This happened, I grew up and now I’m doing it to someone else. Is she frowning? I don’t want people to latch on to my movements or the way I sound or the way Danny hits his drums. Genres: Alternative Metal. Undertow is the debut studio album by American rock band Tool, released on April 6, 1993 by Zoo Entertainment.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. The voice that he hears is some sort of craving for this drug (or something), it suggests nice things to him, and beckons him. “At the time we did Opiate, we had probably about half the songs from Undertow written,” Jones told Revolver in 2013. “Instantly they think of San Quentin … being buggered by your cell mate. In an interview, Jenny Lee Lindberg said: “Instead of making that a cover – even though it sounded really cool There are multiple bands with this name: 1. a straight edge hardcore band … Undertow 8. “Even before we started on Undertow, he wanted to get another bass player in the band so he could play guitar. 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. Compilation Appearances: - "Ramitan" on Deathophobia VI (Earth A.D., 1999) - "Code X" on Off Road Tracks Vol. “Our tastes run through Joni Mitchell, King Crimson, Depeche Mode and country,” guitarist Adam Jones told Guitar World in September 1993. The band's unique mix of warmth and unease also comes from a willingness to experiment: In making the LP, the band blasted a piano with a shotgun, tickled a guitar with an Epilady hair remover, and recruited punk poet laureate Henry Rollins for a spoken-word interlude. Flood 10. “He had a gambling debt for a while with us,” Keenan claimed. 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. The album’s intense, “reactionary” energy was partly a reaction to Maynard’s experiences in the film business – and to the band’s brushes with the Hollywood hair-metal scene.Though rarely one to get into specifics about the meaning of his lyrics, Keenan revealed to Loudwire in 2015 that the album allowed him to vent the frustrations he felt while trying to make a living doing set design in Hollywood during the band’s early days. 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. 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. And that became more and more apparent over time.” D’Amour would be replaced by Justin Chancellor during the making of 1996’s Ænima. The music was emotionally driven and very reactionary.”, Tool’s music, he recalled, was also a reaction against L.A.’s superficial and self-consciously decadent hair-metal scene, which dominated the local clubs into the early Nineties. 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. So what our video deals with is someone who has that happen to them. “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. But obviously one helps the other. I have no idea what that guy is up to, what his personality is. [Laughs] That’s the money side of the fence, so there’s a different perspective. That’s a distraction from the piece at hand. 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. Euphoria. “What the fuck does my personality have to do with what this song is saying? Bassist Paul D’Amour wanted to play guitar on Undertow.As Tool’s bassist, Paul D’Amour utilized a trebly attack which seemed to fit the band’s music perfectly on 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. Something you’d never want to see, but it’s kind of beautiful.”. This was the song that took the longest to get right. But the head in Adam Jones’ refrigerator was actually part of his guitar rig. Is she smiling? All these things are entering into it, and that’s the same way you should look at a piece, a video like ‘Sober’ or ‘Prison Sex.’ You should be looking at it in terms of the music and the medium that’s being presented to you. Unlike most popular bands of the early Nineties, Tool were more than happy to operate in a state of semi-anonymity. It’s just a story of someone who is having it happen to them now because they’re fucked up, because they don’t know how to deal with past abuse.”, “A lot of time when a child is sexually abused they put it out of their mind,” Jones added in the same interview. “Paul really wanted to be a guitar player early on,” Carey told Loudwire in 2015. 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. It’s not really important.”, 7. “People are really turned off by the name of the song,” Keenan told Axcess in 1994. ... the inspiration for "Feelin' Alright" and explains how the first song he ever wrote became the biggest hit for his band Traffic. Rollins Band guitarist Chris Haskett also smashed the piano with a sledge hammer, earning himself a spot in the album’s credits in the process. It seems there's no other way out of this undertow. I'm back down. … In the end, we got our way.”. ‘Undertow’ began its life as a cover of Nirvana’s song ‘Polly’. “I like a picture that makes you uncomfortable on one [hand] and it’s beautiful on the other,” Jones explained to the Los Angeles Times in April 1993. A limited edition double A-side single was released as part of Record Store Day 2012. I'll die within your undertow. German band Undertow, with their song Inside One, from the 2013 album In Deepest Silence. 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 also Tool's most musically adventurous album, lacking the occasionally numbing sameness of Aenima, and with considerably more sophistication than their previous work. 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. I called him and pointed out that we’d mentioned him in the liner notes. Maybe due to that you'll notice some cracks and pops. 