Ongoing History Daily: Fun with Tool

You gotta be careful when you’re dealing with Tool. You never know when they’re telling the truth and when they’re playing an elaborate joke on everyone.

For example, this whole thing with Ronald P. Vincent and “lachrymology,” the philosophy by which the members of Tool conduct their lives. It’s too much to go into everything here, but the bottom line is that there was never any such person as “Ronald P. Vincent” and he never wrote any book on “lachrymology.” In fact, there’s no such thing as “lachrymology.” It’s all some mysterious ruse.

And here’s another example: You know track 10 on Æmina? The one that seems to mention Satan? If you translate the lyrics into English, you end up with a recipe, cooking instructions for Tool’s favourite type of cookies.

If you want to catch up on yesterday’s post, it was about the connection between Rage Against the Machine and activist Joe Hill.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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