Metallica have yet to settle on a Ramones cover to lend to a forthcoming
tribute LP to the pioneering punks; perhaps “I Can’t Make It on Time” would
be an apt selection.
A contribution from the heavy-metal stalwarts is all that co-producer Rob
Zombie is waiting on to sign off on the tracks for We’re a Happy
Family, which he hopes will hit stores in August.
“It’s almost done. We’re just waiting for Metallica to finish their song,”
Zombie said while walking the red carpet Saturday at the MTV Movie Awards.
Metallica’s delay is not for lack of enthusiasm. After being invited to
appear on the LP by Johnny Ramone, the album’s other co-producer, Metallica
hit the studio and played around with eight Ramones songs, according to the
band’s Web site. They’ve since narrowed the pool down by half and are trying
to settle on a single selection.
With a rehabilitated James Hetfield, Metallica are also working on their new
album — their first studio LP of new material since 1997’s
Reload — with producer Bob Rock handling bass duties since the
band has yet to find a permanent replacement for Jason Newsted (see “Metallica’s James Hetfield Calls Rehab
Challenging, Gratifying” ).
Meanwhile, Zombie, who recorded a version of “Blitzkrieg Bop” for the LP,
said he’s nearly finished illustrating the LP’s cover art. He’ll then work
on music for his horror film, “House of 1000 Corpses” (see “Rob Zombie’s ‘House of 1000 Corpses Finds A
Home” ), before embarking on the Ozzfest trek July 6.
Although a final track list has yet to be determined, other artists who have
recorded Ramones songs for the project include Eddie Vedder (“I Believe in
Miracles”), Red Hot Chili Peppers (“Havana Affair”), Marilyn Manson (“KKK
Took My Baby Away”), Green Day (“Outsider”) and U2 (“Beat on the Brat”),
according to a note Zombie posted on his Web site. He also wrote that he
expects Metallica to deliver a version of “We’re a Happy Family,” which
appeared on the Ramones’ Rocket to Russia (1977).
Zombie announced he was working on the album in November (see “Rob Zombie Helming Ramones Tribute Album” ).