If you need more evidence that Slipknot is nuts, besides watching nine masked Iowans in jumpsuits pumping out death metal riffs and drumming on trash cans, read these true stories about the maggot-loving, corpse-huffing, substance-and-alcohol vacuums in Slipknot. The band has been a mainstay on the metal scene since the late '90s when they appeared out of the American heartland like a real-life extreme metal horror freak show version of Devo, screaming about how much they hate everything until they were coughing up blood. True Slipknot stories more than live up to that description.
Somewhat improbably, Slipknot hit the zeitgeist; the band obliterated nu-metal peers by making real metal cool again. Their music is pure catharsis in the form of metal.
Slipknot has continued its scurge on mainstream music ever since its debut. If you think the band members are getting soft more than two decades into their career, think again: these WTF stories show their proclivity for setting things on fire, drinking stuff you’re not supposed to drink, and fighting with knives. If you think the masks, screaming, and anti-social nihilism is an act, you'd be wrong.
Some gonzo stories about Slipknot will trigger those of weak constitution, so if you have issues with people eating a rotten bird corpse or drinking puke, you may want to read some less wild celebrity stories. If you’re still here, you’re ready to dive into the infernal swamp of Slipknot.
Clown Hired A Drum Tech Because The Guy Drank Urine, Puked It Up, And Drank It AgainPhoto: YouTube
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Slipknot's Clown revealed that he hired his drum tech based on his ability to swallow anything. "I told him, 'Drink this piss,' He's like, 'How much?' I give him a hundred bucks, he downs the piss.
Then he's like, 'Another $75 to puke and re-drink it?' Sure. He rolfs, re-drinks it — 'See you guys later.' That's why he works for Clown."
The Band Brought Mayhem To The 2000 Kerrang! Awards, Including Lighting Its Table On Fire
At the 2000 Kerrang! (a British heavy music magazine) Awards in London, Slipknot won three awards. When band members stood to take the stage for one of these awards, they smashed their chairs on the top of their table, breaking the chairs and lots of glass.
At some point during the show, the band managed to set its table on fire.
In The Early Days, Clown Kept His Own Excrement In Snapple Bottles And Rubbed It On Himself And His Bandmates
According to guitarist Jim Root, on a 1999 European tour, Shawn Crahan would:
... put his sh*t in, like, a Snapple bottle and leave it on the speaker during the set. Then he'd smear it all over his drums and himself and Mick's back and, I think, mine, too. It just reeked — I was dry-heaving while we played.
A Competitive Relationship With Marilyn Manson Led To Corey Taylor Drinking His Own Vomit
During the Ozzfest 2001 tour, as Slipknot was blowing up worldwide, vocalist Corey Taylor managed to shock the shock master himself, Marilyn Manson. He told Rolling Stone:
I do remember throwing up in a cup and drinking it in front of Manson and he kind of freaked out. He didn't really know how to take it. And then he ran into our dressing room in tighty-whitey underwear and kind of danced for us and kind of ran back out, and we were like, 'What the f*ck just happened?'
Despite the weirdness of this scene, Taylor calls Slipknot's relationship with Manson one of mutual respect and friendly competition.
We don't really try to f*ck with each other, and when we do, it gets really weird," he continues with a laugh. "At the same time, there's a positive competition there that we both respond to. When we play with him, we watch him tear it down every night, and that just makes us want to tear it down every night, too. So there's a mutual respect that goes along with that positive competition that will make for great shows no matter where we are. To me, that's the best respect that you can show a fellow artist, especially someone you really enjoy what they do.