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A teenage bard who’s more Spears than Shakespeare

JOHN INTINI September 27 2004
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A teenage bard who’s more Spears than Shakespeare

JOHN INTINI September 27 2004

A teenage bard who’s more Spears than Shakespeare

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Sweetnam co-wrote every track but a Biondie cover on her debut CD

Skye Sweetnam points across the room to her ratty purple knapsack. “I always carry around notebooks in case an idea strikes,” says the chatty 16-year-old singer-songwriter from Bolton, Ont. “One for rhyming ideas, one for journal writing and another for drawing. I must have five million half-used notebooks scattered around the world by now.” Sweetnam turned some of those teenage scribblings into Noise From the Basementher just-released debut CD, on which she co-wrote all but one song (Blondie’s Heart of Glass). Best

known for Billy S-a single about not wanting to read Shakespeare from How to Deal (2003)-Sweetnam tested out the rest of her half-pop/half-rock material in Europe this summer opening for Britney Spears, until the tour was cancelled due to Spears’s knee injury. “Sometimes I’d go onstage with my band and scream my head off,” says Sweetnam. “We caught a lot of people off guard, which is cool. And I think we made things more enjoyable for the boyfriends who had been dragged to the concert.” JOHN INTINI

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‘Our bios are sort of similar, but guys in rock bands all wear T-shirts and jeans and nobody ever says they’re all the same.’ -Sweetnam, on constantly being compared to Avril Lavigne