M. Shadows spoke to Revolver about how he went from hating to loving Mr. Bungle’s “California” as the album celebrates 20 years. Check out Avenged Sevenfold’s cover of “Retrovertigo” below.
When I first heard California I hated it. Total departure from everything I loved about Mr. Bungle. I couldn’t wrap my brain around what they were thinking. I remember Brian [Haner, a.k.a. Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Synyster Gates] telling me he had the same reaction when The Rev [Avenged’s late founding drummer] showed him the album.
Then one day I heard “Pink Cigarette” in passing and thought it was one of the most beautiful songs I had ever heard. Realizing it came from the one Bungle album I didn’t understand made me give it another chance and the brilliance exposed itself to me. We were just talking the other day about the insane melodies of “The Air-Conditioned Nightmare.” In fact, three nights ago I poured myself a drink and sat under the stars and listened to California from front to back. It continues to inspire us to this day.