Glamorous Youth

Sharon Osbourne put the local kids of Pure Rubbish in front of millions on MTV. Then things fell apart.

Huh?

Perhaps realizing how strange that sounds, he backs off a little. "I've just been seeing all these ads about education and graduation lately," he says. "Sometimes I think I should have stayed in school. Maybe that's not really God but my conscience."

Then he asks Evan what person from history he would most like to have met.

Le monde at their feet: Pure Rubbish's Mike McWilliams at the Stade de France.
Courtesy Willie Dunivan
Le monde at their feet: Pure Rubbish's Mike McWilliams at the Stade de France.
The boys got their goals from their dad but their hearts from their mom, Tracy Dunivan.
Jeff Fitlow
The boys got their goals from their dad but their hearts from their mom, Tracy Dunivan.

"Sigmund Freud," young Evan replies.

"Dude, that would be so boring," Derek says. "He'd probably just snort up a bunch of cocaine and talk your ear off. In German."

The producer may be right in suggesting that the boys need to get in touch with who they are. But they seem more interested in thinking about their place in the universe than their position in the music business. As for whether Pure Rubbish will continue to be the band that won over the world's hard rockers, we'll just have to wait and see. Evan and Derek are giving no straight answers.

"There's such a thing as evolution, and you can't do anything about it," Evan says, sounding very much like his mother. "Time goes by, certain things happen, you have more time on your hands, and you start coming into your own and seeing what you really can do. And if that's the case, then so be it."

Cue VH1 narrator: A little older and wiser, the boys of Pure Rubbish balance their artistic integrity with their nascent commercial appeal and gaze into a future that seems limitless. The rock-and-roll world could be their oyster. Shucking it is up to them.

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