"Unsung" is a single by the American alternative metal band Helmet from their 1992 album, Meantime. A music video was produced for "Unsung" and found significant airplay on MTV in the early 1990s. "Unsung" is recorded in Drop D tuning on both guitars and bass, and begins with a bass intro. Its stop-and-go dynamics and catchy rhythm made it somewhat of a flagship of the growing 1990s alternative metal scene. In 1991, a full year before the release of Meantime, Amphetamine Reptile records issued the "Unsung" 7" record (scale 41), featuring an earlier recording of the song.
|Single by Helmet|
|from the album Meantime|
|Producer(s)||Steve Albini, Andy Wallace, Helmet|
|Helmet singles chronology|
Release and receptionEdit
"Unsung" was Helmet's first single to be released, and was also the lead single to their second album Meantime. The song helped Helmet attain breakthrough success and is their most commercially successful song to date. "Unsung" reached # 29 on the US Alternative Songs chart and #32 on the US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Unsung was also well received by music critics. Steve Huey from Allmusic reviewed the song positively by stating in his review "Boasting a stuttering, grinding main riff and the wall-of-noise guitar work of Page Hamilton and Peter Mengede, 'Unsung' was the second video pulled from Helmet's second full-length album, Meantime, and quickly became the band's signature song and an MTV favorite during late 1992. All told, it was probably the single best moment for a band that often emphasized sound over songwriting. 'Unsung' was Helmet at their most focused, alternating between memorable verse and chorus melodies and concluding with a monolithic guitar workout featuring noisy, oddly harmonized chords repeatedly drilled into the listener's skull."
1991 Amphetamine Reptile Records 7" vinylEdit
1992 Interscope Records 7" vinylEdit
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|1.||"Bad Mood" (Live)||2:10|
In popular cultureEdit
- It is featured in the 1990s cartoons Beavis and Butt-head and Mission Hill.
- It is featured in the videogames True Crime: New York City, Saints Row 2, Madden NFL 10, the 2004 video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on the fictional radio station Radio X and in the Guitar Hero series where a cover version is featured in the 2005 game while the live version recorded from a 1992 gig in Chicago appears in Guitar Hero Smash Hits and the master recording appears as the final song of the "Guitar Hero Classics Volume 1" Premium Show on GHTV from Guitar Hero Live.
- It is featured in the U.S. television crime drama The Following.
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