A proposed greatest hits album was the impetus for Good Charlotte’s upcoming “The Greatest Remixes,” which is due out Nov. 25 from Epic.
“We just feel like even though we’re in the process of making our fifth album and we have had a lot of hits, we’re a little too young for a greatest hits (album),” guitarist Benji Madden tells Billboard.com. Adds his twin brother, Good Charlotte frontman Joel Madden, “We’re not as accomplished as I guess we feel a band with a greatest hits should be.”
But as a popular production remix team (Dead Executives) and active DJs themselves, the Maddens felt “The Greatest Remixes” was the right way to take a retrospective view of Good Charlotte’s eight-year recording career. “It’s a little something fun for everyone to pick through our catalogs to hear (the songs) through other perspectives,” Benji explains. “We have so much respect for the people who were involved. We were excited to see what they’d do.”
“The Greatest Remixes” was helmed by the Madden’s older brother Josh — “A bigger part of our band history than people really know,” Benji says — and his good friend, Junior Sanchez, who remixed “Los Angeles World Wide.” Among the remixers they recruited were Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump, Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn, Teddy Riley, The Academy Is…, the White Tie Affair, Metro Station and Marshall Arts, while the Maddens handle their own remix of “Keep Your Hands Off My Girl” with Bubba Sparxx and Jung Tru.
Fifteen songs appear on the standard edition of the album, while another five remixes will be available via iTunes. Good Charlotte also brought a pair of new songs to the project, the socially conscious “WAR” for the iTunes edition and “Anxiety” for both sets. “We wanted to give our fans a new song,” Joel says. “It’s actually one of my favorite songs we’ve ever written. I like the vibe.”
As the group prepares for “The Greatest Remixes” to roll out, Good Charlotte is “in the beginning” of making its next album in Los Angeles with producer Don Gilmore, though Benji says the group might bring in other producers as well. Joel describes it as “probably the most Good Charlotte record we’ve ever written” — more rock and pop-oriented, with fewer dance and hip-hop influences.