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''The Origin of the Feces'' is the second album by Brooklyn band Type O Negative, which was released in 1992. The album was produced to sound as if it had been recorded at a live show by adding crowd noises, banter with the fictitious audience, and even a song stopping because the venue supposedly had a bomb threat called in. This was done to simulate some controversy the band had on tour in Europe for the ''Slow Deep and Hard'' tour. The band is well known among fans for weaving this type of dry humor into their often gloomy music.
Some of the songs are fresh arrangements of tracks that appeared previously on ''Slow, Deep and Hard''. Many of the song names have been deliberately miswritten:
#"Unsuccessfully Coping With the Natural Beauty of Infidelity" is renamed "I Know You're Fucking Someone Else"
#"Gravitational Constant: G = 6.67 x 10-8 cm-3 gm-1 sec-2" is renamed "Gravity"
#"Prelude to Agony" is renamed "Pain"
#"Xero Tolerance" is renamed "Kill You Tonight"
This album also started the tradition of Type O Negative including cover songs stylized in their distinct Gothic metal sound. The album includes covers of Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" (which also halfway through the song contains the main riff of Black Sabbath's "Iron Man"), and Jimi Hendrix's "Hey Joe", which has been adapted into "Hey Pete" for frontman Peter Steele. The reprise of "Kill You Tonight" also features a sample of the closing piano strike from The Beatles' "A Day In The Life".
The original cover of the album features a closeup of Steele's anal sphincter. This was changed for the re-issue two years later, to a green & black version of the 1493 painting by Michael Wolgemut, The Dance of Death. The album's title is an obvious pun and reference to Charles Darwin's ''On the Origin of Species''.
In addition to the re-issue's cover, other artwork featured in the album's sleeve/liner notes include the famous 1498 woodcut by Albrecht Dürer, ''The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse''. - Wikipedia