Californication's Queens of Dogtown: Fake band, real covers

On last week’s Californication, we finally got to see Becca’s new band in action. The Queens of Dogtown cover of “Would?” by Alice in Chains is nothing groundbreaking, but it’s good for a little grunge nostalgia, and its dejected lyrics serve as a parallel for Hank’s latest trials and tribulations.

Like Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem and Drive Shaft before them, Queens of Dogtown is fictional. But that hasn’t stopped Showtime from setting up a Myspace page for the band and selling their songs as part of this season’s soundtrack. Along with “Would?,” The Queens cover the Misifts’ classic “Last Caress” and monster ballad “I Remember” by Skid Row.

Californication is the ultimate illustration of art imitating life. David Duchovny’s Hank Moody is drug-addled and sex-crazed, just like his novels, and in real life, Duchovny is a recovering sex addict. Following suit, the band’s frontwoman is played by Zoë Kravitz, the daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet. Kravitz is no stranger to the mic: she’s the lead singer for non-fictional band Elevator Fight.

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