The Cure’s Robert Smith has remixed Deftones classic ‘Teenager’, which originally appeared on the band’s iconic White Pony album back in 2000.
The album celebrated its 20th anniversary earlier this year and it was recently announced that Deftones would be commemorating the occasion by releasing a remixed version of the record entitled Black Stallion — which is available on December 11th. The record will see some of the band’s favourite people remix their favourite tracks from the seminal album, artists such as Tourist, Squarepusher and DJ Shadow have all been confirmed to feature. The Sacramento rockers have previously shared remixes from Purity Ring and Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda and now the band have shared Smith’s reimagining of ‘Teenager’.
“It’s amazing to hear Robert rework one of our songs and sneak his voice in there,” Deftones frontman Chino Moreno told NME. “If you’d have told me that when I was 15-years-old, I would have lost my fucking mind and not believed a word you were saying. It was a dream.”
“We’d talk about the record before we’d done anything and say, ‘Our new record is going to be so good that we’re going to have DJ Shadow remix it’ and we’ll call it Black Stallion,” said drummer Abe Cunningham. “I was DJing and opening for him before me and Chino cornered him at The Cattle Club [in Sacremento]. We were like, ‘We want you to remix our record!’ He looked at us like we were crazy and said, ‘Send it to me and I’ll listen’. We told him, ‘We haven’t actually written or recorded it yet…’ It was batshit crazy of us, but what’s more crazy is that now he is part of it.”
Moreno added to NME: “The original idea was for DJ Shadow to remix the whole record and as cool as that sounds, it’s kind of neat now that we got a whole bunch of different artists to give their interpretation of the song that they remixed. As a music fan, it’s exciting to have all of these artists together.
“When I was listening to it recently on my bike, it was just so cool to hear all of these different elements come back but with a new life brought into it by these interpretations. It’s not so we can sell a million copies or get played on the radio, it’s really for fans of the record. It’s cool.”
Listen to Robert Smith’s remix of ‘Teenager’, below.