Through Glass

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For the film, see Through the Glass.
"Through Glass"
Single by Stone Sour
from the album Come What(ever) May
Released July 22, 2006 (2006-07-22)
Format CD
Genre

Alternative rock, post-grunge

Length = 4:43
3:54 (radio edit)
Label Roadrunner
Writer(s) Corey Taylor
Stone Sour singles chronology
"30/30-150"
(2006)
"Through Glass"
(2006)
"Sillyworld"
(2007)

"Through Glass" is the second single from the rock band Stone Sour's second album Come What(ever) May. It reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in the US, where it remained for 7 weeks, and #2 on the Alternative Songs chart. The song also peaked at #39 on the Billboard Hot 100[1] after crossing over to pop radio. It remains their most popular song to date.

Background[edit]

The song was originally inspired by frontman Corey Taylor's outrage at the music industry and how he felt that the musical revolution had never taken place.

Taylor was quoted as having said:

"I remember exactly where I was. It was 2004 and I was on tour with Slipknot. I was sitting in a European hotel room watching a music video channel, seeing act after act after act of this insane, innocuous, plastic music. They were plastic, bubbly, gossamer-thin groups where it was really more about the clothes they wore and the length of their cheekbones than it was about the content of the song they were singing.

It really made me mad. I was like, is this it? Have we just gone full circle? Did the singer/songwriter revolution never happen? Is it just the same drivel from the same replicate over and over again? 'Through Glass' is really a very angry song. It's me basically calling 'bullshit' on pretty much everyone involved with the American Idol-type shows. It has its place, but when you're basically cornering the market and making it very hard for anyone who actually writes their own music to get ahead, then it's wrong and that's really why I wrote this song.[2]"

Years later Taylor elaborated on the origins of the song, saying that his watching European music television was brought on from a violent fit of food poisoning as a result of eating at a Swedish McDonald's restaurant and being unable to move and change the channel from MTV Europe.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Through Glass" was shot with director Tony Petrossian, and also included a cameo by Poison guitarist C.C. Deville.[4]

The video begins with Corey Taylor singing the beginning while sitting in a chair. He gets up as it is taking place in a house party, which goes through close-ups of the guest. A shot of a waitress bringing up a plate of a cardboard cutout of food is also shown. As the video progresses, the band begins to perform in front of the Hollywood Sign, spelled as "Hollowood". Taylor walks through a pool and sings the rest of the song. Two men are shown to be actually cardboard cutouts, which are taken away. Another set of people are cardboard cutouts and taken away. As the video continues, the whole set is shown to be made up of cardboard cutouts, which are taken away. When the band finishes, they walk away, showing that the place they were performing in was made up of cardboard cutouts too.

Track listing[edit]

Promo CD single US (2006)
No. Title Length
1. "Through Glass" (Edit) 4:01
2. "Through Glass" (Album Version) 4:40
3. "Call-Out Hook #1"   0:18
4. "Call-Out Hook #2"   0:21
5. "Call-Out Hook #3"   0:17
CD single enhanced Australia (2006)
No. Title Length
1. "Through Glass"   4:01
2. "Fruitcake"   3:58
3. "Suffer"   3:40
4. "Through Glass" (Video) 4:01
Promo CD single Germany (2006)
No. Title Length
1. "Through Glass" (Edit) 4:01
2. "Through Glass" (Album Version) 4:40

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2006–07) Peak
position
Germany (Media Control Charts)[5] 95
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 32
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 37
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 98
US Billboard Hot 100 39
US Billboard Pop Songs 23
US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 2
US Billboard Adult Pop Songs 12
US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stone Sour > Chart & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic
  2. ^ "STONE SOUR SLAMS PLASTIC POP CULTURE IN VIDEO FOR THEIR 'THROUGH GLASS' SINGLE; VISIT THE TONIGHT SHOW ON AUGUST 8". The Gauntlet. 2006-07-26. Retrieved 2007-02-02. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ ""Through Glass" video released". Ultimate Guitar. July 11, 2006. Retrieved 2012-06-16. 
  5. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  6. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Stone Sour – Through Glass" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  7. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Stone Sour – Through Glass". Top 40 Singles.
Preceded by
"Animal I Have Become" by Three Days Grace
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
September 16, 2006 - October 28, 2006
Succeeded by
"Land of Confusion" by Disturbed