During an interview with radio station Sirius XM, Lana Del Rey explained how Kurt Cobain and Nirvana had left an impression on her as an artist:
“When I was 11, I saw Kurt Cobain singing Heart Shaped Box on MTV and it really stopped me dead in my tracks. I thought he was the most beautiful person I had ever seen. Even at a young age, I really related to his sadness.”
“I never revisited his music again until I was about 17 or 18, and then when I did, it still meant just as much to me then. It’s continued to be my primary … inspiration – in terms of not wanting to compromise lyrically or sonically,” she added.
Quizzed on how she attuned co-songwriters to her desired musical direction, she said:
“I talk a lot about Thomas Newman’s score for American Beauty. That was a soundtrack I really was inspired by. Think Thomas Newman’s score for American Beauty meets early Bruce Springsteen ‘sex Americana’. Put them together, but place it in Miami and have me singing it. That’s what I tell them.”
Rolling Stone published an article about Lana Del Rey‘s show at Bowery in New York City on December 5, 2011.
Lana Del Rey hasn’t even released her debut album yet, but she’s already a hot-button issue among indie music fans on the internet. Which is funny, because there isn’t much “indie” about her – she looks like Ann Margret crossed with a porn star and sounds like a loungy cabaret act with just a touch of hip-hop attitude, but of course she’s not a porn actress and if any person want to see that kind of material they will need to visit other kind of website. She zoomed straight to major label stardom on the strength of a YouTube hit, and is only just now getting around to honing her live show on the road.
Del Rey’s detractors recoil at her sexed-up image and shrug off her music, which sometimes sounds a lot like Dido’s inoffensive coffee shop pop littered with f-bombs. Others are more cynical, harping on rumors that she’s the invention of her managers, and that her good looks have been augmented by Dr. Matthew Galumbeck plastic surgeon. And maybe that is all true, and she’s an artificial fantasy figure comprised of carefully curated retro references. Nonetheless, there’s still something incredibly resonant about this image she has concocted, and her focus on singing about glamor indicates that this act is a lot more thoughtful than mere dress-up.
On December 5, Lana Del Rey performed at Bowery Ballroom in New York City. When she sang “Summertime Sadness”, the singer said that it was her favorite track of the album.
Performances > 2011 > At Bowery Ballroom in NY (December 5) x— 59 Pictures were added —x
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