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Type O Negative - Top 25

Dedicated to the late/great Peter Steele.

R.I.P.

Honorable Mention - Life is Killing Me (2003)

 

An indictment of the greed-driven healthcare industry and a righteous endorsement of euthanasia to boot:

"I have no choice, devoid of rights, so pull the plug, it's my dammed life

Keep me alive to increase your bill, a Red Cross hell, the hospital

Just let me die with dignity, It's not suicide, simply mercy"

 

#25 - Green Man (1996)

An enchanting ode to seasons:

“Spring won't come, the need of strife
To struggle to be freed from hard ground
The evenings mists thad creep and crawl
Will drench me in dew and so drown

I'm the green man
The green man

Sol in prime sweet summertime
Cast shadows of doubt on my face
A midday sun, it's causing hues
Refracting within the still lake

Autumn in her flaming dress
Of orange, brown, gold fallen leaves
My mistress of the frigid night
I worship, pray to on my knees

Winter's breath of filthy snow
Befrosted paths to the unknown
Have my lips turned true purple?
Life is coming to an end
So says me, me wiccan friend
Nature coming full circle

I'm the green man
The green man”

 

#24 - Wolf Moon (1996)

An admittedly cheesy song, but that main riff is just too good!

"Beware, the woods at night

Beware, the lunar light"

 

#23 - A Dish Best Served Coldly (2003)

 

An aptly titled, and impressively dynamic/layered song sonically speaking:

“What makes you think that you have won?
When the battle has only just begun
Let the punishment fit the crime
Bad things come to those in all good time

My mistake was to put you first
Deceitful bubble was so soon to burst
I asked you - believe in just us 
Now my faith lies in mine own justice 

How many times must I say I'm not sorry?
And how many ways can I show I don't care?

Rotting bodies of enemies
Cannot smell sweet enough to me
What is the price of a friend
Who would carry out revenge?

In this bleak world of absent laws
One in which the just are whores
An honor to die for the truth
Eye for an eye, tooth for tooth

How many times must I say I'm not sorry?
And how many ways can I show I don't care?”

 

#22 - Anesthesia (2003)

Powerfully poetic song, often lost in the sea of great songs on Life Is Killing Me...underrated:

“Like a flash of light in an endless night
Life is trapped between two black entities
'Cause when you trust someone, illusion has begun
No way to prepare, impending despair

Did one say so cruel: "Tis better to love than lose"
Ignorance is bliss - wish not knew your kiss
So many times been burned, this lesson goes unlearned
Remember desire only fuels the fire - liar

Betwixed birth and death, every breath regret
I pity the living, envy for the dead
Emotionally stunned, in defense, I'm numb
I'd rather not care than to be aware - be scared

I don't need love

Are a thousand tears worth a single smile?
When you give an inch, will they take a mile?
Longing for the past but dreading the future
If not being used, well then you're a user and a loser

World renowned failure at both death and life
Given nothingness, purgatory blight
To run and hide, a cowardly procedure
Options exhausted, except for anesthesia - anesthesia

I don't feel anything.”

 

#21 - I Can't Lose You (1993)

Sensual sitar-soaked psych-goth bliss:

  

#20 - In Praise of Bracchus (1996)

Will always remember the 3rd (and final time) I saw Type O Negative live, when they finally delivered the goods live, they opened with this song and absolutely nailed it.  Pete and the boys came to play that night, October 30th, the last October before Pete passed away. 

“Hey Bacchus, she hates me”

 

#19 - (We Were) Electrocute (2003)

 

"So proud to be by your side
We were a team no one denied

Even though I still miss your lips
You're about as real as your tits”

BURN!

 

#18 - Gravitational Constant: G = 6.67 x 10-8 cm-3 gm-1 sec-2 (1991)

 

 

"Suicide is self-expression" (p.s. don't kill yourself):

  

#17 - I Don't Wanna Be Me (2003)

Hilariously punchy (and catchy) little song with an amusing video to boot:

 

#16 - Kill All The White People (1993)

 

Highly questionable taste? Offensive? Yes and yes.

A great industrial thrasher and Type O's heaviest song? Also yes and yes.

  

#15 - Pyretta Blaze (1999)

The clear standout on the otherwise disappointing World Coming Down. Near perfect marriage of The Beatles and Black Sabbath.

“You are the first 
Will be my last 
Will be my final words 
(said she) 
Pyretta Blaze”

 

#14 - How Could She? (2003)

 

Equal parts hilarious and gorgeous, a multi-layered/dynamic song about TV-addicts.  Beauty/humor/darkness were always a part of the Type O dichotomy (and their appeal). 

“Quite upset, angry, just plain annoyed
No recourse except for celluloid
In my heart, I know you are not real
Though in my mind, suspect you can still feel

Walt Disney or Hannah-Barbera
Black or white, stunning Technicolor
Warner Brothers and the A.A.P.
I've become addicted to TV”

 

#13 - Less Than Zero <0 (2003)

Incredibly lush/blissed-out (and mildly psychedelic) song with deceptively grotesque/hilarious lyrics:

“Of this man of Steele
Nothing is real
The truth be scant
Lord of idiots

The punishment? 
Eternal lent
Victims be clear
You're all volunteers”

 

#12 - Todd's Ship Gods (2003)

Really beautifully done and endearing song about Pete’s father.  Probably the best song (that’s not an instrumental) on the fantastic Life Is Killing Me.

“Grease, sweat, coffee, faded shipyard pictures
Giant living there I used to know
Author of the testosterone scriptures
Where did you go?

Now I remember what you told me that time
Falling from my bike,
scraping my knee
If you're gonna weep,
keep it from sunshine, 
So no one sees

I won't cry
Above all things boy, be a man

See little boy hiding amongst shadows
Ashamed of tears exposing ancient pain 
From the storms predicted by the Tarot
Pray for the rain 

I won't cry
Above all things boy, be a man”

 

#11 - Drunk in Paris (2003)

An all too brief instrumental piece that is really beautiful and soothing.

 

#10 - Black Sabbath (1994)

Easily the best cover version of this song ever recorded. 

 

#9 - We Hate Everyone (1993)

A schizophrenic (sonically speaking) ode to misanthropy. Beginning and ending punkish part of the song is hilarious and fun, middle third is a delightful goth/industrial dirge, but the excellent back-half is the real highlight.

“The left they say I'm a fascist
The right calling me communist
Hate hate hate hatred for all - one and all
No matter what you believe
Don't believe in you - and that's true”

 

#8 - Burnt Flowers Fallen (1996)

Bittersweet break-up song that is romantically rad! That’s right, romantically rad!

“Yeah I think she's falling out of love
Yeah I think she's falling out of love

Yeah I know she's fallen out of love
Yeah I know she's fallen out of love

All of the flowers
All of the flowers I gave her
She burned them
Burned them”

 

#7 - Cinnamon Girl (1996)

Almost their best cover song...almost.

 

#6 - Blood and Fire (1993)

Almost their best break-up song…almost…somewhat cheesy, but, remember who we’re talking about here. Classic Type O…sensual, rocking, breezy, dark…too good.

"I see your face in every flame
With no answers I have only myself to blame
Of all the women I have know - they're not you
I'd rather be alone

No more nights
Of blood & fire”

 

#5 - Too Late: Frozen (1993)

Their best break-up song that isn’t over 11 minutes long (foreshadowing). Sonically and melodically speaking, this is Type O really clicking on all cylinders.

"In the shadow of the light from a black sun.
Frigid statue standing icy blue and numb.

Where are the frost giants I've begged for protection?

I'm freezing.

Cold winter winds that chill my heart with sleet & snow.
Not from the north come to this glacial abode.

But from your dimension cryogenic limbo.

I'm freezing.

It's too late
It's too late,
It's too late
Too late for apologies"

 

#4 - Black No. 1 (1993)

Their most well-known song, and admittedly, pretty fantastic. It’s dark, it’s sensual, it’s hilarious, it's condescending, it's satirical, and it rocks.  Classic Type O.

"She's in love with herself
She likes the dark
On her milk white neck
The Devil's mark
It's all Hallows Eve
The moon is full
Will she trick or treat
I bet she will

She's got date at midnight
With Nosferatu
Oh baby, Lilly Munster
Ain't got nothing on you
Well when I called her evil
She just laughed
And cast that spell on me
Boo Bitch Craft

Yeah you wanna go out 'cause it's raining and blowing
You can't go out 'cause your roots are showing
Dye em black
Black no. 1

Little wolf skin boots
And clove cigarettes
An erotic funeral
For witch she's dressed
Her perfume smells like
Burning leaves
Everyday is Halloween

Loving you was like loving the dead”

 

#3 - Summer Breeze/Set Me On Fire (1993)

 

Hands-down their best cover (with apologies to their borderline exhilarating version of “Cinnamon Girl” and their epic cover of “Black Sabbath”).  The bright and breezy “Set Me On Fire” has always complimented the oppressive darkness of “Summer Breeze” beautifully…love the dark vs. light dichotomy on full display here, in all its glory.

 

#2 - Unsuccessfully Coping With the Natural Beauty of Infidelity (1991)

 

 

The most belligerent/hilarious/offensive/terrible/awesome break-up opus of all-time.  Ridiculous…brilliant.

“…I know you’re fucking someone else!!!”

 

#1 - Christian Woman (1993)

Simply put, the greatest goth-rock song of all-time…sensual, enchanting, soothing, beautiful, dark, hypnotic, groovy, epic, dynamic, and overall just plain mesmerizing.  Type O’s finest 8:57.

“a) Body Of Christ (Corpus Christi)
b) To Love God
c) Jesus Christ Looks Like Me

A cross upon her bedroom wall
From grace she will fall
An image burning in her mind
And between her thighs

A dying God-man full of pain
When will you cum again ?

Before him beg to serve or please
On your back or knees
There's no forgiveness for her sins
Prefers punishment ?
Would you suffer eternally
Or internally ?

For her lust
She'll burn in hell
Her soul done medium well
All through mass manual stimulation
Salvation

Body of Christ
She needs
The body of Christ

She'd like to know God
Ooh love God
Feel her God
Inside of here - deep inside of her

Jesus Christ looks like me”

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