Wednesday Morning Jukebox – Chi Cheng, RIP


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  1. Avatar Glyph says:

    I must admit I always mentally lumped these guys in with the Korns and the Limp Bizkits, but you are not the first person to tell me that they were better/smarter/more interesting than that.

    I was intrigued by their choice to cover “If Only Tonight We Could Sleep” – not that it surprised me that a metal band might like The Cure, but that they would choose one of the less pop or rock songs to cover, instead going with a fairly faithful rendition of a druggy-droney Eastern-sounding number:

    • Apparently they’ve also covered The Smiths. This probably shows part of where they’re coming from sonically, and might help explain why someone (like me) who doesn’t always like their genre can really get into Deftones.

      I think it’s fair to put Deftones, Korn and Limp Bizkit in the same general category. If they were all on the same bill, it wouldn’t seem particularly odd. (I might be inclined to also lump them in with the likes of Tool/A Perfect Circle, System of a Down or POD.)

      I’m not a huge fan of Korn or LB (though I think LB had their moments, most of which were Wes Borland’s moments). Deftones have much more texture than LB, and are probably more accessible than Korn, even while staying true to the sound. If someone didn’t like those two bands, but liked loud, textured music, I’d still recommend they try out Deftones.Report

  2. Avatar aaron david says:

    Well, as I live in Sacramento, I guess I guess I should tell my Chi story. I unknowingly ended up shooting pool with him for a few hours in a midtown (hipster/music zone) bar that I was a regular at. He had come in with my friend Caroline, and even though this bar had been name checked on a ‘tones album and a platinum of White Pony behind the bar, I had never put two and two together.
    Anyway, we shot pool, drank a few beers and BS’ed for a while before deciding to walk to a house party a DJ was having. As we walked, he asked me what I do, and I gave him the run down. I then asked what he did.
    “Oh, I’m a rock star.”
    “No, seriously.”
    “Well, I play bass for the Deftones.”
    “Really? Thats cool.”
    Then we talked about our kids.Report