Ben Kweller

Ben Kweller

Ben Kweller (born June 16, 1981) is an American rock musician and former lead singer of the 1990s band Radish, which was compared to Nirvana in Rolling Stone Magazine. The band grew in popularity in the Dallas, Texas music scene from its formation in 1993. However, the band was dismissed by critics as little more than an imitation of Nirvana with the novelty of an extremely young lead vocal-guitarist (Kweller was in his teens for the entire existence of the band). Nonetheless, Kweller and his two bandmates, bassist Bryan Blur and drummer John Kent, were signed to a major record label in 1995 by Mercury Records. Regardless of a much-hyped beginning, which included appearances on Conan O'Brien and David Letterman, Radish failed to strike big success with either its first record Dizzy or its sophomore effort Restraining Bolt.

Solo career

Kweller began his solo career with his 2002 debut Sha Sha. The title track reconciles his past career efforts with Radish and the difficulty of finding an identity as a 20 year-old artist beginning a musical career for the second time. The record kept many of the familiar sounds of Nirvana, but also worked in other pop music influences such as Weezer and Ben Folds. The album grew in popularity with a grassroot effort with his website and a promotion group called TeamBK, which promoted word-of-mouth advertising. Kweller's second solo effort, On My Way, has attempted to match the modest but well-received popularity of Sha Sha while creating a more mature and subdued sound.


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Kweller's second solo effort, On My Way, has attempted to match the modest but well-received popularity of Sha Sha while creating a more mature and subdued sound. Her more notable credits include. The album grew in popularity with a grassroot effort with his website and a promotion group called TeamBK, which promoted word-of-mouth advertising. Princess Ai: Volume I was released by TokyoPop in the United States on July 6, 2004. The record kept many of the familiar sounds of Nirvana, but also worked in other pop music influences such as Weezer and Ben Folds. Dialogue for Princess Ai's main character, Ai, is taken from Love's song lyrics. The title track reconciles his past career efforts with Radish and the difficulty of finding an identity as a 20 year-old artist beginning a musical career for the second time. Princess Ai features the character design of Ai Yazawa.

Kweller began his solo career with his 2002 debut Sha Sha. Because of this, she has co-created a manga series called Princess Ai. Regardless of a much-hyped beginning, which included appearances on Conan O'Brien and David Letterman, Radish failed to strike big success with either its first record Dizzy or its sophomore effort Restraining Bolt. When Love lived in Japan, she became a fan of the manga animation style. However, the band was dismissed by critics as little more than an imitation of Nirvana with the novelty of an extremely young lead vocal-guitarist (Kweller was in his teens for the entire existence of the band). Nonetheless, Kweller and his two bandmates, bassist Bryan Blur and drummer John Kent, were signed to a major record label in 1995 by Mercury Records. This role was revoked due to her problems with narcotics, and instead was given to pop singer Madonna. The band grew in popularity in the Dallas, Texas music scene from its formation in 1993. Love was cast to star as legendary cowgirl Texas Guinan in the story of her life, called Hello Sucker!.

Ben Kweller (born June 16, 1981) is an American rock musician and former lead singer of the 1990s band Radish, which was compared to Nirvana in Rolling Stone Magazine. A lawsuit is pending. Love had agreed to pay (and had been paying) the bill though the board was registered to the head of her fanclub. In August of 2004 Love alienated some fans, when she allowed a bill for a message board tied into her website to go unpaid. Her attorney later said she missed the appearance due to medical problems; later in the month she appeared in court and was sentenced to an 18-month probation and drug rehabilitation program.

On her 40th birthday, July 9, 2004, she missed a scheduled court appearance relating to an attempted break-in at a boyfriend's house and was found in contempt of court. Earlier in the night, she appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and flashed her breasts at David Letterman six times. Early on the morning of March 19, 2004 Courtney Love was arrested in New York City for allegedly throwing a microphone stand and hitting a man on the head. She released her first solo effort America's Sweetheart just eight days earlier on February 10.

In February of 2004, an arrest warrant was issued for Love after she failed to appear at a preliminary hearing; the warrant was subsequently rescinded when she appeared in court on February 18. In 2003, Love pleaded not guilty to felony drug charges related to possession of painkillers. Love in October 2001 performed in some solo shows as an opening act. Hole broke up in 2001 amid continuing litigation.

With Hole having fallen into disarray, Love attempted to begin a "punk rock femme supergroup" called Bastard during Summer/Autumn of 2001, though this project never reached fruition. She became known for her criticism of record companies' unfair contracts and mistreatment of artists. In 2000, she publicly announced her admiration for Napster which, at the time, was being accused of fostering illegal file-sharing. Love has been a strong critic of the recording industry, especially the RIAA.

Larry Flynt, Love received considerable acclaim for her role as Flynt's wife, Althea. In the 1996 film The People vs. Courtney herself stated that the look was inspired by Christina Amphlett of 1980s rock group The Divinyls. Love's style has since evolved, and she has modelled for more sophisticated designer labels. Early on Love also became a fashion trendsetter; in her early career, Love modelled a "kinderwhore" look, which she was accused of having ripped off of Kat Bjelland (Other sources suggest the rip-off was in fact in the opposite direction).

In 1991 Love formed her own band, Hole; the band's debut album garnered little critical or popular attention; Hole's fortunes improved considerably following Love's marriage to Cobain and the publicity following Cobain's death. Returning to music in her adopted hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Love co-founded the all-female rock band Babes in Toyland with Kat Bjelland; acrimony between the two led to a quick exit from this band for Love. Love had more early success as an actress; appearing as the best friend of Nancy Spungen in Alex Cox's Sid Vicious biopic Sid and Nancy in 1986, and in Cox's Straight to Hell in 1987. Courtney Love began her professional music career with a brief stint as the lead singer of Faith No More in the early 1980s.


. Love is the widow of Kurt Cobain (1967–1994), singer in the band Nirvana, with whom she has one daughter, Frances Bean Cobain. Currently performing solo, Love is also an occasional model and actress. Courtney Love (born Love Michelle Harrison on July 9, 1964 in San Francisco, California) was the singer and guitarist for the now-defunct band Hole.

Trapped (2002). Beat (2000). Man on the Moon (1999). Larry Flynt (1996).

The People vs. Straight to Hell (1987). Sid and Nancy (1986). America's Sweetheart (2004).

See Hole (band).

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