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The Next Big Thing: Good Charlotte

Gotta <3: Nine Days

Out of the studio, Onto the stage...

Christmas by CD

The Next Big Thing...

Album rating: ****/*****
Listen for: Little Things, Motivation Proclamation, etc.

good charlotte

They weren't the coolest guys in high school, but they've since graduated to rock star level. Good Charlotte is 2001's answer to Blink 182.

background check...

Lindzi.com: How'd the group form?

Joel of Good Charlotte: Benji and I were in high school and wanted to start a band. We started looking for people. Paul, our bass player, I knew his sister and I knew that he played bass so I asked him to come jam. We got together and it worked really well. Benji was in a class with Erin. We never really knew them before. We weren't close friends or anything. We knew them from around. We really clicked!

Lindzi.com: How long did it take to get to the next level?

Joel of Good Charlotte: It was definitely a long process. It was kinda like a snowball thing. We got interest from one label and it kinda built and built. So, we got a manager and he really got in there and stirred the labels' attention. We were playing in NY with Lit and some labels came to see us. We wound up signing with Epic, which has been really amazing.

Lindzi.com: And I understand you've already been on tour with Lit?

Joel of Good Charlotte: Our manager started talking to booking agencies and Lit's booking agency hooked it up. We went up the East Coast for a week with them. It worked out really well. We were really lucky. We love their music. We had a great time. They were awesome. We got so bummed out when we had to get off the tour because we were getting along so well. It was a really good time. We still see them every once in a while.

Lindzi.com: Did you get a chance to chill with the group at all?

Joel of Good Charlotte: We traded moves and stuff. Being a new band on the road, we watched them a lot. They are really professional. They have it together. It was good for us to be with them because we saw how a band like that handled themselves. Lit is really hot. They were really nice guys and they treat people well. It was good to be around that. It taught us a lot.

Lindzi.com: We think your sound is similar to Blink 182. Maybe it's because you have the same crazy attitudes?

Joel of Good Charlotte: They're really cool guys. We played a show with Blink 182. I met Tom, but didn't really get a chance to hang out with the rest of the group. They seem like the nicest guys. I've never heard one bad word about Blink.

Lindzi.com: Where did the name "Good Charlotte" come from?

Joel of Good Charlotte: It's the name of a children's book I had. It's really old. It was one of my favorites when I was younger. We were looking for a name and it was sitting there. Good Charlotte -- it just fit.

Lindzi.com: Does it have any other significance?

Joel of Good Charlotte: It kinda does, but when we were going over names, we weren't thinking of that. It's about a little girl. Everyone thinks she's bad. She's always getting in trouble and has bad luck. At the end of the book, everyone finds out she's really good.

gettin' personal...

Lindzi.com: A lot of your album relates to your high school years. What were they like?

Joel of Good Charlotte: My high school years were kind of chaotic. It was a whirlwind. I think all kids go through stuff in high school. There was stuff going on in my family and school life. Just growing up, there was definitely a tornado of things. I really started identifying with things once I started the band. I started taking control and having a good time. I always got along with everyone for the most part, but there was that group of cool kids that I didn't even want to be a part of. I didn't want to identify with them. I wasn't in any group. Once we started the band, we had that. Me and Benji always had our own thing going. When you have a twin, you're never alone. I think we've been apart maybe two days.

Lindzi.com: Tell me a little about the upcoming album.

Joel of Good Charlotte: Oh, man. It's all over the place. It's a rock record, but you'll hear all of our influences in there. You might hear some Weezer in there or some hip hop. I love hip hop. I'm a big fan of TuPac, Cash Money, Eminem. I have a couple tracks that I really love. For the more upbeat song, I love Warworld Worldwide. We do have a slower side, as well. I love Change, it's a love song. Benji and I are really close with our mom so we wrote a song for her. We wanted to do something for her so we put it on as a hidden track. When she gets the record, she'll hear the song and be surprised.

Lindzi.com: What's your take on all of the Eminem controversies?

Joel of Good Charlotte: I think people love controversy. I think that everybody makes a big deal about things. Everyone should have the freedom to say what they like and what they don't like. He definitely took it to the extreme. I think people don't give kids enough credit. Kids are smart. They know what's right and what's wrong. I'm an Eminem fan. When I heard the record, I wasn't offended. He said some things that people are going to want to be offended by so they're going to raise a rokus about it. There's always going to be someone shocking people. That's just the way it is.

Lindzi.com: And the boy band hysteria?

Joel of Good Charlotte: All the boy bands? I don't hate it. They're out there working hard. They're just regular people who have a career in music. It'll probably end, but I don't think it's a bad thing. I don't listen to it, but I don't hate it.

Lindzi.com: Meanwhile, pop icon Mandy Moore appears within your debut video for Little Things. How'd that come about?

Joel of Good Charlotte: Yeah, Mandy's cool. She's on our label. We had thought about having someone come and someone mentioned Mandy. I had never met her before and I hadn't listened to her music, but when I met her she was so cool. I was impressed with what kind of person she is. She went through a lot to come and be in the video. We were happy she could be part of it.

Lindzi.com: So, what's the touring situation like?

