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Interview with Chip from Enuff Z'nuff - Part III

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RNW: I also see that you guys are doing another tribute song… 

Chip: We’ve been asked to do a lot of them. A Queen one, Steve Vai, a Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute and actually a Beatles tribute we were asked to do also. That’s the one we are really interested in doing. Cuz, there are some great bands on there.. I hear Marilyn Manson, Cheap Trick, Rage Against the Machine, Elvis Costello.. quite a few bands. That’s the one I’m most interested in. 

RNW: If you do the Beatles one, what song do you think you guys will do?

Chip: I’d love to do Dear Prudence. I know its been done by a few other artists, but we’ve done it for years and I love our version. 

RNW: Has there ever been any thought about doing a cover of “A Day in Life”? A studio version?

Chip: We’ve done it, well not in the studio we did it on the Radio. I’ve got that hanging around here somewhere. Studio, Maybe? 

RNW: I think it would be really cool with Donnie singing John’s part and you covering the middle part that Paul sang. 

Chip: Yeah that would be a lot of fun. There are so many Beatles songs to do, we have enough of our own tunes to worry about right now. But yeah, these tribute records, sometimes they are really nice to do. It’s quite an honor to be asked to participate and whenever we do something like that, whether it’s a Cheap Trick, Queen or the Cult we really give it our all, there is no half assed. They’ve been out there for a long time and we want to pay respect to those bands. Especially, the ones who deserve it. It’s quite an honor, so if one comes up and we have the time, we will take the time out to participate. I love doing cover songs, once in a while. 

RNW: If any band can pull them off, it’s you guys (note: Listen to their hard rock cover of Tears of a Clown)…  it looks like Jake over at Versailles must really love you guys, cuz he gives you the biggest hits for these bands. For example, you guys are doing “Yankee Rose” for the Steve Vai tribute. 

Chip: That’s what he tells me, it’s good to hear. 

RNW: You sang a couple songs on the past few CD’s. Are there any plans to continue that trend?  Are we going to hear more Chip Z’nuff on vocals? 

Chip: I love to sing, I think it shows a different side of the band. I obviously don’t have the pipes that my brother has and I’m sure he doesn’t want me singing more than a song on a record. As long as there is room, I’ll sing. .. and as difficult of a job that it is, it does show a different side to the group and I think the fans like that. Yeah, we’re making records for ourselves, but we’re also making them for you too. So far nobody has called and said “Listen, Jag-off – you’re not nailing it.” So until they do, I’ll keep singing.. (laughs)

RNW: I know you guys are really working 10 now, promoting it, but is it true you guys already have the next CD in the bag? 

Chip: No. No, a lot of material has been written but the next record is not finished. You have to remember we are making these records on our own budget. No one is giving us anything to make these records, except a few favors through the studios. Consequently, we’re going into these studios, making these records and we’re in debt – substantially until we find what home it is going to go to: we find who is going to release it. Every year it’s like that, we don’t have a budget. You know Nirvana made their record for $666, the next one we’re gonna try to make for a little under $500 (laughs) but it’s gonna kick the s*** out of that Nirvana record, ok … sonically, it will sound way better than theirs! 

RNW: With the next record are you going to stay with the direction of 10, the more power-pop stuff or are you gonna go more hard rock like Paraphernalia? 

Chip: No, we’re just writing songs, we don’t care about a direction- Donnie and I, Ricky – We are just kickin them out. That they way we do it, we write out on acoustic guitar, then we lay ‘em down how we feel ‘em. No one is thinking about the smash radio hit, we don’t get enough airplay as it is. We’re just thinking about making a great classic rock record! 

RNW: I know most of the songs off of the vitamin A bootleg made it on to 10 and Paraphernalia. Is there any chance the last two songs, How are you and home tonight will go on the next CD? 

Chip: Maybe, but I don’t think so. People like those songs and I’m sure they will see the light of day, it’s just right now we concentration on the new stuff we’re recording. 


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