"V" Is for Vagina is the debut studio album by Maynard James Keenan's side project Puscifer, released on October 30, 2007 (2007-10-30). The album features a significantly different, electronic sound and arrangements than Keenan's other bands: the progressive Tool and alternative A Perfect Circle. Keenan himself compared the sound of "V" Is for Vagina to "driving around in your car listening to those old Motown hits, James Brown, and cool R&B stuff"."V" is for Vagina has sold 112,000 copies.
The album was preceded by a non-album, retail-only single called "Cuntry Boner", released on October 2, 2007 (2007-10-02). Released a week later was an iTunes-only four track EP titled Don't Shoot the Messenger, with tracks previously released only on soundtracks.
On October 30, 2007 (2007-10-30), a second single, and first actual radio single from the album, "Queen B." was posted into a flash audio player on the official website, along with selected tracks by Keenan projects. On October 1, 2007 (2007-10-01), the video was posted on the Puscifer YouTube channel. The video features several fully CGI Maynards as pawns in a chess game between two women. The album debuted at #25 on the Billboard 200, selling about 27,000 copies in its first week. On October 7, 2007 (2007-10-07), "Trekka (Sean Beaven Mix)" was published on Puscifer.com. And on October 25, 2007 (2007-10-25), the entire album was put up for listening.
In a message Maynard sent out on October 27, 2007 (2007-10-27) he said that Target stores decided not to carry the album after seeing the cover image, and Wal-Mart never even returned a call to carry the record. In Canada, the album was available at Wal-Mart, but with a large sticker obscuring most of the cover.
On October 17, 2008, an official music video for the song Momma Sed was released online via the official Puscifer YouTube channel.
On April 28, 2008, a remix album with versions of tracks from "V" Is for Vagina was released, entitled "V" Is for Viagra. The Remixes.
Dub remix album:
Additionally, on October 17, 2008, a dub remix album with versions of tracks from "V" Is for Vagina was released, entitled "D" Is for Dubby - The Lustmord Dub Mixes.
All songs written and composed by Maynard James Keenan, except where noted.
"Queen B." (M. Keenan, T. Alexander)
"DoZo" (M. Keenan, B. Lustmord)
"Momma Sed" (M. Keenan, T. Commerford, B. Wilk, J. Polonsky)
"Drunk with Power" (M. Keenan, B. Lustmord)
"The Undertaker" (M. Keenan, D. Lohner)
"Trekka" (M. Keenan, B. Lustmord)
"Sour Grapes" (M. Keenan, J. Polonsky, T. Alexander)
"REV 22:20 (Dry Martini Mix)" (M. Keenan, D. Lohner)
E-Deluxe Edition bonus tracks
"The Undertaker (Spanish Fly Mix)"
"Lighten Up, Francis" (M. Keenan, T. Alexander)
"Queen B. (BLESTeNATION Mix)"
"Momma Sed (BLESTeNATION Mix)"
"Queen B." (Music Video)
Vinyl edition track listing:
Also on April 29, 2008, the album was released as a limited edition double vinyl album featuring two bonus tracks (which were also made available on the E-Deluxe Edition).
"Queen B." (M. Keenan, T. Alexander) - 3:56,
"DoZo" (M. Keenan, B. Lustmord) - 4:00,
"Lighten Up, Francis" (M. Keenan, T. Alexander) - 4:10,
"Vagina Mine" (M. Keenan) - 5:35,
"Momma Sed" (M. Keenan/MJ, T. Commerford, B. Wilk, J. Polonsky) - 3:24,
"The Undertaker (Spanish Fly Mix)" - 3:44,
"Drunk with Power" (M. Keenan, B. Lustmord) - 5:01,
"Trekka" (M. Keenan, B. Lustmord) - 4:46,
"Indigo Children" (M. Keenan) - 6:22,
"The Undertaker" (M. Keenan, D. Lohner) - 4:00,
"Sour Grapes" (M. Keenan, J. Polonsky, T. Alexander) - 6:45,
"REV 22:20 (Dry Martini Mix)" (M. Keenan, D. Lohner) - 5:08,
Tim "Herb" Alexander - drums, drum engineering,
Joe Barresi - guitar,
Jeremy Berman - percussion, drums,
Alessandro Cortini - synthesizer,
Ainjel Emme - guitar (acoustic), vocals,
Josh Eustis - guitar, programming, Wurlitzer,
Alain Johannes - guitar,
Maynard James Keenan - guitar (acoustic), percussion, drums, vocals, Clavinet,
Bob Ludwig - mastering,
Brian Lustmord - programming,
Eddie McClintock - artwork, design,
Lynn Sanchez McClintock - production director,
Mat Mitchell - bass, guitar, programming,
Alan Moulder - mixing,
Alfredo Nogueira - pedal steel,
Jonny Polonsky - piano, Clavinet, sampling, loops,
Andy Savours - mixing,
Gil Sharone - percussion, drums,
Rani Sharone - bass, guitar, percussion, fretless bass, guitar (baritone)