Singer Jenny Lewis got her most memorable start playing the snotty red-headed child in the 1989 movie Troop Beverly Hills.
She went on to play the girl who steals Rose’s beloved teddy-bear in an episode of The Golden Girls. Then she even got to act alongside one young Ms. Angelina Jolie in the 1996 flick, Foxfire where she threatened to rip off her teacher’s family jewels with a pair of toenail clippers. I laughed, I cried, it was better than CATS.
Since those days, Lewis has been busy marking her territory as the brightest ginger diamond in the sky. Her irony-soaked lyrics sung with sugary vocals have led Rilo Kiley since 1998. For an entire year their song “Better Son or Daughter” was an anthem played repetitively in my earbuds.
Lewis has since collaborated with fellow over-acheivers Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello on The Postal Service album,Give Up, before launching a solo career that can only be described by Bostonians as “Wicked awesome”.
Her debut album, Rabbit Fur Coat, was instrumentally a departure from her Rilo Kiley tunes, but, my goodness, this woman has got lyrics. She can paint a picture about her childhood as clearly as she can about misguided love.
After a successful second album last year, Lewis will return to film yet again — this time in documentary form. Welcome to Van Nuys will chronicle the making of Lewis’s second solo album, Acid Tongue.
Personally, I could watch her eat a bowl of Fiber One and blueberries and be happy. Still, I would prefer for the film to be more Dig and less I Am Trying To Break Your Heart (sorry die-hard Wilco fans, I couldn’t get through it).
While the doc is slated to come out sometime later this year, you won’t need to wait that long to see and hear some acid-laced live music: Jenny and co. have a full concert tour scheduled including some stops at Coachella and Bonnaroo.
Will you see Welcome to Van Nuys? Or do you at least remember Jenny Lewis as the whiny red-head in Foxfire?