Its name, Tool, though has some versions about its origin, actually means that the band served its fans as a tool through which those people would come to understand lachrymology, a belief that crying is the best emotional release.
"Stinkfist" was nominated for Best Music Video, Short Form category at Grammy Awards held in 1998.
The music video of "Schism" was both nominated in the categories of Best Modern Rock Clip of the Year and Best Hard Rock Clip of the Year at Billboard Music Awards in 2001.
Was named Best New Artist at the 1993 Billboard Music Awards while their music video of single "Sober" was selected as the Best Hard Rock/Metal Clip of the Year.
Their second album's title, "Ænima", is a combination of the words anima and enema which means the cleansing of the soul.
Initially revealed to public that their third studio album would be named "Systema Encephale" along with an obscure tracklist of it, but later it turned out that they only played joke as the album came out with completely different title and tracklist.
Single "Reflection" originally was named "Resolution", but finally changed to its current title at the last minute.
Their song entitled "Third Eye" used a few samples taken from comedian Bill Hicks' sketches.
Album "Undertow" has a picture of a cow licking itself behind its CD tray.
Their EP of "Opiate" is derived from a quote by Karl Marx, "Religion [...] is the opium of the people."
Had occassionally performed such songs by other artists, as Peach's "Spasm" and "You Lied", also Ted Nugent's "Stranglehold", and Kyuss' "Demon Cleaner" in their live sets.
The band's members are not only good in playing musical instrument but also in writing lyrics.
Is known to often avoid press and rarely permit interviews.
Their music gets the influence from King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Rush.
Most of their songs are recorded in a long-duration.