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

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