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Type O Negative

New York goth metal quartet Type O Negative were led by vocalist/bassist/songwriter Peter Steele and featured guitarist Ken Hickey, keyboardist Josh Silver, and drummer Johnny Kelly. Steele formed Type O Negative in 1990 out of the remnants of thrash band Carnivore, along with his friend Sal Abruscato (drums). Type O's music slowed down the tempos of thrash metal, alternately satirizing and wallowing in a glum mixture of misanthropy, misogyny, depression, and vampiric vocals, as well as loads of cheap-sounding guitar distortion. The band's debut album, Slow, Deep and Hard, was released in 1991, featuring long, mopey dirges with titles like "Unsuccessfully Coping with the Natural Beauty of Infidelity." Not everyone appreciated Steele's dark sense of humor, though, and he was roasted by some critics who charged him with being a homicidal misogynist and Nazi sympathizer. A fake live album, The Origin of the Feces, appeared the following year, its notorious cover depicting a pair of spread buttocks (the album was eventually reissued with less graphic artwork). Released in 1993, Bloody Kisses added surprisingly skilled Beatlesque melodies, and Steele's often ironic treatments of his depressing subject matter and the emotional and musical excesses of goth (particularly Type O Negative's brand) were deadly accurate and often very funny. Abruscato departed following its release to join Life of Agony, at which point Kelly joined the band. Bloody Kisses slowly won the band a cult following, thanks in part to the video for "Black No. 1" and the band's constant touring, and the album cracked Billboard's Top 200 well over a year after its release. The more upbeat follow-up, October Rust, appeared in 1996, building on the more pop-oriented tracks of its predecessor; in the meantime, Steele achieved notoriety by appearing as a Playgirl magazine centerfold. World Coming Down finally appeared in 1999 after a three-year hiatus, a considerably darker affair than October Rust but proof that -- in spite of Steele's pronouncements to the contrary -- its predecessors were no fluke. In 2000, Roadrunner compiled The Least Worst of Type O Negative, which featured European single edits and alternate mixes of the band's most popular songs, plus several unreleased tracks. Life Is Killing Me arrived in 2003 with a cover of "Angry Inch" from the film Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Four years passed before the band returned with Dead Again. On April 14, 2010, Steele died from apparent heart failure at the age of 48, which brought Type O Negative to a close as a performing and recording unit. ~ Steve Huey
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Type O Negative

  1.   Song
  2.   Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)
  3.   Christian Woman
  4.   I Don't Wanna Be Me
  5.   Life Is Killing Me
  6.   Wolf Moon
  7.   Skip It
  8.   My Girlfriend's Girlfriend
  9.   Paranoid
  10.   Black Sabbath
  11.   We Hate Everyone
  12.   Everyone I Love Is Dead
  13.   Blood & Fire
  14.   Red Water (Christmas Mourning)
  15.   Summer Breeze
  16.   Love You to Death
  17.   Can't Lose You
  18.   Green Man
  19.   Cinnamon Girl
  20.   Bloody Kisses (A Death in the Family)
  21.   Die With Me
  22.   Set Me on Fire
  23.   Burnt Flowers Fallen
  24.   All Hallows Eve
  25.   Day Tripper
  26.   Too Late: Frozen
  27.   Highway Star
  28.   Anesthesia
  29.   Nettie
  30.   White Slavery
  31.   Hey Pete
  32.   Drunk in Paris
  33.   ...A Dish Best Served Coldly
  34.   12 Black Rainbows
  35.   Everything Dies
  36.   Creepy Green Light
  37.   World Coming Down
  38.   Kill All the White People
  39.   Haunted
  40.   In Praise of Bacchus
  41.   Be My Druidess
  42.   The Misinterpretation of Silence and Its Disastrous Consequences
  43.   The Munsters (Cue)
  44.   [Untitled Track]
  45.   3.O.I.F.
  46.   Dark Side of the Womb
  47.   Machine Screw
  48.   The Dream Is Dead
  49.   Iydkmigthtky (Gimme That)
  50.   (We Were) Electrocute
  51.   Todd's Ship Gods (Above All Things)
  52.   Thir13teen
  53.   It's Never Enough
  54.   Pyretta Blaze
  55.   Liver
  56.   Who Will Save the Sane?
  57.   Sinus
  58.   Suspended in Dusk
  59.   Gravity
  60.   Gravitational Constant
  61.   Unsuccessfully Coping with the Natural Beauty of Infidelity
  62.   [Untitled Track]
  63.   Gravitational Constant: G = 6.67 x 10-8 cm-3 gm-1 sec-2
  64.   Are You Afraid
  65.   Der Untermensch
  66.   Xero Tolerance
  67.   Prelude to Agony
  68.   Glass Walls of Limbo
  69.   I Know You're Fucking Someone Else
  70.   Pain
  71.   Kill You Tonight
  72.   Bad Ground
  73.   The Glorious Liberation of the People's Technocratic Republic of Vinnland by the Combined Forces of the United Territories of Europa
  74.   Lung
  75.   Stay Out of My Dreams
  76.   Less Than Zero (<0)
  77.   How Could She?
  78.   I Like Goils
  79.   Angry Inch
  80.   Fay Wray Come Out and Play
  81.   (no title) 'October Rust' Track 2 (spoken word intro)
  82.   Fay Wray Come Out To Play
  83.   (no title) 'October Rust' Track 15 [spoken word outro]

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