|Single by Staind|
|from the album Dysfunction|
|Released||October 26, 1999|
|Writer(s)||Aaron Lewis, Mike Mushok, Johnny April, Jon Wysocki|
|Staind singles chronology|
"Mudshovel" (originally "Mudshuvel") is a song by American alternative metal band Staind. It was released in October 1999 as the third single from their 1999 studio album, Dysfunction, and served as a breakthrough hit. It reached number 14 on the US 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, no screaming, palm muted guitar and double bass drums in the chorus.
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.
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.
|US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks||10|
|US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks||14|
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