Eccentric actor, reality TV star and former rehab patient Bai Ling just premiered her first song on iTunes today appropriately titled “Rehab.” The lyrics of the song go something like, “I got out of rehab / I got on the roof top / I stopped smoking / I stopped drinking,” and it has a strange low-fi, tribal quality to it. The internet thinks it’s terrible (and it is), but I kind of want to give her credit for trying something a little unconventional and different. Fortunately, below are three famous actor-turned-musicians who actually make good alternative music. (Note: I don’t know why I’m throwing the word “alternative” around like it’s still the ’90s. I honestly just can’t think of a better word at the moment.)
The Resident Evil actress released her first album The Divine Comedy in 1994, and it was actually good! The Kate Bush-esque single “The Gentleman Who Fell” is probably the best known song from that album, but my favorite is “Flu” which is a dreamy track that’s a little “out there” but in a good way.
This French actress, who just recently appeared in Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia, released her album IRM in 2009 to much critical acclaim. Of course, having Beck help produce the album probably didn’t hurt.
This Spanish actress, who appeared in such films as Before Night Falls and Sex and Lucia, is a pretty successful musician in her country. Her album Carefully, which was released in 2001, was a stunning album, and is one of my favorites. Her following albums, Mayday and Capable, went gold in Spain (but I personally think those two albums stink).
Listen: That Cyclone