Celebrated blues diva Candye Kane, recent cancer survivor and 2010 nominee for the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award, becomes the final name player added to the upcoming tribute album “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks.”
The voluptuous and curvaceous Candye appears courtesy of her size-positive original recording “You Need A Great Big Woman,” as showcased on the Lifetime network and “The Maury Povich Show.” This guitar-laden swing rocker features the incomparable Ms. Kane belting out the benefits of loving a large and luscious lady like herself. A sample of the song is now available at the official “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE” MySpace page.
Candye is one of but few women on the roster, which consists largely of members of such hard rock bands as Quiet Riot, Cinderella, Twisted Sister, Danger Danger and L.A. Guns performing songs about plus-sized women like her. Despite her minimal association with the genre, she does recall an encounter she once had with Kiss bassist Gene Simmons (who has publicly acknowledged his own appreciation of full-bodied women).
“Even though I’m honored to be included here, I’m not normally in the company of rockers,” admits Kane. “I think the closest I got was back in the ’80s when Gene Simmons hit on me! This was when I was recording my first album and he was producing some Japanese band (EZO) in the same studio. I turned him down, so I’m probably one of the few women who can say that! Back then I was more into country music so I said, ‘Maybe if you were Dwight Yoakam!’ I’m sure he wasn’t accustomed to hearing that!”
Also confirmed for the tribute is the inclusion of the track “BMW” by the mysterious Dogwhistle, a funk/rock fusion combining two of man’s favorite things: girls and cars. “BMW” is a brand new song composed expressly for this project and is available nowhere other than the tribute. A sample of the song is now available at the official “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE” MySpace page.
As previously reported, “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks” is a musical homage to the big, beautiful women who make the rockin’ world go ’round. The tribute will feature all-new recordings of popular songs praising the fuller female figure, originally made famous by some of the biggest names in rock and pop music. These anthems to abundance will be performed by renowned rock & rollers from yesterday and today, along with a select few rising stars. In direct opposition to the “no fat chicks” mantra espoused by some, “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE” will be a star-studded celebration of large and lovely ladies.
Songs confirmed so far include Queen’s arena rock classic “Fat Bottomed Girls” by L.A. Guns singer Phil Lewis, with guitarist Paul LaPlaca and drummer John Macaluso. Also on tap is a high-octane version of the AC/DC concert staple “Whole Lotta Rosie” by Rufus Fontain, featuring Cinderella guitarist Jeff LaBar and original Jackyl vocalist Ronnie Honeycutt. The Poison chart-topper “Unskinny Bop” is ably recreated by party rock outfit Evick, featuring members of the Bret Michaels Band. And the bass-heavy Spinal Tap dirge “Big Bottom” is given a 6-string revamp by Twisted Sister guitarist Eddie Ojeda and his Band of Steel. Plus-sized songstress Celisa Stratton brings all-new meaning to the title track “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin, in conjunction with veteran Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali and guitarist Alex Grossi. Additionally, rock & roll comic C.C. Banana offers up a faithful rendition of the Kiss track “Spit” (a.k.a. “Split”), featuring bassist David Z of ZO2 and guitarist Angus Clark. Danger Danger frontman Ted Poley lends his trademark vocals to the Electric Boys hit “All Lips N’ Hips,” alongside his Poley/Rivera partner Vic Rivera. And the Sir Mix-A-Lot hip-hop smash “Baby Got Back” is given a metal makeover by comedian Don Jamieson, co-host of “That Metal Show” on VH1 Classic. Trixter guitarist Steve Brown puts a rock spin on Mika’s international Top 40 single “Big Girl (You Are Beautiful).” Plus “Big, Fat, Sexy Mama,” a song by NYC underground sensation The Compulsions, is expertly rendered by newcomers Triangle Exception.
Rounding out the roster are founding Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French, Tuff vocalist Stevie Rachelle and longtime W.A.S.P. drummer Stet Howland, who collaborate on a cover of the Ted Nugent cult favorite “Thunder Thighs.” The album boasts an inspired cover by pop artist Les Toil, known for his bold and beautiful “big girl” pin-up art. Samples of all tracks are available at the official “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE” MySpace page.
“WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks” is scheduled for an August 31, 2010 release and is now available for pre-order directly from SplitScreen Entertainment. The first 500 pre-orders will receive a free instant digital download of “Fat Bottomed Girls,” as well as a bonus mini-print of the cover art upon delivery of the album. Further details can be found at the SplitScreen Entertainment website