On February 3, Deadline Music (imprint of Cleopatra Records) will release STRANGE TIME, the first solo album by Chip Z’nuff. The 10-track record marks a departure from the trademark Enuff Z’nuff trip-pop sound, with heavier guitars and more psychedelic elements.
In addition to special guest appearances, the album includes a bonus 5-track EP collaboration with Steven Adler (Guns ‘n Roses).
“It’s a stoner rock record,” said Z’nuff, matter-of-factly. “What I have with Enuff Z’nuff is special, but this is a labor of love. I started these songs while going through every type of hard time – family, finances, relationships – and found moments of clarity while writing.” He also called on some tour buddies and long-time friends to guest on the record.
Having played bass for both Dale Bozzio (Missing Persons) and Adler (Adler’s Appetite), Z’nuff knew they’d contribute something truly unique (Z’nuff calls Adler’s drumming “incendiary”). Home state legend Robin Zander lends his pipes to “All Day and All of the Night.” Geezer Butler’s son, Biff, sings on “Rockstar.”
STRANGE TIME was recorded at Chicago Recording Company in Chicago and Abbey Road Studios in London. Brendan Jeffrey produced all tracks except “Rockstar” (produced by Johnny K) and “Strange Time” (produced by R. Rubin). Mixing was done by Jeff Luif and engineering by Chris Shepard (Elvis Costello, Smashing Pumpkins), Johnny K (Disturbed, Plain White T’s), Rob Pozen, and Ron Lowe. Daniel Stout mastered at Colossal Mastering. Performers include Z’nuff (vocals, guitar, bass), Adler (drums, percussion), Biff Butler, James Morrison Jr., Steve Ramone, Sir Ashley Scott, Robin Zander, and Scott Faukes.
The EP was recorded at Chicago Recording Company and Chip Z’nuff Studios in Blue Island, IL. Brendan Jeffrey produced, Jeff Luif mixed, and Bob Ludwig mastered. Z’nuff and Adler performed all the music, with Bozzio on vocals and a Slash sample solo on “Tonight We Met.”
STRANGE TIME TRACK LISTING:
~ all songs written by Chip Z’nuff except where noted ~
- Strange Time (written by Chip Z’nuff and Trent Reznor)
- Still Love Your Face (written by Chip Z’nuff and Wendel Rey)
- F..Mary..Kill (written by Chip Z’nuff, Howard Stern, and Steve Miller)
- Anna Nichole (written by Chip Z’nuff and Syklopps)
- Strike Three
- Hello To The Drugs
- All Day And All Of The Night – featuring Robin Zander & Steven Adler (written by Ray Davies)
BONUS EP: STEVEN ADLER & CHIP Z’NUFF
- My Town
- Yesterday (Another Wasted Day)
- The Game
- Tonight We Met (And Now We’re Going To Fuck) – featuring Slash & Dale Bozzio
- The Pain Is All On You (written by Chip Z’nuff, Steven Adler, Paul McCartney)
Enuff Z’nuff has a west coast run in February.
Feb. 19 – Vamp’d – Las Vegas
Feb. 20 – Whisky-a-Go Go – Los Angeles
Feb. 21 – Fulton 55 – Fresno
Feb. 22 – The Boardwalk – Sacramento
Feb. 24 – El Corazon – Seattle
Feb. 25 – Tonic Lounge – Portland
Feb. 27 – RockBar Theater – San Jose
Feb. 28 – TBA
In addition to a career in broadcasting as a go-to guest on Howard Stern’s radio show and co-host of “Mancow TV,” Chip is writing his autobiography. It will chronicle, in part, his three decades in EZ. In 1989, Enuff Z’nuff released its self-titled debut, and the hit singles “New Thing” and “Fly High Michelle,” which earned them the first of two Gold records, huge credibility in the music video landscape, and legions of fans from the pop, rock, hippie, metal, and glam communities. Rolling Stone, David Letterman, and Howard Stern have all been continued vocal supporters of the band. A new record of Enuff Z’nuff originals is planned for 2015.