Throwback: Watch Deftones Put Own Spin on Weezer’s ‘Say It Ain’t So’

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While at face value, the idea of Deftones covering Weezer might seem a bit odd, the band DOES have a lengthy history of covering songs by non-heavy acts. In fact, Deftones’ cover of Jawbox’s ‘Savory’ is so good that it gives the original version a run for its money.

Despite Steph Carpenter’s well known penchant for loving Meshuggah and all things heavy music, the band as a collective of individuals clearly pulls from all different types of genres for their artistic paint brush.

They even went so far as to release a whole album of covers by non-metal bands back in 2011. Appropriately titled, Covers, the album was a compilation of covers released for Record Store Day. It was distributed exclusively on vinyl, and limited to a mere 5,000 copies. The full track list looked like this:

  1. “Drive” (originally by the Cars) – 4:49
  2. “Caress” (originally by Drive Like Jehu) – 3:34
  3. “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want” (originally by the Smiths) – 2:06
  4. “No Ordinary Love” (originally by Sade) – 5:30
  5. “Savory (feat. Far)” (originally by Jawbox) – 4:37
  6. “Do You Believe” (originally by the Cardigans) – 3:28
  7. “Simple Man” (originally by Lynyrd Skynyrd) – 6:22
  8. “Ghosts” (originally by Japan) – 4:29
  9. “The Chauffeur” (originally by Duran Duran) – 5:25
  10. “If Only Tonight We Could Sleep” (Live) (originally by the Cure) – 5:06
  11. “Sleep Walk” (originally by Santo & Johnny) – 2:29

Anyways, back in 2001 at the Rock in Rio Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Deftones busted out their own interpretation of Weezer’s classic, ‘Say It Ain’t So.’ While for the most part Deftones stick a bit close to the original than you might expect, there are some really cool signature Deftones moments interwoven tastefully throughout. Upon further digging it doesn’t seem as if an actual recorded version of the song has ever made it to tape, but we’d definitely be interested in hearing an officially recorded cover of this one down the road.

Watch Deftones Cover Weezer’s ‘Say It Ain’t So’

On the reverse side of the Deftones cover spectrum, we also posted a fun clip yesterday of Linkin Park doing their live version of ‘My Own Summer (Shove It)’ back in 2002 on the Project Revolution Tour. You can check that out via the link below.

Watch When Linkin Park Covered Deftones’ ‘My Own Summer (Shove It)’