Stinkfist (5:11)

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“Stinkfist” is a 1996 song by American rock band Tool. It was the first single and music video from their second full-length album, Ænima. Due to its name and perceived subject, the song had its lyrics altered and its title changed by TV and radio programmers, who also shortened the track.

During an interview, Keenan stated that the song is titled after a friend of drummer Danny Carey who “isn’t afraid of getting his hands dirty. ” He also stated that it can be interpreted as being about “fist-fucking” but “if you really look at it and really look at us and who we are, you’ll understand that we go a little deeper than some write-off song about fist-fucking.” Fist fucking is in actuality a metaphor for the real cause of ailment.

Keenan would introduce the song during the Ænima tour as “about choosing compassion over fear.”

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The music video for “Stinkfist” was created with stop-motion animation techniques, and was directed by the band’s guitarist Adam Jones (who had previous experience in art direction and animation). It focuses on a race of sand people who suck on tubes and swallow nails and wires that apparently hurt them and are ejected from their bodies, after which they are put in jars and treasured. Another race of mutants has entrails that are plugged into a wall. At least one reviewer compared the visuals to the works of H. R. Giger.


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