96 Quite Bitter Beings

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"96 Quite Bitter Beings"
Single by CKY
from the album Volume 1
Released 1999 (1999)
Format CD single
Length 3:22
Label Distant
Writer(s) Deron Miller
Producer(s) Chad I Ginsburg
CKY singles chronology
"96 Quite Bitter Beings"
"Flesh Into Gear"
Alternate cover
2010 remastered edition cover.
Volume 1 track listing
"96 Quite Bitter Beings"
"Rio Bravo"

"96 Quite Bitter Beings" is a song by American heavy metal band CKY. Written by vocalist Deron Miller and produced by guitarist Chad I Ginsburg, it is featured on the band's 1999 debut studio album Volume 1. The song was also released as the album's only single in 1999. Despite not charting, it is considered to be CKY's most famous song and has been featured on a number of external releases.

Origins and recording[edit]

As with the rest of the Volume 1 album, "96 Quite Bitter Beings" was written by vocalist and guitarist Deron Miller,[1] and was reportedly conceived during an afternoon on which he decided not to go to work.[2] Speaking about the song in 2015, Miller noted that it was the last to be written for the album, and that he came up with the riff at drummer Jess Margera's house after their regular rehearsal space had been flooded.[3]

Later pressings of Volume 1 co-credited the writing of the song (and the album) to Miller, Margera and guitarist Chad I Ginsburg,[4] although the frontman upholds that this was merely "cosmetic".[3]

Composition and style[edit]

In a review of Volume 1 for Slant magazine, Aaron Scott wrote the following the description of opening track "96 Quite Bitter Beings": "the guitars stomp on your face, the drums alternately ride on the downbeat and hi-hat on the offbeat, while the vocals switch back and forth from matching the intensity of the riff to wooing us to sleep".[5]

"96 Quite Bitter Beings" is the first CKY song in the "Hellview" series, a trilogy which tells "a story about a town that doesn’t take kindly to outsiders" and continued with "Escape from Hellview" on 2002's Infiltrate•Destroy•Rebuild and later "Hellions on Parade" on 2009's Carver City.[6]

Promotion and release[edit]

After its release on Volume 1 and as a single in 1999, "96 Quite Bitter Beings" was included on the two-track release "Hellview" along with the second entry in the song series of the same name, "Escape from Hellview".[7] On December 28, 2010, the band released a remastered version of the song as a digital download, backed with live recordings of An Answer Can Be Found tracks "Dressed in Decay" and "All Power to Slaves", and Volume 1 track "To All of You".[8] In 2015, it was included on the compilation album The Best of CKY.[9]

Reception and legacy[edit]

"96 Quite Bitter Beings" has generally been praised by music critics and fans since its original release. In his Volume 1 review, Aaron Scott of Slant proposed that the track showcases "CKY sounding their best",[5] while AllMusic's Bret Love identified the track (in addition to "Disengage the Simulator") as one of the highlights of the album.[10] Love has proposed that the release and subsequent MTV rotation of the music video for the song was partly responsible for the band's rise to mainstream awareness.[10]

CKY themselves have described "96 Quite Bitter Beings" as "one of the band's most popular tracks".[2] According to set list aggregation website setlist.fm, it is the most popular song played at CKY concerts.[11] The track also appeared on the 2001 video game Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, with British music magazine NME describing it as "so intrinsically linked to 1990s skate culture".[12] The main guitar riff of the song was sampled by rapper Bazaar Royale on the song "What's It All For?", released in 2003 on the Cradle 2 the Grave soundtrack.[13]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "96 Quite Bitter Beings" was directed by Bam Margera, brother of drummer Jess, and released in the week of December 4, 2000.[14] The video was later released, alongside "Disengage the Simulator", on the band's 2003 video album Infiltrate•Destroy•Rebuild: The Video Album.[15] Writing a review of the album for the website The Movies Made Me Do It, Chad Connolly noted that the video is "pretty low-budget" but nonetheless "visually appealing".[16]

Track listing[edit]

Original 1999 edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "96 Quite Bitter Beings" Deron Miller 3:21
Total length: 3:21
Digital download edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "96 Quite Bitter Beings" Miller 3:21
2. "Rio Bravo" (1997 demo) Miller 2:56
3. "Knee Deep" (1996 demo) Miller 3:41
Total length: 9:58
2010 remastered edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "96 Quite Bitter Beings" Miller 3:24
2. "Dressed in Decay" (live) 3:05
3. "All Power to Slaves" (live)
  • Miller
  • Ginsburg
  • Margera
4. "To All of You" (live) Miller 4:41
Total length: 14:55



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  16. ^ Connolly, Chad. "CKY: Infiltrate - Destroy - Rebuild - The Video Album". The Movies Made Me Do It. Retrieved July 24, 2015.