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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Uh-Oh, Katy Perry...Guess What The Matrix Found Up In The Attic?

Oooooh! Katy Perry's not gonna like this. Pop production team The Matrix (i.e., Lauren Christy, Graham Edwards and Scott Spock) crafted a string of hits in the early '00s—most notably Avril Lavigne's "Complicated" and "Sk8r Boi," Hilary Duff's "So Yesterday" and Liz Phair's "Why Can't I?"

And in 2004, the producers recorded their own album, with two unknown singers fronting them—a British guy named Adam Longlands and (dun, dun, DUNNNN) a 19-year-old Katy Perry.

The self-titled Matrix album never saw a release, but now apparently, for some odd reason—Oh, I don't know, what could it be?—the trio thought it was the perfect timing to put it out on their own label, Let's Hear It Records.

The CD is released on Tuesday. I listened to it yesterday, and it's not bad! Particularly, the tracks "Take A Walk" and "I Love You" stand out. And Adam Longlands, where are you now?

It does, however, sound like Katy was majorly aping Avril's singing style. And every song that comes on you start thinking, Oh, it's the same guitar intro from "So Yesterday"! No, wait...it's "Sk8r Boi"!

Anyway, here's the one music video that originally got made in 2004 to promote the scrapped project, for the song "Broken":

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  • At 1:17 PM, Blogger Poster Girl said…

    I've loved a lot of songs done by the Matrix and I have a major weakness for the "the Matrix + talented singer-songwriter" template (like Jason Mraz's "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)" and, most recently, the Ferras album)--they just bring a certain polish to tracks with substance that I love--so even though this isn't exactly that, I'm definitely interested and will be checking out the previews when it hits iTunes. Thanks for the heads-up!

  • At 3:12 PM, Blogger Moogaboo said…

    This sounds pretty good! But why the hell do the actual Matrix members have to be in the video? Powersuit Mom with the tambourine (is there even one in the song?) is probably what got the whole deal shitcanned!

    I'd like to see Adam's Longland.

  • At 4:01 PM, Blogger John said…

    I feel like Katy's success has come off of the efforts of others, so this is a whole lot of karma coming back around.

  • At 2:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    oh katy,
    you're as fake as scientology.

  • At 8:24 AM, Blogger Mike said…

    "Broken" is great! I can't wait to hear the rest of the album. I doubt Katy would really care - her Christian album is WAY more embarrassing than that. It reminds me when Xtina's early stuff was released to cash in on "Genie In A Bottle". It's kinda cool to see the progression actually.


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