I'm back down. “He said, ‘I like my steak without fat; I like to trim the fat off.’ We told him, ‘Fuck you, man, you’re not touching any of our songs!’ [Laughs] He wanted to take little parts out of each song and make them follow the formula of what sells. “Something kind of gross, but you look anyway. 72445 11052 2; CD). The voice that he hears is some sort of craving for this drug (or something), it suggests nice things to him, and beckons him. Compilation Appearances: - "Ramitan" on Deathophobia VI (Earth A.D., 1999) - "Code X" on Off Road Tracks Vol. We’re Tool.”, Recorded in the fall of 1992 at Sound City in Van Nuys, California, and at Hollywood’s Grandmaster Recorders, and co-produced by the band with Sylvia Massy, Undertow came together much more quickly than any Tool album ever would again. “I was busting my ass working on movie sets in Hollywood trying to survive,” he recalled. Maynard once claimed that Henry Rollins did his spoken-word part on “Bottom” to pay off a massive poker debt.One of the album’s standout tracks, the dynamic seven-minute epic “Bottom,” includes a spoken-word cameo appearance by Henry Rollins, who modified Keenan’s original words for the passage with some thoughts of his own. Tracks inspired by Illenium, Deadmou5, El Ten Eleven, M83, Random Rab Swamp Song 7. That’s why it’s written from the antagonist’s point of view is like, ‘This is what happened to me.'”. Two Undertow songs, “Sober” and “Crawl Away,” appeared in early versions on a limited-edition 1991 demo tape called 72826; and according to the … The album’s success firmly established Tool as a potent creative force, and helped pave the way for a new wave of progressive metal, even though the band members themselves resolutely refused to let themselves be pigeonholed into any genre. But the album’s creation wasn’t without its struggles, as Jones, frontman Maynard James Keenan, drummer Danny Carey and bassist Paul D’Amour often had to fight to maintain their uncompromising vision. A shaved pig, a demolished piano, a possibly fictional Henry Rollins poker debt and other factors that played into the 1993 alt-metal masterpiece. “Our tastes run through Joni Mitchell, King Crimson, Depeche Mode and country,” guitarist Adam Jones told Guitar World in September 1993. Behind the scenes, however, he expressed a desire to return to guitar, his main instrument – a desire which would eventually led to his departure from the band. “He wrote back and thanked us for the music. What is she doing? This exchange led to a friendship between Hicks and Tool, and to the discussion of a possible mixed-media collaboration between them. Two Undertow songs, “Sober” and “Crawl Away,” appeared in early versions on a limited-edition 1991 demo tape called 72826; and according to the band, there were other future Undertow songs that were left off of Opiate at the behest of the record company. Song Meaning"Undertow is a song about repeated drug use. When you look at the Mona Lisa, I don’t have any idea what the artist looks like or what he’s about. Don’t worry about the rock guys that are doing that shit. Featured peformers: Maynard James Keenan (vocals), Adam Jones (guitar, art, art direction), Paul D'Amour (bass, art), Danny Carey (drums), Sylvia Massy (producer, engineer), Tool (producer, writer), … Undertow‘s liner notes almost resulted in a collaboration between Tool and comedian Bill Hicks.Among the people thanked in Undertow‘s liner notes was comic Bill Hicks, whose stand-up tapes had been among Keenan’s favorite on-tour soundtracks. I'm in the undertow. Mark Seymour & The Undertow will release their fourth studio album, Slow Dawn, on May 29th. Jones told Guitar School that playing through a vintage 1976 Marshall non-master volume bass head was one of the main keys to his distinctive guitar sound; and since he’d never been able to find another one just like it, he did everything he could to preserve its life, including storing it in his fridge on days when he wasn’t recording his guitar tracks. 57 (Metal Hammer, 2002) - "Lowdown" on Pure Underground Vol. Want more Rolling Stone? Undertow - Inside One. Flood FINAL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 stars Posted by ... tool is the one band that i still will make a point of buy the actual cd on the release day when it comes out. Adam Jones’ pet pig Moe made a cameo appearance in the album’s artwork.A talented visual artist, Jones was responsible for most of Undertow‘s artwork, including the red ribcage sculpture on the cover, and the nude images of a woman and man (which caused Wal-Mart and K-Mart to refuse to carry the album) and an X-ray image of a person with a dildo inserted into their rectum. That’s how you’re gonna get noticed!’ It took us a long time to figure out how politics work at a record company. 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German band Undertow, with their song Inside One, from the 2013 album In Deepest Silence. There are multiple bands with this name: 1. a straight edge hardcore band … This was the song that took the longest to get right. I'll die within your undertow. Amazon.com Arguably their finest album, this follow-up to Opiate showcases Tool at their best, assisted by clean, crisp production, without the muddiness of Aenima . “Even before we started on Undertow, he wanted to get another bass player in the band so he could play guitar. Undertow. Prison Sex 3. So we said OK. We picked the heaviest songs and did this, like, teaser record.”, 2. 1. “On ‘Intolerance’ I used an Epilady shaver and a vibrator against the strings,” he told Guitar Player in September 1993. The fourth album from this country-rock semi-supergroup, Undertow failed to yield any major hit songs like the band's first three releases, yet is, in some ways, Firefall 's most interesting and consistently pleasing effort. In honor of the album’s 25th anniversary, here are 10 things you might not know about Tool’s Undertow. Sober 2. Concert Band Sheet Music. There were other odd sonic experiments on Undertow, as well – including on “Intolerance,” the album’s opening track, where Jones used a vibrating Epilady hair remover to achieve some truly wild guitar noises. In This Article: The one I wrote the song about was a blend of all of the above.” Give the video for “Undertow” a watch below and for more information on Band Of Silver, visit their website, give their page a like on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. At the forefront of Tool's commercial explosion were striking, haunting visuals that complemented the album's nihilistic yet wistful mood. Produced by the band and Sylvia Massy, it was recorded from October to December 1992 at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys and Grandmaster Recorders in Hollywood. That’s a distraction from the piece at hand. In an interview, Jenny Lee Lindberg said: “Instead of making that a cover – even though it sounded really cool 11 - Necromance Compilation CD (Necromance, 2002) - "34CE" on Off Road Tracks Vol. Something you’d never want to see, but it’s kind of beautiful.”. 10. Undertow helped heavy metal remain prominence as a mainstream musical style, and allowed several later bands to break through to the mainstream. It’s not about that at all … and it’s not saying that sodomy or sexual abuse is in any way OK. It’s not. Tool‘s first album sounded like nothing else at the time. They previously traveled out to Los Angeles to work with produce Mike Green (All Time Low, Paramore) and wound up creating a bold, electric sound that is entirely their own. As seen in a photo on Jones’ official Facebook page, Moe wasn’t actually shaved for the photo; the letters were added to the photo after the fact. Perhaps the most whimsical image in the whole package was the one on the back cover, of a pig standing amid a small army of upright forks, with the word “undertow” shaved into its side. I don’t want to do that. “Someone at the label was like, ‘You guys gotta put out your heaviest stuff! It is Seymour’s 10th solo studio album, meaning he has now released more music as a solo artist than as a member of Hunters & Collectors. Is she frowning? Just as grunge was reaching its boiling point and radio-friendly punk-pop loomed on the horizon, Tool released Undertow, which firmly reinforced metal's prominence as a musical style -- but, for once, it had something worthwhile to say. Undertow is the debut studio album from American Progressive Metal band Tool. Undertow is the debut studio album by American rock band Tool, released on April 6, 1993 by Zoo Entertainment. Adam Jones kept his guitar head stored in a refrigerator during the making of the album.Back during the early Nineties, if someone talked about keeping a head in their refrigerator, gruesome images of mass-murderer Jeffrey Dahmer would have been the first thing to come to mind. Many of Undertow‘s songs had already been written by the time Tool recorded the Opiate EP.Maynard James Keenan and Adam Jones began writing songs together in 1987, and had thus amassed a substantial amount of material by the time Tool signed with Zoo Entertainment in 1992. 