The Tryout: Gossip Girl Does Good
Taylor Momsen of "Gossip Girl" fame is in a rock band, Pretty Reckless, and they've released the video for their first single (which was also on the Kick Ass soundtrack. The song is pretty promising and fairly catchy, even if it doesn't exactly build to anything and gets a little bit repetitive. Still, I like it and am very interested in what else the band has up its sleeve.
The weirdest part about this video is the reaction to it. A lot of people seem to be a) rooting against Momsen and b) acting like this video is somehow too racy or inappropriate. Mind you, this is a girl whose been playing a virginal yet conniving debutante-in-training on "Gossip Girl", a show that had the then 16 year old Momsen making out with twenty-something Chase Crawford. This video is pretty damned tame when compared to the world of "Gossip Girl".
Obviously, I have no idea who Taylor Momsen is as a person and I hope that she has people around her to steer her clear of the pitfalls of fame but, as for the music, it's pretty good and I'd say she deserves this shot more than a lot of actors-turned-musicians. If the album is as good as this song, Pretty Reckless should be able to go forward and be judged based on merit rather than the past roles of their lead singer.