Cee Lo Green spoke with the Chicago Tribune about his wild on-stage wardrobe choices, where he gets his style inspiration, and how his eccentricities date back to early childhood.
“I’m a normal guy at heart,” Green said. “But, on stage, they don’t pay me for normal.”
“I got those shoulder pads from the [WWF's] Road Warriors…I’m a big, big fan of theirs. I told my assistant stylist ‘I want these made.’ It’s punk, it’s rock, it’s metal. It’s equal parts Road Warriors and Judas Priest. As a matter of fact, I’ve become cool with (the Road Warriors’ Animal) the last few weeks because he’s honored that I would live out their legacy. This means that something that they did so long ago was not in vain.”
“When it comes to the stage, I can’t help but be inspired by people like George Clinton, Elton John and Alice Cooper…The chicken suit was from Elton John. He wore it on ‘The Muppet Show’ in 1977. My style is ambiguous and lucid…I wish to be signified but not summed-up. I don’t want to have to go over the top each time.”
“I was like the kid on ‘Daddy Day Care’ that wore the Flash costume, except I was wearing a Batman suit for months at a time.”