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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'Tic'

The lyric is about not accepting one another's idiosyncrasies. That's sort of the gist of it. We all have our shit to deal with, you know? When I did the vocal, I got the take I loved but the engineer we were using wasn't really prepared for it. It came out distorted, but it was the one I had to have. So unfortunately we had to put it on the record that way.

I also love the guitar part at the end of the song. I had this beautiful old [speaker] cabinet that I found in a pawnshop in Cleveland years earlier, and it looked like somebody had taken a machine gun to it. It was just shredded but it sounded amazing. I hooked it up to my amp and started getting these dinosaur/elephant noises out of it. I destroyed the cabinet but it was worth it.

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