Weak and Powerless

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"Weak and Powerless"
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Single by A Perfect Circle
from the album Thirteenth Step
Released August 5, 2003
Recorded Perfect Circle Studios, North Hollywood, California
January 2003 - June 2003
Genre Alternative rock, post-grunge, progressive rock
Length 3:15
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Maynard James Keenan, Billy Howerdel
Producer(s) Billy Howerdel
Maynard James Keenan (Executive)
A Perfect Circle singles chronology
"3 Libras"
"Weak and Powerless"
"The Outsider"

"Weak and Powerless" is the first single by the alternative rock band A Perfect Circle, from their second album, Thirteenth Step, and is also their highest charting single, reaching #1 on both the Mainstream Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks. This song was featured in the movie Underworld.[1]


One of the most prominent aspects of "Weak and Powerless" is its various layers of clean guitars and vocals, which build the relatively soft yet highly active verse into a powerful chorus. A remix of the song was made, entitled "Weak and Powerless (Tilling My Grave Mix)" and featuring instrumentation by Danny Lohner, Wes Borland, and Josh Eustis.[2] This version is significantly heavier than the album version and was featured in the soundtrack to Underworld. Borland told Cleveland Radio station 100.7 The Buzzard in an interview at the time of the soundtrack's promotion that he and Lohner wrote the remix by putting the song up in Pro Tools and stripping away everything but Maynard's vocals, leaving the three of them to write new music around the vocals.

Official versions[edit]

  • "Weak And Powerless" - 3:15
  • "Weak And Powerless" (Tilling My Grave Mix) - 3:04

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by the Brothers Strause, features a nude woman with long, white hair, as seen in various artwork for the album, crawling through the woods, collecting various reptiles, and throwing them into an amblypygi -filled pit. The commentary by Maynard James Keenan provided for the video stated the model's name as Tonya, a woman who had never done this type of work before. There are two versions of the video; edited and unedited. In the unedited version the woman's breast and pelvic areas are clearly visible. These areas of the body are darkened and blurred for the television version and the scenes are sped up. Various camera and computer effects are used throughout the video. The video saw significant airplay upon release and is included on the aMOTION DVD/CD.The end of the video features a barely audible shampoo commercial.


Chart (2003) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 61
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 1
Preceded by
"So Far Away" by Staind
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
November 1, 2003 - November 8, 2003
Succeeded by
"So Far Away" by Staind
Preceded by
"So Far Away" by Staind
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
November 22, 2003 - November 29, 2003
Succeeded by
"Still Frame" by Trapt


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