Originally Posted by MarloStanfield
LOL, never really listened to Tool all that much but I did see them @ Bonnaroo and they put on a good show but those titles are hilarious.
Is dude gay?
I was at that Bonnaroo show, too. I'm not sure a lot of the hippies knew what to make of Tool, though they were THE act me and my friends were looking forward to (along with The Flaming Lips). Maynard came out with the "I smell patchouli" and then the band proceeded to blow peoples' minds. I'm not sure a lot of people were ready for the kind of brain f#ck that a live Tool show entails.
Btw, Maynard is not gay, as far as I know... I think he is married with kids.
Originally Posted by RidonKs
I've listened to a full Tool album exactly once. I got crazy high and banged out to 10,000 Days like never before, and loved every bit of it. I've started to listen to it once or twice since, but it never seems to grab me. I feel like I have to give them a more thorough listen, from what I've heard they're one of the most technically sound bands out there. Particularly the drumming.
If you've ever taken my advice before, take it now... Listen to Tool... Start with the album 'Aenema' and work your way toward 'Lateralus.' They make some of the most complex, thought-provoking music out there... The modern-day Pink Floyd, if you will.
Not that they sound anything like Floyd, but it is an extension of that progressive rock movement that began in the early-70s. Their drummer - Danny Carey - is the greatest rock drummer in the world, by my estimation, and one of the greatest drummers to ever live.
Tool changes time signatures as often as most bands change chords... Incredibly complex music performed by incredibly capable musicians.
It is really hard to narrow down to five songs when it comes to Tool, since their albums are really meant to be played all the way through. In fact, they attempt NOT to have any real singles by making most of their songs 8-9 minutes long. In the ones that they do make slightly shorter, Maynard laces the lyrics with profanity, just in case boring ass terrestrial radio was thinking about playing them.
Tool has quietly been one of the best bands in the world for over a decade.
My personal Top 5 (there are several others that could alternate in and out, depending on my mood):
(this video explains the insanely complex mathematical sequences that Tool sometimes employs in their song writing... crazy.)
46 & 2
(absolutely grimy, filthy, beautiful bass line and guitar work... not to mention drums and vocals
(the build-up is out of this world... Lyrics are about Cobain and his 'Jesus' status acquired by his suicide... One of the better Tool songs, lyrically.)
(watch this video only if you want to be both blown away and severely disturbed. They refused to play it on MTV until after midnight.)
(Another disturbing video that MTV wouldn't play, which I'm sure was the point. The song is about the band's hatred for the fakeness of LA, which Maynard explains that he would like to see fall into the ocean. Some of Tool's tastiest rhythms and riffs in this one.)
I can keep going...