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Sunday, September 10, 2006
Stuff I Read On Slate This Week

Crazy for "Crazy":
By now there can be little doubt that the song of 2006 is Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy." Actually, this uncannily catchy single has been kicking around since late 2005, when it first leaked on the Internet and was picked up by radio stations in the United Kingdom, which put the record in heavy rotation months before its official release in March of this year. In Britain, "Crazy" made history. It was the first song to top the charts on the strength of online download sales alone, and it remained at No. 1 for nine weeks—the biggest U.K. hit in more than a dozen years. Finally, Gnarls Barkley—the rapper/singer Cee-Lo Green and the producer/DJ Danger Mouse—decided to pull the single from the U.K. market, fearing it had become so overplayed that it would not be remembered fondly. Meanwhile, "Crazy" made the Top 10 in more than 15 other countries and held the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven consecutive weeks.
And I've never heard of it.

Tell me you wouldn't click this:


Kith Of Death

I love her, but she doesn't know I killed her father.

I always wondered this:

101 101

How did intro classes get their trademark number?

The Village Voice has fired music critic legend Robert Christgau. His archive is browsable here.

Gregg Easterbrook proposes a Fifth Argument for the Elimination of Television: it might cause autism. Then again, it might not.

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