"V" Is for Vagina

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"V" Is for Vagina
V Is For Vagina Cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 30, 2007 (2007-10-30)
Recorded2006–2007
Genre
Length48:51
Label
Producer
  • Mat Mitchell
  • Puscifer
Puscifer chronology
Don't Shoot the Messenger
(2007)
"V" Is for Vagina
(2007)
"V" Is for Viagra. The Remixes
(2008)
Singles from "V" Is for Vagina
  1. "Queen B."
    Released: November 2007
  2. "DoZo"
    Released: February 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Billboard(unfavorable)[2]
Kerrang!4/5 stars
Metal Hammer4/5 stars
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[3]

"V" Is for Vagina is the debut studio album by Maynard James Keenan's side project Puscifer, released on October 30, 2007. The album features a significantly different, electronic sound and arrangements than Keenan's other bands: the progressive Tool and alternative A Perfect Circle. Keenan himself compared the sound of "V" Is for Vagina to "driving around in your car listening to those old Motown hits, James Brown, and cool R&B stuff".[4] "V" is for Vagina has sold 112,000 copies.[5]

Release[edit]

The album was preceded by a non-album, retail-only single called "Cuntry Boner", released on October 2, 2007. Released a week later was an iTunes-only four track EP titled Don't Shoot the Messenger, with tracks previously released only on soundtracks.

On October 30, 2007, a second single, and first actual radio single from the album, "Queen B." was posted into a flash audio player on the official website, along with selected tracks by Keenan projects. On October 1, 2007, the video was posted on the Puscifer YouTube channel.[6] The video features several fully CGI Maynards as pawns in a chess game between two women. The album debuted at number 25 on the Billboard 200, selling about 27,000 copies in its first week.[7] On October 7, 2007, "Trekka (Sean Beaven Mix)" was published on Puscifer.com. And on October 25, 2007, the entire album was put up for listening.

In a message Maynard sent out on October 27, 2007, he said that Target stores decided not to carry the album after seeing the cover image, and Walmart never even returned a call to carry the record. In Canada, the album was available at Walmart, but with a large sticker obscuring most of the cover.

On October 17, 2008, an official music video for the song Momma Sed was released online via the official Puscifer YouTube channel.[8]

The vinyl edition of "V" is for Vagina was re-released in August 2016.

Remix album[edit]

On April 28, 2008, a remix album with versions of tracks from "V" Is for Vagina was released, entitled "V" Is for Viagra. The Remixes.[citation needed]

Dub remix album[edit]

Additionally, on October 17, 2008, a dub remix album with versions of tracks from "V" Is for Vagina was released, entitled "D" Is for Dubby – The Lustmord Dub Mixes.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

CD
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Queen B."Maynard James Keenan, T. Alexander3:56
2."DoZo"Keenan, B. Lustmord4:00
3."Vagina Mine"Keenan5:35
4."Momma Sed"Keenan, T. Commerford, B. Wilk, J. Polonsky3:24
5."Drunk with Power"Keenan, B. Lustmord5:01
6."The Undertaker"Keenan, D. Lohner4:00
7."Trekka"Keenan, B. Lustmord4:46
8."Indigo Children"Keenan6:22
9."Sour Grapes"Keenan, J. Polonsky, T. Alexander6:45
10."REV 22:20" (Dry Martini Mix)Keenan, D. Lohner5:08
E-Deluxe Edition bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
11."The Undertaker" (Spanish Fly Mix) 3:44
12."Lighten Up, Francis"M. Keenan, T. Alexander4:10
13."Queen B." (BLESTeNATION Mix) 3:25
14."Momma Sed" (BLESTeNATION Mix) 4:47
15."Queen B." (music video) 4:12

Vinyl edition[edit]

Also on April 29, 2008, the album was released as a limited edition double vinyl album featuring two bonus tracks (which were also made available on the E-Deluxe Edition).

Side A:

  1. "Queen B." (M. Keenan, T. Alexander) – 3:56
  2. "DoZo" (Keenan, B. Lustmord) – 4:00
  3. "Lighten Up, Francis" (Keenan, T. Alexander) – 4:10

Side B:

  1. "Vagina Mine" (Keenan) – 5:35
  2. "Momma Sed" (Keenan, T. Commerford, B. Wilk, J. Polonsky) – 3:24
  3. "The Undertaker" (Spanish Fly Mix) – 3:44

Side C:

  1. "Drunk with Power" (Keenan, Lustmord) – 5:01
  2. "Trekka" (Keenan, Lustmord) – 4:46
  3. "Indigo Children" (Keenan) – 6:22

Side D:

  1. "The Undertaker" (Keenan, D. Lohner) – 4:00
  2. "Sour Grapes" (Keenan, Polonsky, Alexander) – 6:45
  3. "REV 22:20" (Dry Martini Mix) (Keenan, Lohner) – 5:08

Personnel[edit]

Performers

Production

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[9] 27
French Albums (SNEP)[10] 194
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[11] 22
US Billboard 200[12] 25

References[edit]

  1. ^ DiGravina, Tim. V Is for Vagina– Puscifer at AllMusic. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
  2. ^ Titus, Christa L. ""V" Is for Vagina". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on 25 September 2008. Retrieved 22 May 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Serpick, Evan (29 November 2007). "Puscifer: V Is For Vagina". Music Reviews. Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 26 April 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Side Project Special: Puscifer". Alternative Press #230.2
  5. ^ "Yahoo Music". Archived from the original on 2014-01-07. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Puscifer profile. YouTube. Retrieved on 2008-01-20.
  7. ^ Hasty, Katie (November 7, 2007). ""Eagles Fly Past Britney To Debut At No. 1"". Billboard.com. Retrieved on 2008-01-20.
  8. ^ "youtube.com/pusciferdotcom".
  9. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Puscifer – %22V%22 Is for Vagina". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  10. ^ "Lescharts.com – Puscifer – %22V%22 Is for Vagina". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  11. ^ "Charts.nz – Puscifer – %22V%22 Is for Vagina". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  12. ^ "Puscifer Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 10, 2020.