Sunday, November 30, 2014

Chester French – "She Loves Everybody" (2009)

Well she craves affection
So I use protection

That's always a good idea, of course.  But it's an especially good idea given the title of today's featured song.

"She Loves Everybody" plays during the closing credits of the first episode of the fourth season of the HBO comedy, Entourage.

I've currently watching Entourage on DVD.  (Thank you, public library!)

The show, which ran for eight seasons, depicts the career of a young, up-and-coming movie star who grew up on the mean streets of Queens.

The boys of Entourage
The actor's entourage consists of an older half-brother (a lesser TV and movie actor) and two childhood friends – one is his driver and all-around gofer while the other one becomes his manager.

Entourage was inspired by the career of movie star Mark Wahlberg, who grew up in a tough part of Boston.  Wahlberg was a bad, bad boy who was arrested many times while still a teenager.  (We're not talking jaywalking or littering, boys and girls – once he was charged with attempted murder.)  

Wahlberg eventually cleaned up his act.  After fronting a hip-hop band (Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch) and gaining fame as a Calvin Klein underwear model, he made his movie debut at age 22 and today is a successful leading man.

Mark Wahlberg in The Departed
Vincent Chase, the fictional star of Entourage, is Wahlberg without the rap sheet.  He and his buddies live the good life in L.A. – their life abounds with sex, drugs, and sex 'n' drugs.

There's not quite as much nudity as you might expect from an HBO show, but that's really my only complaint about Entourage.

Click here for a list of the 100 hottest women to appear on Entourage.

I'd call Entourage a guilty pleasure except that I don't feel the least bit guilty about watching it.

"She Loves Everybody" is a pretty good, but the backstory of the two-man band that recorded it is why I'm featuring it today.  

Chester French consists of D. A. Wallach and Maxwell Drummey, two friends who met as Harvard College freshmen in 2003.  

The group is named after sculptor Daniel Chester French, who is best-known for the iconic 19-foot-tall statue of Abraham Lincoln that is the centerpiece of the Lincoln Memorial:

French's other works include the famous statue of a Minuteman in Concord, Massachusetts, and the seated statue of the founder of Harvard College, John Harvard, which stands in Harvard Yard:

By the way, the French statue of John Harvard is known as "the statue of three lies."

First, the statue isn't a likeness of Harvard – no one knows what John Harvard looked like, so the sculptor used a friend as the model for the statue.

Daniel Chester French
Second, John Harvard was not Harvard's founder, although he was the college's first major benefactor, leaving half of his estate and his library of some 400 volumes to Harvard.

Third, Harvard was founded in 1636 – not 1638, as the engraving on the statue says.

Wallach and Drummey learned how to record and produce music at Harvard's recording studio, and put together a demo album their senior year.  That demo ended up in the hands of Kanye West and Pharrell Williams, among others, and became the subject of a full-scale bidding war that was eventually won by Interscope Records (whose other artists include Eminem, Lady Gaga, and the Black Eyed Peas.)

Maxwell Drummey and D. A. Wallach:
a/k/a "Twee and Tweer"
Vocalist/songwriter Wallach has a very interesting biography.  It's so interesting that you have to wonder if it's really true.

Wallach was a two-time finalist in the Federal Reserve Bank's "Fed Challenge," a monetary policy competition for high-school students.

Here's the Wikipedia description of the "Fed Challenge":

The Fed Challenge begins with regional and district rounds of competition.  Each Fed Challenge team, consisting of three to five students, presents an analysis of the current state of the economy backed by current economic data and a monetary policy recommendation for the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC).  Following the presentation, judges question each team about their presentation and their knowledge of macroeconomic theory.  Federal Reserve Bank economists and officers judge the district competitions.

(I did a lot of really nerdy stuff in high school, but I never did anything that was nearly that nerdy.)

At Harvard, Wallach won a prize as the outstanding African-American Studies major.  (He is white.)  He also studied the Gikuyu language, which is spoken primarily by Bantu tribesmen in Kenya.

Today, Wallach is not only a member of Chester French but also a solo recording artist.  He is the official artist-in-residence at Spotify and an investor in a number of technology companies (including a digital currency network and a telemedicine provider).

"She Loves Everybody" was the first single from Chester French's 2009 debut album, Love the Future.  The packaging for the single resembled a condom wrapper:

The "She Loves Everybody" video features a hot girl beating the crap out of Wallach and Drummey.

It goes without saying that a video that featured a guy doing one-tenth as much violence to a girl would likely result in the party responsible for it being drawn and quartered.  But I don't recall hearing any protests over this video's depiction a woman whaling away on a couple of males:

Click below to buy the song from Amazon:

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