Carrie Underwood: Country Star's Grunge Rock Past -- 'I Was All About Pearl Jam'
These days, Carrie Underwood is known for her trademark hotpants and her sunny, good old country girl demeanor, but there was a time back in the '90s when the American Idol-winning singer was far more likely to be found in grunge rock-approved plaid shirts -- and be mistaken for a ruffian.
"You know those stupid school pictures that you'd always forget about until you got there?" Underwood confesses to Spinner. "I wore those wide-legged jeans, like skater wide-legged jeans and a black and white oversized plaid shirt. And I remember when I got my picture back, one of my friends saying I looked like I was going to go rob somebody. Like I was a menace!"
Underwood's not-so-secret grunge past goes a lot deeper than the collection of plaid shirts she still keeps in her closet. As it turns out, the Oklahoman was raised on rock 'n' roll.
"I grew up listening to '80s glam hair metal. And then, when I got older in the '90s, the whole grunge thing was huge and I was totally into it. I was all about Pearl Jam, all about Alice in Chains and Nirvana and all of that stuff."
Now Underwood's tastes run about as wide as her old skater jeans and, even though the recently released Blown Away is still very much a country album, she thinks it reflects the fact that she listens to a little bit of everything.
"I feel like now people don't listen to one genre of music. They don't listen to one specific kind of artist. My iPod is rannn-dom," she says, practically stretching random into a four syllable word with her emphatic drawl. "I would guess everybody else's is, too. It's OK to listen to random things back to back, and I definitely feel like I'm