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|Single by Korn|
|from the album Untouchables|
|Released||October 15, 2002|
|Format||7", CD, DVD|
|Genre||Alternative metal, Nu metal|
|Korn singles chronology|
"Thoughtless" is a song written by American nu metal band Korn for their fifth studio album, Untouchables. "Thoughtless" was released as the album's second single sometime in July 2002. It is about Jonathan Davis' being assaulted and harassed in school and dreaming of seeking revenge on those who bully him. A music video was produced for this single, directed by the Hughes Brothers, known for their work with Korn's previous video, "Here to Stay". The plot of this video revolves around a young individual from high school who is picked on, beaten up, laughed at, and ridiculed with Korn performing inside the brain of the tormented boy. He seeks revenge throughout the video. The final scene shows him arriving at the school prom with an escort. He then vomits at those who had picked on him from across the auditorium, leaving them in disgust and humiliation.
This song was introduced to fans during a live show at the Hammerstein Ballroom, in NYC on June 10, 2002, which celebrated the release of the band's fifth album, Untouchables. This performance appears on the DVD release entitled Live. "Thoughtless" has been played during the Untouchables promotional tour, in 2002, but it was scrapped from the band's setlist one year later. It eventually returned in 2006 on the See You on the Other Side World Tour as a part of a medley. The full song was played at the 2006 Family Values Tour and the Escape from the Studio Tour. It has most recently been performed within a medley at the Music as a Weapon V tour. The song was well received.
In the beginning, a high-school aged boy (played by Aaron Paul, best known for his role on Breaking Bad) is walking through the hallways of his school. Four girls are teasing and looking at him in disgust. A group of jocks on the other side of the hallway give him dirty looks and then beat him up. In the next scene, the boy is in his science class drawing strange pictures of his pain in his notebook. Song titles from Untouchables can also been seen. He goes to the pool to swim and the jocks see him there and beat him up. After that, he is in the locker room wrapped in a towel and is seen sweaty and increasingly agitated. We then see him in his room looking at his yearbook. He throws the year book at his window and looks in the phone book for a service that says "Fantasy Escorts." He calls the service then shows up at his prom with a strange woman (played by Aimee Sweet). He vomits on everyone who had bullied him and gets his revenge. Korn performs inside his brain throughout the video. Aaron Paul's character's name appears in his yearbook as "Floyd", which was the working title for "Thoughtless" on the unmastered, leaked version of Untouchables.
There is also a "performance version" that only shows Korn performing the song in the room featured in the original video.
The song has been covered by band Evanescence, both on tour and for the 2004 live album Anywhere but Home, with a different intro that features piano arrangements. Lead singer Amy Lee said to the crowd at the beginning of the performance, "We're going to do something completely different now. This is by a band that we all like very much. I'm not even going to announce it; you ought to know what this is." .
Enhanced Maxi CD Single:
- "Thoughtless – 4:32
- "Thoughtless (D Cooley Remix featuring DJ Z-Trip) – 3:52
- "Thoughtless (Dante Ross remix) – 4:21
- "Here to Stay (Tone Toven and Sleep remix) – 3:28
- "Here to Stay (Remixed by Mindless Self Indulgence) – 3:45
- "Thoughtless (video) – 4:32
- "Thoughtless" (video) - 4:32