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KoRn is a Heavy Metal band formed in Los Angeles in 1993.


Members of the band are as follows:

Jonathan Davis – vocals, lyricist, guitar, bagpipes, drums
James "Munky" Shaffer – guitar, backing vocals
Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu – bass


Former members include:

Brian "Head" Welch –…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Korn, has (as of 2009) released 8 studio albums, 4 compilations and 2 live albums.

    • Korn has signed a global partnership in which is the first of its kind in the music industry with EMI/Virgin Records.

    • KoRn appeared on Rockline on July 14, 2006.

    • KoRn was ranked #53 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.

    • Bassist Reginald 'Fieldy' Arvizu was given his nickname early on by the band. "When I was younger, I had these chipmunk cheeks... so they called me 'Gopher', and then it became 'Garf'. Next they started calling me 'Garfield'. And finally it became 'Fieldy'.

    • Guitarist James 'Munky' Schaffer acquired his nickname from his feet. Schaffer explains, "I'd spread 'em out and everyone said they look like hands, like monkey hands."

    • Drummer David Silveria has a younger brother, Andy, and three older sisters, Darla, Kelly, and Tracy.

    • Drummer David Silveria was featured in a number of Calvin Klein advertisements in 1999 and 2000.

    • Falling Away From Me discusses child abuse and domestic violence from the abused child's perspective. Part of the first verse says, "I flirt with suicide, Sometimes kill the pain. I can always say, 'It's gonna be better tomorrow'" Meanwhile the chorus repeats, "Beating me down, Beating me, beating me, Down, down, Into the ground." In addition, the video for "Falling Away From Me" sets the scene of a teenage daughter who is physically abused by her father.

    • "Trash" is one of numerous songs on the Issues LP that discusses the battles Jonathan Davis encountered by touring and being on the road for extended periods of time. "[It] is about how I threw my world and everything out. I threw her away. I threw my old self away," says Davis. The "her" refers to his first wife, Renee, who he admittedly cheated on while he was touring, which was a main factor for their subsequent divorce.

    • "Dead", the opening track from KoRn's album Issues, is one of the easier songs to interpret as its overall meaning is stated throughout the song. "All I want in life is to be happy", as the opening lyrics state, is the song's meaning. In an interview Jonathan Davis explained, "It's like whenever I start to feel good, something comes and takes it away and I feel like I'm nothing again, like I'm dead."

    • The meaning of the song "Fake" revolves around people pretending to be something they aren't. Growing up Jonathan Davis was constantly teased and ridiculed for being different; for failing to conform and fit in with the crowd ("I can't stand the sight of you, I can't stand what you put me through. Your life's a lie, that you hide. Is it that terrible being you inside?"). Many times people will change their attitude, opinions, and appearance to parrallel that of the mainstream crowd.

    • KoRn's song "Shoots and Ladders" confronts the dark origins of many nursery rhymes. Jonathan Davis says, "Everyone is so happy when singing 'London Bridges' but it is about the Black Plague. All of them (nursery rhymes) have these evil stories behind them. The lyrics [of the song] are from nursery rhymes, and a lot of nursery rhymes go back to the Middle Ages. They're actually pretty twisted if you know the stories behind them."

    • The song "Need To", from KoRn's self-titled, debut album describes Jonathan Davis's issues with emotional abandonment. In particular "Need To" refers to being in a serious relationship with someone whom you love while keeping that person from getting to close to you out of fear they may stop loving you. After being emotionally abandoned by people he loved, Davis would push away any woman with whom he was in a relationship when he felt she was getting too close to him.

    • KoRn's first big hit and one of their most popular songs, "Blind" refers to Jonathan Davis's past drug use. Drugs controlled his life and provided an escape from the pain he endured as a young adult. A line contained in the song reads, "Another place I find to escape the pain inside." But his drug use also created a void in the direction and goals of his life ("See through the gray that clouds my mind"). Davis wants to escape his mental confusion but his low self-esteem and lack of confidence seek to resist change.

    • One of the few songs that indirectly references Jonathan Davis's son, Nathan, "Seed" essentially is about innocence lost. Davis feels the stress and pressure of being a popular musician and wonders if it is worth it. Jonathan has said, "It's about Nathan, it's about every time that I look into his eyes, I see myself how I used to be: innocent and stress free. I'm kind of jealous of it. It sucks. I used to be that way. It's like I have to work so hard at this thing in my life. I have to become a stressed out freak to put food on the table for my child."

    • The song "B.B.K." from the Follow the Leader album discusses the pressures singer Jonathan Davis felt while the band was working on Follow the Leader, their third and, at the time, most anticipated album. The pressure and self-doubt is evident within many of the lyrics of the song. The first two verses, separated by the chorus in the song illustrate the song's meaning:

      "So you've seen I've gotten this far.
      Please give me some place to hide.
      I'm not trying to go there, so take me away."

      "There's nothing wrong wanting to be loved.
      Is there something wrong with me?
      For once in my life I'd like to be really set free.
      Let me be me."

    • "Dead Bodies Everywhere", from the album Follow the Leader, is about parents pressuring their children to follow or avoid a certain occupation or career. In an interview, Davis' said, "[It] is about my parents trying to keep me out of the music business. My father was in it, he knew how it was, and I totally understand now that I have a son. I want Nathan to be a musician but I him don't want him to go through the hell I went through. That's the same thing my Dad was doing." Davis also refers to parents pressuring their children to be something they aren't.

    • The meaning of the song "Got the Life" centers around Lead Singer Jonathan Davis. feeling that he gets handed many things thanks to his fame within the music industry, yet he feels divided because with said "hand-outs" comes extra baggage. Though never stated in so many words, it seems as though Davis' feels guilty for his wealth and fame because it has not brought happiness and peace to him (at least not at the time when "Got the Life" was written).

    • Korn made a song called, The Camel Song for the movie soundrack End of Days in 1999.

    • KoRn and The Dust Brothers made a song called, "Kick the P.A." for the movie soundtrack Spawn in 1997.

    • Korn made a song called, "Proud" for the soundtrack to the 1997 movie I Know What You Did Last Summer.

    • The 1996 movie The Crow: City of Angels featured a KoRn song entitled "Sean Olson".

    • In 1999, The Billboard Music Awards nominated KoRn for Best Clip of the Year/Hard Rock for the song "Freak On A Leash".

    • In 2002, "Here To Stay" was nominated for Best Rock Video.

    • In 2000, "Falling Away From Me" was nominated for Best Rock Video.

    • In 1999, the song "Freak On A Leash" was nominated for the following awards:
      Video of the Year
      Best Rock Video (Won)
      Breakthrough Video
      Best Direction
      Best Special Effects
      Best Art Direction
      Best Editing (Won)
      Best Cinematography

    • In 2004, KoRn was nominated for Best Metal Performance for "Did My Time".

    • In 2003, KoRn won a Grammy for Best Metal Performance for the song "Here To Stay".

    • KoRn won a Grammy for Best Music Video for the song "Freak On A Leash" in 2000.

    • In 1998, KoRn was nominated a grammy for the Best Metal Performance for the song "No Place To Hide".

    • In 1997, KoRn was nominated for a Grammy in the catagory of Best Metal Performance for the song "Shoots and Ladders".

    • The song "Children of the KoRn" is about the war that goes on between parents and their kids, and the torments some have to go through.

    • The meaning of the KoRn song "It's On" is centered around the subject of peer pressure. "[It's about] me being stressed out and just going out and partying. Everybody's just going 'Come on dude, it's on.' That's partying, it's alcohol, cocaine, women. All that wrapped into one.", says lead singer Jonathan Davis, "And in the chorus I talked why I am doing this. It's my fault [that I am doing this] because all the alcohol, booze, and chicks do is just make it worse. They just rearrange all the problems into a different order that I can deal with at that moment."

    • KoRn was one of the first bands to capitalize on the growing popularity of the internet in the mid-1990s. They continue to utilize the internet for marketing, interaction and communication with fans, posting photos from studio sessions or live concerts, amongst others.

    • In an April 2006 interview Jonathan Davis said that KoRn plans to play a small acoustic set for AOL Acoustic Sessions. Davis stated that the following songs would be included in the set: "Alone I Break", "Thoughtless", "Coming Undone", "Falling Away From Me".

    • KoRn was the musical guest on the Saturday Night Live episode that aired on 19 November 2005. They performed "Twisted Transistor" and "Freak on a Leash".

    • Jonathan Davis's first band was called Sex art.

    • Jonathan Davis has an "HIV" tattoo on his right tricep. Davis does not have HIV or AIDS, rather this tattoo alludes to Jonathan's years in high school. Classmates, particularly "jocks" according to Davis, frequently ridiculed him for being different and referred to him using slang terms that suggested Jonathan was gay

    • Lead singer Jonathan Davis was a coroner's assistant at the Coroners Department in Kern County. The song "Pretty", from KoRn's third album, Follow the Leader, describes a crime scene he worked as a coroner's assistant in which a two year-old girl was raped and murdered by her father. He has stated this particular case gave him nightmares for quite a while afterwards.

    • Despite the overt suggestion made by the KoRn song "Daddy", Jonathan Davis was not sexually abused by his father. Though they had a strained relationship while Jonathan was growing up, today they have a good relationship. Davis was sexually abused by a neighbor as a child and when he informed his parents of the alleged abuse they did not believe him.

