Korn About

Bakersfield friends James “Munky” Shaffer, Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu and David Silveria formed the funk-rock band LAPD in 1989 and moved to Los Angeles with another friend Brian “Head” Welch as their roadie. Later, with Welch as second guitarist, the band named themselves Creep and recorded a demo with pal Ross Robinson.

However, when Shaffer and Welch visited family in Bakersfield, they met Jonathan Davis who added a darker, goth-tinged edge to the band’s heavy groove. Robinson recalled:

The band wasn’t dark yet; it had, like, killer grooves and good riffs, but there was some happy edge to it. And when (Davis) walked into the room, it went dark and goth. Basically, during the first song, to audition in the rehearsal room, he started freaking the hell out [laughs]. You couldn’t hear his voice, but you felt chills all over your body, and it was instantly like, “Oh my God, yeah – he’s the one.”

They chose the name Korn (based on a gross story Davis once overheard) and recorded four songs inspired by acts like Pantera, Ice Cube, Duran Duran, Cypress Hill, The Cure, Primus and potentially anything in between. That demo attracted Immortal Records. Their debut album only peaked at #72 in the US, but over time became the seed that sprouted into a whole new style of heavy music most commonly called nu-metal. Davis explained in 2015:

At the time in rock, there was nothing new or different, and it felt so stagnant. And here come these guys from Bakersfield with this bouncing sound, and I’m screaming my throat out, being super emotional and bringing up all this weird shit … It changed everything, man. And I’m not saying that because I was in the band, but I started seeing kids in baggy clothes and metal kids in Adidas.

Korn’s second album Life Is Peachy began to expand the band’s sound from just dark and serious into frivolity, with a light-hearted cover of “Low Rider” and the band’s first almost-hit in the US “ADIDAS”. The formula worked in the UK where all three singles reached the top 30.

It was the band’s third album Follow The Leader, another collection of dark songs mixed in with some silly ones, that broke the band in the US. Despite two of its singles only reaching the top 20 on two rock charts (but not crossing over to mainstream success), Korn became what Noisey called “the biggest band in the fucking world”.

With an established sound, the band continued releasing successful albums and playing to packed arenas through the 2000s. But aside from their experimental tenth album The Path Of Totality – a mixing of metal and dubstep – their albums remained formulaic and predictable. They are still best remembered for their self-titled debut and third album Follow The Leader. In 2005, it was common to refer to Korn as a band whose best albums are their odd-numbered ones:

The received wisdom about Korn is that they deliver on the odd numbers. Album one, ‘Korn’, revitalised metal, dragging it out of the middle ages into the modern era. Album three, ‘Follow The Leader’, took the form into the mainstream, blowing boundaries and preconceptions. Album four, ‘Issues’, was dense and impenetrable.

Welch quit in 2005 after having “Revelation of Christ” and Silveria left silently in 2006, but years later revealed one reason for leaving was that he “was being asked to be a puppet and dumb down my playing” while producers made “cookie cutter Korn songs”. Welch later rejoined in 2013.

The band’s lifestyles have changed drastically over the band’s three-decade career, moving away from the spoils of excess to inspiring others to overcome their addictions and depression. In 2016, Davis told The Guardian:

Nothing brings more joy into my fucking heart than seeing our music help a kid who is depressed, or suicidal, or going through an episode. That’s the payoff to me, that’s why we keep coming out here, that’s why we keep making records. Because we like to see people smile.

As of 2020, the band has released 13 albums. The first seven are certified platinum and the band is widely recognized as a pioneer of “one of heavy music’s biggest paradigm shifts”. They’re credited with creating the genre ‘nu-metal’ – a label Davis originally rejected:

I’d like to find that fucking writer that coined that term, nu-metal … Yeah, we’re heavy and downtuned, but metal, to me, is like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. That’s metal, man. I always thought of us as a funk band, that funky groovy shit.

Korn Albums

The Nothing The Nothing Korn Released September 13, 2019 6 15
The Serenity of Suffering The Serenity of Suffering Korn Released October 21, 2016 5 11
The Paradigm Shift The Paradigm Shift Korn Released October 8, 2013 7 14
Never Never: The Remixes Never Never: The Remixes Korn Released October 8, 2013 3 14
The Path of Totality The Path of Totality Korn Released December 6, 2011 5 14
The Essential Korn The Essential Korn Korn Released May 10, 2011 15 17
Korn III: Remember Who You Are Korn III: Remember Who You Are Korn Released July 13, 2010 6 14
Digital EP #1 Digital EP #1 Korn Released September 28, 2009 1 17
Playlist: The Very Best Of Korn Playlist: The Very Best Of Korn Korn Released April 29, 2008 6 14
Untitled Untitled Korn Released July 31, 2007 9 14
MTV Unplugged (Live) MTV Unplugged (Live) Korn Released March 5, 2007 1 16
Live & Rare Live & Rare Korn Released May 9, 2006 3 16
See You on the Other Side See You on the Other Side Korn Released December 6, 2005 7 14
The Other Side, Part 1 The Other Side, Part 1 Korn Released October 25, 2005 2 14
Greatest Hits Vol. 1 Greatest Hits Vol. 1 Korn Released October 5, 2004 5 15
Take a Look in the Mirror Take a Look in the Mirror Korn Released November 21, 2003 7 13
Untouchables Untouchables Korn Released June 11, 2002 6 11
All Mixed Up All Mixed Up Korn Released November 16, 1999 2 10
Issues Issues Korn Released November 16, 1999 7 17
Freak on a Leash (Remixes) Freak on a Leash (Remixes) Korn Released May 25, 1999 3 12
Follow the Leader Follow the Leader Korn Released August 18, 1998 7 13

