Hush (Tool song)

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"Hush"
Single by Tool
from the album Opiate
Released1992
Recorded1991
Length2:48
Label Zoo
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Tool singles chronology
"Hush"
(1992)
"Sober"
(1993)

"Hush" is a song by Tool from their 1992 debut EP Opiate , recorded by producer Sylvia Massy at Sound City Studios. It was the only single released from Opiate and was the first song that helped establish the band's reputation. [1] The lyrics protest Tipper Gore and censorship, which is a recurring theme in Tool songs. [1] [2] [3]

Tool (band) American alternative metal band

Tool is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 1990, the group's line-up includes drummer Danny Carey, guitarist Adam Jones, and vocalist Maynard James Keenan. Justin Chancellor has been the band's bassist since 1995, replacing their original bassist Paul D'Amour. Tool has won three Grammy Awards, performed worldwide tours, and produced albums topping the charts in several countries.

Extended play musical recording longer than a single, but shorter than a full album

An extended play record, often referred to as an EP, is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single, but is usually unqualified as an album or LP. Contemporary EPs generally contain a minimum of three tracks and maximum of six tracks, and are considered "less expensive and time-consuming" for an artist to produce than an album. An EP originally referred to specific types of vinyl records other than 78 rpm standard play (SP) and LP, but it is now applied to mid-length CDs and downloads as well.

<i>Opiate</i> (EP) 1992 EP by Tool

Opiate is an EP by American rock band Tool. It was produced and engineered by Sylvia Massy and former Minor Threat bassist Steve Hansgen. Released in 1992, it was the result of some two years of the band playing together after their formation in 1990. Opiate preceded Tool's first full-length release, Undertow, by a year. It is named after a quote by Karl Marx: "religion ... is the opiate of the masses". As of July 7, 2010, Opiate has sold 1,155,000 copies in the US and is certified Platinum by the RIAA.

Contents

The song was first recorded on a self-titled demo tape variously known as Toolshed and 72826, recorded in mid-1991. This demo version is not the same as the studio recording that appears on Opiate.

Demo (music) song or group of songs recorded for limited circulation or reference use rather than for general public release

A demo is a song or group of songs recorded for limited circulation or reference use rather than for general public release. A demo is a way for a musician to approximate their ideas in a fixed format, such as cassette tape, compact disc, or digital audio files, and to thereby pass along those ideas to record labels, record producers, or to other artists.

Music video

The music video for "Hush" was Tool's first ever music video. The video is shown in black-and-white-style, the band members appear nude in a white room, [4] with black tape over their mouths. Toward the end of the video the band members are seen to be foaming at the mouth through the tape and eventually remove the tape itself. [1] Signs shown over their genitalia read "Parental Advisory: Explicit Parts", a parody of the "Parental Advisory: Explicit Content" sticker. [5]

A music video is a short film that integrates a song with imagery, and is produced for promotional or artistic purposes. Modern music videos are primarily made and used as a marketing device intended to promote the sale of music recordings. There are also cases where songs are used in tie-in marketing campaigns that allow them to become more than just a song. Tie-ins and merchandising can be used for toys or for food or other products. Although the origins of the music video date back to musical short films that first appeared in the 1920s, they again came into prominence in the 1980s when the channel MTV based their format around the medium. Prior to the 1980s, these kinds of videos were described by various terms including "illustrated song", "filmed insert", "promotional (promo) film", "promotional clip", "promotional video", "song video", "song clip" or "film clip".

Parental Advisory warning label placed on audio recordings in recognition of excessive profanities or inappropriate references, with the intention of alerting parents of potentially unsuitable material for younger children

The Parental Advisory label is a warning label introduced by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 1985 and adopted by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) in 2011. It is placed on audio recordings in recognition of profanity or inappropriate references, with the intention of alerting parents of material for potentially unsuitable for children. The label was first affixed on physical 33 1/3 rpm records, compact discs and cassette tapes, and it has been included on digital listings offered by online music stores.

The Canadian music channel MuchMusic played it regularly. [6]

Canada Country in North America

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There is a misconception that Ken Andrews was the director, [4] [7] but the concept was entirely provided by vocalist Maynard James Keenan. [8] It is the only Tool music video other than "Sober" in which the band members appear, and the only one in which they appear in a prominent fashion.

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Maynard James Keenan American musician

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Sober (Tool song) Tool song

"Sober" is a song by American rock band Tool. The song was released as the first single from their debut studio album, Undertow. Tool guitarist Adam Jones has stated in an interview that the song is about a friend of the band whose artistic expression only comes out when he is under the influence. "A lot of people give him shit for that," Jones explains. "If you become addicted and a junkie, well, that's your fault."

The music video was released in 2000 as a bonus on the DVD, [5] [9] but not the VHS, [10] of the Salival box set.

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<i>Salival</i> 2000 box set by Tool

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  4. 1 2 Roman Sokal (February 2000). "Tool: Stepping Out From the Shadows". Exclaim!. Archived from the original on 2011-10-29. Retrieved 2007-05-13. The video for "Hush," directed by Failure’s Ken Andrews, portrays the band naked walking across a white room with Parental Advisory signs over their buttocks.
  5. 1 2 Greg Kot (2001-02-15). "Tool: Salival : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone . Retrieved 2007-05-13. As a hidden bonus, there's "Hush," ...accompanied by an early, grainy black-and-white film of the guys in the band, nude, with parental-advisory stickers over their crotches and asses.
  6. "Tool interview with Theresa Roncon". Spotlight. Toronto. February 1997. MuchMusic http://toolshed.down.net/articles/index.php?action=view-article&id=February_1997--Muchmusic.html |transcripturl= missing title (help). Transcribed by Rory Mitchell and archived at the Tool Page. “Theresa: We played it all the time on MuchMusic.”
  7. The Tool FAQ, D2.
  8. David Jenison (December 1994). "Tool". HYPNO, transcribed by K[elly] and archived at the Tool Page. p. 37. Retrieved 2007-05-13. The idea for the video, which was completely thought up by Maynard...
  9. Andrew Parks (2001-03-06). "CD/DVD set gives a look inside mind of Tool vocalist" (membership required). University Wire, archived by HighBeam Research. Retrieved 2007-05-13. ...viewers can even unlock the hidden gem, "Hush," ...[ dead link ]
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