Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Six Best References To Cannibalism In Song

Posted By on Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 5:30 AM

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On this day in 1847, the Donner Party was rescued from a disastrous trek to the West Coast that caused the survivors to eat their fallen pioneers. In honor of this legendary tale, here are the six best references to cannibalism in song. Let us know your favorites, and we'll think about how delicious the fingers typing the comment would taste charbroiled and doused with Sweet Baby Ray's.

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6. The Rolling Stones - "Too Much Blood"

With fear of being eaten by Keith Richards for saying this, the above music video for "Too Much Blood" is a massive ripoff of "Thriller." The Stones arguably stayed relevant through massive movements in pop music by playing the "we can do that too" game. "Miss You" was the band's disco tune, and "Too Much Blood" is its horror obsessed light funk track. Overall a decent song though; Mick Jagger's monologue about a guy chopping up his girlfriend, keeping her body parts in the fridge, and eating her piece by piece is perfectly twisted. Maybe Jagger just handled that part because Vincent Price was unavailable.

5. Slayer - "213" Morbidity can be goofy without substance behind it (see: Gwar). This is likely why, in its career-long journey to scare your parents, Slayer has written two songs about cannibalistic serial killers: "Dead Skin Mask" about Ed Gein and "213" about Jeffrey Dahmer. The latter is the better song, with its intro playing like an encyclopedia of sweet riffs. Tom Araya belts out lines about "Primitive instinct / A passion for flesh" and "Absorbingly masticating a part of you" that are as menacing as any "you're going to die" metal track.

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