Tool - Undertow

You don’t often see cover art like this anymore. Just a simple graphic element that withstands any trends. It’s timeless. The less you explain to the viewer the more intrigue you create. Fans of bands like Tool love to see the hidden messages and codes in the artwork (even if they weren’t intentional). Could this be one of the first Goaste’s?

This cover art was actually banned in many USA stores. Not due to the rib cage but the contents of the photos within. A fat woman, a cow licking its anus, a board on forks and the band members with acupuncture needs in their face.

Tool Undertow Pig
Tool Undertow Fat Lady
Tool Undertow Cow

Judging by the censorship of the Fatboy Slim album it could have been purely the fat lady.

If you hold the cover artwork up to the light, the fat lady sites nicely inside the rib cage on the cover. Deep.

Tool Undertow Fat Claw

In response to the covers removal from stores, Tool quickly put out an alternate version which featured just a bar code and a note from the band inside.

Tool - BarcodeTool - Undertow Note from band

You can sense the contempt form the band at having to change their artwork. If anyone has a bardcode version I’m willing to fork out cold hard cash for it so contact me.

Tool: Undertow

Tool - Undertow

You don’t often see cover art like this anymore. Just a simple graphic element that withstands any trends. It’s timeless. The less you explain to the viewer the more intrigue you create. Fans of bands like Tool love to see the hidden messages and codes in the artwork (even if they weren’t intentional). Could this be one of the first Goaste’s?

This cover art was actually banned in many USA stores. Not due to the rib cage but the contents of the photos within. A fat woman, a cow licking its anus, a board on forks and the band members with acupuncture needs in their face.

Tool Undertow Pig
Tool Undertow Fat Lady
Tool Undertow Cow

Judging by the censorship of the Fatboy Slim album it could have been purely the fat lady.

If you hold the cover artwork up to the light, the fat lady sites nicely inside the rib cage on the cover. Deep.

Tool Undertow Fat Claw

In response to the covers removal from stores, Tool quickly put out an alternate version which featured just a bar code and a note from the band inside.

Tool - BarcodeTool - Undertow Note from band

You can sense the contempt form the band at having to change their artwork. If anyone has a bardcode version I’m willing to fork out cold hard cash for it so contact me.





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  2. I know a guy who got the barcode album at home. He won’t sell it, at whatever price I propose to him.
    Real Tool fan I guess, but on the other hand, if I would be the one with the barcode album, I wouldn’t sell it to

  3. i have the walmart version. how much do you want for it?

  4. i have the barcode version. they still sell it at walmart i believe.

  5. man i want that barcode verison

  6. I have it , I field out the order from 10 years age but never sent it in

  7. How does maynard do it?
    Im very picky about music and it’s no lie this is.
    1. My favourite band.
    2. Favourite album/cd artwork.
    3. Favourite album.

    if anyone has it an upload of black sabbaths, sabbath bloody sabbath album artwork has always made me think.

    sex is a carnal and “evil” feeling but after its over you feel so much more mild/domesticated/good/heaven like. and the love for your mate can then come thru instead of the lust that dominates your entire being just before.

    disclaimer
    I know sex isn’t evil.
    I know sometimes you don’t love the person you have sex with.

  8. I really really want that version!!!

  9. I just went on the walmart website and you can buy the barcode version for about $15. http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=833257

  10. I have the original cd.
    I wont sell it.

    amazon has it too.
    they will.

    http://www.amazon.com/Undertow-Tool/dp/B000000993

  11. I have a copy of the censored cd. The sleeve still has the mail-in form attached to it. If you are interested in buying it from me let me know by emailing minus_rhs@yahoo.com

  12. hey men, i got this version, and im thinkin in send the request for the artwork, but, i can make some bussines if you still want, was a gift from a cousin alog fucking time a go, i give you my mail charlez_wild@hotmail.com

  13. Karlos: learn to spell.

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