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Child Stars, Beware: Jim O'Rourke Brainwashes Miranda Cosgrove
The Quietus , October 29th, 2010 09:36

Chicago musician made actress forget how to sing

Chicago polymath Jim O’Rourke has been accused of brainwashing School Of Rock actress Miranda Cosgrove into forgetting how to sing.

According to an interview in Scotland’s Daily Record, Cosgrove – now the star of grating kids’ show iCarly – finished her role as School Of Rock band manager Summer Hathaway unable to hold a tune, after some effective anti-vocal coaching from O’Rourke for the 2003 film.

These days Cosgrove, 17, has her singing confidence back, with a hit US album Sparks Fly launching her pop career.

Of her own musical tastes, she told the Record’s John Dingwall (a closet Sonic Youth fan, we suspect): “I really like Gwen Stefani and Madonna. My mum got me into the Rolling Stones and Madonna. I have been listening to Robyn lately. I really like her music.”

O’Rourke’s label Drag City commented gleefully: “We can’t wait to see who Jim brainwashes next!”

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