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. Undertow helped heavy metal remain prominence as a mainstream musical style, and allowed several later bands to break through to the mainstream. 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. 8. Also, according to the post, that was the closest Moe ever got to anyone’s fork; he apparently lived to a ripe old age on the desert ranch of Kyuss/Obsessed bassist Scott Reeder. Prison Sex 3. I don’t want to follow formula. 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), … 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. “We’re not a metal band, a grunge band, a rock band or a country band. 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 . Don’t worry about the rock guys that are doing that shit. Swamp Song 7. “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. Described by the band as an homage to the Nirvana song "Polly", "Undertow" received favorable acclaim and placed in the United Kingdom's Independent Singles and Independent Breakers charts upon its release. 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. 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. An infe Want more Rolling Stone? 4 Degrees Get up and free yourself from yourself. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1980 Specialty Pressing Vinyl release of Undertow on Discogs. So you gotta keep your head fresh.”, 5. no matter how bulky and odd the packaging for 10,000 days is. While in Florida Golfing, Trump Allows Jobless Benefits to Expire for Millions, Kanye West Surprise-Releases ‘Emmanuel’ EP ‘Inspired by Ancient and Latin Music’, How to Watch ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Online: Stream the Film for Free on HBO Max, Michael Alig, Infamous ‘Club Kid Killer,’ Dead at 54, Hear Eddie Vedder’s Acoustic Cover of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Growin’ Up’, Why Adam Sandler’s ‘Thanksgiving Song’ Is a Holiday Classic, Revisiting Hours: ‘North Dallas Forty’ vs. the NFL, Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Chinese Democracy’: 10 Things You Didn’t Know. 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. Lost in euphoria. 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. 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. And we were all just like, ‘There’s no way we’re getting another a-hole in this band to deal with.’ But he really wasn’t happy with things the way they were. Sign up for our newsletter. I'm in the undertow. During the recording of “Disgustipated,” the album’s creepy closing cut, Massy added to the aural nightmarishness of the track by recording Keenan firing four rounds from a shotgun into an old upright piano. 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. 69 (Metal Hammer, 2003) - "Code X" on Halloween Smash Fest '04 (label unknown, 2004) - "Stomping Out Ignorance" on Summer … They become alcoholics or become codependent or whatever. 72445 11052 2; CD). Maynard James Keenan, Tool. 81 likes. Tracks inspired by Illenium, Deadmou5, El Ten Eleven, M83, Random Rab Nick DiDia, best known for his work with Pearl Jam and Powderfinger, produced the record. 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. 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. And yet, the album – and the disturbing stop-motion videos for its songs “Sober” and “Prison Sex” – clearly touched a nerve with the American public. Released 6 April 1993 on Zoo (catalog no. 57 (Metal Hammer, 2002) - "Lowdown" on Pure Underground Vol. “People focus on, in a video, what the people look like, so they’re going, ‘OK, let’s develop this person’s personality,'” Keenan explained to Raygun in April 1994. So we said OK. We picked the heaviest songs and did this, like, teaser record.”, 2. I don’t care looking at that piece. Undertow is the debut studio album from American Progressive Metal band Tool. 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. An Indian electronic music artist based out of Cork. 1. There was a whole dog and pony show which I found very awkward. Undertow is Tool's first full-length album, released in 1993. "Undertow" is a song by the American indie rock band Warpaint. He hadn’t noticed. If you have to replace one thing, it’s going to change your whole sound. Undertow is the debut studio album by American rock band Tool, released on April 6, 1993 by Zoo Entertainment. Released: June 1978[2] ...And Then There Were Three...is the ninth studio album by the English rockband Genesis. “He wrote back and thanked us for the music. I don’t want to do that. © Copyright 2020 Rolling Stone, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. “I was busting my ass working on movie sets in Hollywood trying to survive,” he recalled. 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. Today, Band of Silver have revealed a new single from those sessions, titled “Undertow,” which the band themselves describe as “the darkest song” from the project. So we pretty much nailed him, and that’s actually how we got him to play on the album.”. We want to hear from you! 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. youtube.com. 10. His part sounds better for him, the way he speaks, so it just sounded way better to have his part in there instead. The shaved porker was actually Jones’ pet pig, Moe. He was just thanking us for the CD.”. 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. “It keeps the components in suspended animation,” he explained. When you look at the Mona Lisa, I don’t have any idea what the artist looks like or what he’s about. 