    • KoRn appeared as themselves in an episode of South Park entitled "Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery." During this episode "Falling Away From Me", the first single from the band's album Issues, was premiered.

  • Quotes

    • Jonathan: The kids out there want something they can relate to, something that's real; most of that whiny stuff isn't real. The cheesy pop songs just bore me to death.

    • Jonathan: We're not trying to change the world; just music.

    • Jonathan: Our fans make the band. What they give we give right back. They're an integral part of us. They ARE us.

    • Jonathan: It is quite annoying that we have to change the sound we invented just to avoid sounding like people who simply copy us, but... it is flattering and of course challenging.

    • Jonathan: Our fans make the band. What they give we give right back. They're an integral part of us. They ARE us.

    • Jonathan Davis: We named [Chi] after him because he used to call it reggae, and he loves reggae music. (Speaking about the KoRn song "Chi", which is named after Chi Cheng, the bassist for rock band the Deftones. The song is about on turning to drug and alcohol abuse in an attempt to escape dealing with one's emotional pain.)

    • Jonathan Davis: Justin's dying wish was to meet us and it really freaked me out. It threw a whole new kind of pressures on my head. That's really intense. Someone's going to die and the last thing he wants to do is come hang out with us. So I truly just freaked out. It's like why would you want to meet me? What makes me so special? And in turn I talk about how I admire his courage and his life. I couldn't stare at him because he was so content with the fact that he was dying. None of us could look him in the eyes. And I totally admire his strength. I wish I had it. (about the meaning of the song Justin, which was the name of a young boy who was a KoRn fan but was diagnosed with intestinal cancer, a terminal illness)

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • KoRn is an intense, highly talented band with legions of fans worldwide, though the band also has played a key role as an innovator.

    9.1
    KoRn is without a doubt one of, if not the, most important bands to the boom of the so-called "nu metal" movement that gave rise to bands such as Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Slipknot, Adema, and others.



    Frontman Jonathan Davis is a very talented, unique singer whose tightly crafted lyrics and distinctive voice and singing style, which of course includes the grunts, groans, and scats for which he has become known. Virtually all of his lyrics and their subject matter revolve around personal experiences and situations Davis has seen over the course of his life, a fact that likely allows many of the band's fans to relate to the band's music. James "Munky" Shaffer adds great guitar melodies through the distinct characteristics of his playing style, one of which is the way he bends the strings and slowly releases them to create the effect of a guitar going out of tune. Fieldy is the highly talented bassist with several highly unique playing styles and techniques. One of them is a clicky, percussive sound, which can easily be mistaken for a kick drum on numerous songs. His base lines typically go over the guitar lines, thereby adding another dimension to the base. And then there is David Silveria, the shy member of the band (according to Jonathan), who began playing drums at age nine. Silveria is a highly accomplished drummer – just listen to "It's On", "Chi", "F_get", or "Falling Away From Me", just to site a few of the songs on which he does such an outstanding job.



    In addition to their musical contributions, KoRn was one of the first bands to capitalize on the popularity boom of the internet in the mid-1990s. The band used the internet for communication and interaction with its fans, behind the scenes images and videos, live internet broadcasts, and marketing, just to name a few.



    KoRn's seventh studio album, entitled See You on the Other Side, leads in a somewhat different direction than previous albums, but is also gives the band an opportunity to experiment, expand, and open the flood gates of creativity, which may or may not be something subsequent albums utilize too. And though the loss of Head, who went to join a flock of sheep, in 2005 will certainly have some affect on the band, the remaining four members are determined to continue on this journey they began as teenagers back in Bakersfield, CA in 1994.moreless
  • Korn is without a question one of the most popular bands in the world. Jonathan Davis continues to write great lyrics that all us hardcore fans crave and can't seem to get enough of.moreless

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    Korn is without a question one of the most popular bands in the world. Jonathan Davis continues to write great lyrics that all us hardcore fans crave and can't seem to get enough of. Yes their sound has changed over the years, coming into the scene with hardcore riffs and even heavier screams, but the great bands have to change (for the better). Once young and full of anger, Korn now has set that aside and matured into a band that is simply about making good records and pleasing their audience. Sure we all know that Korn's greatest album was their first self titled album "Korn", but even with that said Korn still keeps releasing albums that are hits such as "Follow the Leader" and "Issues". No doubt that without them and the Deftones the world of Hard Rock would've never been the same. These two bands single-handedly paved the way for all these new bands like, Staind, Disturbed, Godsmack, and Linkin Park. Keep on rocking it and we'll keep on listening.moreless
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