Six Pack: The Stories Behind Six Classic Slipknot Songs
Learn how a homeless man coined the lyrics to 'Eyeless' and the darkness that surrounded the making of 'Iowa'
In this week’s Six Pack, Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor and percussionist Clown reveal the secrets and stories behind six classic tracks from their 1999 self-titled debut onwards…
Find it: Slipknot (1999)
Shawn 'Clown' Crahan [percussion]: “We were walking to CBGB’s when the homeless man came up to us. He was just blurting out crap and then he came out with that line. I repeated it over and over in my head so I wouldn’t forget it. Joey [Jordison, former drummer] and I both knew that was a great line.”
Corey Taylor [vocals]: “We recorded Eyeless with all of us in the same room and holding on for dear life. The frenzy that came out of us was amazing. We recorded the songs at, like, twice the speed we’d written them. It was so frenetic and charged with nervous aggression. I threw up so many times. You can hear me retching in the background of this while Ross Robinson [producer] laughs at me. But if anyone was going to capture us at that moment, it was Ross.”