LA RATS with NIKKI SIXX, ROB ZOMBIE, JOHN 5, TOMMY CLUFETOS releases official animated video for the cover of “I’ve Been Everywhere”
On May 19, Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx, Rob Zombie and guitarist John 5, as well as The Dead Daisies drummer Tommy Clufetos (who previously performed with Rob Zombie) released a cover of “I’ve Been Everywhere “under the name of LA Rats. They have released an official animation video for the track. Find out below.
The song is taken from the official #TheIceRoad soundtrack. Watch the movie on Netflix on June 25.
When Scott Borchetta called his friend Sixx, he knew he needed something with velocity, power, and speed. Responsible for directing the soundtrack to “The Ice Road,” the visionary label founder wanted a rocking “psycho-billy” track to anchor an eclectic collection of songs sampling the array of American roots music. Speaking to the full-fledged bassist and songwriter about a dream collaboration between Sixx, Rob Zombie and John 5, writing and possibly producing a song for the film, Sixx asked Borchetta to send him an example of the kind of song he envisioned for the soundtrack. Johnny Cash’s “I’ve Been Everywhere” was already seen as a hope to be included in the movie because it really synthesizes everything the movie is about. Nikki listened and then sent it to Zombie. The two rockers felt that Cash’s iconic track was the perfect song to record. Sixx called Borchetta back and said, “Why don’t you just cut this off?”
The guys were all in on the song that checks the names of towns across the country – and Zombie had the vocal knotting to bring that weathered, long-lasting tone to the song that spent 22 weeks at No.1 for Hank Snow in 1962. Opening with a menacing audible cloud and industrial noise, a hellish train rhythm emerges from the heavy sound wave. Zombie’s voice slices through the ballast, bossy and rude. Commanding the ride that begins “I was stowing my bag along the dusty road to Winnemucca,” his throaty performance transforms Cash’s intensity with drummer Tommy Clufetos’ overwhelming attack.
Laughing, Sixx said of the LA Rats and their affinity for this song of rough journeys, “Isn’t that ironic? This song that’s so rock and roll, it’s so country, that’s it – it’s the traveling circus, city to city, riff to riff, fat cheeseburger, rinse and repeat. It’s reality-based poetry – and it’s something each of us has experienced.
“We wanted to bring that fire that is Johnny Cash, but that’s also how to return it?” he keeps on. “So John 5 and I brought this Zeppelin-y halftime thing from the start with Rob talking on the outro. But I also did stuff (which suggested the original) like those big walks. through straight player style guitar parts, which is something I don’t do at Mötley or Sixx: AM. We all had that freedom to go elsewhere, and we did. “
“I’ve Been Everywhere” is a cover of a country song originally written by Geoff Mack in 1959, made popular in 1962 by Hank Snow, and again in 1996 by Johnny Cash; his version can be heard below.