Oh My GOD! Miss Punk Avril Lavigne doesn't know who the SEX PISTOLS are!!!!
WTF!! Read this article. I know there are many Avril fans here, and it seems like I seriously hate her!!! I have some of her songs downloaded. I like ALL music. I like some of her songs. I am not a bratty detective anti-fan! I was on one of her websites because she was starting to grow on me. But I found this article... I have always hated how she shoves this image down your face, but I'm a lay off her, because I truly believe it is her label, and maybe she is just as annoyed about the faux-persona as I am! ...I MEAN TO NOT KNOW THE SEX PISTOLS!!! A band that helps DEFINE PUNK!! Something's wrong here... it's just obvious now!
Buzz: Cover Story: Sk8er girl NOT?
"She is the most real thing out there," boasted her manager.
Let Go is the hottest debut album of the year, selling over two million in the US and shifting 15,000 copies in Singapore since its September release.
The 18-year-old Canadian is pretty talented, and the boys think she's hot. But is she really the most real thing? Lavigne's believers are inspired by her spunky wild-child image; the anti-Avrils have rejected her as a teen role model.
(Even her former manager has denounced her as a fraud.) They claim she is pop, not punk. She's fabricated, not real. And – gasp! – that she's even more cleverly packaged than ol' Britney herself. 1. THE LOOK With the demand for pop down and punk edging into the mainstream, music execs have started capitalising on the new trend. Enter their latest puppet: Avril Lavigne.
Just look at her ‘uniform': studded jewellery, baggy cargo pants, fitted tank tops and signature neckties. It's a look ripped out of the fashion pages of teen magazine Seventeen.
And for a self-proclaimed muss-and-no-fuss tomboy, does anyone realise that her once-frizzy brown tresses have been rebonded? And how many tubes of eyeliner do you think she goes through a week for those perfectly-lined raccoon peepers? Lavigne also loves posing with her skateboard, and her official biography says she's good at it.
However, "Dude, I suck!" is the typical response when asked about her skills.
She lamented to Rolling Stone about her skater-punk label: "I don't want someone to shove a camera and a board in my face and be like, ‘Here, let's see what everyone's talking about'. "Because it's not like I'm a pro... I skateboarded in high school, and they have to make me sound like some big-ass skater. There's more to me than that." So why didn't Lavigne choose a hockey-stick as an accessory instead? But here's something admirable about Lavigne: She won't ever be caught dead in slutty cleavage-baring outfits.
She told ELLEgirl: "Today, I rejected some gorgeous publicity shots because they just didn't look like me.
"I won't wear swanky clothes that show off my booty, my belly, or boobs. I have a great body. I could be Britney. I could be better than Britney." But, wait, Lavigne loves showing off navel and butt-crack at public events. Give her time and she just might get Dirrty and be a Slave 4 U. 2. THE MUSIC Let's just say she's no Fiona Apple or Alanis Morissette. Her album comprises mostly radio-friendly, pop-rock tunes – Sk8er Boi being one of the faster, heavier tracks.
She bragged to dotmusic.com: "I was born to rock, I was born to roll. I see myself as a rock chick and when they refer to me as a pop chick I'm like ‘NOOOOO!!!'." But just two years ago, Lavigne was crooning country songs favoured by her religious parents, and started listening to CDs only at age 12.
Her first manager, Cliff Fabri, who was sacked by Lavigne when she hit the big time, told Entertainment Weekly: "She was so sheltered, she didn't know Blink 182 from Madonna... Her mother kept pushing Faith Hill and Martina McBride at me, saying, ‘This is Avril'." She claims to be punk, but doesn't know the Sex Pistols. "Why would I know that stuff? Look how young I am. That stuff's old, right?" 3. THE TALENT Lavigne seems to imply that she's quite the self-made musician ("I had to write myself. I had to do my music.") who plays her own instruments.
But Fabri points out that she received a lot of professional help on the songwriting front – but hasn't admitted to it. She also once revealed: "When I get upset and really need to get it out of me, I go to my guitar." But then in a VH-1 article, she contradicted herself: "I sit down with a guitar player." So while we often see Michelle Branch or Vanessa Carlton working their instruments while performing live, Lavigne leaves her band members to do the playing. If we're lucky, she may occasionally strum a few token chords. 4. THE ATTITUDE In Complicated, that infectious ditty that shot Lavigne to fame, she vents: "You're trying to be cool/You look like a fool to me." It's a song about her pet peeve: People being fake and changing their looks and personality to impress others. Well, then why is Lavigne, the gospel-singing small-town native of Napanee, Ontario, suddenly presenting herself as a finger-flipping bitch? Is this a class in Contradiction 101? In her first two music videos, the rebellious one and her crew are trashing the mall, stomping atop a car and wreaking havoc in general.
Said Fabri: "The expectations now are that she's this bad ass, smashing her guitar in a slick video. "That's as programmed as anything else... Avril has the potential to be real, but right now, she's a poseur." – ST
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