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"It's all about faith."KRT Also in Entertainment But wait ... And more Titanic struggle Monologues shift focus to the body beautiful - and battered Vive la difference Happiness is a bunch of new songs Independent's day To Elle and back Serial supermodel Is black out? Drummer Branden Steineckert was the person who got everyone together to make music.While Mc Cracken refers to these acts as "spank your a-" bands, the exposure helped propel the Used into Billboard's top 50.The band has sold more than a quarter-million records so far.At live shows, Mc Cracken says, "Kids make comments about my girlfriend."Luckily for him, that's not all they're commenting about.The Used has become one of the "Spankin' New Bands" picked by US cable channel MTV to click in 2003.Mc Cracken met Kelly at Ozzfest last summer, but he doesn't hesitate to state a preference for Warped. During the phone interview for this story, the singer let slip that the young Oz was in the room.He then got self-conscious and stressed that music remains his focus, employing an unusual comparison to drive home the point."Music and the Mormon Church I grew up with ultimately have the same function," he says.
Bert Mc Cracken admits that the drama of his life has become a distraction from the music of his band, the Used.Mc Cracken is a former Mormon and ex-drug addict who is dating Kelly Osbourne."Obviously, everyone's going to be interested in that," he says."I'm asked about it in every interview."The public has been buzzing, too.Mc Cracken comes from a strict Mormon home in Utah, but moved out at 16 when he got into drugs. While many people claim rock 'n' roll got them into drugs, Mc Cracken says it got him out."When I hooked up with them I was still going to Narcotics Anonymous," he says. If it weren't for the band, I think I'd still be getting high."The group signed with Reprise and developed a buzz through live shows well before MTV singled them out. They don't hang out."The Used will play both festivals again this summer.
After he landed in jail on a possession charge, his father stepped in to help. They already had appeared on two top summer festival tours - Vans Warped and Ozzfest. And despite the band's busy schedule, Mc Cracken finds time to hang out with Kelly.