Hear Robert Smith’s Appropriately Moody Remix of Deftones’ ‘Teenager,’ from ‘Black Stallion’ (Out 12/11)


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On Dec. 11, Deftones will release Black Stallion, a remix album paying homage to 2000’s White Pony as a means of celebrating its 20th anniversary.

The record, considered one of the strongest alt/metal albums ever released and a major achievement by the Sacramento-based bandturned 20 in June, at which point Deftones had already begun teasing elements of the Black Stallion project.

The project comes on the heels of Deftones’ crushing new album, Ohms, which was released in September.

(Click here to pre-order the White Pony 20th anniversary set from our Rock Cellar Store).

On Friday, the band shared a new remix of “Teenager,” carried out by none other than Robert Smith of The Cure. On paper, it’s a perfect match, the moody atmospherics of the original version of “Teenager” seeming a solid fit for someone like Smith … and the remix delivers accordingly:

Here’s the original, for context’s sake:

Deftones also recently previewed Black Stallion with a remix of “Knife Prty” by Purity Ring:

And a remix of “Passenger” provided by Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda:

Other prominent artists featured on the remix album include DJ Shadow, Phantogram and more. Interestingly, the impetus for this project came all the way back in 2000, around the time of White Pony‘s original release:

The seed for Black Stallion was planted back in 2000 while writing and recording White Pony, which ended up going platinum and earning a 2001 Grammy for Best Metal Performance. Inspired by the sound-collage aesthetic of fellow Sacramento-area native Shadow, Deftones initially wanted the Endtroducing…. architect to remix the entirety of White Pony. Though that plan never came to fruition then, 20 years later, Shadow became a lynchpin of the curated collaboration roster that Deftones assembled for Black Stallion. On top of providing a fresh perspective on a classic album, Black Stallion is the ultimate testament to Deftones’ unparalleled genre-blurring influence.

The track listing for Black Stallion:

  1. Feiticeira (Clams Casino remix)
  2. Digital Bath (DJ Shadow remix)
  3. Elite (Blanck Mass remix)
  4. Rx Queen (Salva remix)
  5. Street Carp (Phantogram remix)
  6. Teenager (Robert Smith remix)
  7. Knife Prty (Purity Ring remix)
  8. Korea (Trevor Jackson remix)
  9. Passenger (Mike Shinoda remix)
  10. Change (In the House of Flies) (Tourist remix)
  11. Pink Maggit (Squarepusher remix)


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