A Perfect Circle is an American Alternative Rock Super Group
formed by guitarist Billy Howerdel and Tool
lead singer Maynard Keenan. It has also seen contribution from people from The Smashing Pumpkins
, Nine Inch Nails
, Marilyn Manson
, and others. Their style is similar to Tool (mostly due to Maynard's vocals) but has its own distinct sound and ranges from heavy rock to more soft-toned songs and instrumentals.
Their discography includes:
- Mer De Noms: their debut album, dedicated to various people Maynard knew. Mer De Noms means "sea of names."
- Thirteenth Step: A concept album dealing with the problem of addiction from various perspectives. Also other things, depending on interpretation.
- Emotive: (Released on November 2nd 2004, election day in the United States) includes covers of anti-war protest songs such as "Fiddle and the Drum" by Joni Mitchel, "What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye, and "Imagine" by John Lennon.
The band went into a hiatus in 2004, but has since worked on other projects and is as of 2011 in the process of releasing a new album.
Their current lineup is:
A Perfect Circle has examples of:
- Album Title Drop: Not the album per se, but the actual band name, in "Orestes".
Metaphor for a missing moment
Pull me in to your perfect circle
- Bedtime Brainwashing: The song "Pet". The singer/narrator is trying to get their child back to sleep, but all the lyrics are sinister and are about "protecting" said child from harm...including "a will to survive and a voice of reason".
Lay your head down child, I won't let the boogeyman come
Count the bodies like sheep to the rhythm of the war drums
Pay no mind to the rabble, pay no mind to the rabble
Head down, go to sleep to the rhythm of the war drums
- Driven to Suicide: "The Outsider" is about a melodramatically angsty person who is threatening suicide but may or may not actually do it.
- Epic Instrumental Opener
- Guttural Growler: Maynard's voice is usually quite smooth, but in "Gimme Gimme Gimme", the chorus is spoken in a hoarse growl.
- Long Title: "Counting Bodies Like Sheep To The Rhythm Of The War Drums."
- Looped Lyrics
- Obsession Song: "Thinking Of You". "Magdalena" also counts as one if you interpret it as being from the perspective of a stripper's obsessed fan.
- Performance Video: The video for "Judith". Averted in singles from Thirteenth Step onwards.
- Protest Song: "Pet", "Let's Have a War", "Freedom Of Choice", and their covers from Emotive.
- Religion Rant Song: "Judith" is a scathing condemnation/rejection of Christianity aimed at Maynard's mother, who kept her faith even after being crippled for decades.
- Step Up to the Microphone: Billy Howerdel sings three songs on Emotive: "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?", "People Are People", and "Freedom Of Choice".
- There are two alternate versions of songs that are somewhat more arguable because they appear on releases credited to A Perfect Circle, but aren't truly full band performances: "Orestes (Demo)", a B-Side collected on the Deep Cuts EP, is performed by Billy Howerdel alone on vocals and acoustic guitar, while "The Hollow (Constantly Consuming Mix)" appears on the bonus disc of remixes packaged with the Amotion dvd but is essentially a solo Cover Version by then-band-member Paz Lechantin, with her singing and playing all the instruments.
- Sequel Song: "Counting Bodies Like Sheep To The Rhythm Of The War Drums", to "Pet".
- Super Group
- Word Salad Lyrics