First there was wizard rock. Then there was Twi-rock. And now that the floodgates have opened, expect to see a lot more bands singing about books and movies.
Devin Overman from the Owl Post and Be Safe Bella wants to start a third band, called simply Book Rock. “Each song would be about a different book, like ’Lord of the Flies,'” she said. “It wouldn’t have to be specific to fantasy series.”
Paul DeGeorge from Harry and the Potters almost started a band that sung the calypsos from Kurt Vonnegut’s “Cat’s Cradle,” as a sort of “weird experimental jazz odyssey” but didn’t think anyone would go see it. (Someone beat him to it anyway). Joe DeGeorge (also from Harry and the Potters) wants to see “an awesome metal band” called Ishmael and the Whale.
So of all the possibilities — from “Lord of the Flies” to “Moby Dick” — it’s Meg Cabot’s “Princess Diaries” that will be up next. Switchblade Kittens, who currently play in the wizard rock scene, told MTV News that their next album will be called “Rebel Princess” and all the lyrics will be inspired by everything Cabot (the ten “Princess Diaries” books as well as the “Teen Idol” and “All-American Girl” books). “We got such a good response from wizard rock,” lead singer Drama. “But with wizard rock, we sing from the perspective of college-aged wizard rockers in a band. It’s about being in a magical world.”
“With Meg Cabot,” she continued, “she has 27 bestsellers, so you really can’t zone in quite the same way. I don’t want to infringe upon her as a writer, so I try not to do it as plot summaries: ‘Princess Mia was walking down the street…’ No. It’s much more interpretative, which is what music should be.”
All this is also being done with Cabot’s blessing — unlike wizard rock, which J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. unofficially tolerate. Cabot is also planning to tour with the band in 2009 — to sign books, not to sing along. “I would like it if she would sing, but I don’t know if she would like that,” Drama laughed. Tour stops will include the Mall of America in Minnesota and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
“We used to be a regular rock band,” Drama said, “and now I guess we’re a book rock band.”
Would you want to see a Meg Cabot-themed band? What other books or movies would you like to hear songs about?