KOOL THING
   
Originally Released on:

GOO

also appears on:

  • Kool Thing single (LP vers/demo)
  • Goo Demos (demo)
  • Goo video (music video)
  • 1991: The Year Punk Broke (live '91)
  • Goo deluxe reissue 2CD/4LP
  • Corporate Ghost DVD
  • Hits Are For Squares

  • Decade 1: A Musical History
  • The June 1990 Guide
  • Nevermind the Mainstream 1
  • Westwood One In Concert: New Rock #94-16 (live '93)
  • Alternator
  • CMJ 500
  • Indie 2000 Vol 2
  • Tenth Anniversary - Ongoing History of New Music
  • 20 Years of Rage
  • Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
  • Asia Argento
  • 25 Years Pukkelpop
  • ROCK WERCHTER 40 1975-2014
  • LATEST & GREATEST INDIE ANTHEMS

Line-up:
Thurston - guitar
Kim - bass/vocals
Lee - guitar
Steve - drums
Chuck D. - vocal

Lyrics   status: confirmed

Kool thing, sittin' with a kitty
Now you know you're sure lookin' pretty
Like a lover, not a dancer
Superboy, take a little chance here

I don't wanna, I don't think so
I don't wanna, I don't think so

Kool thing let me play with yr radio
Move me, turn me on baby-oh
I'll be your slave
Give you a shave

I don't wanna, I don't think so
I don't wanna, I don't think so

Chuck D: Yeh. Tell em bout it. Hit em where it hurts.

Kim: Hey kool thing, come here. Sit down beside me. There's something I gotta ask ya. I just wanna know, what are you gonna do for me? I mean, are you gonna liberate us girls from male white corporate oppression?

CD: Tell it like it is.

K: Hmm?

CD: Yeh

K: Don't be shy.

CD: Word up.

K: Fear of a female planet.

CD: Fear of a female planet. Fear it baby.

K: I just want you to know that we can still be friends.

CD: Let everybody know.

K: come on come on come on come on

Kool, kool thing
Kool, kool thing

When you're a star
I know that you'll fix everything

Kool thing sittin' with a kitty
Now you know you're sure lookin' pretty
Rock the beat just a little faster
Now I know you are the master

I don't wanna, I don't think so
I don't wanna, I don't think so

Kool thing walkin' like a panther
Come on and give me an answer
Kool thing walkin' like a panther
What'd he say?

I don't wanna, I don't think so
I don't wanna, I don't think so

Track length: 4:06

First Known Performance: 03/08/90
Last Known Performance:  12/31/10

NOTES:

  • Working title: "DV2" (a reference to its resemblance to 'Death Valley '69', at least in tuning)
  • Supposedly Kim envisioned LL Cool J's voice on this song, but Chuck D was called in instead and did an improvised vocal take in 5 minutes. He also appears in the video.
  • The video was directed by Tamra Davis, and was actually in MTV rotation at one point.
  • Though Thurston once swore he'd never play it again, Kool Thing was revived after 7 years of hibernation for practically every show on SY's 2000 tour. Jim O'Rourke took over the bass duties and Kim got to dance around while singing.
  • The song's main riff was developed by Thurston several years earlier... in fact, if you listen before Pipeline on Hold That Tiger, you'll hear him play something pretty similar!

ALTERNATE VERSIONS:

  • "DV2" (demo)

  • On "The Year Punk Broke" - LIVE - 4:26

    Recorded live on 8/25/91 in Hasselt, Belgium @ the Pukkelpop Festival. Listen for the Death Valley '69 teaser during the intro.

  • On "Westwood One" radio disc - LIVE - ?

    Recorded live on 1/24/93 in Melbourne, Australia @ Big Day Out festival.