With only a few days before the release of their first album in 14 years, Gaslighter (July 17), The Chicks have plenty to talk about — and its not just about new music. After recently changing their name in the wake of racial injustice protests, moving their album’s launch date due to COVID-19 and more, the folks at Vulture decided to check in with the trio about a wide range of off-the-wall topics. And the often-hilarious results are worth reading for yourself.
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*Band name you came closest to choosing instead of ‘the Chicks?’* “Recently, the one I leaned toward the most if we didn’t go with the Chicks, or couldn’t go with the Chicks legally, was gonna be MEN. It’s our initials: Martie, Emily, Natalie. I liked that we would go from Chicks to MEN.” The Chicks are back with a new name and a new album for the first time in 14 years. At the link in bio, Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire, and Emily Strayer look back on their best and worst songs, the band’s name change, Donald Trump, and more.
Along with standard questions like the songs they count as they best and worst, the band actually opened up about changing their name — and their second-choice option if The Chicks didn’t pan about. Apparently, they almost went with MEN — which the three members gleefully note are their initials (Martie, Emily and Natalie). “I liked that we would go from Chicks to MEN,” said lead singer Natalie Maines.
Later on they reveal that “Cowboy Take Me Away” has changed the most in their minds, since it was originally written about Emily Strayer’s first marriage — and “he’s not your cowboy now,” sister Martie McGuire says. But somehow, it is still Strayer’s favorite Chicks song, if you can believe that.
The returning stars go on to admit which song they’re most sick of (sorry to fans of “Wide Open Spaces” and “Ready to Run”), which track was the hardest to write on the new album and the lowest point they’ve experienced since their previous album, Taking the Long Way (a death threat so specific the Texas Rangers were called in to investigate). But it’s the moment they count as their most embarrassing which likely surprise even the biggest fan. Got any guesses?