Greg Parto of the Long Island Pulse spoke with former Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos. Highlights from the interview appear below.

Long Island Pulse: How did the idea come up to do a solo album now?

Bun E. Carlos: Rick Nielsen and I used to talk about doing [an all-covers album] in the late 70s—different singers and stuff like that. And of course it never happened. Then the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame called and it seemed like a good time to do it.

Pulse: How did you come up with the list of singers?

Carlos: It was people that I knew and worked with. And since I did it at the last minute, it was, “Who was available?”

Pulse: Who were some of the most pleasant surprises out of the performances?

Carlos: The guys in Candy Golde [a band that Carlos is a member of], they’re on three songs and I kind of knew what I was getting there. The stuff with Hanson, Robert Pollard, Dave Pirner and Alex Dezen, I didn’t know what was going to happen. But it turned out well, so I’m pleased.

Pulse: And the singer who preceded Robin Zander in Cheap Trick, Xeno, appears on two tracks.

Carlos: Yes, Xeno was in the band for a year-and-a-half and then Robin joined. We went all over the place with Xeno.

Pulse: How did Hanson get involved in the project?

Carlos: I’d worked with Taylor Hanson on a project called Tinted Windows with Adam Schlesinger and James Iha from Smashing
Pumpkins. Since then, Rick and I went and sat in with the Hansons once in Chicago. We’re friends and I called Taylor to see if he could put vocals on one song [Paul Revere & the Raiders’ Him or Me]. I sent the recording to him and it came back with all three brothers on it, which was fine by me. It sounds real good.

Pulse: I take it that Hanson are big Cheap Trick fans?

Carlos: Oh, Hanson are Cheap Trick fans, Cheap Trick are Hanson fans. They’re a good power pop band.

Pulse: What are your favorite Cheap Trick albums?

Carlos: The first album [1977’s self-titled]. The next three with Tom Werman [1977’s In Color, 1978’s Heaven Tonight and 1979’s Dream Police], they all sound good, too—they’re power pop classics. The one with Sir George [1980’s All Shook Up, produced by George Martin] is a favorite.

Pulse: How would you describe your current relationship with Cheap Trick?

Carlos: The other three guys of Cheap Trick [Zander, Nielsen and Tom Petersson], we are cordial when we are in the same room together. And that’s about as far as it goes.

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source: lipulse.com

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