If Taylor Momsen’s band, the Pretty Reckless, somehow found themselves playing one of Jenny Humphrey’s school dances on “Gossip Girl,” does Momsen think that her fictional alter-ego would be into her music?
“I think she’d like it,” Momsen told MTV News. “Her dad’s a rocker. We’re trying to bring rock back with the Pretty Reckless here, so I think she’d like it. She put the Ramones in her fashion, so [yes].”
It’s fairly obvious that Momsen loves to show her rock side. Whether she’s name-checking Nirvana, Joan Jett and Hole or hitting a red carpet in leather, bleached-blond hair and red lipstick, it’s clear that Momsen and the Pretty Reckless aren’t softies. “In everything I do, I’m influenced by music. Music feeds my soul,” she said. “As far as style, I’m influenced by eras that had music [I] liked. Music became a persona to me.”
That persona started when Momsen was a kid. If Jenny Humphrey’s dad is a rocker, Taylor Momsen’s dad is a rock fan. He used to play music for the “Gossip Girl” star, music that prepared her for her future job as a rock star. “I grew up listening to the Beatles on vinyl with my dad,” she explained, citing “Strawberry Fields Forever” as one of her favorite songs. “So I grew up kind of listening to good records. I worked my way into Joan Jett and the Runaways records and Blondie and Garbage. Garbage became a huge influence on me.”