Opiate (EP)

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Opiate
EP by Tool
ReleasedMarch 10, 1992
RecordedDecember 1991 - January 1992
GenreAlternative metal[1]
Length26:52
LabelZoo Entertainment
ProducerSylvia Massy, Steve Hansgen, Tool
Tool chronology
72826
(1991)
Opiate
(1992)
Undertow
(1993)
Singles from Opiate
  1. "Hush"
    Released: 1992
 
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Opiate
EP by Tool
ReleasedMarch 10, 1992
RecordedDecember 1991 - January 1992
GenreAlternative metal[1]
Length26:52
LabelZoo Entertainment
ProducerSylvia Massy, Steve Hansgen, Tool
Tool chronology
72826
(1991)
Opiate
(1992)
Undertow
(1993)
Singles from Opiate
  1. "Hush"
    Released: 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Kerrang!3/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[3]

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 album, Undertow, by a year. It is named after a quote by Karl Marx: "Religion [...] is the opium of the masses".[4] The EP was certified platinum by the RIAA on April 1, 2005. As of July 7, 2010, Opiate has sold 1,155,000 Copies in the US.

Contents

Background

Opiate features six tracks, two of which are live recordings. Some versions of the EP feature a hidden seventh track titled "The Gaping Lotus Experience". The song is hidden at the end of the last track of the EP, "Opiate", and begins approximately 6 minutes and 6 seconds into the song. Vinyl copies of the EP featured a double groove on the second side; one which contained "Cold and Ugly", with the second containing "The Gaping Lotus Experience" and a small period of silence. Both grooves led into "Jerk-Off".

The song "Sweat" was featured on the Escape From L.A. soundtrack.[5]

"Cold and Ugly" and "Jerk-Off" were recorded live at the Jello Loft on New Year's Eve 1991, the band's second public show.[citation needed] These two tracks, along with "Hush" and "Part of Me", were featured on the band's debut demo recording, 72826. "Jerk-Off" and "Cold and Ugly" have never been recorded in the studio except for in this demo. All four songs were re-recorded for this EP.

In the original CD inserts of the EP, there is a collage of tiny photos of the band members as children, and also includes a picture of someone engaging in necrophilia with a well-decomposed cadaver. In reality, it is a friend of the band joking around in prop maker Stan Winston's studio.[6]

Track listing

No.TitleLength
1."Sweat"  3:46
2."Hush"  2:58
3."Part of Me"  3:17
4."Cold and Ugly" (live)4:09
5."Jerk-Off" (live)4:23
6."Opiate"  8:28

Personnel

Notes

  1. ^ a b Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Opiate [EP] - Tool". Allmusic.com. http://www.allmusic.com/album/r56286. Retrieved 23 August 2004. 
  2. ^ Mörat (11 July 1992). "Tool 'Opiate'". Kerrang!. 400. London, UK: EMAP. 
  3. ^ "Tool: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/artists/tool/albumguide. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Christopher W. diCarlo. "Interview with Maynard James Keenan". Cdicarlo.com. http://www.cdicarlo.com/paper_04maynard.htm. Retrieved 20 May 2007. 
  5. ^ "Escape de Los Ángeles (1996) - Soundtracks". IMDb.com. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116225/soundtrack. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "The Tool FAQ". Toolshed.down.net. http://toolshed.down.net/faq/faq.html. Retrieved 26 October 2011.