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Eagles of Death Metal’s Boots Electric Goes Solo With Help From Juliette Lewis

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Boots Electric

Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes may act like a super-confident sexual puma when he’s onstage, but it took Natural Born Killers actress Juliette Lewis to help him find his mojo while making his first Boots Electric solo album, Honkey Kong.

The problem for Hughes, apparently, was in learning how to strut his stuff without having a guitar strapped across his shoulder.

“I was struggling because Boots Electric, when he’s in Eagles of Death Metal, I know exactly what that is and what I’m supposed to do,” Hughes tells Spinner. “But when you start throwing in new variables, like, you take off 30 pounds when you take off your guitar onstage, every one of my moves, every voodoo dance pose is based on having that 30 pounds. You take that fucking shit off and it throws a loop like you can’t believe.”

“I was having trouble getting into it,” Hughes continues. “And Juliette came in and she showed me her process of trying to figure out what the song was going to need. And when I watched her approach it theatrically — because I’ve always been afraid of theatrics, to me it’s always too much like faking — but there is a way to do something honestly, and I watched her do it and it was magic.”

Lewis, who fronts the band Juliette and the New Romantics, sings backup on the funk-rock party track “Boots Electric Theme,” which also features a hands-in-the-air call-and-response sequence between Hughes and the Distillers’ Brody Dalle. Additionally, Killswitch Engage singer Howard Jones contributes to the song “Trippy Blob” and Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme and Troy Van Leeuwen rock the guitars in the song “Dreams Tonight.”

To hear Hughes tell it, though, those weren’t the only guests on the album, due for release Sept. 20 via Dangerbird Records. Iggy Pop, Mr. ‘Raw Power’ himself, was in the studio with him as well — if only through possession of Lewis.

“Juliette’s the true daughter of Iggy Pop,” says Hughes. “But she’s been over-Hollywoodized with movies to be secure in accepting it. And I see it all the time when I’m in the studio with her and when she was working with me. When it wasn’t her rep on the line she became a different animal. That pretense melted away and she was focused on the song like a true rock ‘n’ roller and she’s every bit as legitimate as anyone else. She came in there and showed me how to get into it. She showed me a different spell to become successful.”

Of course, Hughes wouldn’t be the man he was if he didn’t point out one of the other major benefits of having the Academy Award-nominated actress writhing around the studio, showing him how it’s done.

“I would also be lying to you if I didn’t say there was a bit of high-school sex fantasy going on with her being in the studio,” he says.

This story was originally published August 24, 2011 on Spinner.

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Boots Electric Says Amy Winehouse Was ‘Surrounded By Vipers And Sharks’

Boots Electric + Amy Winehouse

Boots Electric + Amy Winehouse

When Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes decided to take his Boots Electric solo project on the road he realized he had a problem.

“I only wrote 10 songs for the Boots Electric album [Honkey Kong] and I’ve got to play longer sets,” Hughes tells Spinner. “So I’m covering Amy Winehouse and Olivia Newton-John. I just sort of made them my style.”

“I love Amy Winehouse,” he adds. “And I got to know her just a little bit on a festival tour a couple years ago. And I thought she was an angel and I could tell that she was
broken. While we were in Norway they had just announced that she had missed her flight and that she wouldn’t be performing. And about five minutes after that she comes stumbling out of her dressing room. And I was like, ‘That’s rock ‘n’ roll.’

“But she was surrounded by nothing but vipers and sharks. So ‘You Know I’m No Good,’ that song is so deep and so honest, man. You can’t sustain that kind of energy and inspiration without being a special person, y’know.”

Hughes covers “You Know I’m No Good” from her now-classic Back to Black album, but does it up in his own “style,” as he’s fond of saying, where he’s “trying to buttfuck George Clinton with Gary Numan using Little Richard as a dick.” In less graphic language, he’s making down ‘n’ dirty disco-rock.

That sleaze-rock vibe also works perfectly for reinterpreting Newton-John’s “Physical,” whose video confused many a young man back in the ’80s.

“My mom would always do jazzercise,” says Hughes. “And I always got kicked out of the living room when they were doing the Richard Simmons workout, even though I would hide and check out those one-piece leotards in action, believe me. You have to bend to the wills of the devil — this ain’t a bible study.”

Hughes may dig his lurid videos, but he’s still supportive of the women in rock and considers Juliette Lewis, who guests on Honkey Kong, his spirit guide. And he’s clearly genuine in his appreciation for both Winehouse and Newton-John.

Not to be forgotten, though, Boots Electric also have a version of classic rocker “Abracadabra” by Steve Miller Band worked out for their North American tour which kicked off last week.

Watch Boots Electric’s Honkey Tonk album trailer:

This story originally appeared Nov. 3, 2011 on Spinner.

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Boots Electric Hated Amy Winehouse Hangers-On

Boots Electric + Amy Winehouse

Boots Electric + Amy Winehouse

UPDATE: Because Spinner is RIP this story can now be found in full here.

Boots Electric, better known as Jesse Hughes, the lead singer for Eagles Of Death Metal, has been letting the world know about his new funk rock solo album Honkey Kong. He’s also been talking about his live show, which includes covers of songs by Amy Winehouse and Olivia Newton-John.

Boots recently told Aaron about how he dug Amy, but the people around her were “vipers and sharks.” You can read the whole conversation over at AOL Spinner by clicking here.

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Eagles Of Death Metal’s Boots Electric Goes Solo With Help From Juliette Lewis

Boots Electric

Boots Electric

UPDATE: Because Spinner is RIP this story can now be found in full here.

Recently Aaron talked to rock ‘n’ rolling Eagles Of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes about his new solo album as Boots Electric. Hughes talked about how Juliette Lewis helped him find himself.

Read about it at Spinner Canada here.

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