Bodies (Drowning Pool song)
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|Single by Drowning Pool|
|from the album Sinner|
|Released||May 14, 2001|
|Drowning Pool singles chronology|
"Bodies" (sometimes erroneously referred to as "Let the Bodies Hit the Floor") is a song by the American metal band Drowning Pool and the lead single from their debut album Sinner. Released in May 2001, the song is Drowning Pool's most popular single and has been featured in various films, TV programs, and advertising since its release. The song remained Drowning Pool's highest charting single until "37 Stitches" premiered in fall of 2008. It was also the theme song for the 2001 WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view event, as well as that of the ECW brand in 2006 to early 2008.
Musically, "Bodies" has an anthemic, repetitive chorus of "Let the bodies hit the floor!" Its lyrics build by gradually counting up from one to four, shouting the number each time, until reaching its aggressive chorus. Clean vocals in the song's bridge administer a contrast from the many shouted and harshly screamed vocals. The guitar structure of "Bodies" also features heavy use of the wah pedal.
- "CJ came up with the riff, and I thought that was cool and I said, 'Let the bodies hit the floor,' and they looked at me and said, 'That’s pretty cool.' We just built it around that hook and the rest fell in place. It’s about my perspective when I look out and see the pit. It’s about forgetting everything that has happened to you that week, leave your bullshit at the door and get it all out. But you have to have respect for the others in the pit. If you push them down, you have to pick them back up. I’m not going to get behind the violence thing, it is violent, but there is a certain amount of respect and a code."
This song was used by WWE personnel Stephanie McMahon during The Invasion. It was also used as the theme song for Ohio Valley Wrestling. Similarly it was used as an entrance song by the former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion, Shane Carwin.
A slightly remixed version of the song was featured in the movie XXX (film).
Much like the song's radio success, the "Bodies" music video found significant airplay on various music channels in 2001. Directed by Glen Bennett, it has the band performing in what appears to be a mental institution, with Williams screaming the lyrics into the ear of a man strapped to a chair. Clips from the video were later used in the title animation for the music program Uranium. ITS was finished in late 2000.
Criticism and controversy
The song has garnered some unwanted publicity, due to the misinterpretation of the lyrics. More recently, the song was linked to the 2011 Arizona shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Soon after the shooting, the band issued a statement concerning the link: "We were devastated this weekend to learn of the tragic events that occurred in Arizona and that our music has been misinterpreted. 'Bodies' was written about the brotherhood of the moshpit and was never about violence." The band also added: "For someone to put out a video misinterpreting a song about a moshpit as fuel for a violent act shows just how sick they really are. We support those who do what they can to keep America safe. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families of this terrible tragedy".
The song was used by interrogators at the Guantanamo Bay detention camps in 2003. "Bodies" was repeatedly played over a 10 day period during the torture of Mohamedou Ould Slahi while he was "exposed to variable lighting patterns" at the same time.
At one point, Clive Bull, late night presenter of London's LBC 97.3 radio station used the beginning of the song to introduce his show after discussing Guantanamo Bay with his call-in listeners.
All songs written and composed by Drowning Pool.
|2.||"Bodies" (Live at Ozzfest)||3:28|
|3.||"Sermon" (Total Rock Session, London)||4:38|
|3.||"I Am" (Demo)|
|2.||"Bodies" (Recorded Live at US Ozzfest, 2001)|
Bodies Remix Guitar Down Promo CD
|1.||"Bodies" (Guitar Down)||3:21|
Promo CD #2
|US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)||19|
|US Alternative Songs (Billboard)||12|
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