Juliette & the Licks

Written by Suzanne on June 29, 2008 – 6:59 am -

My plan was to see Juliette Lewis and her band at the Viper Room on Friday night but the housewife part of my life took precedence. Instead of rocking out in Hollywood I cleaned the house while listening to their album Four on the Floor.

Many of you might know Juliette Lewis from her acting career. She played Gilbert’s love interest in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, starred in Cape Fear, Natural Born Killers, Kalifornia, and The Other Sister. That’s just a handful of projects she’s completed. Juliette’s a little gal with a hefty filmography list.

Although she’s best known for big screen performances, her focus has shifted to pop-rock with Juliette & the Licks. When she’s rocking it on stage, I’m reminded of a young Mick Jagger, if he was a girl, minus his infamous lips. She has beautiful lips mind you, but no one can contort their lips the way Mick can. Her voice is reminiscent of the soulful wanting of Janice Joplin.

While watching a few Youtube interviews with Juliette I can see how she can perform with such intense creativity. She seems to tap into that crazy that many artists use to fuel them beyond the common place.

I’m still a bit downhearted that I wasn’t feeling like a rock star at The Viper Room Friday night but there will be other chances. Sometimes not doing what we thought we should do can lead us to some other form of enlightenment. For me, listening to Four on the Floor while sweeping the tile reminds me to let that crazy out when I can. There’s enough time for the common place in our lives.

Here’s Juliette & the Licks performing Sticky Honey. You can really see some Mick Jagger style moves in this video.

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