Vance Joy’s Buffy Love
Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy, whose catchy “Riptide” peaked at No. 29 on the Nov. 29 Hot 100 chart, and who will be touring with Taylor Swift in 2015, let Overheard in on one of his secret pleasures: He’s a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan. “It’s a pretty genius show,” says Joy, 27, of the ’90s TV series. “I know all the words to the musical episode in season six.”
Davies And David?
What would a collaboration between Kinks frontman Ray Davies and the late “Walk On By” lyricist Hal David have sounded like? The world will never know. At the centenary soiree for performance rights organization PRS Music in London on Nov. 20, Davies, 70, said that David — who, before he died in 2012, was celebrated for such collaborations as “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” with Burt Bacharach — once called to say he’d like to co-write a song, then backed out a week later. “He said, ‘We can’t do that, Ray. We both write lyrics.’ ”
A Not So Sublime Situation
The couple that recently passed a demo of their late son’s songs to Rome Ramirez of Sublime with Rome may want to burn a duplicate for him. The lead singer of the alternative reggae rock group tells Overheard that he listened to the entire recording and was impressed. “The songs were quite good,” he said. “They really had an impact on me.” Alas, Ramirez can’t draw any attention to the teen, who, he was told, died in an auto accident, because, the band’s bus driver accidentally tossed the recording. “I can’t believe it!” Ramirez said through his spokesman.
Alice Glass DJs L.A.
After departing the electronic group Crystal Castles in October to go solo, songstress Alice Glass, 26, surfaced on Nov. 22 to DJ an intimate set at Golden Box, a new Hollywood disco. Glass played bass-heavy underground tracks and danced with friends in the DJ booth.
Matt Nathanson + T-Shirt Cannon = Run!
Keep Matt Nathanson away from the T-shirt cannon! The folk-rock singer-songwriter tells Overheard that while performing a private show in Las Vegas recently, he caused quite a bit of havoc when he shot a T-shirt cannon into the audience.”I was aiming to high,” he explains, but instead took out a very expensive chandelier that rained down glass on an audience of approximately 1000. “Those cannons have some kick, apparently,” says Nathanson. Nobody was hurt (or sued) but, the singer says it was still “pretty goddamn rock and roll!”
Additional reporting by Richard Smirke.
An edited version of this article first appeared in the Dec. 13 issue of Billboard.