Deftones release Around the Fur
Around the Fur is Deftones' second major label album, 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. The album was eventually certified platinum on June 7, 2011.
Around the Fur is the album that put Deftones at the forefront of the 1990s nu metal and alternative metal scene, after the underground, fan-base building success of their major label debut, Adrenaline.
The song "Headup" features Max Cavalera of Soulfly. 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 and sometimes uses the riff to "Headup" as an outro to their song "New Born" during live performances.
Around the Fur is the first album to feature Frank Delgado as additional personnel, who would eventually join the band officially in 1999.
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 CD has a clean version, although it was not sold with a Parental Advisory sticker.
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.