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Deftones’ Chino Moreno gives “slight wink” to Britney Spears with Crosses song

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Deftones frontman Chino Moreno‘s side project Crosses recently released a song called “Vivien.” And if you thought the chorus sounded a lot like Britney Spears‘ “…Baby One More Time,” no, you’re not going crazy.

Speaking with Revolver, Moreno shares that the “Vivien” chorus “may have been a slight wink” to the ’90s pop classic.

“I think it’s funny how a lot of people are like, ‘Oh my God, did you hear this?'” Moreno says. “And to me, I kinda just have a little smile about it. It’s one of those things where … yeah, I would just say it’s a possible little wink there.”

When asked if the sonic tribute to Spears was intentional, Moreno replies, “I’d say I embellished on a couple little things in there to give it that wink, yeah.”

Perhaps Moreno’s wink will lead to a full Deftones cover of “…Baby One More Time,” or at least that mashup of “Change (In the House of Flies)” and “Toxic.”

“Vivien” appears on the new Crosses EP PERMANENT.RADIANT, which is out now.

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