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Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan has named The Pot as the song that newcomers should listen to first to 'get into Tool'.
Keenan revealed his thoughts in a fascinating recent interview on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show with Daniel P. Carter, going into some detail as to why he thinks the 10'000 Days track is the ideal entry point into the band's extensive and dense discography.
"To me that's one of the examples of some of our earlier energy blending perfectly with our more mature energy and kind of nods to our influences over the year. I feel like we really kind of struggle to make sure that all four of us shine as best we can on everything we do, to exhaustion. But I feel like this one is one of the one's that felt, not effortless, but fresh and conscious consciously effortless, if that makes sense? It just captures that vibe that I think, if you're gonna play a song for people to kind of get them into our band, I don't think you should start with the 27-minute one. Calm down. Don't get all QAnon on us. Focus on 'The Pot,' that will be the introduction to all the other possibilities that happen in this project
For the uninitiated, The Pot does make sense as a choice, as the track is one of Tool's biggest radio hits and has melodic accessibility that is more pronounced than some of Tool's more intimidating works. The track also received a Grammy nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance back in 2008, further solidifying the tracks crossover credentials.
The interview took place as Tool are back out on the road with dates in the USA and UK/Europe returning life to some normalcy for Keenan who revealed he had COVID-19 last year.
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