Making Out with Ultragrrrl: Ben Kweller

WRITTEN BY
Sarah Lewitinn

Compared with other jobs (Portosan emptier, CourtneyLove's lawyer), my gig at Spin must look easy, butnobody hears about the hard times.Like dealing with ectomorphicsupermodels who refuse to take a photo with me (I'm talkingabout you, Kate Moss, you pretty bitch) or has-been rockstars (hello, Vince Neil!) who won't talk to me andstill carry on like it's 1986. (If it were 1986,I'd be, like, six, and totally not into you anyway, you fatbitch.) Happily, there are people such as pixieishsinger/songwriter Ben Kweller who do appreciate theperks of a superficial relationship with a rock mag.

Compared with other jobs (Portosan emptier, Courtney Love's lawyer), my gig at Spinmust look easy, but nobody hears about the hard times.Like dealing withectomorphic supermodels who refuse to take a photo with me (I'm talkingabout you, Kate Moss, you pretty bitch) or has-been rock stars (hello, Vince Neil!) who won't talk to me and still carry on like it's 1986. (If it were1986, I'd be, like, six, and totally not into you anyway, you fatbitch.) Happily, there are people such as pixieish singer/songwriter Ben Kweller who do appreciate the perks of a superficial relationship with a rock mag.

Kweller invited me to watch him perform on Fuse's IMXshow. Before he went on, we hung out watching videos and marveling athow all the emo bands look exactly the same."I don't even know what emois," Kweller mused. "It means, like, emotional, right?" I explainedthat there are also subgenres called extremo and screamo. "Oh! I'd beElmo!" he said. Later, as he played songs off his new album, On My Way,I thought of all the other great Bens--Ben Franklin, Uncle Ben, Benfrom Ben & Jerry--and wondered what it would've been like if theywere all in Kweller's supergroup, the Bens, that he formed with Ben Folds and Ben Lee. Maybe they'd be huge stars and my Spin rock mum (that motherly bitch!) wouldn't keep referring to Kweller as my "fallback" item.

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