Are We Really That Surprised Billie Eilish Isn't A 70s Rock Expert?

“Music is supposed to bring us together, not divide us."

With so many chart toppers and Grammy nominations under her belt, people often forget that Billie Eilish is only 17 years old. Considering her age, is it really that crazy that she doesn’t know who 70s rock band Van Halen are?

During a recent interview with Jimmy Kimmel, the talk show host asked the singer if she could name any member of Van Halen. 

“Who? No, who is that?” Eilish asked, to which Kimmel responded, “I’m gonna start crying.”

It’s been a few weeks since then but there are plenty of Twitter users who are still in utter disbelief that Eilish doesn’t know who Van Halen is. 

There was so much chatter on Twitter about Eilish’s knowledge of 70s rock music that 28-year-old Wolfgang Van Halen, the band’s current bassist and son of Eddie Van Halen, defended the singer on Twitter.

“If you haven’t heard of Billie Eilish, go check her out. She’s cool,” he wrote. “If you haven’t heard of Van Halen, go check them out. They’re cool, too.”

“Music is supposed to bring us together, not divide us. Listen to what you want and don’t shame others for not knowing what you like.”

Van Halen has a point, and another thing worth mentioning is that the band has technically been on somewhat of a ‘hiatus’ since 2015 so they’re not really on many people’s radar at the moment, let alone a 17-year-old girl’s. 

Perhaps Eilish not knowing Van Halen is a sign of the times. As we enter a new decade is it time to do away with the idea you need a certain amount of music history knowledge?

One of Billie Eilish’s best qualities is that her music has mass appeal – she has fans who are 13 and fans who are 60. There’s no age limit to who loves Billie, and there shouldn’t be any prejudice about who you listen to or know about, either.

This tweet pretty much hits the nail on the head:

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6 Iconic 00s Bands That Need To Join The So Pop 2020 Lineup

Who remembers Stacie Orrico!?

Noughties kids found themselves shook beyond comprehension earlier this morning when the lineup for So Pop 2020 was announced. 

The stellar lineup features all our cheesy 00s faves including the recently reunited Pussycat Dolls, Steps, Jesse McCartney, Smash Mouth, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Alice DJ, Samantha Mumba and more incredible pop acts and one hit wonders.

Aussies will be treated to this smorgasbord of nostalgic talent when the concert hits our shores in April next year, but it got me thinking – what other iconic 00s acts would we be frothing to see play So Pop 2020? Here are a few suggestions: 

Crazy Town – Butterfly

Have you really lived if you’ve not memorised the lyrics to the one hit wonder ‘Butterfly’ by Crazy Town? I think not. The shirtless rap rock fellas of Crazy Town burst onto our TV screens and So Fresh CDs in 2000, and almost 20 years on, we’re still singing “come my lady, come, come my lady. You’re my butterfly, sugar, baby.”

Fountains of Wayne – Stacy’s Mom

Speaking of one hit wonders, So Pop 2020 is seriously lacking in the Fountains of Wayne department. These guys are perhaps best known for their 2003 pop punk track ‘Stacy’s Mom’ which was the ultimate MILF shoutout. Sadly, the song is frequently misattributed to fellow pop punk band Bowling for Soup, so now’s the time to give credit where credit is due! 

Stacie Orrico – Stuck 

Serious question: whatever happened to Stacey Orrico, and when she is going to make a comeback!? Orrico’s banger ‘Stuck’ was quite literally stuck in our heads throughout the entirety of 2003 and it still slaps 16 years later. Fun fact: the boyfriend in Orrico’s music video for ‘Stuck’ was played by her cousin, actor Trevor Wright. I’m not sure whether that’s creepy or cool, but either way – someone needs to get her on the So Pop 2020 lineup ASAP.

5ive – Keep On Movin’

Okay, so technically ‘Keep On Movin’’ by UK boy band 5ive AKA Five came out in 1999, but it was blasting out of our Discmans well into the early noughties. 5ive were a quintessential 00s boy band and over their time in the spotlight released a bunch of iconic tracks, like ‘If Ya Gettin’ Down,’ ‘When The Lights Go Out,’ but sadly turned down ‘Bye Bye Bye’ (later made famous by NSYNC) and it really was Bye Bye Bye for the band after that. It’s time to bring ‘em back, I say.

Baby Bash – Suga Suga

‘Suga Suga’ is one of those iconic songs that you forgot existed until you hear it and fall in love all over again. The track, by Baby Bash featuring Frankie J, dropped in 2003 and quickly climbed the charts for it’s catchy hook sampled from Barry White’s ‘I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby.’ In fact, the hook is so catchy, it was sampled again in the 2015 Robin Schulz track ‘Sugar.’ If that’s not So Pop 2020-worthy, I don’t know what is.

Eamon & Frankee – F*ck It (I Don’t Want You Back) & F.U.R.B

Eamon and Frankee’s tit-for-tat song war was the mid-00s relationship trainwreck we couldn’t look away from. Eamon released the expletive-ridden ‘F*ck It (I Don’t Want You Back)’ in 2003 and less than a year later, singer Frankee (who claimed to be his ex-girlfriend) retaliated with ‘F.U.R.B’ – an acronym for ‘F*ck You Right Back.’ Eamon denied that Frankee was his ex, and tbh, we weren’t really buying it either but it was a great publicity stunt and the song made its way onto all our mixtapes. I’d love nothing more than to see Eamon and Frankee rekindle their tumultuous relationship onstage at So Pop 2020. 

The pre-sale for So Pop 2020 kicks off on Wednesdays 4th of December, with tix available to the general public Monday 9th December.

Thank Kevin Parker For Saving Tame Impala's Album From The Fires Of Hell

Not-so-Tame Impala.

Since early November, much of Australia has been struggling through catastrophic fire danger and blazes that have destroyed thousands of properties and have even claimed the lives of six people. 

It was a similar story during last year’s California wildfires, that destroyed over 10,000 buildings and resulted in over 80 fatalities. Los Angeles-based celebrities were also affected by the fires, including Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker, who narrowly saved his upcoming album from burning in the blazes.

In a recent interview with Lauren Laverne on BBC 6 Music, Parker said “I like to do these trips that I just go on on my own. Out of the city, wherever, for a few days, just to record and not think about anything else.”

“And one of them was in Malibu, and of course the bushfire came through,” he said.

Parker went on to explain that he “didn’t really have time to be scared,” but he just got in his car to escape the flames. “It was only when I was driving out the driveway that I [thought] ‘fire’!”

“[It was] almost like a joke – ‘your house is burning down, what do you grab?’” he said. “So I just grabbed my Hofner bass guitar which I’ve had for years. It’s the only thing that was there that was sentimental – other than the music on my laptop – so I just grabbed both those things and headed out.”

Last month, Tame Impala announced their upcoming album Slow Rush – which is set to drop next year. Considering Kevin Parker would have been working on Slow Rush when the fires destroyed his Malibu apartment, it’s pretty crazy to think it might’ve been a pile of ashes if he hadn’t saved his laptop from the flames. 

Kevin Parker isn’t the only celebrity who lost his property in the 2018’s California wildfires. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, Gerard Butler, Robin Thicke and Shannen Doherty all lost their homes to the devastating fires, and plenty of others were evacuated with their homes in jeopardy.

And let’s not forget the thousands of civilians that were affected by the fires as well. 

Credit: Kyle Grillot for The Washington Post via Getty Images

When Tame Impala’s Slow Rush drops next year, take a moment to appreciate Kevin Parker’s musical prowess and heroic efforts in saving it from burning to a crisp.

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