Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams “’80s rock album” enlisted current golden couple – Queens Of The Stone Age‘s Josh Homme and The DistillersBrody Armstrong. Courtney Love‘s manager/producer James Barber is behind the desk.

The album ‘Gold‘, is provisionally titled ‘Rock’N’Roll‘ and released in November.

Ryan wants the first single from the album to be ‘This Is It’, a clear reference to ‘Is This It’, the debut album by his good pals The Strokes. In the UK, fans will get to hear his version of Oasis’ ‘Wonderwall‘ as a B-side, too.

An earlier album, ‘Love Is Hell‘, had been expected in early spring 2003. It has now been spiked with no reason given. Rumours abound that his label, Lost Highway, rejected it because it was too dark.

“It’s a more rock album now,” said Ryan Adams of ‘Rock’N’Roll‘. “And (it) sounds like awesome, fun, having-sex-and-loving-NYC music. The label are stoked and it really rocks – so Marshall stacks and a new band should be lovely.”

“I’ve finally made a record that isn’t slow or boring, but something that reminds me of skateboarding”

“All guitars on this record are played by me, except Josh Homme from Queens Of The Stone Age on a few tracks and Brody Armstrong from The Distillers is doing some singing. Also (ex-Hole bassist) Melissa Auf Der Maur is singing as well. Jim Barber is a genius and we’re finishing up.”

Barber himself told that the “truly spectacular” record “rocks really hard” and will be “both important and successful.”

The album’s tracklisting runs: ‘This Is It’, ‘Shallow’, ‘1974’, ‘Wish You Were Here’, ‘So Alive’, ‘Luminol’, ‘Burning Photographs’, ‘Song For A Girl In Los Angeles’, ‘Note To Self, Don’t Die’, ‘Rock’N’Roll’, ‘Anybody Wanna Take Me Home?’ ‘Do Miss America’, ‘Boys’, The Drug’s Not Working’.

Love Is Hell included a cover of Oasis‘ “Wonderwall”, which Adams had previously performed live. And about which Noel Gallagher once said, “I never got my head round this song until I went to see Ryan Adams play and he did an amazing cover of it.” The song earned Adams a Grammy nomination for “Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance”.

© NME August 16, 2003

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