Facts about Corey Taylor
+ He grew up in Des Moines
+ He lived in 25 different states before 12 yrs old
+ His last memory of childhood was when he was 11 years old and was
homeless for 2 weeks on a beach in Fort Lauderdale
[Florida]. In the middle of the night, his Mom got in from a date
with a guy who thought smurfs lived under his rug. Moved
back to Iowa after this.
+ He moved to Water Loo, IA, where he first experienced abuse,
poverty and depression from mom's
boyfriend and ex-best
+ Corey doesnt hold grudge against mother and is grateful for having
the essentials for living
+ He started doing drugs at 12, got addicted to cocaine at 14 and
ODed twice by 15 (almost died)
+ He remembers waking up in a dumpster 20 miles from his house,
barely dressed and had blood on him
[not sure if it was
his or someone elses]. Corey got out of rehab 3 days prior. He
realized he didnt want to
+ He moved to his grandmother's house
in Des Moines, IA. His mother signed over custody of him to
+ Corey tried to learned as much as he could in school and was very
smart as a kid, but failed based on
+ He was kicked out of school before he could drop out
+ He got GED, passed in the top 5% of people who took it.
+ Corey got into music shortly after
+ He Lived in a 2 room apartment with 8 guys with "mystery stain" in
the middle of the floor.
+ His first real band was Stone Sour.
+ Stone Sour was originally 'poppy'. The guys called it "hair metal"
but it wasnt. A cross between Skid Row
and Pearl Jam
+ They setup anywhere 4-5 nights a week, played for 3 hours, 1/2
covers 1/2 original material
+ Attended the first Slipknot show on April 4th, 1996
+ While watching, he said he will be the singer of the band.
+ Shawn, Joey and Mick came to the porn shop he worked at to invite
him to join the band. Was very very
nervous while they were
in the store.
+ Corey went the studio they worked at for a tryout and recorded 2
songs with Slipknot, Me Inside and
Prostetics. He rewrote
some lyrics before cutting the tracks. After he hit the chorus and
melody of the Me
Inside, Joey's reaction
hinted he was in the band.
+ He often lost his voice alot when he first started. He tried to
emulate Anders, the ex-vocalist and his
+ He wanted his mask to be expressionless, blank and alienlike.
+ He wants people who listen to Slipknot, fan or not, to feel what
what they are doing.
+ Corey left Des Moines to go to Malibu, California to record the
self titled Slipknot album at Indigo
Ranch studios with Ross
Robinson. Hoped all his dreams would come to fruition with Slipknot.
+ He was excited and scared on the car ride to California.
+ His motto with Robinson was "if I dont puke after the take, we
dont keep it". At the end of original
recordings are his
coughing and puking.
+ He considers songs like Eyeless and Diluted "therapy sessions".
+ After he recorded Diluted, he cried and Ross came into the booth
to comfort. He learned he can trust
and love people without
+ Spit it Out was the first song Slipknot wrote with Corey.
+ Corey wrote the 2nd half of the chorus to Surfacing [Joey wrote
the first half]
+ The band had written the chorus riff for Wait and Bleed prior to
Corey and after the band asked him what
he thought, he wrote
everything else within a day.
+ The first time he heard the CD all together was from a burnt copy.
He drove 30 hours home, but had no
CD player. When he got in
he slept. Later on, he listened to it with his friends and by the
2nd song, he was insanely happy. His best friend and roomate
said it was very good after listening with him. He felt all his life
work was all on one CD.
+ On the first ozzfest, he lost his voice and went to a throat
doctor. The doctor said he could sing for 1/2
hour, but couldnt talk
for 2 months.
+ He played Slipknot's first UK show in December 1999. After the
show, he spoke to the fans and they told
him that they listen to
the CD everyday and relate to it. He learned that people have the
+ He was mad at Joey for something he said in Kerrang Magazine and
didnt talk to him, but later agreed
with Joey when he said
Slipknot doesnt have a long shelf life.
+ Corey says he would walk away when it stops being fun and he wont
have any regrets.