Helmet's Page Hamilton Breaks Down 'Betty' Track by Track

The singer-guitarist reveals how doggy biscuits, street crabs and cat-eaters helped inspire the Nineties' alt-metal classic

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This was written at a particularly bad time in my life. After the success of Meantime my relationship fell apart and my social life was kind of spinning out of control a little bit. I spent a little too much time partying. And I remember a really hot New York summer day, walking home from this super-druggy area in the East Village. I had just been robbed, and I was like, "This is a bad place to be." That was the inspiration behind the song.

I also really like the riff here. I had it hanging around for a while and then Stanier [drummer John Stanier] came up with that ridiculous drumbeat. It's so cool. Only Stanier could have come up with that beat. Like, What?

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