Corey Taylor – Does Rock’n’Roll Kill Braincells?

Testing musicians’ memories after a lifetime of abuse. This week we fire some memory questions at Slipknot’s Corey Taylor.
Corey Taylor

During an MTV video selection, which ’80s hit single did you once describe as ‘the heaviest song ever written’?
“David Bowie, ‘Ashes To Ashes'”
“I’m serious, man, listen to the lyrics in that song, that shit is heavy”


You wrote the lyrics to Slipknot’s first album in a porn shop. What was it called?
“The Adult Emporium.”
“It’s called something else now, I think, but it’s basically the Wallmart of porn.”

How much did one fan reportedly pay for a copy of Slipknot’s demo album ‘Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat’ in 2007?
“Oh wow, will you give me to the nearest hundred?”
The nearest 10
“Tough. OK, I’m going to go with… 1000 bucks.”
Correct, it was actually $990.50
“Fuck, that’s a hell of a lot of money right there.”

You sang on ‘I’m Not Jesus’ on Apocalyptica’s 2007 album ‘World’s Collide’. Name two of the other singers who also sang guest vocals.
“Cristina from Lacuna Cail’s definitely on there and I have a feeling that Till from Rammstein’s on there too.”
Correct. Three Days Grace’s Adam Gontier was the other

You had to drop ‘Purity’ from Slipknot’s 1999 debut album in order to avoid legal action. What replaced it?
“‘Me Inside'”
“That was actually my audition track. I took that song into the studio and I’d quickly written the lyrics, so I did it and the guys were like ‘You got this’.”

You recorded a solo track, ‘Bother’, for the Spiderman soundtrack, which also saw an appearance from Slayer’s Kerry King. Which pop-punk band’s track did he record a guest guitar solo on?
“oh fuck, I know this,. It’s Avril Lavigne’s ex-husband, what is it? [Starts humming the words to ‘Fat Lip’] …Sum… Sum… Sum 41.”
Correct. That took a while
“it’s weird, I know those guys. I was actually all set to do a radio session with them, we were going to play ‘Master Of Puppets’ and I was going to sing, but I got too sick to do it. I’d rehearsed with them and everything.”

Stone Sour are named after an alcoholic cocktail. If I wanted to make one, what exact ingredients would I need?
“Whisky, orange juice and sour mix, but you can use Amaretto too. It’s the sour mix that’s the key.”


What nickname did Slipknot percussionist Shawn Crahan say you were known by in your hometown of Des Moines before you joined the band?
“Oh god. Let’s see, according to Shawn Crahan, there have been a few, most of which aren’t repeatable, but before Slipknot… I’m going to go with ‘That fag from Stone Sour’.”
Wrong. ‘The King Of Des Moines’
“Oh well, wow I’ve never heard that before. I’ll take it, though. THe King never knows what his subjects call him, do they?”

You released a single ‘X-M@$’, over Christmas last year to try and topple The X Factor like Rage Against The Machine did, but sadly it fell a little short in sales. What number did the track actually chart at?
“I have no idea, Number 12?”
Wrong. It went into the UK Singles Chart at 37
“Damn. Well, that’s me, I’m Number 37.”

Your new autobiography is concerned with the Seven Deadly Sins, but according to the Greek monk Evagrius Ponticus (the man widely credited as the inventor of the concept), there are in fact eight deadly sins. Which one didn’t make it?
“Oh, I don’t know. But I’m going to guess ‘guilt’.”
Wrong. Self-esteem or hubris, apparently
“Oh, now see, that just proves how stupid the whole thing is. You can’t enjoy anything with religion.”

Total Score
“Oh, see that’s not so bad. I’m OK with that, it’s better than I’d imagined I’d do.”