Hush (Tool song)

"Hush" is a song by Tool from their 1992 EP "Opiate". The song was first recorded on a self-titled demo tape variously known as "Toolshed" and "72826", recorded in mid-1991. It was the first song that helped establish the band's reputation.cite web
url = http://www.mywire.com/pubs/Muze/2006/03/01/626679?extID=10051
title = Tool Biography
work = Encyclopedia of Popular Music
publisher = Muze
date = 2007-02-01
accessdate = 2007-05-13
format = excerpt; fee required
quote = ..."Hush" helping establish a buzz for the band; the accompanying video graphically displayed the song's anti-censorship slant... as the band appeared naked with their mouths taped shut.
]

The lyrics protest censorship, which is a recurring theme in Tool songs. [cite web
url = http://www.mywire.com/pubs/RoughGuidesMusic/1999/10/01/284720?extID=10051
title = Tool
author = Craig Joyce
publisher = Rough Guides
date = 1999-10-01
accessdate = 2007-05-13
quote = The first release from OPIATE, “Hush”, was a condemnation of censorship, something the band have repeatedly run into.
] [cite news
url = http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/books/172259_tabootunes07.html
title = Author's 'Taboo Tunes' hits a timely note
author = D. Parvaz
publisher = Seattle Post-Intelligencer
date = 2004-05-07
accessdate = 2007-05-13
]

Music video

The music video for "Hush" was Tool's first. In black-and-white film, the band members appear nude in a white room, with tape over their mouths and signs hanging over their crotches that read "Parental Advisory: Explicit Parts", a parody of the "" sticker.

The Canadian music channel MuchMusic played it regularly, [cite episode
title = Tool interview with Theresa Roncon
series = Spotlight
serieslink = Spotlight (TV series)
network = MuchMusic
city = Toronto
airdate = February 1997
transcripturl = http://toolshed.down.net/articles/index.php?action=view-article&id=February_1997--Muchmusic.html
Transcribed by Rory Mitchell and archived at the Tool Page. “Theresa: We played it all the time on MuchMusic.”
] but it received little airtime elsewhere.Fact|date=May 2007

The concept was entirely provided by vocalist Maynard James Keenan. [cite web
url = http://toolshed.down.net/articles/index.php?action=view-article&id=December_1994--Hypno.html
title = Tool
author = David Jenison
publisher = "HYPNO", transcribed by K [elly] and archived at the Tool Page
month = December | year = 1994
pages = 37
accessdate = 2007-05-13
quote = The idea for the video, which was completely thought up by Maynard...
] It is the only Tool music video other than "Sober" in which the band members appear, and the only one in which they appear in a prominent fashion.There is a misconception that Ken Andrews was the director, [The Tool FAQ, D2.] cite news
url = http://www.exclaim.ca/articles/multiarticlesub.aspx?csid1=1&csid2=9&fid1=167
title = Tool: Stepping Out From the Shadows
author = Roman Sokal
publisher = Exclaim!
date = February 2000
accessdate = 2007-05-13
quote = The video for "Hush," directed by Failure’s Ken Andrews, portrays the band naked walking across a white room with Parental Advisory signs over their buttocks.
] but this is not the case.Fact|date=May 2007

The music video was released in 2000 as a bonus on the DVD,cite news
url = http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/tool/albums/album/193454/review/6068299
title = Tool: Salival : Music Reviews
author = Greg Kot
publisher = Rolling Stone
date = 2001-02-15
accessdate = 2007-05-13
quote = As a hidden bonus, there's "Hush," ...accompanied by an early, grainy black-and-white film of the guys in the band, nude, with parental-advisory stickers over their crotches and asses.
] [cite news
url = http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P1-42555798.html
title = CD/DVD set gives a look inside mind of Tool vocalist
author = Andrew Parks
publisher = University Wire, archived by HighBeam Research
date = 2001-03-06
accessdate = 2007-05-13
format = membership required
quote = ...viewers can even unlock the hidden gem, "Hush," ...
] but not the VHS, [The Tool FAQ, D3 and H7.] of the "Salival" box set.

Notes

References

* cite web
url = http://toolshed.down.net/faq/faq.html
title = The Tool FAQ
author = Kabir Akhtar
publisher = The Tool Page
date = 2001-07-16
accessdate = 2007-05-13


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