Mudshovel

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"Mudshovel"
Single by Staind
from the album Dysfunction
Released October 26, 1999
Format CD single
Recorded 1999
Genre Nu metal, alternative metal
Length 4:41
Label London Records
Writer(s) Staind
Staind singles chronology
"Just Go"
(1999)
"Mudshovel"
(1999)
"Home"
(2000)

"Mudshovel" (originally "Mudshuvel") is a song by American alternative metal band Staind. It was the third single from their 1999 studio album, Dysfunction, and served as a breakthrough hit. "Mudshovel" reached number 14 on the Modern Rock Charts and number 10 on the Mainstream Rock charts. It originally appeared in a heavier form as 'Mudshuvel' on their debut album Tormented. The new version was given a radio-friendly makeover with beefed up production while eliminating the screams, palm muted guitar and double bass drums in the chorus.[1] During Staind concerts, "Mudshovel" is usually played as an encore. It's become one of the most definitive songs for Staind's distinctive heavy side and success.

A music video was filmed for the single. It mostly consists of the band playing in an enclosed arena on an elevated glass stage above a mosh pit and frontman Aaron Lewis clutching a loose gate. Interspersed with this is a storyline involving a man being cheated on by his wife/girlfriend, only for her to be cheated on as well in the ending.

Musically, "Mudshovel" relies on a distinctive three-note bass line that shifts into a rumbling low. It opens the song and is preceded by tense vocals and a heavy ensemble of flanging guitar and drums which make up the verses. The chorus features chunky guitar riffs and a repeated murmuring of the song title.

The song was featured in Midway Entertainment's Hockey game "NHL Hitz 20-02". The single stayed in the top ten Mainstream Rock Charts for only 1 week.

The stage that the band is performing on is the same stage that Limp Bizkit used their music video of "My Generation".


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