The most unlikely supergroup in rock history – pop-punk veterans Good Charlotte and TV personality Dr. Phil – made their bizarre debut on Thursday’s Late Late Show With James Corden. The show organized the joke team-up for a sketch starring Corden as a “renowned music performance enhancement coach” who tries to boost bands’ careers with outside-the-box collaborations.
“We didn’t call [Corden],” Good Charlotte admitted backstage at the Late Late Show. “We’ve never met him. He just showed up.” But the host, moonlighting as “the Gandhi of music,” convinced the band that he could transform them into “Great Charlotte” with his odd artistic vision.
Dr. Phil then crashed the group’s dressing room, shouting, “I’m here to rock this bitch!” Later, the talk-show host jumped onstage during their performance of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” singing wildly out of tune while decked out in goth eyeliner and a rocker jacket. After the song, Corden admitted he was “very, very wrong” about the mash-up. “If anything,” he said, “that was Bad Charlotte.” But he pledged to continue down the enhancement path.
“It didn’t work out this time around, but I’m an innovator,” he said, before referencing a recent ubiquitous headline. “There are always going to be casualties along the way. Elon Musk was plagued with setbacks before he released the Tesla. Look at him, now – he’s on a podcast smoking weed.”