Metal Wani‘s Carl Rourke sat down once again to chat with the Duke Of Spook himself, Wednesday 13. The two spoke about his upcoming new album ‘Necrophaze‘, the lost art of having a physical copy of an album, the stellar guest list ‘Necrophaze’ features and the equivalent of having Batman or Spider-Man on there, too!
In a digital age, Wednesday 13 still cares about fans having the option to own a physical copy of his albums, asked why this is of importance to him, Wednesday offered,
“I think it’s just… I don’t know any different. I don’t, I don’t know any other way to do it. I try to, you know, when I can display the image of my band, for example, when I first started doing this, you know, when I was a teenager I didn’t know how to have an image so I was like ‘Alright, I’ll put this horror logo on things’ and that just kind of, that was a snaffle to me! I wanted something to get people’s attention. So, that advertisement that KISS having their brand of everything and having KISS lunchboxes and KISS toys, KISS, KISS, KISS I’m like ‘Yes! Yes! Yes!’ and the same with other toys whether it was G.I Joe or He-Man, or whatever, yes, yes, more, more, that’s what I liked. So I don’t really know any different so when it’s a chance for me to give out my music to fans, I want it to be the way I would want it. and it’s gotta be that, it falls into the 80’s where I grew up where everything had all this great packaging when a movie came out it was like ‘Oo now we gotta go to Burger King and get all the glasses and the collectibles’ and all this stuff. And it just, it was like a treasure hunt for your favorite movie, So I look at it now and it really is like a treasure hut now, ’cause there are no record stores, and we have all these different versions of our record and different colors and different formats and different artwork and it literally is like this treasure hunt.’
Asked how the Godfather of Shock Rock, Alice Cooper came to be on Necrophaze, Wednesday was happy to share,
“That was the goal. I mean, just as a twelve, thirteen-year-old kid listening to Alice Cooper cassettes before I even knew how to play an instrument or do anything I’m just going ‘man, it’d be cool to see this guy in concert!’ [Laughs] You know, it was kind of like, the only goal, to see him in concert! So it’s just been kind of a life long goal to carry the torch of what Alice started, and I’ve been able to do that with my band, and Murderdolls and everything. So when it comes time to do a record, I think with anybody or any band, I think everyone kind of sits around and goes ‘Oh, it’d be cool if we got this guy on it or this guy on it’ and everyone, I think, tosses around ideas. I can’t tell ya how many guests we’ve talked about that ever happened. So with this, with Alice, a lot of people don’t know this either, Alice was originally gonna do the intro for my Skeletons record. So that’s how long this is in the works, like as far as pursuing Alice to be a part of it.”
“2008, ‘Skeletons’, if you think back, which is crazy that that was over ten years ago now, people didn’t really have recording equipment as they do now. Anybody can just throw a laptop out and record a record now in their hotel room. But it was around that time, I had Alice, he agreed to do it, and then it became a thing of ‘Okay, well we can’t get into a studio or somebody to record it’, then it became the ‘You gotta hurry up with this record’ and it never happened. So I didn’t wanna do it where it was shitty or anything, so I just said ‘alright, we’ll get him next time.’ Then it came around for Murderdolls, he was gonna do the intro for that and then something happened with that. So it’s kind of like, I’ve been pursuing it, but I’m glad that it worked out and it happened now, ’cause this is a perfect time and I think it’s the perfect record for him to be on. He’s just been you know, again he’s my rock n roll hero, he’s become a friend.”