69 (Metal Hammer, 2003) - "Code X" on Halloween Smash Fest '04 (label unknown, 2004) - "Stomping Out Ignorance" on Summer … So, a lot of those original pieces were inspired by that kind of energy. “It keeps the components in suspended animation,” he explained. Released 6 April 1993 on Zoo (catalog no. An Indian electronic music artist based out of Cork. Turns out he was losing the T-shirt money. There was a great underground movement of music in L.A. at that time that we were really bonding together with them to fight against and create a new scene we felt was more worthwhile.”, 3. “We’re not a metal band, a grunge band, a rock band or a country band. “I heard about that trick from someone who used to make Fender amps; they would keep the components in a freezer until they were ready to be used. He was just thanking us for the CD.”. 4 Degrees Get up and free yourself from yourself. To channel it, they sexually molest another child. “Rent was high and there was a lot of weird hypocrisy that happens with both the film and music industries. This was especially clear in the videos for Undertow‘s “Sober” and “Prison Sex.” Directed by Fred Stuhr – who’d also directed the claymation video for “Three Little Pigs” by the joke-rock band Green Jellÿ, which featured Carey on drums and occasional appearances from Keenan – with input from Adam Jones, the two stop-motion clips were filled with disturbing, disjointed imagery, with the band members themselves nowhere to be seen. With its technical brilliance, musical complexities, and aggressive overtones, Undertow not only paved the way for several bands to break through to the mainstream adolescent mall-rage demographic, it also proved that metal could be simultaneously intelligent, emotional, and brutal. His part sounds better for him, the way he speaks, so it just sounded way better to have his part in there instead. 81 likes. It is the third track and lead single from the band's debut studio album The Fool, and was released on September 21, 2010 on Rough Trade Records. It’s not really important.”, 7. Undertow is Tool's first full-length album, released in 1993. Leslie West of … German band Undertow, with their song Inside One, from the 2013 album In Deepest Silence. Produced by the band and Sylvia Massy, it was recorded from October to December 1992 at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys and Grandmaster Recorders in Hollywood. “He had a gambling debt for a while with us,” Keenan claimed. “We sent him copies of the album,” Keenan recalled in A Perfect Union of Contrary Things, his authorized biography with co-author Sarah Jensen. Dark, mysterious, angry, complex, meticulously crafted and loaded with oddly amorphous song structures, 1993’s Undertow confounded both music critics (many of whom tried to lump the band in with the then-popular grunge movement) and early Tool fans who’d been attracted to the more aggressive, metallic sounds of ’92’s Opiate EP, the band’s first official release. This happened, I grew up and now I’m doing it to someone else. “People are really turned off by the name of the song,” Keenan told Axcess in 1994. Buy Undertow by John Mackey at jwpepper.com. “Instantly they think of San Quentin … being buggered by your cell mate. 4 Degrees 9. Nick DiDia, best known for his work with Pearl Jam and Powderfinger, produced the record. © Copyright 2020 Rolling Stone, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. An infe “The guy who mixed our album … wanted to cut up our songs,” Jones told Guitar School in 1994. I'm helpless and awake in the undertow. “That’s actually a spoken word part I do there [in live performances of the song and I’ve always done,” Keenan told Musique Plus in May 1993. While “Sober” became an MTV fixture, thanks in part to being championed by Beavis and Butt-Head, it looked like nothing else on the channel – which was completely intentional, as the band sought to subvert the typical dynamic between artist and audience, video and viewer. Euphoria. I don’t care looking at that piece. Is she smiling? So you gotta keep your head fresh.”, 5. He lost a lot of money … like $3,000. “What the fuck does my personality have to do with what this song is saying? They briefly tested the waters in August 1993 – Hicks introduced the band at their Lollapalooza performance in Irwindale, California, before drily asking the crowd at the front of stage to search the dusty mosh pit for his missing contact lens – but the collaboration would sadly never come to fruition, due to Hicks’ death from pancreatic cancer in February 1994. 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