In the ’70s, a bunch of Mardi Gras Indians in funky feathers met up with The Meters in New Orleans to make a heavily groovy record. The Wild Tchoupitoulas, as they were called, clearly had an influence on Cee-Lo beyond the weirding of the classic "Cissy Strut" sound both found a foundation in—look at his get up from last night's Grammy's. Aside from his Sun Ra-ish bejeweled shower cap, his multi-colored peacocking was undoubtedly indebted to the Tchoupitoulas, one more link closed in the gap between ecstatic Crayolas and forward moving funk. Despite being downgraded to "The Song Otherwise Known as 'Forget You,'" the artist formerly known as a crucial member of Dungeon Family Cee Lo's jubilation was infection, naughty faux-Muppets as backups, toothsome grin about his incredible spectacle. But, side note: Gwenyth Paltrow? No qualms with the actress half—killed it in Two Lovers!—or even as the proprietor of something called Goop, but truly her presence was non-required, a bodysuited distraction with just fuzzy red earrings as a meager nod to the double rainbow of life blooming around her. Possibly it is ignorant to want to tamp the egocentric EGOT-ish desires of a superstar, but just because you name your kid Apple doesn't mean you need to walk on the wild side. Save it for the mirror, or backstage at the next boring Coldplay show. Check the video of their duet after the jump.
Grammys Trash Talk: Is Cee Lo the Best Wild Tchoupitoula Ever? Is Gwyneth Paltrow the Worst?
February 14, 2011