In the three-minute video below, the members of KORN recall writing the song “Faget”, from their self-titled debut album, at a house on Orange Street in Huntington Beach, California. The band’s lead singer, Jonathan Davis, had just joined the group after quitting his previous job as a professional embalmer at a funeral home.
KORN guitarist Brian “Head” Welch says: “[Jonathan] moved in with us, with his girlfriend, and I remember sitting in the room he rented. I had my guitar in there and I wrote the riff. We just came up with the song ‘Faget’ right then and there. It was the very beginning.”
Davis added: “That song I wrote about being picked on as a kid. In high school and junior high, I was a very feminine dude” who used to wear makeup and loved DURAN DURAN. “I wasn’t gay, but people liked to assume that I was gay and call me ‘f****t.'”
KORN bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu said: “[‘Faget’] is just ‘fuck you, motherfuckers’ [laughs] to all these people who teased us. So it feels good; it’s like payback.”
KORN officially announced the details of a fall North American tour on which the band will perform its self-titled 1994 debut album in its entirety at every stop. The trek kicks off on October 1 in Chicago, winding down a month later on October 30 in Oakland.
Davis told The Pulse Of Radio not long ago how he thinks KORN has changed in the more than two decades since they recorded their debut. “When we did the first KORN record, the self-titled, we were kids, man. We were just crazy-ass kids, getting drunk every day, just making music, living a dream and it was just insanity. And which I loved — I don’t regret it one bit. But now I think where we’re at 20 years later, I think it’s more about making music and impacting people’s lives and helping people.”
Guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer told Loudwire how it felt to revisit the material from the band’s first album, saying: “You can tell we were just kids and we were developing, uncovering and polishing a sound that we didn’t know was going to take off so much.”
KORN’s self-titled debut was released on October 11, 1994.
It went on to sell more than 10 million copies worldwide and featured the band’s first classic, “Blind”.
The album is credited with launching the nu-metal movement of the 1990s, setting the template for albums from bands like DEFTONES, LIMP BIZKIT, COAL CHAMBER and others.