Wednesday, March 2, 2011
A Perfect Circle
I was once asked who I would choose to include in a band, if availability, money and ego were no objects. My answer is a simple one. I would take Maynard James Keenan and Serj Tankian (System of a Down; solo work) and lock them in a studio with enough food, water, and drugs to last a month, and see what is produced. They can both sing, play a vast array of instruments, and do everything required to mix and produce an album.
As I posted Tool yesterday, I though I would go ahead and take care of MJK's other bands. One of which, is A Perfect Circle. APC is a rock supergroup formed in 1999 by MJK and Billy Howerdel. They have since produced three albums, and are currently working on a fourth.
Their first album, Mer De Noms is French for Sea of Names. Most of the tracks are dedicated to people that Maynard knew. One of my favorite APC tracks, 3 Libras, is about "parasitic-like people seeing something different or special about a person [...] and feed off of the energy in a bad way instead of using it for good."
:( I was going to post a live version of this song, but I forgot that the song's intro (Which is the reason I love it so much.) is on the end of the track before it. The intro says, "This song...This song...is called 3 Libras. And at least two --maybe three-- of those Libras are here tonight...If this song sounds bitter, it's because it is, and I am."
Anywho, here's the song
Next is the song The Nurse Who Loved Me, from their second album, Thirteenth Step. Little known fact: This is actually a cover. The original was by a band named Failure.
APC's third album, eMotive, [sic] is actually a cover album. The only original song on it is Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums, which is a redone version of their previous song, Pet.