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RNW: Any Beatles covers gonna be thrown in there? 

Chip: If I have my way I’d like to throw in a cover song. Sometimes you’re better off starting the night off with a song everybody recognizes. So it certainly wouldn’t hurt to open the tour with a Magical Mystery Tour or Revolution or Dear Prudence but we’ll have to see.  I love playing all three of them! 

RNW: How is your label Spitfire doing for you guys? 

Chip: That’s quite a big independent label, one of the bigger independent labels in North America. Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, Sebastian Bach, Zakk Wylde, Crowbar, L.A. Guns, Thomas Dolby, Testament, The list goes on and on – Union.. they have quite a lot of acts. We fit in there somewhere, I don’t know where. They seem to like our songs, they like the band and we shot a video for the record with this company called Noise Vision out of Los Angeles. It’s really shot well, we hate the video but it’s really good. We just hate the way we look in it, cuz we’re butt ugly. But the video is put together really well. It’s a really strong song and they seem to be into it. 

RNW: Are you going to try and promote that one with the VH1 crowd? 

Chip: I would hope so, I would hope that we get the video serviced to everybody like MTV, M2, VH1 and everybody makes their own decisions. It’s a really strong song and the video, like I said, really accompanies it well.  But it remains to be seen what is gonna happen with Spitfire and Enuff Z’nuff. Right now, we get along great, they love the band and they like the record. And we have a major tour and I think they are gonna be behind us and help us. Especially in the light that they told me that they are my friends, they gave us a lot of pot and money so they better do something! 

RNW: What was the biggest difference you have found with an indy like Spitfire and when you were with a major like Arista or ATCO?

Chip: Well it’s a big machine when you are on a major label. Your staff is quadruple what you have with an independent label. And the money, the numbers are always different; they are always a lot higher when you’re on a major label. And there is also a lot more at stake too. They both have their good and bad. With a major label sometimes you don’t have the full artistic and creative control of your music. Where as with an independent label you can pretty much make the records on your own, if they like it, they’ll accept it and put it out. I loved being on a major label, Enuff Z’nuff was on probably the best major label of the last decade, which was ATCO Records. All the people who were over at ATCO are big leagues right now… they are all great people. Being with Clive Davis from Arista was certainly a great run; a fun experience. It certainly didn’t end as well as I would have liked but it never does anyway. But I got a lot of respect for the majors, we’ve had two great labels with terrific presidents and great staffs that really believed in the band and worked their asses off and because of that we still have a career. They were definitely a part of it, those labels. With Independent labels, they pretty much live on your past. For Spitfire they really seem to be behind us, it’s a brand new record with new music: it’s fresh. 

RNW: Are there any plans to re-release Strength (one of the most popular EZN releases with die hard fans)? That came out on ATCO in what 1991?

Chip: Yeah, that came out in mid to late ’91. We’re talking about re-releasing the first two but we can’t yet. I think Clive (Davis) still owns the rights to those records if I am not mistaken and quite frankly those are still selling in the stores a lot. So consequently, the record labels are making money and they are not interested in letting us have the licensing on those records as of yet. But, I think you’ll see them in the future. Maybe under the same umbrella. 
(editors note: Enuff Z’nuff’s debute is still being sold and distributed by ATCO, however, their second album – Strength is currently out of print.)

RNW: On another front, I noticed you guys are getting a lot of attention from this “She Sells Sanctuary” Cult tribute. How did that happen? 

Chip: The president of the label (Versailles Records), a real nice guy named Jake called me and asked me if we wanted to participate. When I brought it up to the band they weren’t the happiest campers, they’re about as much Cult fans as the Cult is of Enuff Z’nuff. But we do respect their musical accomplishments and we do know that at one time they were really a cool band. But nobody in the group was really a big fan, we weren’t really aware of their music, except for the hits. The song, “She Sells Sanctuary” was one that the label suggested and we played it and recorded it in one night over at Star Trax in Crescent, Illinois. We mixed it up the following day and sent it out to them and they loved it. Actually, it came out really good. It’s a good song, it was pretty easy to do it, except that the vocals were a little difficult. It gave me a lot more respect for Ian Asbury, he’s got high range and real strong f***in pipes, he’s a great singer. You don’t realize until you try to do something that someone else has done, just how talented they are. I think it was a really great version, Donnie really kicked ass on it. Terrific vocal performance, the guy sang it like twice, that was it. He really is just a great singer and it sounds like the Cure to me. It sounds like the Cure meets Enuff Z’nuff its weird. It’s much different than the original version, but yet close to the version, if that makes any sense to you. Sonically, their version is really powerful, heavy but it sounds like [the music of] today to me. 



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