"Hush" is a song by Tool from their 1992 EP Opiate, recorded by producer Sylvia Massy at Sound City Studios. The song was first recorded on a self-titled demo tape variously known as Toolshed and 72826, recorded in mid-1991. It was the first song that helped establish the band's reputation.
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, 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. Signs shown over their genitalia read "Parental Advisory: Explicit Parts", a parody of the "Parental Advisory: Explicit Content" sticker.
There is a misconception that Ken Andrews was the director, but the concept was entirely provided by vocalist Maynard James Keenan. 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.
^ abc"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.
^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.
^ abRoman Sokal (February 2000). "Tool: Stepping Out From the Shadows". Exclaim!. Archived from the original on 2011-06-28. 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.
^ abGreg 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.