List of Gnarls Barkley costumes

List of Gnarls Barkley costumes

Gnarls Barkley has a propensity to appear in costume. For each live performance, as well as each photo shoot and interviews, the duo and their backing band dress in a different set of themed costumes. When performing live, the group will often open with a cover suited to their particular costume. For example, when they appeared as chefs in San Francisco, they opened with a cover of Duran Duran's "Hungry Like the Wolf." Here is a partial list of costumes the group has worn in concert:
*"Airline flight crew" (Top of the Pops, London, April 16, 2006; Grammy Award, Los Angeles, February 11, 2007)
*"Wizard of Oz characters" (Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio, Calif., April 29, 2006) Opened with "Breathe" by Pink Floyd; introduced themselves as "Mean Ol' Lion and the Hearts."
*"Glam metal band" (Webster Hall; New York; May 22, 2006) Opened with "The Final Countdown" by Europe
*"Bathrobes" (Late Night with Conan O'Brien, New York, May 24, 2006)
*"Graduation caps & gowns" (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Los Angeles, June 12, 2006)
*"Chefs" (The Fillmore; San Francisco, June 18, 2006) Opened with "Hungry Like the Wolf" by Duran Duran and introduced themselves as the Sam Cookes.
*"Scientists" (VEGA, Copenhagen, June 21, 2006; Le Bataclan, Paris, July 3, 2006; Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin, Texas, September 15, 2006; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, February 28, 2007) Opened all four with "She Blinded Me With Science" by Thomas Dolby; introduced themselves as "John Nash and the Beautiful Minds"
*"Doctors and nurses" (Avalon; Los Angeles; July 23, 2006; Electric Factory; Philadelphia, August 12, 2006) Opened both with "Dr. Feelgood" by Mötley Crüe Introduced themselves as "Chocolate John and the M.D.s".
*"Greasers" (Avalon, Los Angeles, July 24, 2006, Live from Abbey Road performance)
*"Tennis players" (First Avenue, Minneapolis, August 2, 2006; Lollapalooza, Chicago, August 5, 2006; Avalon, Boston, August 17, 2006; Pacific Amphitheater, Orange County, July 20 2006; V Festival, Sydney, March 31, 2007) Introduced themselves as "Love 40." Opened all five with "We Are the Champions" by Queen
*"Private school uniforms" (SBC Center, San Antonio, Texas, March 6, 2007; American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas, January 13, 2007; Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK, July 6, 2006; The Late Show with David Letterman, New York, August 14, 2006; Ryan Center, Kingston, R.I., September 28, 2006; US Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio, January 20, 2007, Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois, February 27, 2007, Assembly Hall, Champaign, Illinois, March 3, 2007),Perth, Australia, April 5, 2007) Opened shows with "Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)" by Pink Floyd; introduced themselves as "School of Rock"
*"Star Wars" characters" (MTV Movie Awards, Sony Pictures Studios, California, June 3, 2006)
*"Pajamas" (Riviera Theatre, Chicago, September 11, 2006) Opened with "Talking in Your Sleep" by The Romantics
*"Gladiators" (Virgin Festival, Baltimore, September 23, 2006; The Tabernacle, Atlanta, October 1, 2006) Opened with "We Are the Champions" by Queen; introduced themselves as "The Chariots of Fire"
*"Austin Powers characters" (Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, London, October 27, 2006); Bang Music Festival, Miami, November 11, 2006, Deck the Hall Ball, Seattle, December 7, 2006, Verizon Center, DC, January 25, 2007)
*"Astronaut jumpsuits" (USC Galen Center, The Flaming Lips and Gnarls Barkley New Year's Eve Extravaganza!, Los Angeles, December 31, 2006, and in St. Louis with Red Hot Chili Peppers on January 15, 2007, Raleigh on January 22, 2007, and Charlottesville on January 26, 2007) Opened with "Space Oddity" by David Bowie; introduced themselves as "Area 69"
*"Hippies" (Carling Academy Brixton, London, November 5, 2006) Opened with "Sunshine of Your Love" by Cream; introduced themselves as "Fat Lizzy" (A pun on Thin Lizzy).
*"Karate Gi's" (V-festival, Toronto September 2006 Opened with "Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Douglas; intorduced themselves as "Kung Fu Hustle"
*"Reverend and Gospel Group" (SoCo Music Festival in Denver, Colorado; June 28, 2008) In photo shoots, as well as in the "Smiley Faces" video and various concerts, the group mimics a classic movie. Here is a partial list of movies and/or movie characters they have referenced in publicity photos or otherwise:

*"Austin Powers"
*"Back to the Future"
*"The Big Lebowski"
*"Cheech and Chong"
*"A Clockwork Orange"
*"Donnie Darko"
*"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"
*"Fight Club"
*"Finding Nemo"
*"Kung Fu Hustle"
*"The Matrix"
*"Men in Black"
*"Napoleon Dynamite"
*"Night of the Living Dead"
*"Pulp Fiction"
*"School of Rock"
*"Soul Train"
*"Wayne's World"
*"The Wizard of Oz"
*"Yellow Submarine"

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