Given his pedigree, it’s unsurprising that Brian Posehn is both amusing to account and the affectionate of guy with whom you can allocution about metal for hours. The amateur and comedian — whose credits accommodate Mr. Show, Reno 911, and Rob Zombie’s abominable The Devil’s Rejects — has been accepted as one of Hollywood’s accurate metalhead anytime back he joked that it wasn’t gay for men to accord ceremony added blowjobs as continued as one of them was agreeable ‘SLAYER!’ While discussing the massive bedfellow stars included on his new album — among them Corey Taylor, Scott Ian, Dethklok’s Brendon Baby and Exodus’ Steve — one can apprehend the awkward metalhead jailbait in Posehn’s voice, apprehensive how he got any of these musicians to assignment with him.
“Dude, [I feel that way about] so abounding of them!” says Brian. “Weird Al, Gary Holt, Phil Demmel — and Jill Janus! I mean, the actuality that I get to allotment the aftermost music Jill Janus did with the world… I don’t anticipate she had annihilation abroad this abutting to actuality done. I apperceive she was alive on a new almanac with her band, and had some added concepts, but I don’t anticipate they recorded. The actuality that I wrote this Goblin Adulation affair for her, as a asinine booty on Muskrat Love, which was this abhorrent song I grew up with, I’m absolutely appreciative and absolutely stoked that I got to that.”
Listening to Brian’s new anthology Grandpa Metal, one imagines Brian’s agreeable guests will be appropriately appreciative to assignment with him. Co-written by Anthrax’s Scott Ian and Fall Out Boy’s Joe Trohman, the almanac is a battery of old-school metal that’ll accomplish you chortle like the boyish edge you secretly are inside. Whether it’s the acute metal-ribbing Satan Is Affectionate Of A Dick, the Nordic head-shaking of One Quarter Viking, Three Quarter’s Pussy, or his unstoppable penis canticle Big Fat Rock (“A continued bedrock with two abate boulders!” shouts Posehn amid lyrics that’ll accomplish Jesus weep), the songs on Grandpa Metal administer to blow fun at every aspect of abundant metal culture. Alike the covers — of A-ha’s Booty On Me and Ylvis’ What Does The Fox Say — display that to Brian, not alike his own almanac should be taken seriously.
“It came calm organically that both songs are European pop songs that we fabricated European metal,” says Brian. “I capital to do covers — I didn’t appetite to do parodies, so I didn’t appetite to change the songs. I capital them to complete like a Swedish or Norwegian awning of these songs. I’ve consistently anticipation that any song you apprehend would be bigger if it was abundant metal. Anticipate of any song you grew up with, and it’s not metal — if you accomplish it metal, it’s activity to be better.”
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Grandpa Metal was six years in the making — when’d you aboriginal alpha accepting these bedfellow stars recorded?
Some of the songs started about that time. The aboriginal guests I got were for What Does The Fox Say? I got Corey Taylor. He recorded that being at atomic bristles years ago. Scott and I consistently capital to do article like this, so we brought it about to added labels, and Megaforce, back they fabricated the offer, fabricated absolute sense. For me, as a metal nerd, aloof to be on that characterization was insane.
I ambition we would’ve aerated it out in two years, but I don’t anticipate it would be as fun as it is. Some of the being came calm organically, because aftermost year, I was abbreviate on a brace of songs back the characterization capital it, so that accursed me up to get finished, and it came calm really well.
Were there any songs that alone came calm at the actual last minute?
For one, the title-track, Grandpa Metal, was one of the aftermost songs that we formed on. We had the name and were originally calling it article else. We were calling it Grandpa Metal but as a accepted thing — like, guys my age who still accept to metal, but are abrupt about it, who alone accept to being from 1984 through 1991, that kinda guy — which I’m absolutely accusable of accomplishing sometimes. But already I absitively to go afterwards Scott, because I alarm Scott that all the time, that song affectionate of aloof wrote itself. Again me and Joe Trohman who wrote that wrote Monster Mosh and Big Fat Rock in a amount of days — which I anticipate is how you’re declared to write records!
Is Scott Ian absolutely as acrid and dismissive of new metal bands as you accomplish him out to be?
No, man — well, yes, for music that’s true. But he’s not salty. We’re pals! He’s a funny dude. He lets me accomplish fun of him for four minutes, and he loves assuming that — we performed it alive on the Megacruise, admitting we added added jokes to it. We’re funny together, we’re a funny team. Partly it’s our admeasurement difference, like back I formed with Patton [Oswalt] — any time you put me with a baby person, it’s funny. But it’s true, he hasn’t heard any new music back 1992, and that’s about back the Refused came out. I anticipate that’s the aftermost bandage he liked.
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As addition who’s been autograph songs about metal for over a decade now, accept there been any developments in the metal arena that you acquisition absolutely hilarious?
The actuality that I fabricated fun of metal by numbers — and it ashore around! I didn’t anticipate that song was activity to accomplish that music go away, but the actuality that I fabricated fun of some of those bands and they’re now accomplishing their 20-year ceremony tours, the actuality that that affectionate of appearance I don’t adulation are still here. There are some metalcore bands I do love, but the actuality that this affair that I’d hoped would go abroad with my help didn’t.
You might’ve alike accustomed it a second wind.
Maybe. Yeah, blame me!
You’re 53 now — are there any metal songs that accomplish you feel old to accept to? Like, you’re angry to a track, and again think, ‘Jesus, I’m old as balls’?
There’s a lot of it. It’s funny — I apperceive what you beggarly exactly, but alert to Black Sabbath, I don’t feel like that, because it doesn’t feel dated. Black Sabbath was already old back I was a kid. Back I was a teenager, Ozzy was out solo. But annihilation that came out that I found, like it was me award a new band, NOW I feel old alert to that, because those guys are old now. Ratt’s Out Of The Cellar would accomplish me feel old. Dokken would accomplish me feel old.
I don’t apperceive why, but the acknowledgment being like Metallica, I don’t feel age-old back I accept to it — maybe it’s the being that aloof feels added dated. The beard metal stuff — I abhorrence application that phrase, but the Sunset Strip stuff. I didn’t too abundant into those bands afterwards that whose bands had two names, Danger Danger or whatever, but that aboriginal wave. Twisted Sister would accomplish me feel old, but Armored Saint and Anthrax and the air-conditioned being doesn’t!
On the added ancillary of that, are there any bands you accede new who accept been about for over a decade?
Lamb of God and Mastodon I still anticipate of as new. But the newer bands I’m alert to aren’t alike that hip or cool. Havok, Power Trip, and He Is Legend — they’re not that new, but they’re new to me. They’ve all been putting it in, but I still anticipate of them as the new kids. With He Is Legend, I admired [that new record], and I absolutely got abaft it, and I put it on the Internet saying, ‘I adulation this band!’ And bodies were like, ‘Yeah, nice job, Grampa! Late to the table!’
Brian Posehn’s Grandpa Metal comes out February 14 on Megaforce Records, and is accessible for pre-order.
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