''American Idol's'' not just pop -- Sales for contestant Constantine Maroulis's rock band have skyrocketed since he appeared on the show

By Shana Liebman
Updated April 04, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT

Crooning ”I Think I Love You” on American Idol while wearing a cheesy smile and a pink scarf probably isn’t the best route to rock & roll cred. That’s what terrified Pray for the Soul of Betty bassist Taylor, C.R. [sic] when frontman Constantine Maroulis announced he was doing Idol. ”I was like, Dude, you cannot do this. American Idol is so lame,” says Taylor, who threatened to quit. After all, Betty are used to playing raunchy rockers like ”Truck Stop Sally” at CBGB and the Viper Room — not courting middle America on TV. But Maroulis’ Idol run has boosted monthly sales of the New York-based band’s self-titled CD from 12 to more than 600, bringing in money to remix and remaster their once-crappy demo. Soon, their songs will be available on iTunes. So now Taylor is coming around — sort of. ”At 8 a.m., a Detroit radio show asked me to sing ‘I Think I Love You’ on the air. I was so hungover. I was like, ‘No f—ing way. Don’t wake me up and ask me to sing’. . .but the rest of the interview was pretty cool.”