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"Through Glass"
Single by Stone Sour
from the album Come What(ever) May
Released August 8, 2006 (2006-08-08)
Format CD
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:43
Label Roadrunner Records
Stone Sour singles chronology
"30/30-150"
(2006)
"Through Glass"
(2006)
"Sillyworld"
(2007)

"Through Glass" is the second single from the rock band Stone Sour's second album Come What(ever) May. It reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in the US, where it remained for 7 weeks, and #2 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. The song also peaked at #39 on the Billboard Hot 100[2] and crossed over to pop radio.

The song was originally inspired by frontman Corey Taylor's outrage at the music industry and how he felt that the musical revolution had never taken place.

Taylor was quoted as having said:

I remember exactly where I was. It was 2004 and I was on tour with Slipknot. I was sitting in a European hotel room watching a music video channel, seeing act after act after act of this insane, innocuous, plastic music. They were plastic, bubbly, gossamer-thin groups where it was really more about the clothes they wore and the length of their cheekbones than it was about the content of the song they were singing.

It really made me mad. I was like, is this it? Have we just gone full circle? Did the singer/songwriter revolution never happen? Is it just the same drivel from the same replicate over and over again? 'Through Glass' is really a very angry song. It's me basically calling 'bullshit' on pretty much everyone involved with the 'American Idol'-type shows. It has its place, but when you're basically cornering the market and making it very hard for anyone who actually writes their own music to get ahead, then it's wrong and that's really why I wrote this song.

[3]

The music video for "Through Glass," was written and directed by Tony Petrossian. It takes place in the most plastic of scenarios: the cliché, vacant, Hollywoodesque party where we're seeing all these plastic people. We're seeing celebrity culture and consumer culture magnified in a way that distracts people from thinking about what they should be thinking about.[3]

As the video progresses, the people at the party abruptly become cardboard cutouts and are carried away. Eventually the whole building where the party was being held becomes a cutout as well and is removed. The band members are shown in the party and they eventually head outside and begin playing in front of what appears to be the Hollywood sign (which actually reads "Hollowood", a point made at the hollowness of the current music business). This also is revealed to be a cardboard cutout at the very end of the video.

Some versions of the video have a guitar interlude that is different.

References

  1. ^ "MediaCorp Radio - 987FM - A Member of the MediaCorp Network". http://www.987fm.sg/commentary.htm.  
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:kzfwxqq0ldfe~T51
  3. ^ a b "STONE SOUR SLAMS PLASTIC POP CULTURE IN VIDEO FOR THEIR "THROUGH GLASS" SINGLE; VISIT THE TONIGHT SHOW ON AUGUST 8". The Gauntlet. 2006-07-26. http://www.thegauntlet.com/article/342/5154/Stone-Sour.html. Retrieved 2007-02-02.  
Preceded by
"Animal I Have Become" by Three Days Grace
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
September 16, 2006 - October 28, 2006
Succeeded by
"Land of Confusion" by Disturbed
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