CMU Approved

Approved: Got A Girl

By | Published on Wednesday 23 July 2014

Got A Girl

The hard shoulder on the road to musical success is littered with the decaying corpses of actors who decided that making it in music as well couldn’t be all that hard. Actually, quite a few of them suffered non-threatening injuries, fashioned themselves a stage out of twigs and the bones of others, and started endlessly bashing out bad blues songs, doomed to forever live in this weak metaphor I, like them, should have given up on long ago.

My point is, Mary Elizabeth Winstead is an actor. You’ve seen her in stuff. ‘Final Destination 3’, Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Death Proof’, ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ and the last two ‘Die Hard’ films. But best of all, was her starring role in the fantastic ‘Scott Pilgrim Vs The World’ as Ramona Flowers.

While making that film, she met producer Dan The Automator, who wrote parts of the film’s score. They got chatting, and discovered a mutual appreciation of French yé-yé singers. One thing led to another, and rather than this idle chit-chat evaporating into thin air, they set themselves up as a regular Serge Gainsbourg and Françoise Hardy (please don’t examine this analogy to hard either) and began working on music.

Apparently, so they say, just doing it for the fun of it initially, they gradually realised they had enough music on their hands to make an album that was actually pretty good. Because it turns out she has a good voice, and Dan The Automator, you may have already noted, is Dan The Automator.

Calling themselves Got A Girl, the album, ‘I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now’, is out this week. And here’s the single, ‘Did We Live Too Fast’: