Publication: New York Daily News, "New York Vue" Section
Date: January 19 - 25, 1997
Transcribed by PistolJr2@aol.com
[Farber makes a very good review of the video "Stinkfist", but decides to include his opinion of the band, with the usual mistakes. He mentions that Tool made an "Undertow" video (He is either referring to Sober or Prison Sex). In addition, he makes a comment on Tool's future in the last paragraph. Maybe the New word for the next tour should be Farber!! He obviously knows NOTHING about Tool....maybe someone should tell him about your site so he can get a little info on them hehehehe.] ------------------------------------------------------------------------- -- title: The Right Tool for a Video Job author: Jim Farber Bands have to make videos--at least if they want to sell records. But most groups hate forking over control of somthing so important to their careers to someone they often barely know. Luckily that's not a problem for Tool. The avant-metal group has lately surfaced as one of the best "imaged" bands in rock- partially because their guitarist, Adam Jones, doubles as a video maker/ animator of enormous talent. Well before Jones took up six-string duties for this sucessful Los Angeles-based metal act, he toiled on special-effects crews for various Hollywood projects. He learned his lesson well. Take, for example, Jones' latest, startling clip for Tool's "Stinkfist", currently in heavy rotation on MTV. Using a mixture of complex stop-action animation and gnarly live-action figures, Jones constructs an alternate universe populated by crazed sand-people who swallow nails and suck on fat tubes and wires . These nails aren't digested, and instead wind up poking menacingly out of the creatures' abdomens. Their tube-sucking habits produce extreme nervousness and cause the sand people to grow and shed tumors, which they treasure in jars. Freaked yet? The clip also features a race of mutants who boast grisly visible internal organs, and others whose entrails can be plugged into the wall. In terms of visual antecendants, Jones seems to have learned something from the reptilian obsessions of H.G. Geiger (the guy who designed the original "Alien," and whom classic rock fans will remember for creating the cover of Emerson, LAke and Palmer's "Brain Salad Surgery"). His work also recalls a hint of Brian Grant's video for Peter Gabriel's 1982 video "Shock the Monkee", a clip that still manages to jar to this day. "Stinkfist" isn't Jones' first video. He also helmed the clip for "Undertow" from Tool's previous album, and you can see the connection. Both shorts sport a menacing, industrial look and harbor a disturbing fetish for ripping off characters' skin to reveal pulsating barbecued muscle. This isn't fodder for the squeamish. But as far as modern horror images go, Jones has that all-too-rare ability to create works as artistic as they are revolting. After Tool's musical career goes south, don't be surprised to see Jones' name up in Hollywood lights.