Korn’s Jonathan Davis Ranks The Bands Discography, Reflects On $4 Million Dollar Budgets, Substance Abuse, Etc.


Korn frontman Jonathan Davis was recently tasked with ranking the bands eleven studio albums by Noisey. If you’re pressed for time, the list of his choices with a few excerpts can be found below, while each entry, complete with commentary from Davis can be found at the aforementioned link.

11 – “Take A Look In The Mirror
10 – “Korn III: Remember Who You Are

On working with producer Ross Robinson again:

Korn III was fucking hard. It was rough, that’s when we had Ross come back in, and he tortured the shit out of me. And I love him, but that’s definitely how he does his thing. It was a very weird album to make and it was a very painful album to make where he’d do a lot of fucked up shit, so yeah. We did the album on tape and dumped it on Pro Tools, but we only did tape edits. It was a return to doing it the old school style, and not having any boundaries or a click track. But I think it was forced and Ross pushed us to do stuff that I was older than, it seemed pointless to try and recapture shit from ’94 in ’09. It didn’t transfer even though we did well and the record was great.”

09 – “Untitled
08 – “Life Is Peachy
07 – “See You On The Other Side
06 – “The Paradigm Shift
05 – “Issues
04 – “Follow The Leader

On being lumped into nu metal:

“Yeah, that nu-metal thing. It was funny how they came up with that shit, because when we first came out, no one knew what the fuck to do with us. I’d like to find that fucking writer that coined that term, nu-metal. When we came out, we toured with everyone from No Doubt, Pennywise, Cadillac Trance, Sick of It All, KMFDM, it was all over the place. So finally someone came up with “nu-metal” and everyone copped our shit. I didn’t understand it, like I never thought of us to be metal to begin with.

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. When they came out with that nu-metal shit, like, I’ve always been fighting that shit. Then Limp Bizkit came up and we found them and took them on tour and blew them up, and all the other bands came and we had a scene which was really good and solidified with the Family Values Tour.”

On “All In The Family“:

“It is the dumbest fucking track Korn ever did. [Laughs] That is what drugs and alcohol will do to a motherfucker. [Laughs

03 – “The Path Of Totality
02 – “Untouchables

On making the album and its price tag:

“We were coming off of Issues, and we wanted to make an amazing record. That’s when we hooked up with Michael Beinhorn, and Beinhorn’s whole vision was to make an amazing sounding rock record that could never be made again. Untouchables cost us four million dollars, we did shit that couldn’t ever be done again. And I wanted to shoot a documentary about that record. We spent so much money, the drums alone we spent a whole month just getting drum sounds. There were 50 mics just on the drumset that they picked out and tested. It took two years making it, four million, and it was the very first 96k recording done at that sample rate, so there was some shit that hadn’t been done.

We had to get someone to make clocks to clock the sample rates. It was crazy. Usually I do my vocals and it takes me a month or two weeks, but just vocals it took me five, almost six months. With Beinhorn, sometimes I’d walk in and sing and he’d just say, “Go home, your voice ain’t right.” It was ridiculous, all the shit we did. I can’t explain how crazy or scientific it is. To this day, when I turn it on in a big system, it’s the most thickest heaviest sounding record Korn has ever made. It was the peak and pinnacle of everything in Korn. I still can’t believe how much work went in on it. It was a lot. [Laughs]”

01 – “Korn

On its legacy:

“Yeah, the record that changed everything. 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. That album was a very fucking dark record, I didn’t realize how dark until we started playing it 20 years later. 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. It was fucking crazy, we never knew it would blow up and I’d be here 20 years later talking about all of this shit.”

On reflecting on his discography and what’s next:

“Oh I can’t wait to do the next record. I’ll keep doing this until I can’t do it no more. That’s just how I am, and I love music that much and that’s how much it means to me. I’m down to do another ten records, shit. [Laughs] I’m never gonna run out of shit. I don’t know who I fucked over, or what dog I kicked, but bad shit always happens to me man.

I’ll always have fuel. [Laughs] I see how it helps kids and I love writing lyrics and what I do and what it does for people. It’s not about the money or fame anymore, it’s just about seeing people really hurt and damaged and upset over shit, and somehow our music makes some people feel better. That’s why I’m still here.”

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