MUSHROOMHEAD Drummer Rejects SLAVES ON DOPE Rip-Off Accusation

MUSHROOMHEAD have rejected as false the accusation by SLAVES ON DOPE guitarist Kevin Jardine that the masked Cleveland metallers "stole" SLAVES ON DOPE's idea to cover SEAL's 1991 adult-contemporary hit single "Crazy" for their upcoming CD.

In a statement sent to BLABBERMOUTH.NET on September 3, Jardine said that "he believed MUSHROOMHEAD "stole our idea to cover 'Crazy' from SEAL. We were at the same management firm when we did the demos for [the new SLAVES ON DOPE album] 'Metafour' with [producer] Troy [Van Leeuwen, A PERFECT CIRCLE, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE] and if you check the [news archives] you'll see that the song was listed for our record. I guess [MUSHROOMHEAD] liked what we did... We were gonna re-press the record with a DVD for X-mas with remixes and a few bonus tracks, but I guess now we'll hold off until we hear their version."

Speaking to Cleveland Scene's D.X. Ferris for the publication's "Around Hear" column, MUSHROOMHEAD drummer Skinny laughed at the accusation.

'The only reason we did that song was that we were working with [producer-engineer] Matt Wallace. He suggested the song," he said. "The band definitely didn't know about SLAVES ON DOPE. If they had the same management, we didn't know it. October 23 will be 10 years that MUSHROOMHEAD have been playing together. Who are SLAVES ON DOPE again?"

"Crazy" will appear as a hidden bonus track on MUSHROOMHEAD's album "XIII", due on October 14 through Universal. Skinny says that the group also recorded JETHRO TULL's "Locomotive Breath", THE VERVE's "Bittersweet Symphony" and a bleak version of PRINCE's "When Doves Cry" that he likens to MARILYN MANSON's take on THE EURYTHMICS' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)".

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