Around the Fur

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Around the Fur
Deftones - Around the Fur.jpg
Studio album by Deftones
Released October 28, 1997, May 17, 2011 (vinyl)
Recorded April–June 1997, Studio Litho, Seattle, Washington
Length 73:55
Label Maverick/Warner Bros.
Deftones chronology
Around the Fur
White Pony
Singles from Around the Fur
  1. "My Own Summer (Shove It)"
    Released: December 22, 1997
  2. "Around the Fur[6]"
    Released: 1997 (promotional)
  3. "Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)"
    Released: March 9, 1998

Around the Fur is the second studio album by alternative metal band Deftones, released in 1997. The songs "My Own Summer (Shove It)" and "Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)" were both released as singles with accompanying videos. It was their first RIAA-certified album, certified gold in June 1999, with Adrenaline also certified gold a few weeks later. The album was eventually certified platinum on June 7, 2011.[7]

Around the Fur shows Deftones shifting away from the sound of their previous release. It is noted for using elements of genres such as new wave and shoegazing.[2][5]


Around the Fur is the second album to feature Frank Delgado as additional personnel, who would eventually join the band officially in 1999.

The song "Headup" features Max Cavalera of Soulfly doing additional vocals. It was written by Max and Chino as a way of venting some of their pain over the loss of Max's step-son, and Chino's friend, Dana Wells. Soulfly is taken from a portmanteau invented for the song. English alternative rock band Muse cites Deftones as a root influence[8][9] and sometimes uses the riff to "Headup" as an outro to their song "New Born" during live performances.

While the lyrics are in the booklet, not every single word is printed. A good example is the song "Lhabia" where in the verses, Chino Moreno whispers statements that are hard to make out. There is also one verse missing from the song "Headup".

The album cover was shot by photographer Rick Kosick during a late-night party in Seattle where the band was recording. Upon seeing the candid photo, the band proclaimed that they wanted to use it as the album cover. Kosick was unsure who the girl was, so the band had to find out and track down the woman to obtain her permission to use the photo, which she eventually granted.[10]

Sample of "Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)", the second single from Around the Fur (1997). This shows the album's cleaner production and a tendency toward more melody in the music.[11]

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"When we went in to make this record, we really didn't have a set idea of what we wanted to come out with," said Moreno in a 1998 interview with Chart magazine. However, he felt that the album "fell into place" once the band had settled into the studio.[11] The band expanded its sound, spending more time with Date, and giving more thought to the album's production. Cunningham varied his drum sound and experimented by using different types of snare drum on almost every track.[12] The album was praised for its loud-soft dynamics, the flow of the tracks, Moreno's unusual vocals, and the strong rhythm-section grooves created by Cheng and Cunningham.[11][13][14]


The album was highly anticipated and propelled the band to fame in the alternative metal scene on the strength of radio and MTV airplay for the singles "My Own Summer (Shove It)" and "Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)".[1] Around the Fur sold 43,000 copies in its first week of release, and entered the Billboard 200 at number 29 (its peak position), remaining on the charts for 17 weeks.[14][15] The band went back to touring, making appearances at the Warped Tour (in the United States, New Zealand and Australia), Pinkpop Festival, Roskilde Festival, and Ozzfest as well as releasing a live EP on June 22, 1999. Around the Fur went on to reach RIAA gold status on June 24, 1999, and platinum status on June 7, 2011.[7] "My Own Summer (Shove It)" appeared on The Matrix: Music from the Motion Picture, released March 30, 1999.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[16]
Pitchfork 7.8/10[17] 4.5/5 stars[18]
Robert Christgau (dud)[19]

The album generally received positive reviews from music critics. AllMusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote: "Deftones tap into the same alternative metal vibe as Korn and L7, and while they don't have catchy riffs or a fully developed sound, Around the Fur suggests they're about to come into their own."[16] James P. Wisdom of Pitchfork described the songs from the album as "intense, harsh tunes,"[17] while thought that the album "showcased a band aware of their flaws, structure and lyrical approach, and thusly achieved an overall great improvement in said areas."[18]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Deftones, except "Headup" by Deftones and Max Cavalera.

