Kim Kix, lead singer in Powersolo has never been a huge fan of Psyched Up Janis… Not at all, in fact. But when he and the band got the offer of working on a Psyched Up Janis track for a charity project, they couldn’t say no.
Powersolo and several other Danish bands, including their Aarhus neighbors Snaredrum and Space Program, were invited to re-record new versions of old Psyched Up Janis tracks, to be gathered on a new album from which the profit went to the union ’Bryd Tavsheden’, helping children exposed to domestic violence.
But where do you start when you need to re-record an old song from a different band?? Powersolo took a look at the whole thing; all the tracks they were offered to give their version of. One track leaped out at them: ‘Wild Youth’. ”The title made me pick this track – It made me curious, so I guess that’s why we had to work on this one”, lead singer Kim Kix said.
They came about it by re-arranging the song completely. They wanted to make a much more powerful and ‘much better’ version of the song. I would expect a process like that to involve a bunch of smokes, beers and a lot of damn frustrating moments. But it sounds like Powersolo just plunged right into it.
Inspired by the title, Powersolo added frantic playing, crazier sounds, some swear words and sporadic vocals screaming “Wiiiiild youth! Fly motherfucka!”. The double bass and the skitzo-sounding dialogue make the song more powerful and crazy, underscoring the title of the track.
Listen to their manic and much wilder version from the Psyched Up Janis tribute album here: