Sometimes in pop culture, generations collide to construct something unexpectedly beautiful.
This week, a surprising feud has made chassis at the top of the Billboard graphs. Tool’s brand-new album Fear Inoculum is against Taylor Swift’s Lover for the top slot on the Billboard 200.
The generational disconnection between the two follower cornerstones has resulted in some comical content. Since Tool hasn’t released an recording in 13 years, countless Swifties “ve never” even was aware of the’ 90 s stone linchpins. Needless to say, the goateed, middle-aged men who love Tool are equally unfamiliar with the nuances of Swift’s oeuvre.
Taylor Swift stans learning who Tool are because they’re currently selling more copies than “Lover” is really something special pic.twitter.com/ k398YRDzvZ
— Ryan Broderick (@ broderick) September 4, 2019
One YouTube creator has proven that despite the Gen-X vs. Zoomer clashed developing online, we often have more in common than we imagine. YouTuber William Maranci revealed so by posting a mashup of Swift’s” We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and Tool’s 1996 slam “Stinkfist,” off their AEnima album.
As is always the case with the best mashups, the shapes of the two hymns work strangely well together. The visuals, however, are a different story. Swift’s footage is cribbed from a live concert, while Tool is represented by the wildernes music video for “Stinkfist.”
The Wikipedia entry for the “Stinkfist” offers an apt description 😛 TAGEND
It focuses on two members, one male and one female, of a race of beach parties. They suck on tubings and withdraw fingernails and wires that apparently hurt them and are spewed from their bodies, after which they are put into the jars and hoarded. Another scoot of monstrosities has entrails that are plugged into a wall. At one point in the video one of the main people is checked shaving and peeling off the beach skin revealing another layer of skin covered with tattoo-like designings covering the entire body.
Yes, this concept is a far cry from Swift’s normal aesthetic palette, but both creators mine the penetrations of human pain to create emotionally reverberating artistry. Or something.