Shooter Jennings’ upcoming new album, Countach (For Giorgio), is shaping up to be pretty weird. It’s ostensibly a country album, but it also serves as a tribute to the great Italian producer Giorgio Moroder. One of the tracks on it is a cover of “Cat People,” which Moroder wrote with David Bowie for the 1982 film of the same name and was later included on Bowie’s Let’s Dance. Jennings’ cover features Marilyn Manson, who recorded his vocal take in his living room. Here’s how Jennings explained his involvement to Rolling Stone:
I invited [Manson] out to a party at this bar, and I said, ‘Hey, you know ‘Cat People’? You want to do that song on this record, ’cause you’d sound awesome doing it. And he was like, ‘I sing that song every night before I go onstage. That’s my song I warm up to.’ So one night I went over to his house at three in the morning and brought all my recording gear.
[…] What’s awesome about Manson is all the people I’ve worked with who are singers always overanalyze their performance and want to recut shit or use a different take. He’s none of that. His house is cavernous and looks like a bordello and it was his voice echoing through the house. It was pretty intense.
Countach (For Giorgio) is out 2/26 on vinyl and 3/11 digitally. Pre-order here.