Our friend Sean emailed in the other day marvelling that he's still unable to comprehend how My Lady Peace's biggest hit is the Kelly Clarkson song. Same goes, in our book, for how the biggest Marvelous 3 hits are Avril Lavigne songs. Butch Walker has yet to make a solo album that's as good as the stuff he's done for other people, although his skits are much funnier. Can't speak yet on whether that'll change for The Rise and Fall of Butch Walker and the Let's Go Out Tonites, but the vid for the first single is bound to get a little rotation, if only on Canadian teenpunk messageboards. For one thing, Butch has had another chameleonic interlude and reinvented himself as a "glam" rocker (in quotes because this is what he's saying, not necessarily what we're hearing). Sure, there's Bowie piano and some Lou Reedisms on the mic, a little Ronsonology on the guitar if you're feeling generous.
But really, in this vid it's all about Avril, who turns the tables from beng manipulated by Butch in studio to being manipulated by Butch on screen. Y'know, for all the press, she didn't really grow up a whole lot between albums one and two -- it's only been since then that she's gone Lohan on us. The surprise is just how much older she looks -- call it Hillary Duff syndrome, when you get used to someone looking like a kid who acts like an adult, and then are shocked when they actually grow up. The irony: in this video she's still playing a teenager. The look on her face when she catches her dude with another girl is the money shot.