The Strange Places Your Favourite 1998 Rockstar Shows Up

Filed under a taste for tv, i used to be so cool, music is my boyfriend

Kamran’s DVR has been 97% full for weeks now thanks to all of the “Criminal Minds” I’ve been recording from multiple channels, so I try to knock an episode or two or five out whenever I can. This morning while I was getting ready, I pulled up one with an intriguing synopsis about murders coinciding with a rock star’s tour schedule.

It started out with a band covering Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart”, one of the best songs ever, and I thought, “Hey, this is actually pretty good.” The lead singer’s Robert-Smith-esque white face and red lips were a bit copycat-ish for my taste, but his performance was so confident and real-rock-star-like that I couldn’t help but want to see more.

I thought, “How great must it be for this local band to get a break like this?” I thought, “This must be the greatest moment of their lives.”

And then I thought, “Wait, is that Gavin Rossdale?”

Now that I watch it again, it’s so obviously his voice. His perfect, perfect voice. So instead of it being some local band trying to catch a break, it’s actually a completely washed-out former rockstar now relegated to a TV crime drama.

And I couldn’t be happier! Now if only Daniel Johns from silverchair and Matthew Caws from Nada Surf would do episodes of “Law & Order” and “Burn Notice”, my high school lead singer crush trifecta would be complete.


  1. Erika says:

    omg, i’m an extra in that episode! seriously. they wanted alternative, tattooed extras for their crowd so my friends and i are in it, but you can’t see any of us. he’s absolutely gorgeous, even with all that retarded makeup on.

    • What?! That’s the awesomest thing ever. I actually wrote down the name of the casting agency that does “Law & Order” the other day, thinking I should probably try to be in an episode before I die. Although “Lipstick Jungle” got canceled, like, immediately after I was in it, so maybe I should wait until I get sick of the show.

      God, I’m so jealous. I truly and unabashedly love Bush. Were you there for the actual concert part? Because I swear the bassist later went on to be Charlie in “Lost”. And also a Hobbit, of course.

      • Erika says:

        you absolutely need to do that!!! and yeah we were there for the actual concert part, it was him singing to a track. but he was really pretty so my friends and i just swooned over him the whole time and got paid an extra $10 for the smoke, ha!! that and my friend kept talking about the guitar player and calling him “daddy” and making up stories about his sex dungeon. i don’t really know.

  2. Dishy says:

    I was gonna say the same thing – wasn’t that Charlie?! It so totally was. He’s a cutie pie. PS: drop the awful clown face and show us the REAL STUFF. :) PPS: i agree; truly one of the best songs ever – but nothing could compare to the original.


    • I couldn’t find any mention of it with a quick Google search, but I did find out that his full name is Dominic Bernard Patrick Luke Monaghan, which is ridiculous enough to make it worth the time.

      I actually love The Cure cover of the song, although it has me worried that maybe someone affiliated with the show actually thinks it’s originally Robert Smith’s, which would explain the makeup. Anyway, yes!, the original is clearly the best, unless I can find a Katy Perry cover.

  3. Noel says:

    I just watched that episode this week! I wondered if you had seen it, and I assumed you had not because I figured a blog post would follow. Glad to know you are so predictable, huh?


  5. Kim says:

    Oh, man, I saw the beginning of that episode and then … I don’t know, I suppose I was called away for something. Now it’s all I want to watch.

    Also I loved Silverchair in high school as well (a friend who kind of reminds me of what I imagine you to be like in real life thought I listened to too much Dave Matthews Band – true – and expanded my horizons while we were on vacation together in France), but I didn’t love Nada Surf until 2005 (thanks to my only ever In-Real-Life Friend-from-the-Internet, who it turns out I don’t like so much after all…these parallels are becoming conflicting)