Vicarious (7:06)

Cover of 10,000 Days

From 10,000 Days and 10 other releases

Vicarious” is the first single from American band Tool’s fourth full-length studio album, 10,000 Days. Debuting on April 17, 2006 on commercial radio, the seven minute song entered the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart at #2. The single was unable to make an appearance on the Billboard Hot 100, only charting at #15 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. It received a nomination for Best Performance at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards.

The song features a 5/4 riff and describes the vicarious thrill the public receives from hearing about the misfortunes of others in the media, despite their refusal to admit it.

In the June 12, 2008 issue of Rolling Stone magazine the song was included on the list of top 100 guitar songs of all time, It was ranked one-hundredth.

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The DVD released on December 18, 2007 contains an extended version of the much-delayed video counterpart for the song. The video, which is completely computer-generated, was co-directed by guitarist Adam Jones and artist Alex Grey and also features creative input from Chet Zar. Also included on the DVD are short documentaries on the making of the video and on Jones’s previous work in film and television, and commentaries on the video from comedian David Cross.

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