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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It's a pretty song. It's about giving up, about how pathetic we all feel from time to time. And musically, I just had this cool little dissonant riff thing — the major seven clashing with the open E string. It's a cool sound. There's also some Melvins influence in there as far as I'm concerned, because they would write such cool songs that never came back to a section. They would just go A, B, C, D, and then done. And we had played with the Melvins on one of our first tours — seven guys in one van. They're a great band. So there was definitely that influence here . . . although the vocals are really different.

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