Opiate (song)

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"Opiate"
Song by Tool
from the album Opiate
ReleasedMarch 10, 1992
RecordedDecember 1991 – January 1992
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Label Zoo
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"Opiate" is a song by Tool and the title track from their debut EP recorded by producer Sylvia Massy at Sound City Studios in 1991. While never released as an official single, it is one of the best known songs among their early work. "Opiate" serves as the final track of the Opiate EP and contains the hidden track, "The Gaping Lotus Experience."

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<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.

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The song's title and lyrics apparently elaborate on the Marxist concept that "religion is the opium of the masses". Keenan's lyrics liken religion to rape and abuse by a person or group of people to another person or group of people. The lyric "deaf and blind and dumb and born to follow, what you need is someone strong to guide you" supports this notion. Sometimes when played live, Keenan sings "...what you need is someone strong to use you".

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Live performances

"Opiate" has held a regular position on Tool's concert setlist since 1992. In 1994, it was often played back-to-back with "Flood," transitioning smoothly between songs and skipping the lengthy "Flood" intro. By 1996, "Opiate" would often serve as the penultimate song of concerts, preceding "Ænema." Maynard James Keenan has dedicated the song to psychologist and author Timothy Leary on multiple occasions and to former Tool bassist Paul D'Amour on others, referring to him as "Paul of Love." [1]

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Personnel

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Maynard James Keenan American musician

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Adam Jones (musician) musician

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Technical personnel

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References

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  2. Metal News - Tool's Keenan 'Near Perfect' For Alice In Chains ( Metal Underground . com )
  3. The Tool Page: Tour Reviews
  4. Heitham Al-Sayed with Tool
  5. Limp Bizkit Opiate Cover on YouTube (March 16, 2006). Retrieved on August 9, 2008.
  6. "Maynard Not Impressed With Durst Compliment". rockdirt.com. 2001-09-29. Retrieved 2013-03-21.