November 4, 2015


CeeLo Talks "Robin Williams" Song, Actor's "Disheartening" Death

CeeLo Green's follow-up to 2010's "Fuck You"-featuring The Lady Killer, his last solo non-holiday album, is due this Friday. Over the summer we got a Heart Blanche preview with "Robin Williams," an exploration of the comedy icon's 2014 suicide at the age of 63.

In a new interview with Fuse, CeeLo calls Williams "a personal idol." He goes on:

"I just think from Mrs. Doubtfire to Mork to Jumanji to Good Morning Vietnam—an enormity of talent and ability, so much infinite possibility just cut down all of a sudden. It's just very disheartening to try to even sort it out for yourself, to try to make any sense out of it."

"Robin Williams" explores the juxtaposition of comedians' pain and their ability to give us joy. (See also: Iron Maiden's Book of Souls cut "Tears of a Clown," which openly wondered about the same dynamics.) Early in CeeLo's tribute, the Gnarls Barkley member wonders:

We don’t know what the next man’s going through
Wish I could say it in a plainer way
We don’t know
Life reminds me of Robin Williams
We’ve got to laugh the pain away

Listen to "Robin Williams" here, and look out for Heart Blanche on Friday, Nov. 6: