Smiley Faces (3:05)

Cover of St. Elsewhere

From St. Elsewhere and 10 other releases

Smiley Faces is a song by Gnarls Barkley and is featured on their debut album, St. Elsewhere. It was released 17 July 2006 as the second single from that album in the United Kingdom (see 2006 in British music). As of recently, the single’s music video is being tested on MTV, indicating that it was re-released in the US as the third and final single from the album.

The mockumentary-style music video for “Smiley Faces”, directed by Robert Hales shows a music historian (played by Dennis Hopper) and an A&R executive (played by Dean Stockwell) being interviewed about whether or not Gnarls Barkley (the person) exists and pondering over whether Barkley is behind the music scene. The video shows musical acts and cultural events from the 1920’s to the 1990’s, with Cee-Lo and producer Danger Mouse in the background. The effect is similar to that of Woody Allen editing himself into archival film footage in Zelig. (Danger Mouse has spoken of Woody Allen’s films, and Allen’s auteur approach as having an influence on his music.)

In September 2007, the video won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Editing.

There was another music video made, featuring an instant messaging smiley with a gangster smileys’ wife (who takes her top off for him), going to a sex dungeon, killing the gangster with a chainsaw, getting arrested and sent to prison, getting broken out of prison by the gangsters’ wife


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