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Lord of the 'Circus' Ring

The new band becky = ''Real World'' + Keanu. MTV alum Rebecca Lord teams with the bass-playing actor and writes the theme song for Disney's preschool TV show ''JoJo's Circus''

becky, Keanu Reeves, ... | THE REPLACEMENTS (From left) Kosta, former Dogstar member Mailhouse, Lord, and Reeves
Image credit: becky: Christian Davies
THE REPLACEMENTS (From left) Kosta, former Dogstar member Mailhouse, Lord, and Reeves

On ''The Real World Seattle,'' Rebecca Lord was the quiet 19-year-old Virginian singer who eventually found her groove by recording a single produced by Sir Mix-A-Lot. Now Lord has her own band, becky, and an even bigger star backing her up on bass guitar: Keanu Reeves. But the band's new song isn't likely to end up on MTV or the ''Matrix Reloaded'' soundtrack: It's the theme to this fall's new Disney Channel show ''JoJo's Circus,'' a stop-motion clay animation series about a 6-year-old clown (airs daily). EW.com talked to the reality TV survivor about singing for a clown, why she hates her nickname, and where she keeps her Sir Mix-A-Lot single (hint: it's not on her wall).

Your band becky is more punky garage rock than pop, so how did you end up performing the theme for a show about a 6-year-old clown?
The producer we were working with at the time does a lot of work for Disney, and he actually wrote the song. And it's a cute song! We made it kind of punky. It's not like our band's music, but it's really cool.

Now that your band's called becky, does that mean you're no longer Rebecca?
I hate to be called Becky, so our drummer [Lord's boyfriend and Dogstar member Rob Mailhouse] started doing it as a joke, and the guitarist [Paulie Kosta] joined in on it, and it was driving me nuts. So when we were trying to come up with a name for the band, Paulie joked that we should call it becky, to which I said absolutely not. But everyone else loved it, so I said it was fine until we could think of a better name. And we haven't thought of anything. And everyone's calling me Becky! But it's okay now. After trying to avoid the name for 10 years, now I want to be a Becky, just be a little girl again.

In the last month becky has appeared on ''The Sharon Osbourne Show'' and ''The Orlando Jones Show.'' When can we buy an album?
We just finished our demo, so we're shopping for a label now. We've been playing around town a lot, the Viper Room and other clubs in L.A., so it's going well.

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