wisconsin's miss august wants to rock your world
Rebecca Scott has the greatest laugh. It's a deep, rumbling guffaw that she generously serves up during most conversations -- even when she's explaining, in all seriousness, that she's going to become a rock star. Amps, guitars, the whole nine yards. Just you wait. Listening to her, you begin to think it's not such a far-fetched notion that this Anna Nicole Smith look-alike in a black motorcycle jacket may someday headline Madison Square Garden. "I want to go onstage wearing leather pants, a little leather top and leather boots, with explosions and crazy lights behind me," she tells us with infectious conviction. "I want to rock!"
Q: Name the first rock group that made you say, "I have to do that!"
A: Aerosmith. When I was 16 years old, I saw them in concert at Alpine Valley in Wisconsin. I snuck up to the first row and snapped a bunch of pictures. It was wild. Melissa Etheridge is a big influence, as is Sammy Hagar. I love his music and want to write songs like his. I know that Eighties' rock is coming back.
Q: What inspires your lyrics?
A: Personal experience. Some of my songs are about love, and some are just fun kick-back-and-party songs.
Q: Do you have any onstage horror stories?
A: I sang at a bar called Lucky's when I was 21. I was so bad that they turned off the mike. I was onstage jamming, but I was so inexperienced I couldn't tell no one could hear me. I'm more seasoned now.
Q: Which high school clique were you in?
A: [Laughs] My freshman year I tried to be a burnout because I thought it would be cool. I wore concert T-shirts and tried to smoke cigarettes in the girls' bathroom, but smoking made me sick. Junior year I ended my burnout phase and concentrated on basketball, baseball and gymnastics.
Q: Did you have a lot of boyfriends?
A: No. I didn't date anyone until I was almost 18.
A: I swear. I was still playing with Barbie dolls when my friends were having sex. I was like, "Oh, am I supposed to start playing with guys now?" I was a late bloomer physically, too. I was really skinny with no boobs. My sophomore year I went from size A boobs to size C.
Q: Who was the first guy you were sexually attracted to?
A: Because I'm really into comic books and cartoons, when I was ten I had a huge crush on He-Man. I watched Masters of the Universe and saw a bunch of muscular guys and women. That's when I formed my opinion of what women should look like -- voluptuous and healthy. I draw comic book characters who look that way, too.
Q: How did your current boyfriend win you over?
A: He has a really sexy singing voice.
Photography by Stephen Wayda