Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Slipknot's Corey Taylor: "The Negative One is not about Joey Jordison"


Slipknot's Corey Taylor was recently interviewed by Loudwire, you can read some excerpts below.


Corey Taylor has once again denied that the band's song "The Negative One" was written about the band's former drummer, Joey Jordison, claiming that the song's lyrics deal with the conflicting emotions of grief and anger that he felt right after the death of Slipknot's original bassist Paul Gray.

With lyrics like "The Lord Of Lies / You Had To Be Set Free / Opposing Sides / Your Choices Are The Negative One And Me," fans have speculated that "The Negative One" was written about Joey Jordison, who was assigned "1" as his numbered alias after the band's formation. However, Corey Taylor has dismissed those theories as "incorrect," Taylor said: "I think there's a handful of people who have original ideas, and then there are millions of people who will pick up that original idea and just copy and paste it and put it all over the place. A lot of people aren't brave enough to have their own opinion. So even though that opinion was incorrect, I could see how something like that could snowball and really roll downhill and just start picking up people and getting louder and louder and louder. And, honestly, it wasn't until I came out and said something that people started looking at it in a different light. And, honestly, I didn't even realize that you could have read it that way. It was the furthest thing from my mind, because none of the songs on '.5: The Gray Chapter' are about Joey. All of the songs on there are about the band in general, sometimes about myself, but also sometimes about just what we were going through when it came to Paul and his death."

"The Negative One songtitle is a reference to the negative one and me, those two people. Fighting those sides of yourself where… There's a part of you that just really misses your friend, and then there's a part of you that is so mad at your friend that it makes it hard for you to feel empathy, which is very natural, especially when you lose someone the way we lost Paul. So it's dealing with very human issues, but it can go either way: it can go negative, it can go positive."

He continued: "I can see where people would make that, but it's incorrect."