Published Sep 01, 2004What makes an actor suddenly become a musician? Is it the huge ego, an entourage of encouragers or just that undying determination to attempt any stupid challenge? Many, many times, actors have failed in the music industry, but they just keep coming. Today, another slew of film and TV stars are ignoring the examples set by Eddie Murphy, Russell Crowe, Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jared Leto, Johnny Depp and let's not forget Bruce Willis's alter-ego Bruno. On second thought, let's.
Sure, it seems like inevitable failure, but blame the handful of successes for encouraging the talentless Kylie Minogue moved successfully from Aussie soap Neighbours, while Jennifer Lopez has sold millions of copies of four albums; quite remarkable, since she can barely hit a note. (Of course, now it's her film career that needs resurrection.)
In the coming months, a new crew of thespians will trade in treading the boards for stalking a stage expect albums from Juliette Lewis, Minnie Drive and yes, the return of William Shatner. Lewis added vocals to the new Prodigy record, did a tour of duty on the Vans Warped Tour with her bad-ass rock band, the Licks, and has a debut album, Like A Bolt Of Lightning, due out this month. Driver will release her self-penned debut, Everything I've Got In My Pocket, in October. Featuring a cover of Springsteen's "Hungry Heart," the album is a surprisingly decent collection of folky pop songs akin to Beth Orton or Mazzy Star. And Shatner is back in October, with the aptly titled Has Been, an album that features Joe Jackson, Henry Rollins, Ben Folds and a far-out cover of Pulp's "Common People." Seriously.
Thankfully, we'll be putting the nail back in the coffin of these ill-advised forays by the end of next year, when Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan battle it out for the title of "most ill-conceived recording project," currently held by Lohan's nemesis, Hilary Duff. Cam Lindsay