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DP management does not like Deicide cover

In a recent interview with webzine Antenna, Deicide drummer Steve Asheim, talked about how Deep Purple blocked the band’s cover version of “Black Night”.

How did the Deep Purple cover “Black Night” come about?
Asheim: “It came about because Glen had been toying around with the idea for three years about doing a cover song, but no one was into it. The Hoffmanns weren’t into it, I wasn’t really into it either, but when Ralph and Jack came into the picture, he mentioned it to them, and they were both into it. I at the point said: ‘Well, since I’m the only one who’s not into it I’ll just go along and do it because these guys want to.’ So the song itself Glen picked it and kind of worked it the original way and for me that just wouldn’t work out. The slowness of it — what kind of drove me into playing extreme drums in the first place was not having to play slow stuff like that, but the idea of still doing a cover was cool. We played around with it a bit and what we did was that we turned it into a DEICIDE song. We turned it into a death metal song and changed up a few things, the speed and the time signature and just went nuts with it and to kind of further that story we have not had permission to put it out in Europe because word came down directly from DEEP PURPLE’s management who heard the song and said it’s just too far out, and we don’t want you to put it out, but in the U.S. they somehow found a way around that so it will make it out somehow. People will end up hearing it in Europe somehow eventually.”

Read the entire interview at www.antenna.nu.

5 Comments to “DP management does not like Deicide cover”:

  1. 1
    Reinder says:

    That’s odd… I was pretty sure that compulsory licencing rules meant that there was no real way for anyone to block cover versions of anything.

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    Rikk says:

    Unless they wanted writing credits (publishing) because they considered it a “derivative work.” Otherwise yes there is no way to stop a cover song, no matter how bad it may be. Compulsory licensing would be automatic. 9.5 cents (USA) for each copy distributed.
    Maybe they just asked nicely to the label not to release it.

  3. 3
    T says:

    If I were to record a cover song and the original group did not approve of the interpretation, I would *not* put it out. To do so anyway just makes one an arse.

  4. 4
    paranoid70 says:

    Yeah, but from everything I have read, the lead singer from Deicide IS an arse.

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    David Sanderson says:

    I recall Geoff Barton interviewing Geoff Mann from Twelth night about his Christian beliefs, Glenn Benton was present and tried to provoke a response by making comments about his toy town satanism (how scary, NOT). Geoff Mann just stayed perfectly calm and responded in a very dignified manner (Jon Lord must be from the same mould!), which wound Benton up even more. I can’t help but think it was done deliberately to make Benton look stupid, twas jolly entertaining though.

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