumental tracks from The Beatles' “White Album”. It was his introduction to the club of most in-demand hip-hop producers of the time. In 2003 he made an album with rapper Jemini on Lex Recods, “Ghetto Pop Life”, and in 2005 he collaborated with MF Doom under the name DangerDoom, on Epitaph, for the album “The Mouse And The Mask”.

In 2006 he formed Gnarls Barkley with Cee Lo Green, releasing two albums so far, “St. Elsewhere” in 2006 and “The Odd Couple” in 2008. He has produced albums like Gorillaz' “Demon Days”, Beck's “Modern Guilt” and The Black Keys' “Brothers”. He has also released albums with artists and bands like Joker's Daughter, Daniele Luppi (“Rome”) and Sparklehorse (“Dark Night Of The Soul”). In 2009 he formed Broken Bells with indie-rock band The Shins' James Mercer. In 2010 they released a self-titled debut album. Danger Mouse has been nominated for a Grammy five times in the Producer of the Year category, winning it in 2011. Esquire listed him among the 75 most influential people in the 21 st century. In 2010 he started producing an album for U2.

Selected discography

“Ghetto Pop Life” w/ Jemini (Lex Records, 2003)

“The Mouse And The Mask” w/ MF Doom (Epitaph, 2005)

“Dark Night Of The Soul” w/ Sparklehorse (Parlophone, 2010)

“Rome” w/ Daniele Luppi (Parlophone, 2011)

As Gnarls Barkley

“St. Elsewhere” (Atlantic, 2006)

“The Odd Couple” (Warner, 2008)

As Broken Bells

“Broken Bells” (Columbia, 2010)