Down with the Sickness
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|"Down with the Sickness"|
|Single by Disturbed|
|from the album The Sickness|
|Released||October 31, 2000|
3:42 (radio edit)
|Disturbed singles chronology|
"Down with the Sickness" is a song by American heavy metal band Disturbed. The song was recorded in 1999 and was released as the second single from their debut studio album, The Sickness. The song is one of Disturbed's best-known songs and is a concert staple, usually played as the last song. This was their first single to be certified platinum in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America.
A music video composed of live concert footage was produced for the song. The music video excludes the "abuse" segment as does the radio edit of the song.
It also features an iconic staccato scream from singer David Draiman at the end of the intro, which reappears throughout the song; the now famous "Ooh-wah-ah-ah-ah" noise, which they (as explained on the Decade of Disturbed documentary) got inspiration for during a visit to a Chicago Zoo.
|2001||Mainstream Rock Tracks||5|
|Modern Rock Tracks||8|
- David Draiman – vocals
- Dan Donegan – guitar, electronics
- Steve Kmak – bass guitar
- Mike Wengren – drums, percussion, programmer
- Johnny K – producer, engineer
- Andy Wallace – mixer
- Howie Weinberg – mastering
The song has been used often as entrance music in sports. Professional football teams, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, the Delaware Blue Hens and the Dallas Cowboys have played it as the players enter the field, and mixed martial artists, Steve Cantwell, Rousimar Palhares, and Mark Bocek have entered to the song at various Ultimate Fighting Championship events.
The song is also included on the soundtrack of the film Queen of the Damned, featured in Rock Band 2 and as part of the Guitar Hero 5 downloadable content library (both with the "abuse" segment intact, however all curse words were removed). The remake of Dawn of the Dead used the song during the end credits and the piano accompaniment by Richard Cheese that is played throughout the film. It has also been used on the first episode of the eleventh season of South Park. It is currently the opening theme song on the Travel Channel show Paranormal Challenge. The song is also used in the movies The One and Green Street. The song is used as the opening track to the JT the Brick Show featuring JT the Brick and Tomm Looney on FOX Sports Radio. An instrumental version of the song is used in the opening video for Image Space Incorporated's game rFactor.
The famous opening sound of this track was actually a collaboration with Tim Allen. Draiman and Allen met at a local French bistro, where Draiman was fascinated by Tim Allen's grunt catchphrase. Allen then gave Draiman the idea of re-working his catch-phrase into this song. Allen remained a ghost-writer on this track, in fear it would ruin his Toy Story gig.
- Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine recorded a cover of "Down with the Sickness" for their 2002 album, Tuxicity, which was featured in Zack Snyder's 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead.
- "Weird Al" Yankovic used the song in his polka medley "Angry White Boy Polka" on his 2003 album Poodle Hat.