After Eagles of Death Metal’s November 13 show at Le Bataclan in Paris became the site of a horrific terrorist attack, it’s been impossible to think of the band without conjuring thoughts of that previously unthinkable violence. Since then, the group’s done interviews about that night and been included in countless news stories. They were nominated for a Brit award. They’re likely haunted by ghosts.
They’ve also been asking musicians to cover “I Love You All the Time,” a song from their last album Zipper Down, with proceeds going to the Sweet Stuff Foundation’s “Play It Forward” campaign, which aids victims of the attacks. It was likely chosen because the song includes a few lines of French (“Ce soir c’est le soir et toi avec moi/ Et tu viens me voir, tu viens ouh la la,"etc.), but also because its themes are universal, and easily adaptable (such as the song’s title). So far the people who’ve tackled it include Florence and the Machine, Savages, My Morning Jacks, Kings of Leon, Jimmy Eat World, Pearl Jam’s Matt Cameron, and Nada Surf.
Nobody has so thoroughly transformed "I Love You All the Time” as successfully as Chelsea Wolfe. Her deep, eerie half-speed version loses the original’s party-time feel; instead, we’re offered a gorgeous, melancholic late-night incantation. (In a way, it’s reminiscent of “The Waves Have Come,” Wolfe’s Pain Is Beauty ballad inspired by the 2011 magnitude-9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated Japan, which she wrote from the perspective of someone surviving a disaster.) In Wolfe’s “I Love You All the Time,” the lines “I’m never alone, I look at my phone/ If I call you up, you’re never at home” become especially heartbreaking. The repeated “I would beg if I thought it would make you stay” take on an entirely new meaning, a last grasp at life in the face of an inevitable, unexpected death. In remaking of the track, she found a way to own it.