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The Pretty Reckless' Success Surprises Everyone, Including the Band

Image courtesy of Image Courtesy Justin Campbell/Razor & Tie (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Image Courtesy Justin Campbell/Razor & Tie (via ABC News Radio)

"Heaven Knows," from The Pretty Reckless ' second album,  Going to Hell , has now spent more than half a year on the Billboard rock song charts. That's impressive longevity for anyone, especially a band that critics were dying to dismiss as merely a vehicle for the pretty face of actress-turned-singer Taylor Momsen . 

It turns out that the band members themselves had doubts about the album -- not its sonic strength, but its ability to generate singles. Guitarist Ben Phillips  tells ABC News Radio, "I didn't think there were any singles [on the album]." Taylor Momsen agrees: "We thought [ Going to Hell ] was gonna be our b-side record." 

Phillips explains, "The whole album is a string of songs that kind of went together. Like 'Heaven Knows' was a vignette between 'Going to Hell' and a song called 'House on the Hill'...so it's very weird for us to see 'Heavens Knows' as a single."

The Pretty Reckless have a few festival dates scheduled for August before headlining their own fall tour, which kicks off on September 10 at the House of Blues in Boston.    

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