No. Title Length
1. "My Own Summer (Shove It)"   3:35
2. "Lhabia"   4:11
3. "Mascara"   3:45
4. "Around the Fur"   3:31
5. "Rickets"   2:42
6. "Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)"   5:08
7. "Lotion"   3:57
8. "Dai the Flu"   4:36
9. "Headup" (featuring Max Cavalera, the digital edition contains an uncut version running 6:13 in length) 5:12
10. "MX" ("MX" ends at 4:52 but is succeeded with two hidden tracks: "Bong Hit" (19:32–19:55) and "Damone" (32:36–37:18), "Damone" and "Bong Hit" not included on vinyl release) 37:18
Total length:


Band members[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Frank Delgado – audio effects (on "My Own Summer (Shove It)", "Around the Fur", "Dai the Flu", "Headup" and "Mx")
  • Matt Bayles – assistant to Terry Date
  • Max Cavalera – additional vocals and guitar (on "Headup")
  • Annalynn Cunningham – additional vocals (on "Mx")
  • Terry Date – production, mixing, recording
  • Steve Durkee – assistant to Ulrich Wild
  • Ted Jensen – mastering
  • Rick Kosick – photography
  • Kevin Reagan – art direction and design
  • Ulrich Wild – mixing, recording, digital editing

Chart positions[edit]


Country Certification
Australia[26] Gold
United Kingdom[27] Gold
United States[7] Platinum

Cultural references[edit]


  1. ^ a b Prato, Greg. "Deftones". Allmusic. Retrieved 29 December 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Reyes-Kulkarni, Saby. "18 Years Ago: Deftones Leave Nu Metal in the Dust with ‘Around the Fur’". Retrieved 24 December 2015. On their landmark second album, Deftones infused elements of new wave and shoegaze to define their future direction. Alt-metal would never be the same. 
  3. ^ Zlatopolsky, Ashley (October 9, 2013). "Deftones". Real Detroit Weekly. Archived from the original on February 22, 2013. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ Reyes-Kulkarni, Saby. "18 Years Ago: Deftones Leave Nu Metal in the Dust with ‘Around the Fur’". Retrieved 10 December 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Buchanan, Brett. "Five Alt-Rock Classics to Soundtrack Your Summer". Retrieved 24 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "Around The Fur (CD) at Discogs". 
  7. ^ a b c "RIAA Gold and Platinum searchable database". Search for artist "Deftones". RIAA. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  8. ^ Deftones - Muse Wiki: Supermassive wiki for the band Muse
  9. ^ muse : archives | | July 1999
  10. ^ Bennet, J.Revolver. September 2007. Pg. 122
  11. ^ a b c Bromley, Adrian. Keeping It Simple, Chart, July, 1998.
  12. ^ Peiken, Matt. Interview with Abe Cunningham, Modern Drummer, 1997.
  13. ^ Smith, Matt. Deftones New Album Stays Heavy, Gaston Gazette, 1997.
  14. ^ a b Glover, Adrian Gregory. Deftones: Running on Pure Passion, Circus, May, 1998.
  15. ^ "The Billboard 200 – Around the Fur". June 13, 1998. Archived from the original on January 10, 2008. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 
  16. ^ a b "Around the Fur - Deftones". AllMusic. 
  17. ^ a b "Deftones: Around The Fur". Pitchfork Media. 
  18. ^ a b "Deftones - Around the Fur". Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  19. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Deftones". Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  20. ^ "Deftones - Around the Fur". Hung Medien. 
  21. ^ "Deftones - Around the Fur". Hung Medien. 
  22. ^ "Deftones - Around the Fur". Hung Medien. 
  23. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Deftones / Longplay" (in German). PhonoNet. 
  24. ^ a b Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK: Asher D – Dyverse". Zobbel. 
  25. ^ "Around the Fur - Deftones". Billboard. 
  26. ^ "Accreditations - 2006 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  27. ^ "Certified Awards". British Phonographic Industry. 

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