Korn Lyricsby Popularity

1 Blind Korn 31 2 Wake Up Korn 23 3 Trash Korn 23 4 Clown Korn 21 5 Shoots & Ladders Korn 21 6 Thoughtless Korn 21 7 Hater Korn 20 8 Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 1, 2, 3 Korn 20 9 Insane Korn 19 10 A.D.I.D.A.S. Korn 19 11 Make Me Bad Korn 19 12 Never Never Korn 18 13 Proud Korn 18 14 Y'all Want a Single Korn 17 15 The Past Korn 17 16 Trapped Underneath the Stairs Korn 17 17 Here to Stay Korn 17 18 Gravity of Discomfort Korn 16 19 Let the Guilt Go Korn 16 20 Did My Time Korn 16 21 Dead Bodies Everywhere Korn 16 22 Throw Me Away Korn 16 23 Cold Korn 15 24 H@rd3r Korn 15 25 Love & Meth Korn 15 26 Kill Mercy Within (Ft. Noisia) Korn 15 27 Overture or Obituary Korn 15 28 Hypocrites Korn 15 29 Open Up Korn 15 30 Liar Korn 15 31 Freak on a Leash Korn 15 32 Can You Hear Me Korn 14 33 Spike in My Veins Korn 14 34 Proud Korn 14 35 Somebody Someone Korn 14 36 Are You Ready to Live? Korn 14 37 Falling Away from Me Korn 14 38 Seen It All Korn 14 39 Tearjerker Korn 14 40 Alone I Break Korn 14 41 4 U Korn 14 42 It's Gonna Go Away Korn 14 43 Starting Over (Early Demo) Korn 14 44 Seed Korn 14 45 Cameltosis (Ft. Slimkid3) Korn 14 46 Never Never (Bro Safari X Ufo! Remix) Korn 13 47 This Loss Korn 13 48 Die Another Day Korn 13 49 Uber-Time Korn 13 50 Good God Korn 13 51 Kiss Korn 13 52 Hushabye Korn 13 53 Sing Sorrow Korn 13 54 Play Me (Ft. Nas) Korn 13 55 Let's Do This Now Korn 13 56 I'm Hiding Korn 13 57 Freak on a Leash Korn 13 58 Lost Korn 13 59 Got the Life Korn 13 60 Earache My Eye (Ft. Cheech Marin) Korn 13 61 Somebody Someone Korn 12 62 The Darkness is Revealing Korn 12 63 Victimized Korn 12 64 Freak on a Leash Korn 12 65 All in the Family (Ft. Fred Durst) Korn 12 66 Jingle Balls Korn 12 67 Thoughtless Korn 12 68 Got the Life (Live at CBGB) Korn 12 69 Hollow Life Korn 12 70 Starting Over Korn 12 71 Bitch We Got a Problem Korn 12 72 Evolution Korn 12 73 Hold On Korn 12 74 Alive Korn 12 75 Y'all Want a Single Korn 12 76 Beat It Upright Korn 12 77 No Way Korn 12 78 Jingle Balls Korn 12 79 Freak On A Leash (Dante Ross Mix) Korn 12 80 Reclaim My Place Korn 12 81 What We Do Korn 11 82 Never Never (Awolnation Remix) Korn 11 83 Chi Korn 11 84 Cameltosis (Ft. Slimkid3) Korn 11 85 Alone I Break Korn 11 86 Never Around Korn 11 87 Here to Stay (Live at CBGB) Korn 11 88 I'm the One Korn 11 89 Did My Time Korn 11 90 Everything I've Known Korn 11 91 I'm Done Korn 11 92 Here to Stay (T-Ray's Mix) Korn 11 93 Counting Korn 11 94 Freak on a Leash (Josh A's Beast on a Leash mix) Korn 11 95 Got the Life Korn 10 96 Freak On A Leash (Dante Ross Mix) Korn 10 97 Bleeding Out (Ft. Feed Me) Korn 10 98 No Place to Hide Korn 10 99 Got the Life Korn 10 100 Do What They Say Korn 10 101 Freak on a Leash (Live At MTV Studio, NYC, 2006) Korn 10 102 Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 1, 2, 3 Korn 10 103 Got the Life (Josh Abraham remix) Korn 10 104 Way Too Far (Ft. 12th Planet, Downlink & Flinch) Korn 9 105 Got the Life (Live at CBGB) Korn 9 106 Twisted Transistor (Dummies Club Mix) Korn 9 107 Hollow Life Korn 9 108 A.D.I.D.A.S (Radio Mix) Korn 9 109 Somebody Someone Korn 9 110 No Way Korn 9 111 Freak on a Leash (Lethal Freak Mix) (Ft. Everlast) Korn 9 112 Dead Bodies Everywhere Korn 9 113 Rotting in Vain Korn 8 114 The Hating Korn 8 115 A Different World (Ft. Corey Taylor) Korn 8 116 Never Never (Calvertron Remix) Korn 8 117 Chaos Lives in Everything (Ft. Skrillex) Korn 8 118 Am I Going Crazy? Korn 8 119 Baby Korn 7 120 Narcissistic Cannibal (Ft. Kill The Noise & Skrillex) Korn 7