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Issues (1999)
Follow The Leader (1998)
Life Is Peachy (1996)
Korn (1994)
Jonathan Houseman Davis (1992-Present), vocals/bagpipes
James “Munky” Shaffer (1992-Present), guitars
Brian “Hed” Welch (1992-Present), guitars
Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu (1992-Present), bass
David Silveria (1992-Present), drums
Korn is one of the very few rock bands to feature bagpipes in its music. (The other notable outfit is AC/DC, which made brilliant use of the pipes on “It’s a Long Way To the Top [If You Wanna Rock’n’Roll].”) This ancient instrument is what gives “Chutes and Ladders” its distinctive intro. Though bagpipes are most strongly associated with Scotland, variations of the pipes are part of folk cultures ranging from Central Asia, throughout Eastern Europe, the British Isles, the Mediterranean and Spain.

Basically, bagpipes are a reed instrument (like a clarinet or an oboe) with an assisted breathing device. The “bag” part of the instrument is an air reservoir – the musician blows into the bag through the blow pipe. A valve keeps the air from escaping while the player takes the next breath. He or she then squeezes the bag under his/her left arm so that a continuous stream of air is forced through the melody pipe (or chanter) that the musician plays like a recorder. The two pipes that rest on the musician’s shoulders are tenor drone and the bass drone. They are what provide the bagpipes' distinctive wheezing wail behind the melody notes.
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Hailing from the hinterlands of central California, Korn came along in the early ’90s to offer a gnarly, gnashing alternative to grunge. Combining a stark, grinding musical attack with Jonathan Davis’s distinctive vocals -- a striking combo of bellowing, sobbing and rapping -- and dark lyrics, Korn would prove to be one of the most influential bands of the ’90s, spawning countless imitators and inspiring many other innovators.

Like most great rock and roll success stories, Korn’s is a rags to riches saga. The band members for the most part all shared working class roots. Davis grew up in a moderately dysfunctional family -- his parents separated when he was young but his musician father and theatrical mother each left their mark on the young Davis. (For good and ill.) He found his way into the realm of the dead, working as a deputy coroner in Kern County, then moved on to funeral home work.

As fate would have it, however, he was also fronting an arty rock band called Sexart when the other members of the formative Korn chanced to see him performing one night. They lured him away and thus Korn was born. Though the band was generally ignored by the media and press at first, it followed in the footsteps of bands like Metallica who thumbed their noses the media establishment that largely ignored them and focused on taking the music to the people who mattered most -- the music fans.

Through relentless touring and a devastating live show, Korn built itself a devoted following, and soon the very media outlets that had snubbed the band for so long were among the most vocal converts. In 1998 Korn realized a long standing dream of inaugurating its own package tour, dubbed The Family Values Tour.

Partly ironic (most of the artists shared Korn’s anguished family issues) and partly sincere (Korn has been a staunch supporter of up and coming artists) the artists sharing the bill ranged from rap impresario Ice Cube to Limp Bizkit and Orgy. Korn made its first visit to Rockline in 1997 on the heels of its third album, Life Is Peachy.
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