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

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