All the movie-stars want to play rock and roll, and all the rockers
want to act. Collectively the list of these cross-over types manage to
pull it off about as successfully as that bicycle-helicopter cross over
invention. In other words, not good. So where does Alt-movie darling
Juliette Lewis squeeze in?
Assured mainstream success due to the A-Lister on board, Juliette
and the Licks are, at the very least, an interesting prospect. I
acquired one of their EPs some months ago and, having been a big fan of
most of her films, I approached their music with open arms. First track
in and I was duly disappointed. Brimming full of old cock-rock clichés I
dismissed Juliette and co. as just another passing fad.
So where are we a few months later? Well as a stand-alone piece of
pop-rock this is distinctly average, being only slightly redeemed by my
mental visions of Ms. Lewis prancing around a stage/studio in her bizarre
Indian headgear, but enough of my midnight fantasies. If you're after
comparisons and influences, then these can mainly be drawn from the 1970s,
think an average Iggy and the Stooges, an average AC/DC, or
an average Alice Cooper.
This is definitely marketable stuff though, and i wouldn't be surprised
if they went on to do even better for themselves than they are already.
However, they need to take a step back from the ear-bleedingly generic
niche they've found themselves in, otherwise, for my sake at least
Juliette, don't give up the day job.