In the aftermath of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, the Eagles of Death Metal are asking fellow musicians to cover their song “I Love You All the Time,” off their album Zipper Down.
“We are calling upon our friends to donate their time, talent and good will in a show of solidarity to help the victims of these atrocious acts in Paris and those affected by terrorism worldwide,” Eagles of Death Metal drummer / Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme told Rolling Stone. “For every cover sold, we pledge to donate 100 percent of the publishing income to the Sweet Stuff Foundation. We ask that you also donate the money generated from sales of the song to the charity.”
Former Ween-frontman Mickey Melchiondo, better known by his alter-ego “Dean,” said that in the more than 20 years that he has been friends with Homme, he always felt an unparalleled sense of “love and camaraderie” while they were on tour.
“When I heard about the Paris attacks I broke down and called [Homme] immediately and surprisingly he answered,” Melchiondo said on Facebook. “Finding out that Dave Catching was alive and unharmed was one of the biggest reliefs of my life. To give you a sense of how close we are, I’ve stayed for long visits at Josh [Homme’s] parents house and his mom did my laundry and cooked for me.”
So, naturally, the Dean Ween Group was one of the first to answer the call to cover the Eagles of Death Metal “I Love You All the Time,” which Melchiondo said is Homme’s favorite.
“When Josh [Homme] asked me to cover this tune, I dropped what I was doing on the most important (to me anyway) gig night of my life. I was debuting the tunes from my forthcoming Dean Ween Group album,” Melchiondo said. “I came to the studio with our drummer Ray Kubian (who is a great singer as well) and I had a concept. One sample of handclaps and 8 tracks of grunting in the rhythm of the song and scat singing. I laid down a bass track for an anchor or a guide, sped the song up to 150 beats per minute when the original was about 115. One acoustic guitar, and Ray taking the lead vocal. It went perfectly—we used every track that we recorded. I then called Chris Shaw, who produced Ween’s White Pepper album and mixed Moistboyz IV. He is the best producer and engineer I know and he dropped his Saturday Thanksgiving travel plans to mix it for me. I feel so passionately about this track and I have set my personal goal at one million views and I’m asking everyone out there to share this link and keep sharing it until it reaches that goal.”
Not long after the attack on Nov. 13, members of the rock band Pearl Jam performed a cover of the Eagles of Death Metal’s track “I Want You So Hard (Boy’s Bad News),” as a tribute to the 89 victims killed in the attacks.
Since issuing their “Play It Forward” initiative, the Eagles of Death Metal have also seen covers of “I Love You All The Time” performed by French-rock group Exsonvaldes at the 2015 Granapop Music Festival in Spain and indie-rock band My Morning Jacket, during their recent four-night performance at New York City’s Beacon Theatre.
All donations to the Sweet Stuff Foundation are dedicated to aid the victims of the Nov. 13th terrorist attacks in Paris and the family of Eagles of Death Metal merchandise manager Nick Alexander. To find out more visit thesweetstufffoundation.org/donate.
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