Lana Del Rey’s Brief Glam Metal Career Explained

Formerly known as Lizzy Grant, Lana Del Rey has become a household name over the years. Even though the singer has recently released her ninth studio album ‘Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd,’ fans are still interested in Lana’s previous stage name and her ‘Hawaiian glam’ era.

The #LizzyGrant hashtag even circled around on TikTok and it reached over 1.2 billion views of Lana’s old performances, songs, and fan-inspired videos. So, regarding her early work and her 2008 EP ‘Kill Kill,’ she opened up to Index Magazine in 2008 and shared her inspiration behind her previous stage name and why she labeled her music as metal.

When asked how she came up with the descriptions like ‘Hawaiian glam metal’ and surf noir for the music, Lana explained:

“At first I didn’t know why I liked the ‘Hawaiian and glam,’ idea but as I started listening to more artists I like, it made sense. There was just something about the look of Hawaii and then I started thinking more about Elvis and I couldn’t believe how many Hawaiian references there were in his work.”

She continued:

“The glam came from an old boyfriend, who was very handsome. He said that his music was glam, so I copied him. And then I started to look at other glam-y artists and movies– you know, like ‘Velvet Goldmine,’ and I thought, this is what I’ve always wanted to do. I’m very into a drag queen world– anything showy and gold.”

Lana also shared where her introduction and interest in metal came from; she added:

“The same boyfriend taught me all about Van Halen and Poison, and he called them metal bands. As soon as I heard them, I thought, ‘these are my people!’ And then it was all that I listened to, so… When I met with all the big record labels, they didn’t like the term ‘metal’ at all, because admittedly the music doesn’t sound like metal. But, it is influenced by men who like metal.”

After her time as Lizzy Grant the singer explained to Vogue that she changed her stage name according to the music she was writing. She said:

“I was going to Miami quite a lot at the time, speaking a lot of Spanish with my friends from Cuba – Lana Del Rey reminded us of the glamour of the seaside. It sounded gorgeous coming off the tip of the tongue.”

You can read Lana Del Rey’s 2008 interview with Index Magazine here. You can also listen to ‘Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd’ below.