The Nashville modern rock troupe Framing Hanley was happy with its debut album, “The Moment,” when it was released in August.
But a guitar-driven cover of rapper Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop,” which was added to a new deluxe edition of the album, has made things even sweeter for the quintet.
“As with all good ideas in the history of the world, it happened over a case of Bud Light,” frontman Kenneth Nixon says of the “Lollipop” cover. “We were just drunk at rehearsal and we had a huge show coming up in Nashville and we wanted to do something special. And that song was huge at the time, so we just had some fun and did it.
“And the response on MySpace was overwhelming. People were asking if we had plans to play it again, so we played it at a couple more shows, and then the label asked us to record it and it took on a life of its own. It was totally unexpected.”
“Lollipop” vaulted Framing Hanley into the Billboard Hot 100 and increased the band’s sales on iTunes by some 70 percent. “It’s opened a lot of doors,” notes Nixon, 23. “So many people are finding out about us because of that song.” But one person they haven’t heard from is the one who counts the most. “We haven’t heard any reaction” from Lil Wayne, Nixon says. “We really want to hear it. We’re all big fans of lil’ Weezy, so we’re dying to know what he thinks.”
Framing Hanley, No Resolve and Ghosts of August perform Friday (Jan. 9) at the Pike Room, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are sold out. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.