Gnarls Barkley - Covering up

Meaning of band name Gnarls Barkley - Charles BarkleyMusic project of multi-instrumentalist, DJ and producer Danger Mouse (New York) and rapper / vocalist Cee Lo Green (Atlanta). The duo produces among others neo soul, funk and alternative hip hop. 

In American linguistic tradition taboo words are sometimes covered, or names are given a mocking effect, by replacing the first consonant by ‘schm’, after which the original and the modified word are made to rhyme with each other. A musical example is Nilsson Schmilsson. This can also be done using the letter combination gn; examples include Prince Gnarles (Prince Charles) and Bob Gnarley (Bob Marley). 

Danger Mouse and Green applied this technique to change the name of famous basketball player Charles Wade Barkley (born 1963, see photo) into their band name.

Active: 2006-present, USA

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