Neidermayer's Mind

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Neidermayer's Mind
Demo album by Korn
Released October 17th 1993[1]
Recorded Underground Chicken Sound Studios in 1993
Genre Nu metal
Length 17:13
Producer Ross Robinson
Korn chronology
Neidermayer's Mind
(1993)
Korn
(1994)

Neidermayer's Mind is a demo tape by the nu metal band Korn. It was produced by Ross Robinson and released in 1993. The demo is a rarity, but finished versions of the songs appeared on future Korn albums.

Background[edit]

Before Korn even developed a name, they had moved into a small house together in Huntington Beach, California, south of Los Angeles, where they began working on songs.[2] Later they rented a studio from Jeff Creath, the same person that let lead singer Jonathan Davis live in his garage. The studio was called "Underground Chicken Sound." While they were recording at Underground Chicken Sound, a group of people had been loitering around outside the studio.[2] The band began playing a prelude to a later song, "Clown". When they began playing the song's riffs, a larger crowd gathered around, liking Korn's sound. Bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, said it was because it sounded so "different."[3]

The band name is derived from a fan suggestion "Corn", which the group initially rejected, but later settled on for a lack of better ideas. Shaffer had the idea to spell the name with both a "K" instead of a "C", and a backwards "R" so the band's name would appear as "KoЯn".[4] The logo was designed by lead vocalist Jonathan Davis.[5] Silveria explained, "the music makes the name, because Korn's a dumb name. But once we get established, it makes the name cool."[5]

Music and structure[edit]

The demo version of "Daddy", is shorter in length (4:29), than the album version (9:35). The demo does not feature the a cappella intro; it starts immediately with Fieldy's bass riff. It also has a different chorus. After the instrumental bridge, there is an extra part to the song with Jonathan Davis singing: "Mommy! Why did Daddy touch me there?" which leads into "I didn't touch you there." Unlike the official version of the song, "Daddy" Was played live on three separate occasions. The demo version of "Blind" has a noticeably shorter bridge and many other changes. "Predictable" has a slightly higher key than the version featured on their debut album.

"Alive" was scrapped with several of its sections reworked into the song "Need To", from the band's first album. A proper reworking of "Alive" appeared on Korn's sixth album Take a Look in the Mirror, over a decade after the demo. With this demo, Korn pioneered the nu metal sound.[6] A key component of their sound was the use of seven-string guitars.

Reception[edit]

Neidermayer's Mind had a limited printing, and was not well received.[5] It was released to record companies and to people who filled out a flyer given out at gigs they played for free with Biohazard and House of Pain.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Korn

No. Title Length
1. "Predictable"   4:27
2. "Blind"   4:52
3. "Daddy"   4:29
4. "Alive (Never Run)"   4:07
Total length:
17:13

Credits[edit]

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References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://kornrow.com/audio/neidermayers-mind/
  2. ^ a b Arvizu 2009, p. 63
  3. ^ Arvizu 2009, p. 64
  4. ^ Arvizu 2009, pp. 53–71
  5. ^ a b c d Small 1998, p. 16
  6. ^ McIver, Joel (2002). "How Did We Get to Nu-Metal from Old Metal?". Nu-Metal: The Next Generation of Rock & Punk. Omnibus Press. pp. 10; 12. ISBN 0-7119-9209-6.