Some people are naturally good at everything. There are plenty of those utter bastards that only need to try their hand at something for a moment to somehow discover a hidden aptitude for it. We all know one of those people. A DJ that’s also an incredible painter. A designer that could slam out Hendrix’s Voodoo Child any day of the week. A writer that can sculpt a masterwork out of just about any material. Sometimes we hate them, sometimes we wish we were them.
The beautiful people of Hollywood are no exception. While some stick to what they’re good at, others possess gifts that take them away from the field that makes them millions. Jamie Lee Curtis is a patented inventor. Pierce Brosnan is a secret fire eater. Bob Dylan makes sculptures out of iron.
Bradley Cooper recently proved with A Star Is Born that he’s a damned good musician, and there’s a surprising amount of other famous actors that also play music on the side. Some like Bruce Willis, William Shatner and Lindsay Lohan may have released god awful assaults on the eardrums, but some aren’t half bad. Here’s a few of those.
He’s the boy next door that’ll beat a stranger half to death for merely looking at you and then make amends by having flowers sent to your work, Ryan Gosling isn’t just the guy that made your ‘giney tingle when you watched Drive, he also once performed under the alias Baby Goose in goth-rock duo, Dead Man’s Bones.
Having been a former member of The Mickey Mouse Club alongside Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears, it’s hardly surprising that Gosling has a decent voice inside him, but he plays a variety of other instruments in the band as well.
The actor met bandmate Zach Shields back in 2005, and soon they discovered a mutual love for the Haunted Mansion Ride at Disneyland, as you do. Naturally this ed the pair to start a band that write songs about ghosts and monsters. In 2013 their track In The Room Where You Sleep, taken from their 2009 self-titled album, was added to the soundtrack of horror film The Conjuring.
Given his performance in La La Land it’s not hard to believe that Gosling has this talent, but the video below still has to be watched to be believed.
He’s probably best known for his role as the Billy Idol inspiring badass vamp Spike in Buffy The Vampire Slayer, but James Marsters is another famous actor with a musical sideline that you may wish you’d heard sooner.
Ghost Of The Robot, in which Marsters plays guitar and sings, are a remotely collaborating rock band that have actually put out a decent number of records for a group fronted by a busy actor.
Anyone that watched Once More With Feeling, the musical episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer that saw the Scooby gang forced to sing and dance by a demon, will already know that Marsters has a bit of a knack for vocal stylings, but we strongly suggest you give Ghost Of The Robot a go. They’re surprisingly impressive. If our word isn’t enough to persuade you, they were once reviewed as sounding “very much like a new-age type of Beatles.”
As a parental pairing that have spawned a son that spouts meaningless drivel that could only be seen as philosophical by someone that had never heard of philosophy before and a daughter that makes the sort of music we’d like to listen to in space, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith have a lot to answer for- but as actors and musicians we’ll let them off.
Yep, you heard right, the Fresh Prince isn’t the only member of that ultra-rich ultra-weird family with an actual talent for sound.
Surprisingly enough though, Jada probably couldn’t make music much more different than her husband if she tried really, really, really fucking hard. In her own words- “I listened to all kinds of metal as a kid. I would always look at Axl Rose and say, ‘Why aren’t there any chicks out there doing this now?’ I always wanted an opportunity to get out there and rock out.”
Honestly we’re impressed. With Wicked Wisdom, who sadly seem to no longer be active, she even made us momentarily forgive her for ruining Scream 2 with that utterly ridiculous death throe of hers. If anything, it’s interesting to see an actor so-surpass our expectations of what they were musically capable of.
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