The story behind Seether’s “Words as Weapons” sa heard on the KATT…
“Words as Weapons,” the first single from Seether‘s new release, Isolate and Medicate, is lodged at the top of the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart. Not bad for a song that Seether frontman Shaun Morgan says was initially written as a one-off for the band’s greatest hits compilation.
Morgan tells ABC News Radio that he wrote “Words as Weapons” last year — “actually, right before we got told we were no longer with our label,” he says. Then, “a friend of mine had mentioned to me, ‘Don’t you think that song’s too good to go on that throwaway compilation?’ and I was like, ‘You’ve got a point.’ So I called all the guys and said, ‘We’ve got to keep that song, we’ll have to do something else [for the compilation].'”
Of course, after the greatest hits collection, Seether’s label sold them to another label, which plunged Morgan into a depression. Luckily, having “Words as Weapons” set aside helped pull him out. “I don’t think I didn’t write at all during that time,” Morgan says. “But I think it was certainly good to know I had that [song] as a foundation, some positive energy driving me to keep writing.”
Morgan says that the band knew “Words as Weapons” was a great song, and that belief helped them “pretty much set the bar for the rest of the album. It was like, ‘Whatever is written has to be better than that song.'”
The new album “Isolate and Medicate” is available at the usual digital and brick-and-mortar outlets now.
Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne has released 10 solo albums so far. If you don’t already have them all, on October 7, his best-known solo material will be available in a variety of packages, all dubbed Memoirs of a Madman.
There are three audio-only editions of the compilation: a single CD, a double-vinyl set, and a limited-edition double-vinyl picture disc. Each edition will contain 17 songs spanning 30 years of Osbourne solo efforts. The Memoirs of a Madman track list includes:
“Flying High Again”
“Over the Mountain”
“Bark at the Moon”
“The Ultimate Sin”
“No More Tears”
“Mama, I’m Coming Home”
“Road to Nowhere”
“I Just Want You”
“Gets Me Through”
“I Don’t Wanna Stop”
“Life Won’t Wait”
“Let Me Hear You Scream”
A two-disc DVD set of Memoirs of a Madman will include more than 20 Osbourne music videos, as well as concert performances and interviews.
You can pre-order Memoirs of a Madman now through Amazon.com. There’s also an exclusive limited-edition fan-bundle package available through Osbourne’s site. It contains the CD, DVD and double-vinyl versions of Memoirs of a Madman, plus a poster personally autographed by Osbourne.