Coal Chamber Makes “Monkey” Their Own As New Album Arrives

Do not… we repeat, do not accuse Coal Chamber of turning to a familiar cover in hopes of quick cash.

Sure the band’s new album, “Chamber Music,” brought with it a cover of Peter Gabriel’s “Shock The Monkey” [RealAudio] when it arrived in stores this week, but the self-proclaimed “spooky-core” pushers pledge that the cover is not an attempt to ride the coattails of a proven hit.

“We have a thing about bands doing covers,” frontman Dez Fafara told MTV News. “I mean, if you don’t lend yourself to the cover, if you do the cover exactly like it is, then you make a million dollars, it’s not your million. It’s somebody else’s. So we really beat ourselves to it. We down-tuned it, I did vocal adlibs on it. It’s really heavy, and then with Ozzy [Osbourne], it’s just a really different kind of song. But it became a Chamber song.”

As we first reported earlier this year, the band landed Ozzy
to share
vocal duties on the track, helping the band take the song even further away from Gabriel’s original (see “Ozzy To Join Coal Chamber To Cover Peter Gabriel’s ‘Monkey’” ).

You can catch much more from Coal Chamber in an MTV News Online feature that will turn up here on Friday, or if you’d like to see the band live, here’s where to look:

  • 9/2 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Bucket’s
  • 9/3 – Odessa, TX @ Ector County Coliseum
  • 9/4 – Shreveport, LA @ Malibu Beach Club
  • 9/5 – Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre
  • 9/7 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
  • 9/8 – Madison, WI @ Headliners
  • 9/9 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
  • 9/10 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
  • 9/11 – Cleveland, OH @ Nautica Stage
  • 9/12 – Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
  • 9/14 – New York, NY @ Roseland
  • 9/15 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
  • 9/16 – Scranton, PA @ Tink’s
  • 9/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory

– Robert Mancini