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10 Facts Superfans Probably Already Know

Look, we’re well aware that Tool’s fan base is one of the most loyal in the world. They know the album from beginning to end, they know the history of the band from beginning to end, they even know everything about the Fibonacci sequence. If there was a PhD based on tool knowledge, every one of their biggest fans would get it.

anima It was released on vinyl on September 17, 1996, and on CD on October 1. We know you know what a great album this is and how Tool transformed from a hard rock band to masters of progressive psychedelic music.So instead of preaching what you already know, here are 10 facts that super fans may already know Spirit But the rest of you probably won’t. Test your Tooldom below.

1. anima is a pun.

Tool’s intelligent and highly satirical nature means there are many obscure meanings and messages hidden within their work.title anima From the words “anima” (Latin for soul) and “enema” (rectal medical procedure).

2. The band dedicated it to Bill Hicks.

Bill Hicks was a comedian who died in 1994.His style includes dark humor, centered around controversial topics like religion and philosophy, like Tool – so they’re dedicated to anima give him. The album’s inner cover featured an illustration of Hicks dressed as a doctor with the words “Another Dead Hero.”

3. Hicks’ lines are even sampled on the album.

The comedian’s speeches “A Good Drug Story” and “The War on Drugs” are sampled before the song “Third Eye” on the album. Hicks has used the term “third eye” before when talking about psychedelic mushrooms.

4. Some songs were originally recorded with Paul D’Amour.

Before original bassist Paul D’Amour was acquitted, he played demos of “Pushit”, “Stinkfist”, “Ænema” and “Eulogy”. Justin Chancellor of the British band Peach took over as bassist in 1995.

5. Half empty or half full?

Original title of the song “H”. Its name is said to be “Half Empty”, a name by which Maynard James Keenan introduced it before playing it live in 1995.

6. Useful prankster.

The interlude “Useful Idiot” consists of the sound of a record player’s needle beating. It was strategically placed at the end of side one of the vinyl version of the album to deceive people.

7. Cookies.

“Die Eier von satan” actually means “Satan’s ball” or “Satan’s egg” in German, since “eier” can mean egg or testicle. While the song sounds like an angry German speech, the lyrics could translate to a recipe for edible cannabis cookies. ZAUM and SexTapes bassist Marko Fox provides narration.

8. It made the list twice.

The album debuted at No. 2 in 1996, selling nearly 150,000 copies in its first week. By 2003, it received triple platinum certification. It’s often considered one of the best rock albums of the 1990s, and its longevity has stood the test of time, returning to the charts 23 years later. Shortly after Tool uploaded their record to digital platforms and streaming services in 2019, anima It peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 chart.

It made the top ten twice, more than twenty years apart.

9. European pressure.

The European CD’s insert contains a completely fictional discography. There are 16 fake album covers and satirical titles: Gay Rodeo, Bethlehem Abortion Clinic, Bad Breath, Another Kind of White Meat, Two Weiners for Dad, Three Fat Brown Fingers, Munch the Clown, I Smell Pee, Christmas Album, Ice Pee, Spring’s Bed bugs, breakfast tetanus, a suffocating steak dictator, nurse Katie Mera’s kitchen, right there on that dirt road: tool scene!At the Acropolis and Brown Magic and Big Appetite: Music from the Film Soundtrack Jelly Donuts.

10. “Track #1.”

MTV had the music video for “Stinkfist” in heavy rotation, but they changed its title to “Track #1” when it aired because they felt the actual title was too offensive to viewers.Fans complain about censorship, so MTV’s 120 minutes Host Matt Pinfield pumped his fist while encouraging viewers to buy the album.

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