So I’m not sure how many fans here are newer fans, but in my opinion, whether you’re new or have been a fan since the very beginning it’s always nice to learn and see how far the guys have come. So here’s a rundown of Korn’s history. It’s probably going to be long as fuck :)
Munky and Fieldy were in a band called L.A.P.D. which David
Silveria (at age 16) joined. They
released some music in that band, but not long after they broke up. Munky recruited Head who he knew from high
school to join them. Now, if you’ve seen
Who then now? (and if you haven’t you
really should) they talk about how they recruited Jonathan. According to Head and Munky they were at this
club, and just as they were about to leave they heard Jonathan singing, which
caused them to stop and stay for the whole set.
They were amazed by his voice, and seeked him out to try out for their
According to Jonathan he said he didn’t want to do it at
first but he went to a psychic who pretty much told him he was stupid if he
didn’t do it so he went and tired out.
And the rest is history.
Now, the story of how they came up with the name Korn is
interesting because I’ve heard different versions. According to them in Who Then Now? Jonathan
said he suggested Corn and they decided to change the spelling and all
that. But I’ve also seen this versionwhere basically Jonathan tells a story he
heard in Bakersfield when he was a teenager between two guys that had sex with
each other. I won’t go into details cuz
they’re gross but feel free to watch the video if your curiosity is getting the
best of you.
With their unique sound (at the time there was nothing like it)
Korn are considered pioneers of Nu Metal.
In 1994 they recorded and released their first official album KoRn which
includes the songs Blind, Faget, Clown, Shoots and Ladders, and Daddy. If you listen to Daddy all the way
through you can hear Jonathan breaking down, as they decided to keep the
recording going which I think adds to the emotions behind the song.
“When I was a
kid, I was being abused by somebody else and I went to my parents and told them
about it, and they thought I was lying and joking around. They never did shit
about it. They didn’t believe it was happening to their son…. I don’t really
like to talk about that song. This is as much as I’ve ever talked about
it…” – Jonathan Davis on the song Daddy
Life is Peachy was released in 1996 which includes the songs
No Place to Hide. A.D.I.D.A.S., and Kill You.
If you watch Who then Now, you can see the band recording this album,
and you can see Jonathan as he records Kill You, where it becomes emotional for
him again (it’s a song about his step mother) , making the other band members
tear up as well.
Follow the Leader was released in 1998, which features songs
Freak on a Leash, Got the Life, and All in the Family featuring Limp
Bizkit. The album also features Ice Cube
in Children of the Korn and Tre Hardson from Pharcyde in Cameltosis. If you listen to My gift to you and fast
forward after the song ends, you’ll get to hear Cheech Marin in Earache My Eye
where the guys all switch instruments.
This was their most successful album to date, charting at the top and
winning many awards.
Korn have always been all about the fans. During Follow the Leader they did this huge
tour to promote the album, doing signings at stores to meet fans. They also launched KornTV which documented
them during the album recording process and gave fans a chance to ask
questions. For Issues, they issued an
art contest where fans all over the world were able to make artwork that the
band would determine would be their next album cover. For Issues they also performed the album at length
at the Apollo, being broadcasted through radio stations all around. For Untouchables the boys did a performance
that included songs from the new album.
The performances was filmed and played in different theaters and later
released into a DVD.
In 2005, Head announced that he would be leaving the band.
“I was addicted
to methamphetamines and tried everything … rehab, stuff on the Internet, but
nothing helped me kick it. I was trying on my own to quit and couldn’t do it. I
wanted to die. No one knew what I was going through. I could not quit. Church
was my last shot. I would sit in church high [on drugs]. I would wonder why
people would go up to the front after the service. But one day it was for me. I
said [to God], ‘Show me how to quit.’”
“the last year I
was in the band, we were gonna kick out the bass player, Fieldy, and this guy’s
girlfriend couldn’t be on this side of the stage because there were fights with
another wife in the band. And obviously the drugs – it’s no secret I was into
the drugs, so crazy stuff, like having to finish our blow right before we got
to the border because they were gonna come check to see if we had
While away from the band Head released two books, and two
albums: one by himself and another with
his band Love & Death.
In 2006 David Silveria announced that he’d be taking a
hiatus from the band. (Now I’m not very
clear about what happened here because at the time I wasn’t following the band
as closely so feel free to message me or make a post about what happened. I know there was a falling out, but I’m not
clear on the details. I’m going off what
Wikipedia and the internet is telling me and we know they can’t be very reliableJ)
In 2008 Ray Luzier joined the band permanently.
In 2012 Head took his daughter to the Carolina Rebellion
Festival. Head played with the guys from
Red and also stopped by to say hi to the guys from Korn. That eventually led to him playing Blind with
Korn for the first time since he left the band.
And well, that’s how Head came back to the band as they began the
recording process for The Paradigm Shift.