Trixter guitarist Steve Brown has joined the roster of the upcoming tribute album “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE: An All-Star Salute To Fat Chicks.” Steve puts a rock spin on the hit single “Big Girl (You Are Beautiful),” made famous by current pop sensation Mika. A celebratory affirmation of plus-sized women, it was written as the theme for the Butterfly Lounge, a California nightclub catering to larger ladies and their admirers. The song was an international Top 40 hit in 2007 and has been featured on such TV shows as ABC‘s “Ugly Betty” and “Good Morning America.” Brown took the dance beat of the original and infused it with his own patented guitar stylings, adding a hard rock coating around its pop center. A sample of the song is now available at the official “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE” MySpace page.
“Women make the world go ’round,” states an enthusiastic Steve Brown. “All shapes and sizes, I love ‘em all! As such, this is the perfect song for me. I stuck with the dance groove and added some big guitars and huge vocals to take this tune to the next level. It rocks and it (jelly) rolls!”
Also confirmed for the tribute is the inclusion of a track from newcomers Triangle Exception, who contribute a cover of the song “Big, Fat, Sexy Mama.” Channeling the spirits of the Rolling Stones and the New York Dolls, “Big, Fat, Sexy Mama” is a raucous ballad extolling the virtues of making love to a fuller figured woman. The song originated with New York City underground sensation The Compulsions, hailed by “Classic Rock” magazine as “The Coolest Band in the World” and featuring frontman Rob Carlyle, alongside current Guns N‘ Roses members Richard Fortus and Frank Ferrer. 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 The tribute will feature all-new recordings of popular songs praising the fuller female figure, originally made famous by some of the biggest names in rock and pop music.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. The album boasts an inspired cover by pop artist Les Toil, known for his bold and beautiful “big girl” pin-up art. Additional artists and track listings will be announced as they are confirmed. 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.