When the Kite String Pops is the debut album of American sludge metal band Acid Bath. Released on August 8, 1994, it is considered an underground classic. The album's artwork is a painting made by notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy while in prison awaiting execution. The balloons on the lower part contain both his nickname, "Pogo the clown", and his name, J. W. Gacy. On the Double Live Bootleg! DVD (2002), Dax Riggs introduced the song "Tranquilized" by saying, "This song is about getting high any way you do it, and kicking the earth from beneath you" and "Cheap Vodka" by saying, "This song is about getting wasted and killing things, blood, sex, and blasphemy." "Toubabo Koomi" is Swahili for "land of the white cannibals." It was the only Acid Bath song that was made into a music video. The song "God Machine" begins with a spoken word introduction by Dax Riggs.
In 1999, sales of the album were just over 37,000 copies in the US, which is higher than average for a band with no publicity and released exclusively on an independent label.