Kelly Clarkson Punks it Up

In yet another attempt to appear “edgy,” Kelly Clarkson paired up with punk pioneer Mike Watt for her latest album. Watt, the bassist and founder of legendary punk bands The Minutemen and fIREHOSE, claimed he never heard of Clarkson before he showed up at the studio to record, but found himself impressed with the American Idol winner’s pipes.

“I heard that Kelly won some game show, but I was really impressed how she sang her ass off. It was intense. I’m really glad I had the experience — it was trippy and everyone gave me much respect.”

Watt, whose influence reached the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nirvana, said he was thrilled with the way the tracks turned out. Producer David Kahne allowed the bassist the opportunity to experiment with different sounds and styles.

“I ended up playing on six of the songs. I had no idea what it was going to be like, but it ended up being pretty interesting,” Watt said.

“(Kahne) let me try all kinds of stuff like fuzz bass, fills and solos besides just making things fatter.”

Clarkson’s third disc is expected to be released sometime March of this year.

‘Idol’ champ Clarkson plays with punk veteran [MSNBC]