11 - Necromance Compilation CD (Necromance, 2002) - "34CE" on Off Road Tracks Vol. Undertow is a song about repeated drug use. The videos for “Sober” and “Prison Sex” were a reaction against the “personality-driven” videos popular on MTV at the time. What is she doing? 9. referencing Undertow, LP, Album, Cle, 72445-11052-1, ZP11052-1 It does sound surprisingly good for almost one hour of music crammed in just one lp. At the forefront of Tool's commercial explosion were striking, haunting visuals that complemented the album's nihilistic yet wistful mood. 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. Buy Undertow by John Mackey at jwpepper.com. Undertow, an Album by Tool. Two Undertow songs, “Sober” and “Crawl Away,” appeared in early versions on a limited-edition 1991 demo tape called 72826; and according to the … So, a lot of those original pieces were inspired by that kind of energy. With its technical brilliance, musical complexities, and aggressive overtones, Undertow not … He was borrowing from the merchandiser to play poker with us and he’s really bad at bluffing. A flash of musical lightning that will exhilarate listeners at all levels! They turn to different ways to try to channel it. 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. Concert Band Sheet Music. 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. Turns out he was losing the T-shirt money. “Then they grow up and they don’t understand this unrest that they have in them. That’s why it’s written from the antagonist’s point of view is like, ‘This is what happened to me.'”. In This Article: Undertow is the debut studio album by American rock band Tool, released on April 6, 1993 by Zoo Entertainment. Tool‘s first album sounded like nothing else at the time. 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. “On ‘Intolerance’ I used an Epilady shaver and a vibrator against the strings,” he told Guitar Player in September 1993. “Prison Sex” isn’t actually about prison sex.Despite its blunt title, “Prison Sex” is actually about the cycle of sexual abuse. He lost a lot of money …  like $3,000. In honor of the album’s 25th anniversary, here are 10 things you might not know about Tool’s Undertow. I'm helpless and awake in the undertow. To channel it, they sexually molest another child. 4 Degrees 9. A shaved pig, a demolished piano, a possibly fictional Henry Rollins poker debt and other factors that played into the 1993 alt-metal masterpiece. Sober 2. It was released in March 1978 by Charisma Recordsand is their first recorded as a trio of singer/drummer Phil Collins, keyboardist Tony Banks, and bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherfordfollowing the departure of guitarist Steve Hackett. “When we went into the studio, [Rollins] came down and he read that part, but he also wrote his own part to kind of paraphrase what I’d said. Drawing equal inspiration from Black Sabbath, alternative theories of science, and Eastern religions, Tool's abrasive sonic assault begins from the opening notes and continues through the final moments of the last composition, an open mockery of organized religion and its incapacity for original thought. So we put his there.”, Though the band had formed a personal and creative bond with Rollins while opening for the Rollins Band during a 1992 tour, Keenan – who is known to occasionally embroider a story to make it more interesting – told the magazine that Rollins’ presence was motivated not by a sense of artistic kinship, but rather as payback for a poker debt. “The guy who mixed our album … wanted to cut up our songs,” Jones told Guitar School in 1994. Undertow - Inside One. “An Epilady is even better than an E-Bow – it makes great sounds when you push it against the pickups.”, 4. … In the song, it talks about ‘I become full circle.’ And that’s what that means. Disgustipated Listen To Samples Top 3 Tracks: 1. 6. “Someone at the label was like, ‘You guys gotta put out your heaviest stuff! Undertow. Maynard shot a piano to death for “Disgustipated.”. Mark Seymour & The Undertow will release their fourth studio album, Slow Dawn, on May 29th. “He’s kind of a bad poker player. Leslie West of … We want to have our own formula. When it surrounds and drowns and wipes him away, he is obviously succumbing to this drug. This exchange led to a friendship between Hicks and Tool, and to the discussion of a possible mixed-media collaboration between them. “We were trying to get past all the hair bands and these poofy-haired idiots that were doing their thing, and all the good club space was being taken up by them. 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. You just can’t find components for many of the vintage amps. “We sent him copies of the album,” Keenan recalled in A Perfect Union of Contrary Things, his authorized biography with co-author Sarah Jensen. That’s how you’re gonna get noticed!’ It took us a long time to figure out how politics work at a record company. The voice that he hears is some sort of craving for this drug (or something), it suggests nice things to him, and beckons him. At the time, grunge was at the height of its popularity, and pop punk was slowly beginning to gather mainstream attention. Rated #221 in the best albums of 1993, and #8224 of all-time album.. “Rent was high and there was a lot of weird hypocrisy that happens with both the film and music industries. “Something kind of gross, but you look anyway. German band Undertow, with their song Inside One, from the 2013 album In Deepest Silence. Send us a tip using our anonymous form. Song Meaning"Undertow is a song about repeated drug use. 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. 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