Joel of Good Charlotte: Me and Mandy might get together and do a joint! {laughs} Ya never know, ya know what I'm saying? I would love to tour with Green Day or Blink. My dream tour would be Weezer. I love Weezer. I just saw them a month ago in NY. We're currently on tour with Fenix TX.

Lindzi.com: Any embarassing moments?

Joel of Good Charlotte: I embarrass myself all the time. {laughs} I fell off stage once. Everyone thought I jumped off stage so it worked out well. I was singing and jumping around and I got lost in the music or whatever. I tripped and dove off stage. Everyone was like, "Woah, that was cool dude. Did you plan that?" I was like, "No."

Lindzi.com: What drives you insane?

Joel of Good Charlotte: Chicks with tattoos!

Be sure to pick up Good Charlotte's self-titled, debut album now! It's so kickass!!


Gotta <3...

N I N E   D A Y S

Lindzi.com: Where'd the name "Nine Days" come from?

Nine Days: True story? We started the band and did the whole entire record in nine days, but the last song we finished was called Nine Days of Rain. We finished it on the ninth day so we were just like, "That's the name of our band!"

Lindzi.com: Were any other crazy names considered?

Nine Days: There's really only one other name that we considered and that was Watership. It came from a string of other names that we had used in other bands. There was really nothing else. That was it.

Lindzi.com: Did a specific someone inspire Story of A Girl?

Nine Days: Yes. I was at a gig, doing soundcheck, and I was there with my girlfriend. We were aggravating each other. She just walked away and it really wasn't a big deal. She walked to the other side of the room as I was thinking, "Eggh, she drives me nuts!" As I'm thinking this thought, I look across the room and see her talking to a bunch of people and she's laughing about something. I just thought, "She really drives me crazy, but I love her when she's happy. When she's smiling and laughing." I don't know really what happened. I just started singing the chorus in my head. I went over and picked up my guitar. The song was really one of the easiest I've written.

Lindzi.com: How does one write a song?

Nine Days: It all depends. You can start with a lyric or a guitar part. You can be inspired by someone else's song. It could be anything. I usually get my best ideas while I'm driving. Something will pop into my head and I'll have to turn the radio off and sing it all the way home so I don't forget it.

Lindzi.com: You should start carrying around a tape recorder.

Nine Days: I just bought one a month ago. I'm finally documenting my ideas. Now that we're on the road there's not as much time to do these things. Finally, when I do go home, hopefully I'll have time to sit back and listen to them.

Lindzi.com: What's life on the road like?

Nine Days: We've dreamed about this for a long time. We've been on the road for about six or seven months. We know that we have at least another year, at least, on the road ahead of us just for this album. You have to pace yourself. You can't let it overwhelm you. We're having a good time.

Lindzi.com: What song off the record are you really into?

Nine Days: So Far Away -- it's usually what we close our show with because you really get to let loose!

Lindzi.com: What type of music are you guys into?

Nine Days: We listen to everything. I just got the new Wallflowers CD, which is really good. I'm waiting for new the U2 record to come out. I like heavy stuff too, but I'm not a fan of Limp Bizkit at all. I personally think that they're all just hype.

Lindzi.com: Any crazy 'on stage' moments?

Nine Days: When Jeremy's pants fell down. It was quite embarrassing for all of us. No, I'm kidding. That never happened! Jeremy has knocked his keyboards over a couple times. He tends to rock out on 'em. You don't often think of a keyboard player really rocking it, but Jeremy's really determined to reinvent the position of the keyboard player.

Lindzi.com: What drives you insane?

Nine Days: People who leave stuff all over the tour bus!


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Christmas by CD

Rating: *****/*****

Who: Christina Aguilera

What: My Kind of Christmas

Which: Christmas Time, This Year, Merry Christmas Baby, Oh Holy Night, The Christmas Song

Why: This release showcases Ms. Aguilera's real sound and true talent. Fueled with R&B and bluesy ballads, My Kind of Christmas definitely sets Christina apart from the teen pop scene. It's quite obvious that, since her debut, she has matured vocally and is now in full control of her career. In addition to the numerous original songs featured on the album (any one of which could be a radio hit!), Christina puts her own bluesy spin on traditional Christmas carols. This is the kind of Christmas album everyone can enjoy!


Who:  Charlotte Church

What: Dream A Dream

Which: Dream A Dream, O Come All Ye Faithful

Why: Miss Church has a beautiful voice -- this is evident if you're familiar with her previous albums. The title track, Dream A Dream, which also features country talent Billy Gilman is magnificent. If you're a fan of opera or open to the possibility, this album is for you. If not, save your milk and cookies for another record.




Who:  Various Artists

What: Platinum Christmas

Which: Too many to mention!

Why: Per the title, Platinum Christmas is a compilation CD that features artists who have collectively sold over 200 million records worldwide. The album includes jazzy, new tracks from Britney Spears, Monica, Joe, 'N Sync, Santana, Dave Matthews Band, Dido, Steps, BSB, R. Kelly, and Donell Jones, as well as classics from Christina Aguilera, Whitney Houston, TLC, Jars of Clay, and Toni Braxton. This eclectic compilation is a must-have for years to come!


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