When the Kite String Pops

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When the Kite String Pops
Acid Bath - When The Kite String Pops.jpg
Studio album by Acid Bath
Released August 8, 1994
Recorded Side One, Metairie, Louisiana
Genre Sludge metal
Length 69:02
Producer Spike Cassidy
Greg Troyner
Acid Bath
Acid Bath chronology
Hymns of the Needle Freak
(1993)Hymns of the Needle Freak1993
When the Kite String Pops
Radio Edits 1
(1994)Radio Edits 11994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Sputnik Music 4.5/5 stars[2]
UltimateGuitar 9.5/10 stars[3]

When the Kite String Pops is the debut album of American sludge metal band Acid Bath. Released on August 8, 1994, it is considered an underground classic. The album's artwork is a painting made by notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy [4] while in prison awaiting execution, you can see that the balloons on the lower part contain both his nickname, "Pogo the clown", and his name, J. W. Gacy. On the Double Live Bootleg! DVD (2002), Dax Riggs introduced the song "Tranquilized" by saying, "This song is about getting high any way you do it, and kicking the earth from beneath you" and "Cheap Vodka" by saying, "This song is about getting wasted and killing things, blood, sex, and blasphemy." "Toubabo Koomi" is Cajun French for "land of the white cannibals." It was the only Acid Bath song that was made into a music video. The song "God Machine" begins with a spoken word introduction by Dax Riggs.

In 1999, sales of the album were just over 37,000 copies in the US, which is higher than average for a band with no publicity and released exclusively on an independent label.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Acid Bath.

No. Title Length
1. "The Blue" 6:13
2. "Tranquilized" 4:14
3. "Cheap Vodka" 2:14
4. "Finger Paintings of the Insane" 6:04
5. "Jezebel" 4:53
6. "Scream of the Butterfly" 6:14
7. "Dr. Seuss Is Dead" 6:04
8. "Dope Fiend" 5:19
9. "Toubabo Koomi" 5:01
10. "God Machine" 5:00
11. "The Morticians Flame" 4:05
12. "What Color Is Death?" 3:19
13. "The Bones of Baby Dolls" 6:00
14. "Cassie Eats Cockroaches" 4:22

Track 14 contains samples from the 1971 Stanley Kubrick film A Clockwork Orange, as well as the 1986 David Lynch film Blue Velvet.


Acid Bath[edit]


  • Acid Bath - Producer
  • Spike Cassidy - Producer, Engineer, Mixer, Mastering
  • Greg Troyner - Producer, Engineer, Mixer
  • Eddie Schreyer - Mastering


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Mancusio, Jack. "When The Kite String Pops Review". sputnikmusic.com. Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2017-05-31. 
  3. ^ Soule, Diab. "When The Kite String Pops Review". ultimate-guitar.com. Ultimate Guitar. Retrieved 2017-05-31. 
  4. ^ https://books.google.be/books?id=DS0EAAAAMBAJ&pg=RA1-PA22&lpg=RA1-PA22&dq=radio+edits+richard+ramirez&source=bl&ots=_IucJ9XUtQ&sig=PoIYLtFmv5H-T-jLDbsy3Gce1to&hl=nl&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjqo9-k0pXUAhWRIVAKHexiCrcQ6AEIJjAA#v=onepage&q=radio%20edits%20richard%20ramirez&f=false
  5. ^ Metal Sludge - Sludge Scan For November 1999 - The Power & Glory since 1998