Top 10 Songs About Dismemberment
Don Jamieson is a guest contributor to Loudwire. He is the co-host of That Metal Show, which completed its 14th season on VH1 Classic earlier this year. You can also catch Jamieson on the stand-up comedy circuit. Keep up with him at his official website or his Twitter page. Please note that Don Jamieson’s opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Loudwire. Check out his picks for the Top 10 Songs About Dismemberment below:
Alice Cooper did a whole concept album called Along Came a Spider about a serial killer that dismembers eight of his victims and creates a human spider from one of the torsos and the detached limbs. Just the thought of that really happening makes me ill. Then again, I’m the one who threw up in Biology class when we dissected a frog.
Alice is also the first rocker to incorporate a guillotine in his stage show, complete with his own beheading. He is also dismembered and put into a giant pod to create a Frankenstein monster during the song “Feed My Frankenstein.” Unfortunately, humans aren’t like worms and can regenerate new body parts when they are severed. Nope, we just become worm food.
But Alice isn’t the only rocker who uses these kind of shock tactics to titillate his audience. So get your head off the chopping block and check out the rest in this list of the ultimate 10 songs of sever.
“The Beheading of a King”
Album: Fate of Norns
Limbless lyrics: “The Danish king was captured, most of his guards were dead, for a ransom he was released, then his people took his head…”
Poor Danish Konge: captured by a brutal enemy and then released for a sizeable ransom only to be beheaded by one of his own. Some guys don’t have all the luck.
“Public Display of Dismemberment”
Album: World Painted Blood
Limbless lyrics: “With lawless arrogance and savage dissidents, public display of dismemberment…”
I don’t mind being dismembered per se, but not in front a large group of strangers. If I wanted to be humiliated in public I would’ve taken up stand-up comedy. Oh wait…
Album: Rigor Mortis
Limbless lyrics: “With five easy slices, you’re in six lovely pieces, bodily dismemberment as passion increases…”
A skin-slicing selection from these Dallas, Texas, thrashers. Love the lyrics too. I’ve heard of rough sex but this is ridiculous!
“In a Frightful State of Gnawed Dismemberment”
Album: Summon the Faithless
Limbless lyrics: “You’ll find no peace to salvage, only a pieceless savage…”
Pummeling metal from Portland, where they smoke tons of weed. Which may explain the extreme gnawing. “I got the munchies, please pass the corpse!”
“Chop, Chop, Chop”
Album: Raise Your Fist and Yell
Limbless lyrics: “Women on the street want money when we meet, I take them for a little ride…”
The Coop is on the loose and cutting up prostitutes. A great lyric above from Alice and possibly one of my more recent diary entries.
Album: Blood In, Blood Out
Limbless lyrics: “Decapitated, beaten, tortured, ostracized, accused of being westernized…”
There are some societies where a man can kill a female relative if he feels she has shamed the family. Luckily for Miley Cyrus, that’s illegal in the United States.
Album: Like an Ever Flowing Stream
Limbless lyrics: “Rotting soul now dies, innocent soul dismembered…”
From the debut album by these Swedish death merchants. And really, could you have a list about dismemberment without a band called Dismember and their song “Dismembered”? I’d probably be….well you know.
“Limb From Limb”
Limbless lyrics: “Long-legged lover, I’m gonna rip you limb from limb…”
If Lemmy decides it’s your time to die by being torn to shreds then, so be it! After all, Lemmy is GOD.
Album: Blood of the Nations
Limbless lyrics: “Crank up the grindstone, load up the sleds, saddle the horses, off with their heads…”
An amputating anthem from the 2010 ‘That Metal Show’ album of the year. Nothing worse than a sled loaded with decapitated skulls. Always a buzzkill at Christmastime.
“Some Heads Are Gonna Roll”
Album: Defenders of the Faith
Limbless lyrics: “If the man with the power can’t keep it under control, some heads are gonna roll…”
Excuse me Mr. Man With The Power, um, please keep it under control. My head is very used to being where it is, all attached to my neck and what not.