International news roundup: Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger love Radiohead, Kanye loves lamp
Today in unexpected news: Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger sing Radiohead at the top of their lungs, Wilco sink to advertising, Kanye tries acting, Courtney Love is going on tour.
Chavril loves Radiohead
“Singing Radiohead at the top of our lungs/With the boom box blaring as we’re falling in love/I got a bottle of whatever, but it’s getting us drunk/Singing here’s to never growing up.” That’s opening lyric of Avril Lavigne’s latest masterpiece ‘Here’s To Never Growing Up’. Written by master five songsmiths including Lavigne; fiancé and Nickleback frontlion Chad Kroeger; former Evanescence member David Hodges; and the frontman of Boys Like Girls, Martin Bennett Johnson. Set your rage levels to “incredulous” and listen below:
Wilco’s kitchen sink approach
Wilco drummer music Glenn Kotche is the unlikely star of a new commercial for kitchen sinks. Kotche demonstrates the tap-on technology by playing a cover of The Four Tops’ ‘Reach Out, I’ll Be There’. It’s fairly impressive but not quite as great as his recent appearance on Melbourne’s Triple R when luggage delays forced him to play using forks on an improvised drum kit, built from scrap metal found in the lane behind the radio station.
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“Kanye”? I believe it’s German for whale’s vagina
Kanye West has reportedly been working with Skrillex, Daft Punk and Odd Future on his new album. Now we can add Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, and Paul Rudd to his list of recent collaborators because West has been confirmed to make a cameo appearance in the forthcoming Anchorman: The Legend Continues. Jim Carrey, Sacha Baron Cohen, Kirsten Dunst, Tina Fey, Nicole Kidman, Liam Neeson and John C. Reilly will also make cameos in the film.
Kanye sampled Will Ferrell on the Watch the Throne single ‘Niggas in Paris’ – “No one knows what it means, but it’s provocative … it gets the people going!” “I was completely flattered when they asked if they could sample me into the song, Ferrell told MTV. “And when I heard it for the first time, I just started to laugh because it felt so surreal.”
Love goes solo, again
Courtney Love has stopped ranting on Twitter long enough to announce a brief solo tour. Last year, Courtney reunited the mid-90s lineup of Hole by joining drummer Patty Schemel, guitarist Eric Erlandson, and bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur on stage for two songs: ‘Miss World’ and a cover of the Wipers’ ‘Over the Edge’. The two-song set was part of the afterparty for the premiere of a documentary about Schemel Hit So Hard. Sadly, the reunion didn’t last beyond that impromptu set. There’s no word on who’s in her band for the solo tour.
In a Q&A at the documentary screening Erlandson confirmed that the issue of Love reviving the Hole name and releasing an album without any of the other members of the band had not been settled. “We’re still not seeing eye to eye and nothing has been resolved,” Erlandson admitted. “But I’m open to all possibilities.” When FL spoke to Love back in 2010 she has a slightly different take on the matter, asserting that the Hole name belonged to her: “I had that name in Minneapolis, I had that name in New York and in 1985 I thought I’ll name my band Hole when I get a band. And legally it is my name and I registered it as my name. So everyone can perceive it as they can.”