HIM’s Ville Valo Joins MGT for Cover of ABBA’s ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’
Love metal meets Swedish pop? You can thank guitarist MGT (also known as Mark Gemini Thwaite) for that. The veteran musician, who has worked with everyone from Ministry's Al Jourgensen to goth legends The Mission and more recently Black Star Riders, has decided to release a solo album and he's got a number of special guests, including HIM frontman Ville Valo, who sings on a cover of ABBA's "Knowing Me Knowing You" for the new album Volumes. The track is the first single from the upcoming album and you can check out the video for the cover in the player above.
As can be seen, Valo's lower register works well with the song, while MGT's more aggressive guitar and heavy usage of cymbal crashes give the track a more rocked up feel than its original version.
MGT stated, "ABBA released 'Knowing Me Knowing You" nearly 40 years ago in the winter of 1977, and the single sleeve and their video had a wintery feel to it, so when we decided to shoot a video for our version. Both myself and Ville Valo agreed we should try and capture some of the feel of the ABBA version and have a winter vibe to our video as well.. So we shot my footage up in snow covered mountains, and Ville's close-ups in front of a fire place in a secret place in Hell-sinki. We're pleased with it, and director Ville Juurikkala did a fantastic job!"
If you like the song, it's now available to download via Amazon and iTunes. The Volumes album is also expected to feature guest turns from The Mission's Wayne Hussey, The Wonder Stuff's Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls, Black Star Riders' Ricky Warwick, KMFDM's Raymond Watts, Saffron from Republica, Julianne Regan from All About Eve and goth legend Andi Sex Gang. A firm release date has not been announced, though MGT is eyeing a late June street date.
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