Korn (sometimes rendered as KoRn or KoЯn) is a Nu Metal band formed in 1993 from Bakersfield, California. Well, we say a nu metal band. What we actually mean is the nu metal band. Korn are notable for being the first nu metal band - though others had fused rap and metal before (Rage Against the Machine, Faith No More), Korn were the first to play the infamous style of nu metal, adding angsty lyrics, downtuned guitars and funk-influenced bass playing and removing guitar solos. Korn's surprise success in the mid-nineties spawned a legion of similar bands that were more geared for the mainstream, resulting in nu metal becoming a separate genre from Alternative Metal.Korn themselves are one of the few nu metal bands to try and reject the commercialism of other bands of the movement (not that they're uncommercial, mind you. After all, their latest album throws in Dubstep, A genre which they had no familiarity with). They even commented on this trend-hopping tendency with the title of their third album, Follow the Leader. They also try and reject all genre classification, including rejecting the term "metal" to describe their music, (hence their exclusion from the Metal in the musicians page) though this had more to do with a dislike of being classified, period.
Their lineup consists of:
Jonathan Davis - lyrics (occasionally Guitar or Drums; and sometimes Bagpipes)
James "Munky" Shaffer - guitar
Brian "Head" Welch - guitar (1993–2005, rejoined in 2013)
Audience Participation Song: "Y'All Want A Single". Before singing it, Jonathan calls out the name of the city they're in, thanks the audience for being fans and coming out to see them, and asks then to hold their middle fingers in the air and shouting "Fuck that!" before singing.
Atomic F-Bomb: In "Y'all Want A Single" and in "Falling Away from Me." The former is loooooong
Deadpan Snarker: Jonathan, of all people, gets his moments on "All In the Family." Where Fred Durst mostly responds to Jon's insults with "Say what, say what" or "Oh yeah?" or other phrases that really just exist so Fred can keep time, Jon comments on many of Fred's lines. For instance...
Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: For obvious reasons, Korn tends to reside on the higher single digits of the scale. Untouchables is arguably their heaviest album, helped in no small part by the production. Their songs are usually in the 5-7 range.
One Hit Wonder: Technically, "Did My Time" was their only top 40 hit on the Hot 100, but they are one of the most well known rock bands of the past 15 years. Not to mention, "Did My Time" is certainly not their most famous song; that would probably be "Freak on a Leash."
The Rival: Ben Folds. Korn mocked him as an opening act as a lame Cheers performer. Folds responded with the savage mocking song Rockin' the Suburbs (aka Korn Sucks), with such lyrics as "I'm rocking the suburbs / I take the checks and face the facts / That some producer with computers / Fixes all my shitty tracks".
Also The Eels. The two bands didn't get along at all during Lollapalooza 1997.