Wednesday Morning Jukebox – Chi Cheng, RIP
On Sunday, Chi Cheng, bass player for Deftones, died after a years-long fight of injuries incurred in a car accident. Deftones were one of the defining bands of the nu-metal movement of the ’90s and ’00s. Heavy Metal isn’t always listener-friendly*, and this could, at times, be said of Deftones as well. But not always. There was a melodic element to their music, with singer Chino Moreno switching – often bar-by-bar – between the aggressive and the lyrically sweet. Here’s an old, undated appearance on Letterman:
Change (In the House of Flies) was the lead single off their third album, White Pony. This was the album that brought Deftones their greatest audience, with Change getting heavy rotation on radio and television (you know, back when MTV and MuchMusic would show some videos), but it was Be Quite and Drive from the 1997 album Around the Fur that first told me that this was a band worth listening to. Here’s an even older appearance on Conan:
(And for good measure, here’s the band doing an acoustic version with Incubus and Adam Sandler… yes, Adam Sandler.)
It’s always interesting to learn what artists a band respected, enjoyed or was influenced by. Deftones inclusion on a punk/ska/alternative tribute album for Duran Duran resulted in this gem:
*”Not listener-friendly” != bad.