Last November I shared with you the musical stylings of Russell Crowe, Billy Bob Thornton and other Hollywood actors. Here go some more:
1. “Dark Angel” – Steven Seagal
I didn’t know Mr. Seagal fancied himself an electric bluesman. Evidently nobody had the guts to tell him he sucks. Seagal’s 2006 album “Mojo Priest” features some legendary guest artists: Bo Diddley, Ruth Brown and Pinetop Perkins. Damn shame.
2. “Anywhere I Lay My Head” – Scarlett Johansson
She’s one of Hollywood’s hottest young leading ladies. She’s also a Barack Obama supporter, so I shan’t say anything snarky about Scarlett Johansson. This track is from her new album of Tom Waits covers – “Anywhere I Lay My Head” – produced by TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek.
3. “Red River Valley” – Buckethead & Viggo Mortensen
Viggo Mortensen is the best actor on this list. He’s also an avant-garde renaissance man – a poet, a painter, a composer, and a recording artist with good taste in collaborators.
Mortensen paired with freakishly talented guitarist Buckethead for the 2008 album “Pandemonium from America” (dedicated to hard-left activist Noam Chomsky).
None of which means I’d pay to hear Viggo Mortensen sing.
4. “Hardly Wait” – Juliette Lewis
Nowadays, Juliette Lewis fronts a rock band called Juliette and the Licks. But she recorded this caterwauling PJ Harvey cover in 1995. It’s on a benefit CD called “Hollywood Goes Wild!,” which includes tunes from Jeff Goldblum, Bruce Willis, Keanu Reeves and others.
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