In the past few years Corey Taylor has gone from being the leader of scary masked metallers Slipknot to one of music’s biggest and most outspoken characters. From slamming easy targets like Donald Trump and Justin Bieber to offering a passionate defence of the music he loves, Taylor is always on hand with a snappy one-liner and some brilliantly quotable insults. After all, it’s not everyone who can call their book You’re Making Me Hate You and mean it. Here are ten of the cranky frontman’s most memorable lines. Slipknot return to the UK for an arena tour in 2016. O2 Priority customers get tickets 48 hours before general release. Search ‘O2 Priority’ for tickets.
Next time you’re listening to Slipknot’s self-titled debut album, remember this little tale about where songs like ‘Spit it Out’ and ‘Wait & Bleed’ were written: “The lyrics for the first Slipknot album were written in the bathroom, while I was working 9am ’til 8pm at a porn shop,” he told The Guardian in 2011. Charming.
Corey ribbing his friend Scott Ian of Anthrax over the band’s inclusion on the so-called Big Four Tour, alongside Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer in 2011 at a celebrity roast: “The only reason that concert was called the ‘Big Four’ was because the ‘Big Three And Some Guys Who Really, Really Need This Gig’ didn’t fit on a T-shirt.”
Most musicians would be overjoyed to work with legendary Metallica and Jay-Z producer Rick Rubin. Corey Taylor, however, is not most musicians. “The Rick Rubin of today is a thin, thin shadow of the Rick Rubin that he was,” Taylor said after recording ‘Vol 3: (The Subliminal Verses)’ with him. “He is overrated, he is overpaid, and I will never work with him again as long as I fucking live.”
Every sane person hates selfie sticks, but nobody hates them as much as Corey Taylor. “Oh my fucking god, selfie sticks, fuck me,” he lamented in 2015. “What the fuck is wrong with us? I would find a baseball bat – or a cricket bat in England – and I would beat the living shit out of that person probably and then I would go to jail without even being the slightest bit fucking sorry.”
“Oh God. It sucks. The fact that Donald Trump is a real candidate for the presidency of the United States of fucking America. Are you kidding me? At this point, let’s just nominate [American comedian] Emo Philips too.” This is Taylor’s 2015 takedown of Donald Trump: business tycoon, owner of the world’s worst haircut and possibly the next President of the USA. Can’t Corey be President instead?
Kanye West: love him or hate him, you can’t ignore him. Corey Taylor, however, is certainly trying to. “Kanye, you are not the greatest living rock star of all-time. The fact that you had to tell people that kind of says it all,” he said after Yeezy’s Glastonbury headline. “You remind me of the guy bragging about pussy, who doesn’t get as much as they brag about. Stop it!”
Corey Taylor does not suffer pretentious fools gladly. “I always get so upset when I talk to dudes in some of these bands; they’re just so elitist to the point of pricky,” Taylor told Vegas’ Review Journal. “They’re almost ashamed of their success. And it’s like, you could’ve been a pretentious ass-fuck in your basement, and just made your own music, for yourself. It’s all a con.”
You can like both Slipknot and Taylor Swift – it’s 2015 and who’s going to stop you? But rest assured, Corey Taylor is a strict pop hater. “I feel like I’m being stung by 1,000 bees all at once. It’s so Auto-Tuned, it’s so beat-corrected, it’s so canned and processed and lifeless… I mean, you might as well be listening to a fucking piece of wood at that point,” he told Loudwire earlier this year.
Taylor making a dance track? It could happen… but only for a laugh. “I want to do something funny and sarcastic – and I’m not talking that tired fucking dubstep bullshit,” he said. “I want to make it something that’s got that old school feel to it but with a modern twinge. I’ve already got a name for myself: The Boogie Knight. And I want to call the first album ‘The Boogie Knight Rises’.”
One of the hottest rumours of 2015 is that Guns N’ Roses may reform with their original line-up (yes, even Slash) for a world tour next year. Fans are understandably excited – none more so than Corey. ”I would retire from touring, because I wouldn’t want to go up against that,” he said in September. “You know what I’m saying? And then I would follow them like I was a Deadhead.”