My Top 10 Tool Songs: #10 Flood

Things are quiet up in the Loft, perhaps a little too quiet. While we all await some news regarding a new album, I thought I’d take some time to indulge myself and publish my personal Tool top 10. You may agree, you may disagree, that is both expected and welcomed. Feel free to discuss my selections are reasoning, as well as add your own.

If anyone feels like having a bit of fun, then feel free to predict my top 10 in the comments below. Should anyone nail it, I’ll send them a little something from my collection. Just to help you out a little, here’s the first one (as well as a significant hint as to what else I may or may not pick later). Entries close at the same time I post #9, which will be on Friday afternoon Aussie time.

When I first started to create my top 10 Tool tracks, the first thing I did what look at the track listing for each album, and then wrote down my “essential” tracks from each album. This got me to 15 tracks, several of them from Undertow. However while whittling down to create a top 10, I ended up disregarding everything else from the album except for Flood.

Flood to me is an interesting track, more than anything else on Undertow is shows to me at least, the direction Tool will take on it’s next three albums. The track is half instrumental, and to my ears just a little more progressive than the hard rock styles of the rest of the album.

The track also highlights Paul’s work on the bass. The bass sound on Undertow is still one of my favorites, and this track accentuates it beautifully.

18 thoughts on “My Top 10 Tool Songs: #10 Flood

  1. Jethro Tool

    10 – flood, 9 – the grudge, 8 – right in two, 7 – schism, 6 – 46 & 2, 5 – stinkfist, 4 – jambi, 3 – parabola, 2 – Lateralus, 1 – Aenima. Im right yeah?

  2. bobbob

    wow, you took my on a trip trying to come up with a top 10. i thought of what you would like based on what you said but surprisingly and not so surprisingly i basically picked the ones i like the most. if i like these the most then why wouldnt someone else! haha :) so this is what i think you like.

    01 third eye
    02 pushit
    03 jambi
    04 rosetta stoned
    05 parabol
    06 parabola
    07 reflection
    08 the patient
    09 jimmy
    10 jerk off

  3. sudnshok

    My top 10 for Tool changes over time by a song or two but for now here is my list. I’m a fan of long epic songs (by all bands – not just Tool). Glad to see Flood in you top 10 as that song is very underrated by many.

    10) Bottom
    9) Undertow
    8) Jambi
    7) The Patient
    6) Flood
    5) 10000 Days
    4) Rosetta Stoned
    3) Pushit (like the hard studio version better than the slow “new” version)
    2) Lateralus
    1) Third Eye

  4. Davvda

    I’m not sure if you guys are guessing Matt’s top or just listing your own because if you’re guessing his I’d like to show you what he wrote. “…I ended up disregarding everything else from the album except for Flood.”.

    As for the song, I really don’t know if it would be in my top 10 but with that said I also have no idea what tracks would. Changes all the time. I definitely agree with your thought on how Flood felt more progressive and a bit ahead of its time, “foreboding” if you want to call it that. Looking forward to seeing the rest of your list.

  5. Davvda

    Sorry for the doublepost (can’t edit my earler post). Disregard my entire first column, apparently I’m the one who should’ve read more closely. Sorry ’bout that, guys!

  6. bobbob

    Davvda, why did u call out these people that cant read the post properly! i noticed that too but i wasnt about to sell the farm cause people cant read! come on man! haha

  7. bobbob

    having said that i realized i made ONE little mistake. i picked the ones i liked too and forgot about flood being his top! so disregard my number 10. only look at 1 to 9 haha

  8. madson4562

    My guess (based largely, but not entirely, off of my own favorites):

    10.) Flood
    9.) Eulogy
    8.) Jambi
    7.) Pushit
    6.) 46 & 2
    5.) The Grudge
    4.) Parabol/Parabola
    3.) Ænema
    2.) Third Eye
    1.) Lateralus

    If you’re including covers as potential tracks for your top 10, then you can take “Eulogy” out and put in “No Quarter.”

  9. TOOLarmy1

    10) Undertow
    9) Jambi
    8) Flood
    7) Intension/Right in Two
    6) H
    5) Wings for Marie 1 & 2
    4) Reflection
    3) Parabol(a)
    2) Rosetta Stoned
    1) Pushit Salival

  10. Casey Tatum

    10) Flood
    9) Ænema
    8) Rosetta Stoned
    7) Parabol/Parabola
    6) Right in Two
    5) Pushit
    4) Lateralus
    3) Third Eye
    2) Disposition/Reflection/Triad
    1) Wings for Marie/10,000 Days

  11. insertcrypticnameher

    I was just listing my top ten, I don’t really care to guess what someone else’s top ten are tbh

    I have never understood the obsession with Flood personally

  12. elusivEuphoriaelusivEuphoria

    Flood is my favorite track on the album for exactly this reason;

    I think it shows incredible artistic focus to evolve the motif the started with as much as they’ve done. Even more impressive (and possibly more relevant) because the evolution seems to have happened much more haphazardly than deliberately. To me that adds sincerity to their comments about their own creative process… tapping into the subconscious.

  13. elusivEuphoriaelusivEuphoria

    ugh, blockquote fail… let me try that again….

    Flood is my favorite track on the album for exactly this reason;

    “Flood to me is an interesting track, more than anything else on Undertow is shows to me at least, the direction Tool will take on it’s next three albums.”

    I think it shows incredible artistic focus to evolve the motif the started with as much as they’ve done. Even more impressive (and possibly more relevant) because the evolution seems to have happened much more haphazardly than deliberately. To me that adds sincerity to their comments about their own creative process… tapping into the subconscious.

  14. bobbob

    what about 4 degrees? that was one of my fav tunes off Undertow for a long time. still is actually! and Crawl Away seems to get forgotten about. thats another amazing tune! swamp song was always my least favourite for some reason. bottom is good but mah. and flood is a great song! sometimes i just fast foward to the part were it picks up with lyrics. like how they use to play after Opiate. they way they joined it sounded great!

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