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Chino Moreno's 5 Favourite Lyricists
Deftones' new album, Gore, a record that confirms what we always knew: Chino Moreno is a brilliant lyricist. But who inspires him? Here he gives us five people who changed the way he writes!
5. H.R. (Bad Brains)
“H.R. from Bad Brains has always been an influence lyrically, and as a singer, too. A hardcore punk band – or whatever they were considered – singing about Jah, or things that weren’t punk rock at all, to me that context was amazing. It was the way he sang, too. His singing style, definitely influenced a lot of our earlier records. They’d been one of favourite bands during the time.”
"Sade’s obviously a lot different to Bad Brains, but I just love the descriptions in her lyrics. Her voice was another influence on us really early on.”
3. Simon Le Bon (Duran Duran)
“To me he’s just the king of metaphorical writing where, on paper, it’s hard to make sense of anything he’s saying. Lyrics like ‘cherry ice cream smile’ I suppose means ‘very nice’. I love not understanding what he’s saying yet completely feeling what’s coming out for some reason or another. That’s sort of been a pattern that I follow when I write, just sort of letting the words come out and put them in order and make sense of it later. Usually they do end up reflecting something that I must have been feeling at the time. I love the ambiguity of that. He’s the king of that.”
“I just think he’s brilliant. He’s obviously read more than any of us. But also the fact that, although the songs all sound very personal, it always ends up that if you do read up on it they’re always inspired by something he usually read. Or not! One of my favourite songs by him is Paint A Vulgar picture, a Smith’s song from the last record they made together. He’s singing about the record company – the title, I read, comes from an Oscar Wilde book The Portrait Of Dorian Grey. But where the song comes from though? I don’t know. He’s singing about something very contemporary about the music business – the story he tells is so vivid, it sounds very first hand. It's like, he’s the kid in the story – it sounds like a song from his childhood – going to see Elvis perform, or getting to go to the soundcheck."
1. David Bowie
“Obviously he’s on everybody’s minds right now. I got into him in the ‘80s – that was my childhood – and a lot of people have said that that’s the worst Bowie era to me in the past, but Let’s Dance is my favourite Bowie record. That record is beautiful. His earlier music is equally as brilliant. Like the rest of the world, I was shocked when he passed away. I listened to the new album and it was fucking amazing – and just really sad, too, that it took that tragedy for people to really look into it. It’s insane how great of an exit that is. It hit the world off guard. The music he left behind is untouchable – it will always live on forever and forever. It’s too great to not.”
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