Okay. Take a good look. Now. Simmer down. It’s ROCK ‘N ROLL, you guys. The “ohmygod, she’s just a little girl! She’s got a LIGHTER and a leather jacket!” argument is pretty lame considering some of the really horrendous album covers I’ve seen while researching this post. (Granted, the super-gross ones aren’t even worth mentioning.) I decided to show a few other bands who have photographs of children on their album covers–MALE bands, by the way.
That’s right. I’m sticking up for 17-year old Taylor Momsen again. Taylor, the lead singer and songwriter of The Pretty Reckless is NOT a Disney chick. She’s not trying to get out of a “good girl image”…she never had that reputation. (I don’t count playing Cindy LooWho in How the Grinch Stole Christmas in 2000 as having a rep for being a goody-goody.) Her most notable role is that of Little J on Gossip Girl, and Taylor’s trying her best to put that show behind her.
In no way is Taylor trying to be anyone’s “role model”. The Pretty Reckless is a much better than average female-fronted band. Taylor and her boys have been hard at work on the giant Warped Tour around the U.S., and will also perform next month at V Festival in the U.K.
Just a reminder of some album covers — by male artists — that are now considered “genius”.
There was also a small band called The Beatles…who tried to get away with this lovely album back in the 60’s, but did indeed change the cover to a mere photo of the band:
Lighten UP on The Pretty Reckless. Taylor Momsen is living her dream…at 17.
Boy, I’m all over the place on this post. Sorry.