Clown (Korn song)

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"Clown"
Korn-Clown.jpg
Single by Korn
from the album Korn
ReleasedJuly 12, 1995
FormatCD5"[1]
Recorded1994 at Indigo Ranch Studios, Malibu, California[2][3][4]
GenreNu metal[5][6]
Length4:36 (3:38; radio edit)[7]
LabelEpic Records/Immortal Records[8]
Songwriter(s)Reginald Arvizu, Jonathan Davis, James Shaffer, David Silveria, Brian Welch
Producer(s)Ross Robinson
Korn singles chronology
"Shoots and Ladders"
(1995)
"Clown"
(1995)
"No Place to Hide"
(1996)

"Clown" is the fourth single by the American nu metal band Korn from their self-titled debut album.

Meaning[edit]

What inspired Jonathan Davis to write this song though, was an early gig in San Diego where a person in the audience was booing them and telling them to "go back to Bakersfield!" Jonathan knelt down to hear him and the guy took a swing at him. He missed and the band's manager assaulted him. The person was all tattooed and looked like a "clown" to Jonathan Davis, inspiring the title of the song and also the line "Hit me clown, because I'm not from your town."[9] Preceding the song is a conversation with Korn fooling around at the song's recording. A quote taken from Korn's Who Then Now?' video, which serves as an introduction for the music video:

Music video[edit]

The video begins with the band walking in a hallway of a high school. There are shots of a clown balancing something on his nose. Soon, the band starts playing in a locker room which appears to be happening at night. Jonathan Davis is seen singing and, in some clips, he's sitting in a locker room inside one of the dry showers. With a few people spraying a little bit of water on his hair to tease him. This represents some of his painful experiences in high school of being teased. It also features the band in a gym with clips of jocks in their football jerseys and cheerleaders seen by someone in the halls. One of the cheerleaders goes into a bathroom and starts smiling in the dark room. She proceeds to brush her hair with her hands. Clips also show the band performing in a dark room. The video ends with the cheerleader in the bathroom taking off her shirt, showing a tattoo on her back which is the band's logo. The music video most likely could be them in the school after a football game at night.[12] The music video aired in 1995 and was directed by McG.[13]

Appearances in other media[edit]

The song can be heard playing in the character Trent's car in a Season 1 episode of the animated series Daria.[14][15]

Track listing[edit]

US Radio Promo[edit]

  1. "Clown" – 4:36

Note: the back cover does not state which version this is. However, it's identical to the Radio Edit on the below European promo.

European Radio Promo[edit]

  1. "Clown" (Radio Edit) – 3:52

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Korn - Clown (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-02-18.
  2. ^ Small 1998, p. 16.
  3. ^ Arvizu 2009, p. 69.
  4. ^ "Indigo Ranch Studios - CDs and Vinyl at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-02-18.
  5. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon (July 1, 2013). "NOISEY VS. METALSUCKS - THREATEN MY FAMILY IF YOU MUST, BUT I STILL SAY KORN RULES". Vice.
  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.
  7. ^ Thomas, Stephen (1994-10-11). "Korn - Korn : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-02-18.
  8. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Korn – Korn : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved October 17, 2012.
  9. ^ Furman 2000, pp. 49–52.
  10. ^ "GEAR". Kornseed.cro.net. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2013-02-18.
  11. ^ "Korn - Clown". Shelf3d. Retrieved Feb 18, 2013.
  12. ^ "Korn - Clown". VEVO. October 25, 2009. Retrieved Feb 18, 2013.
  13. ^ "Korn "Clown"". Scotthen Riksen. Retrieved Feb 17, 2013.
  14. ^ "12.06.2012 в 08:49Пишет Niaka: Безусловно, один из лучших моментов в Дарье - музыка ^^ [изображение] Это список песен, играющих в сериале и полнометражках - Daria: Season 1 Episode 01 - Esteems... :: Mystic Spiral fansite :: @дневники: асоциальная сеть". www.diary.ru.
  15. ^ TV.com. "Daria: That Was Then, This is Dumb". TV.com.
  16. ^ "Clown US Radio Promo (ESK 6580)". Korn.simpol.net. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  17. ^ "Clown European Radio Promo (ESK 7735)". Korn.simpol.net. Retrieved November 20, 2011.

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