Thursday, October 29, 2015

Glorious Ladies of Rocktober Song #21: "Going to Hell" by The Pretty Reckless

Taylor Momsen has had a rather odd path to heavy metal frontwoman.  She got her first big break in the acting world at age 6, portraying Cindy Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and then she went on to star as Jenny Humphrey in Gossip Girl.  Momsen decided that she had enough with acting, and figured she'd make some badass music instead.  
Her band, The Pretty Reckless, formed in 2009 and has put out two EPs and two full-length albums.  Their first album, 2010's Light Me Up, was a Top 10 album in the UK and peaked at #65 on the Billboard album charts.  Their follow up, 2014's Going to Hell, was Top 10 in the US (#5), Canada (#5), and the UK (#8).

Going to Hell has had three songs top the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts:  "Heaven Knows," "Messed Up World" (real title "Fucked Up World"), and "Follow Me Down."  This made them the first female-fronted band to top the Mainstream Rock charts twice, much less thrice.  But given that it's Halloween week, I am going with the title track to Going to Hell.  The song starts out with a monster riff, and then Momsen wails.  All in all, a very solid metal song, with a video that is both creepy and sexy at the same time.

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