DJ Danger Mouse

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Danger Mouse in August 2008
Danger Mouse in an appearance by Gnarls Barkley on April 30, 2006 as " The Tin Man "

Brian Joseph Burton (born July 29, 1977 in White Plains , New York ), known as DJ Danger Mouse , is a record producer and musician.


Burton became known in 2004 as the creator of the mashup album The Gray Album , on which he mixed music by Jay-Z with the Beatles . Although the album was not intended for official release and was only sold clandestinely on CD-R and as a download from Burton's website, it attracted greater attention and received favorable reviews.

In 2003 Burton had released the album Ghetto Pop Life together with rapper Jemini . In December 2004, his involvement as producer on the Gorillaz album Demon Days was announced, which was released in May 2005. He also produced another Damon Albarn project : The Good, the Bad and the Queen . He also released the album The Mouse & The Mask in October 2005 with MF Doom under the name DangerDoom .

With the singer Cee-Lo Green he released as Gnarls Barkley on May 19, 2006 a new album called St. Elsewhere . In the UK , Gnarls Barkley's song Crazy caused a stir as it topped the charts despite being downloadable only from the internet.

In 2010 the album Dark Night of the Soul was released in collaboration with Sparklehorse  - due to a legal dispute with a delay of over a year. After the already finished album was leaked in 2009 and the end of the legal dispute was not in sight , Danger Mouse hit the headlines again when he only released the album with a CD-R and the note that the CD-R was empty for legal reasons and its own To use discretion, sold.

In 2017 he produced with u. a. Angel Olsen , Norah Jones and Beck produced a fictional soundtrack to the 1960s-style television series The Man In The High Castle under the title Resistance Radio .

Burton's stage name comes from the British animated series Danger Mouse .


Chart positions
Explanation of the data
Dark Night Of The Soul (with Sparklehorse )
  DE 70 07/30/2010 (3 weeks)
  CH 40 08/01/2010 (2 weeks)
  UK 32 07/24/2010 (2 weeks)
  US 24 07/31/2010 (2 weeks)
Rome (with Daniele Luppi, Jack White & Norah Jones )
  DE 91 05/27/2011 (2 weeks)
  AT 72 05/27/2011 (1 week)
  CH 23 05/29/2011 (5 weeks)
  UK 20th 05/28/2011 (3 weeks)
  US 11 06/04/2011 (7 weeks)
Lux Prima (with Karen O )
  UK 35 March 28, 2019 (1 week)
Pelican City
  • 1999: The Chilling Effect
  • 2000: Rhode Island
  • 2002: Pelican City vs. Scanner EP
Gnarls Barkley (with Cee-Lo Green )
Danger Doom (with MF Doom )
  • 2005: The Mouse & The Mask
  • 2006: Occult Hymn EP
Broken Bells (with James Mercer from The Shins )
  • 2010: Broken Bells
  • 2014: After the Disco


Web links

Commons : DJ Danger Mouse  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. BBC News: Danger Mouse to release blank CD , May 16, 2009
  3. Chart sources: DE AT CH UK US