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Hush (Tool song)

Single by Tool
from the album Opiate
Tool singles chronology

"Hush" is a song by Tool from their 1992 debut EP Opiate, recorded by producer Sylvia Massy at Sound City Studios. It was the only single released from Opiate and was the first song that helped establish the band's reputation.[1] The lyrics protest Tipper Gore and censorship, which is a recurring theme in Tool songs.[1][2][3]

The song was first recorded on a self-titled demo tape variously known as Toolshed and 72826, recorded in mid-1991. This demo version is not the same as the studio recording that appears on Opiate.

Music video

The music video for "Hush" was Tool's first ever music video. The video is shown in black-and-white-style, the band members appear nude in a white room,[4] with black tape over their mouths. Toward the end of the video the band members are seen to be foaming at the mouth through the tape and eventually remove the tape itself.[1] Signs shown over their genitalia read "Parental Advisory: Explicit Parts", a parody of the "Parental Advisory: Explicit Content" sticker.[5]

The Canadian music channel MuchMusic played it regularly.[6]

There is a misconception that Ken Andrews was the director,[4][7] but the concept was entirely provided by vocalist Maynard James Keenan.[8] 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.

The music video was released in 2000 as a bonus on the DVD,[5][9] but not the VHS,[10] of the Salival box set.



  1. ^ a b c "Tool Biography" (excerpt; fee required). Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Muze. 2007-02-01. Retrieved 2007-05-13. ..."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.
  2. ^ Craig Joyce (1999-10-01). "Tool". Rough Guides. Retrieved 2007-05-13. The first release from OPIATE, “Hush”, was a condemnation of censorship, something the band have repeatedly run into.
  3. ^ D. Parvaz (2004-05-07). "Author's 'Taboo Tunes' hits a timely note". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2007-05-13.
  4. ^ a b Roman Sokal (February 2000). "Tool: Stepping Out From the Shadows". Exclaim!. Archived from the original on 2011-10-29. Retrieved 2007-05-13. 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.
  5. ^ a b Greg Kot (2001-02-15). "Tool: Salival : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2007-05-13. 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.
  6. ^ "Tool interview with Theresa Roncon". Spotlight[] |transcripturl= missing title (help). Toronto. February 1997. MuchMusic. Transcribed by Rory Mitchell and archived at the Tool Page. “Theresa: We played it all the time on MuchMusic.”
  7. ^ The Tool FAQ, D2.
  8. ^ David Jenison (December 1994). "Tool". HYPNO, transcribed by K[elly] and archived at the Tool Page. p. 37. Retrieved 2007-05-13. The idea for the video, which was completely thought up by Maynard...
  9. ^ Andrew Parks (2001-03-06). "CD/DVD set gives a look inside mind of Tool vocalist" (membership required). University Wire, archived by HighBeam Research. Retrieved 2007-05-13. ...viewers can even unlock the hidden gem, "Hush," ...[dead link]
  10. ^ The Tool FAQ, D3 and H7.

Further reading

  • Kabir Akhtar (2001-07-16). "The Tool FAQ". The Tool Page. Retrieved 2007-05-13.