Coal Chamber's "Loco" is one of the most quintessential songs in the Nineties nu-metal canon. While the band led by future DevilDriver frontman Dez Fafara didn't ascend to the heights of their peers in Limp Bizkit, Korn and Slipknot, they were still an important part of the genre's commercial explosion — playing Ozzfest numerous times, earning a spot on Sharon Osbourne's management roster and touring with everyone from Pantera to Insane Clown Posse. If you want a tangible document of how much love the band garnered at the time, then look no further than footage of their insane show at L.A.'s Whiskey A Go-Go on New Year's Eve 1997.
The band — vocalist Fafara, guitarist Miguel Rascón, bassist Rayna Foss and drummer Mike Cox — played an hour-long set at the small club that ended with their decimatingly groovy fan-favorite, "Loco," which sounds like the mid-point between Roots-era Sepultura and early Slipknot. Coal Chamber were used to rocking big stages by this point, but at this gig, they were playing a tiny room with no barrier and encouraging members of the frenzied crowd to jump off-stage, do mic-grabs and go buck-wild. So many of the most iconic nu-metal performances are from major fests like Woodstock '99 and Ozzfest, so it's wild to see a band like Coal Chamber playing a show with hardcore-punk intimacy and fucking killing it.
Watch the "Loco" performance above (beginning at 52:26) and then rewind the video to see the whole set.