I can’t believe I haven’t put up a Tool song yet. Tool is easily the most important band for me and my musical tastes. They’re a hard rock band which is how I got introduced to them, but their weirdness is what really made them important to me. Up until I discovered Tool, I was listening to mostly radio friendly hard rock music. Tool opened my eyes to prog music. I’m a huge modern prog fan because of Tool. I listened to Lateralus on repeat in my first car all the way through high school. Easily the single most important album of my life. As I was learning to play guitar and learning more advanced techniques, I learned how to play almost every song they’ve ever made. I can’t recall all of it now, but I still have a lot of that muscle memory in my fingers. Tool has a weird reputation now, and Tool fans have an even weirder reputation. That’s unfortunate, because they’re a really smart band that doesn’t take themselves too seriously.
This song is basically the anthem of my teenage angst. I absolutely love this song, and Maynard‘s scream at the end was so identifiable. He was screaming all the frustration that I had as a young man trying to figure out how to navigate life. This song is a classic, and I can guarantee there will be more Tool posted in the future.