Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines — Staind, Slipknot, Tantric, Buckcherry and others are contributing tracks to NASCAR’s Crank It Up compilation.
Due to hit stores in June, the collection is “designed and built for racing fans,” according to a label statement, and includes a plethora of rock outfits playing covers of high-speed, rubber-burning favorites.
Recently dissolved industrial rockers Fear Factory weigh in with their reworking of gearhead Gary Numan’s classic ’80s ode to four-wheelers, “Cars.” Les Claypool offers up the song most likely to be played on an upright bass: the rockabilly classic “Hot Rod Lincoln.” Meanwhile, “Lit Up” Los Angeles rockers Buckcherry will take on Willie Nelson’s cross-country staple “On the Road Again.”
Slipknot have also been slated for the album, though their cover choice has yet to be announced. Staind will contribute a previously unreleased track for the compilation, adding a taste of something new for all those backseat woofers and tailgate parties.
Among the other songs up for restoration are Tracy Chapman’s 1988 hit “Fast Car” (by Darwin’s Waiting Room) and Billy Ocean’s “Get Outta My Dreams (Get Into My Car)” (by Fenix TX), which you may remember from the ’80s Corey Haim/Corey Feldman slapstick first date joint “License to Drive.”
Slayer are expected to peel out a cover of Deep Purple’s 1972 classic “Highway Star,” though their participation has not yet been confirmed.
Additional artists are still being lined up for the project, which will be released by MCA Records in conjunction with NASCAR and Fox TV.
Tracks confirmed thus far for Crank It Up, according to the label:
- Nonpoint – “Circles”
- Darwin’s Waiting Room – “Fast Car”
- Fenix TX – “Get Outta My Dreams (Get Into My Car)”
- Tantric – “Cross the Line”
- Buckcherry “On the Road Again”
- (hed) pe – “Crosstown Traffic”
- Gov’t Mule – “Drivin’ Rain”
- Fear Factory – “Cars”
- Les Claypool – “Hot Rod Lincoln”