Looking Back: Corey Taylor Reflects On The Slipknot Self-Titled Era

Looking Back: Corey Taylor Reflects On The Slipknot Self-Titled Era

- By Ramon Gonzales

On his Favorite Track: "When we stopped playing it live, I had a hard time enjoying our sets for a very long time."

Set to mark the silver anniversary, Slipknot's seminal, self-titled debut will turn 25 this week. An album often referenced to this very day as a landmark moment in the greater culture of heavy music and art, the reverberations from the album still impact the landscape of outsider art and have inspired generations of renegades since. 

As a collective deadset on pressing forward and advancing the culture, its rare that Slipknot pause long enough to take inventory of their climb thus far. In this particular case, frontman Corey Taylor managed to offer a brief glimpse of some his most apparent memories of the era, back when Self-Titled was surpassing it's 21st year in existence. 

The candid look back from Taylor revisits the collective headspace of the band and some of those especially formative moments that eventually propelled the band to a different stratosphere in eventually becoming a champion for the outlier and a voice of a generation. 

Check the flashback with Corey Taylor below. 



(Original article ran in 2020)

After 21 years, Slipknot's self-titled debut remains one of heavy music's most groundbreaking releases. Catapulting the band into ranks of the genre's elite, the songs, the aesthetic, and the angst remain an enduring example of Slipknot's impact and evolution.

The recent broadcast of the band's collection of home video footage from the era, Welcome to Our Neighborhood, prompted a discussion with the band's frontman Corey Taylor. He revisited those formative years, the inspiration at the core of the music, and the cultural shift prompted by the record.


TAYLOR - There are too many stories to tell from that first run, but it was certainly amazing. One time, after our first show in Japan, the fans chased out into our waiting van to take us back to the hotel. Mind you, we were STILL in our masks and coveralls - it was the only way we were going to get out of there in a timely fashion. The fans surrounded the van and were trying to get to us so hard that they were rocking the van itself. It almost tipped over.

Being full of adrenaline, we thought it was awesome. It wasn't until we got back to our rooms that we realized we could've been seriously injured. Still, a great memory.


TAYLOR - My favorite by far is "Scissors." To this day it's my favorite Slipknot song. I love it because every time we would play it, the whole second half was improvised. We played at each other, free form, free prose, everything.

It was violent and gorgeous. Nothing will ever replace it for me - when we stopped playing it live, I had a hard time enjoying our sets for a very long time.


TAYLOR - I can't speak for the rest of the band, but I know to me some of our influences on that album were bands like Faith No More, Neurosis, Korn, Obituary, Acid Bath, Public Enemy, Anthrax, NWA, etc.


TAYLOR - I've always loved the lyrics for "Eyeless." I'd never written anything as raw and open before. It was all about the absence of my father, being a teenage addict and also being forced to enter NA and Alateen when I was still fucked up.

In treatment, they kept telling me 'it's all in your head'. That line resonates with me to this day.


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