Games Meet Metal: Remebering Peter Steele

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Remebering Peter Steele

I first listened to Type O Negative in the summer of 1994. Christian Woman was making the radio rounds in Detroit, and I just couldn't get into it. I couldn't see what the big deal was. I thought it was just some deep voiced guy singing about an ex-girlfriend he schtooped. Then Black No. 1 started circulating, and that's where it clicked for me. Forget romance, this was a song about a stuck-up goth chick. Then I pocked up the Bloody Kisses cd, and laughed my ass off at all the ridiculous liner notes. Peter hoping civilization forgives him for making this "atrocity". Keyboardist Josh Silver leaving his thank you's intentionally blank. The band as nuns. That sick humor would continue into their next release, as the fist track of October Rust was the sound of the cd skipping.

It was in this humor that I found just how good of songwriters the band was. While I passed on it at first, Christian Woman really was a great anthem, especially after I found out the true meaning of the song. For those not in the know, it's about a religious woman who diddles herself while pretending she's getting busy with Jesus. Not necessarily radio material, as it was heavily edited for the airwaves. But the paex of their creativity was in two doses. October Rust still gets regular plays from me, and their last cd, Dead Again, is not only great, but frighteningly accurate. One of the lines from the title track is, "I can't believe I died last night/Oh my God I'm dead again." That's just creepy and genius at the same time.

I think what I'll remember Peter Steele for is his quick wit and his willingness to offend as many people around him as possible, even when he has to be the butt of the joke. In remembrance, hit the jump to hear Peter rip himself and everyone else around him a new one.

So long, Peter. If there's an afterlife, I hope you're giving Jesus a wedgie right now.

P.S.: In trying to find a decent photo of the man, I kept running into pics of the man with his hardened member on display, thanks to a photo shoot Peter did for Playgirl many years ago. I think he'd find that hilarious.

1 comment:

  1. I remember seeing Type O with Hatebreed just a couple years ago, I wasn't a huge fan of their stuff aside from Black No. 1 but the man was really damn funny. Sad he's gone.