Gnarls Barkley Pay Tribute to James Brown on New EP
Eclectic duo Gnarls Barkley are gearing up to release their latest project, the digital EP ‘Who’s Gonna Save My Soul.’ The new project will consist of a live version of ‘Neighbors’ from the 40-Watt Club in Athens, Ga., the unreleased track ‘Mystery Man,’ and four different versions of the title track.
“The song was written about James Brown — from an admirer’s perspective … someone who had truly personified everything that we are,” Cee-Lo said in recent interview when discussing ‘Who’s Gonna Save My Soul.’
The group missed out on a chance to meet Brown in 2006. The “God Father of Soul” passed away a few months after the missed opportunity. “It disappointed me so bad,” Cee-Lo admits. “It was almost like he was about to pass a torch to me. It’s my assumption but that’s also my aspiration. When I say, ‘I lay my own soul down,’ it’s like, I will have to be my own hero. I will have to save my own soul.”
‘Who’s Gonna Save My Soul’ will be available via iTunes and other online retailers on November 11.