Life Is Killing Me
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|Life is Killing Me|
|Studio album by Type O Negative|
|Released||June 17, 2003|
|Recorded||Systems Two, Brooklyn, New York|
|Producer||Josh Silver; Peter Steele|
|Type O Negative chronology|
|Chronicles of Chaos||(8/10)|
|Drowned in Sound||(6/10)|
Life is Killing Me is the sixth album by Type O Negative. The title was originally going to be The Dream is Dead (which is the name of the last track on the album), but it was supposedly changed because it suggested that the band may finally be ending. However, the last release wasn't until 2007 when the band released Dead Again and the band's ending wasn't confirmed until months after Steele's death.
There are no "soundscape" tracks on Life is Killing Me, but there is a brief instrumental track titled "Drunk in Paris". There are two tracks on the album about Steele's parents. "Todd's Ship Gods (Above All Things)" is named after the shipyard his father worked in, while "Nettie" is named after his mother. The band covers the song "Angry Inch" from the off-Broadway musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The album also contains a cover of the interstitial music from television's The Munsters, titled "Thir13teen". Track 11 of the album is titled "IYDKMIGTHTKY (Gimme That)". The acronym IYDKMIGTHTKY stands for "If You Don't Kill Me I'm Going To Have To Kill You", which is the most repeated phrase in the song, other than "Gimme That".
The song "How Could She?" makes a large number of pop-culture references, in particular, female television characters, including: Wilma Flintstone, Marcia Brady, Alice Kramden, Gladys Kravitz, Laverne and Shirley, Jeannie, Morticia Addams, Aunt Esther, Sweet Polly Purebred, Natasha, Mrs. MacGillicuddy, Ginger, Mary Anne, Mrs. Howell, Samantha Stephens, Lieutenant Uhura, Judy Jetson, Olive Oyl, Ethel Mertz, Edith Bunker, Marilyn Munster, Rhoda, Penny Robinson, Chrissy Snow, Catwoman, Creepela, Weezie Jefferson, Betty Rubble, Little Cindy Who, Penelope Pitstop, Lois Lane, Vanna White, Wonder Woman, Elly May, Maude and Witchiepoo.
The inside spine under the CD tray has the message "Type O Negative is a non-prophet organization".
The album was leaked onto the Internet before release, upsetting keyboard player Josh Silver to the point that he released a message online complaining that the leak essentially took revenue from the band..
Peter Steele, the bass guitarist/vocalist, used a custom Fernandes Tremor 4-string bass for the recording of the album, an instrument which was built to his exact specifications under his sponsorship with the company. Although Fernandes granted his design wishes regarding the exclusive electronics and hardware, the unique color of green mixed specifically for Steele was, in his words after he received two of the three duplicate bass guitars made for him, "completely wrong" compared to the shade of "Vinland Green" he had asked for and had described to the builders.
Use in other media
The opening two seconds of "I Don't Wanna be Me" (Kenny's feedback on guitar, while the drums start up) are heard as a frequent sample in Grand Theft Auto IV on the Liberty Rock Radio Station.
The song "I Don't Wanna be Me" is the entrance theme song for the Irish professional wrestler 'Manic' Kevin McDermott.
"(We Were) Electrocute" was featured on the soundtrack to the 2003 horror film, Freddy vs. Jason.
All songs written by Peter Steele, except where noted.
|1.||"Thir13teen" (Jack Marshall)||1:07|
|2.||"I Don't Wanna be Me"||5:08|
|3.||"Less than Zero (<0)"||5:25|
|4.||"Todd's Ship Gods (Above All Things)"||4:10|
|5.||"I Like Goils"||2:35|
|6.||"...A Dish Best Served Coldly"||7:13|
|7.||"How Could She?"||7:35|
|8.||"Life is Killing Me"||6:35|
|10.||"(We Were) Electrocute"||6:38|
|11.||"IYDKMIGTHTKY (Gimme That)"||6:20|
|12.||"Angry Inch" (Stephen Trask)||3:39|
|14.||"Drunk in Paris"||1:27|
|15.||"The Dream is Dead"||5:07|
In Europe, the album was released with a bonus CD. This bonus CD complements The Least Worst Of.
|1.||"Out of the Fire (Kane's Theme)" (James A. Johnston)||3:24|
|2.||"Christian Woman (Butt-Kissing Sell-Out Version)"||4:27|
|3.||"Suspended in Dusk"||8:39|
|4.||"Blood & Fire (Out of the Ashes Mix)"||4:36|
|5.||"Black Sabbath" (Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward)||7:47|
|6.||"Cinnamon Girl (Extended Depression Mix)" (Neil Young)||3:53|
|7.||"Haunted (Per Version)"||11:47|
- Peter Steele – lead vocals, bass guitar, additional guitar and keyboards
- Josh Silver – keyboards, effects, backing vocals
- Kenny Hickey – guitars, backing vocals, co-lead vocals on "...A Dish Best Served Coldly", "How Could She?", and "Angry Inch"
- Johnny Kelly – drums
|2003||The Billboard 200||39|
|Finland's Official List||5|
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