Craig Jones (musician)

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Craig Jones
Craig Jones of Slipknot at Optimus Alive Festival 2009.jpg
Jones performing with Slipknot in 2009.
Background information
Birth nameCraig Michael Jones
Also known as
  • #5
  • 133
  • 133 MHz
  • The Silent One
  • Spike-Head
  • Pinhead
  • The Killer
Born (1972-02-11) February 11, 1972 (age 47)
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
  • Sampler
  • keyboards
  • synthesizers
  • guitar
Years active1992–present
Associated actsSlipknot

Craig Michael Jones (born February 11, 1972), also known by his nickname "133", is an American heavy metal musician. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he is best known as the sampler and keyboardist in Slipknot, in which he chose #5. Jones joined the band in 1996 shortly after the recording of Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat., replacing Donnie Steele on guitar, although he quickly moved onto the role of sampler. Following the departure of Joey Jordison in 2013, Jones is now the second-longest-serving member of Slipknot.


Craig Jones joined Slipknot in mid-1996, replacing original guitarist Donnie Steele after the recording of the band's debut demo Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat.[1] He was enlisted to the band by drummer Joey Jordison, with whom Jones had previously worked (alongside guitarist Josh Brainard) in the band Modifidious.[2] However, shortly after joining the band, the "electronics and computer genius" moved over to the role of sampler due to the increase in sound effects, background noises/programmed samples and media samples used in the band's music. Mick Thomson replaced him on guitar.[1] Jordison claimed that Jones was happy with the change, noting that "he liked doing that anyway, coming up with all these noises and sounds".[3] Jones' contribution to the band has been described by BBC Music as "provid[ing] samples, speeches and noises as a kind of audio garnish in the band's dark maelstrom".[4]

Jones was given the nickname "133" as a reference to the processor speed of his computer, 133 MHz, which author Joel McIver claims "was considered the state of the art" at the time.[1]

In September 2004, it was announced that Jones would not be performing with Slipknot for a short period of the band's European tour due to a "medical emergency". A statement on the band's official website explained that "Craig Jones #133 (#5) has been suffering incredible pain during the first week of our European tour and has been unable to eat or sleep properly. Therefore, a decision was made for him to return to the States for emergency dental surgery".[5] Speaking about the situation, guitarist Jim Root explained that "We're filling his spot, we've got a picture of him in the dressing room and we miss him every day, [but] we couldn't cancel the tour".[6]


Upon joining the band as a guitarist, Jones initially wore women's pantyhose on his head when performing, which was said to give his face a "compressed, robber-like look".[7] This was later changed to an astronaut space helmet with long nails hammered through it.[8] The helmet was later replaced by a bondage mask, and a zipper was also added over the mouth area.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Jones is often identified by the media as the most quiet and private member of Slipknot, earning him the nickname "The Quiet One".[4] Vocalist Corey Taylor has commented on his demeanour by describing him as "the quietly scary type".[3] Slipknot producer Ross Robinson has added that he "would try to get him to talk and he would just sit and stare at [him]".[9] Loudwire's Graham Hartmann noted that he "almost never speaks" and "keeps people at a distance", theorising that these qualities inspired the style of his mask.[10] Ian Gittins of The Guardian described Jones as "patently a strange individual", as well as quoting the band's manager's dubbing of the sampler as "the Unabomber", a reference to terrorist Ted Kaczynski.[11]

When asked early in his career about what job he might be working were he not in Slipknot, Jones responded that he'd likely be "driving forklifts in a warehouse all day long", although he has also joked that he would "probably be out killing people", which has earned him the nickname "The Killer".[4] According to Robinson, the latter comment was the first the sampler made in an interview, and it inspired a number of complaints from readers of the publication to which it was made.[9]


With Slipknot



Slipknot era 1999-2001[citation needed]

Iowa era 2001-2004

Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) era 2004-2008 best

  • Hardware and software samplers
  • Korg MicroKontrol Midi keyboard/pad controller

All Hope Is Gone era 2008-2014


  • Arnopp, Jason (May 31, 2011), Slipknot: Inside the Sickness, Behind the Masks, Random House, ISBN 978-0091879334
  • McIver, Joel (March 7, 2012), Slipknot: All Hope Is Gone, Music Sales Group, ISBN 978-1780383101
  • McIver, Joel (September 1, 2003), Slipknot Unmasked (Again), Omnibus Press, ISBN 978-0711997646


  1. ^ a b c McIver 2012
  2. ^ McIver 2003, p. 28
  3. ^ a b Arnopp 2011
  4. ^ a b c "A celebration of 'the quiet one' in your favourite bands". BBC Music. BBC. April 2, 2016. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  5. ^ "Slipknot's Craig Jones To Sit Out Part Of European Tour". September 26, 2004. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  6. ^ "Slipknot Guitarist Discusses Missing Member". September 29, 2004. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  7. ^ McIver 2003, p. 29
  8. ^ a b Bryan, Tom (October 5, 2015). "The Definitive History Of Every Slipknot Mask". Metal Hammer. TeamRock. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  9. ^ a b McIver 2003, p. 30
  10. ^ Hartmann, Graham (March 22, 2016). "7 Unforgettable Craig Jones Slipknot Moments". Loudwire. Townsquare Media. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  11. ^ Gittins, Ian (February 22, 2002). "Among the maggots". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved July 21, 2016.

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Preceded by
Donnie Steele
Slipknot guitarist
Succeeded by
Mick Thomson
Preceded by
Anders Colsefni
Shawn Crahan
Slipknot sampler
Succeeded by