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WOW! | Reviewer: Sweet Tart | 10/6/12
The point of ALL music is to touch the soul and something we (personally) relate to....or just fucking dig. I think to analyze any music is absurd, except to take whatever applies to your life and learn from it, rejoice in it, laugh with it, cry or even throw shit because of it! As I have done. Each song a songwriter composes is a personal thing. And I believe the whole point is for the listeners to gain something from it...whatever that may be. Musicians (as a rule) LOVE to make music, but it is a business as well. They are here to make a living doing what they love...we should all be so lucky!
Courtney Love | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/4/12
I heard or read somewhere that this song was about that filthy courtney love trying to tell maynard that he was selling out...she really fits the description "i met a 'boy' wearing vans 501s, with a dope beastie tee, nipple rings, new tattoos"
more obvious than a normal Tool song | Reviewer: AG | 4/18/12
I figured this one was pretty obvious. It's mocking the idea that Tool (or maybe anyone) sold out, because the idea of 'selling out' itself is stupid. Fans don't know who musicians really are, and when they call musicians 'sell-out' they are implying that they have some knowledge of those artists minds/intentions. Obviously they never do. So if I'm a sellout because I sold something, then everyone is. And you bought it, thus condoning my actions and making you a sellout as well.
conformity | Reviewer: anthony | 1/31/12
To me, this is very similar to the conformity/non-conformity debate. if you consider yourself to be a "non-conformist", meaning you separate yourself from what most people typically do, you are in fact conforming to something.
The Wonders of TOOL | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/22/11
If u ask me its about music itself selling out...... the fact that to be a musician these days takes devoting 100% of your time and money to get yourself out there..... bands used to be able to tour for 6 months then spend the next year collecting profit from record sales and concerts.... now a days a band like tool has to pay to rent space sound systems personel any special effects that are involved etc....its a message to everyone basically stating that if you want to succeed in our society you MUST sellout to some point....thats just from first hand of how the music induatry operates now.
The Real Meaning... | Reviewer: SojournerSpirit | 12/11/11
Ever been to a Tool concert? Ever heard him say "this next song is about anal rape"...It is if you want it to be! The song isn't about capitalism, it's about irony. Stop trying to bend the meaning of something to fit your agenda. If tool didn't like capitalism they would donate all of their profits.
Maynard's critique of capitalism | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/14/11
This is clearly an attack on capitalism as such. As one reviewer put it: "That rebellious aesthetic (nipple rings, new tatoos) is a product." It gives credence to the pervasive insidiousness of capitalism. Everything, including 'anti-consumerism' can be commodified. That is, people consume anti-consumer goods (Hot Topic is a good example of this). And everyone is complicit with this: 'I'm the man and so are you".
Theories | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/13/11
I think this is also just a poke at a person or persons saying they sold out. Also, seeing as the "if I'm the man, then you're the man" portion could be difficult to understand, if you imagine it as "if I'm the man who sold out, then your the man who sold too" as well as the third party/group. Saying that if he's a sell out, then the boy is as well. As for the title, I imagine it referring to the "boy" seeing as he is being bought by all these companies and corporate advertising and new age fads, I.e. Hooker with a penis. With Tool though, all this could be easily taken a thousand different ways. Never as clear as we'd think.
what the fuck ever | Reviewer: derpington | 9/1/11
you retards are reading too much into this. maynard had an experience with a douche bag whose mien and general appearance were at odds with the words coming out of his mouth and wrote a song about it in an ironic manner.
there is such a thing as overanalysis.
Response | Reviewer: Haydon | 8/30/11
"I think a lot of reviewers are missing the point: the whole image of "not selling out" is a sell out. That rebellious aesthetic (nipple rings, new tatoos) is a product. It's all marketing, and it doesn't mean anything about who you are. If you dress like a rocker, you're already a poseur. So cut that long hippie hair... Don't turn on, tune in, and drop out... turn off, tune out, and stay in school! Then (and only then) can you be authentic."----------
How is staying in school authentic? I understand it's a place to learn, but it's also a place to enforce a mind set on younger people. Particularly religious schools.
sellout* | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/17/11
but.... dropping out on your created "not selling out" identity because it is supposedly selling out, is also selling out...
so who cares? we are people and people conform to one group or the other...
imo it means stop whining about a system we can't control.
Sell Out | Reviewer: Joe | 5/7/11
I think a lot of reviewers are missing the point: the whole image of "not selling out" is a sell out. That rebellious aesthetic (nipple rings, new tatoos) is a product. It's all marketing, and it doesn't mean anything about who you are. If you dress like a rocker, you're already a poseur. So cut that long hippie hair... Don't turn on, tune in, and drop out... turn off, tune out, and stay in school! Then (and only then) can you be authentic.
Lyrics Corrections | Reviewer: Buddy Bouncer | 3/23/11
The second post-chorus is missing a couple words, the proper lyrics are:
"All you know about me is what I've sold you,
I sold out long before you ever even heard my name.
I sold my soul to make a record,
And then you bought one."
I.e.: Those two stanzas are exactly the same as the first time around.
If I'm the man,then you're the man and he's the fuckin man as well... | Reviewer: ami | 8/15/10
I love this. How many empty headed himbos have tried to tell me "so and so has sold out"...how often I've wanted to slap their smug, too-cool scene-obsessed faces.Tool have never compromised on the spirit of their music.
Selling out involves taking the money of devoted fans, and then making an album of shit recycled tunes with no passion or intesity,usually revolving around money, or having sex with gold digging women, or how amazing they are. some of example of this include U2,Kanye West, Marilyn Manson, David Bowie and Dizzee Rascal.
As for tool selling out- if they hadn't, we'd never have heard of them right? they would never release substandard material for a quick buck.If they want to spend their money on making their own lives better- good for them.
ladies and gentleman | Reviewer: Alex | 7/2/10
So Fucken What? | Reviewer: Mac | 3/26/10
To you, If youre comparing Tool, from those band you didnt get it, those bandm are fucking commercial, their music is way more generalize than tool, its not everybody who love metal (first album) and prog. so its kinda normal that they dont "SELL OUT' as much as some other band, at least tools lyrics have limitless boundries of thought*
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