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Welcome to Our Neighborhood

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Welcome to Our Neighborhood
An album cover depicting men wearing masks
Video by Slipknot
Released November 9, 1999
Recorded 1999
Genre Nu metal
  • 19:38 (VHS)
  • 28:02 (DVD)
Label Roadrunner
Director Thomas Mignone
  • Darci Oltman
  • Marc Stecker
Slipknot chronology
Welcome to Our Neighborhood

Welcome to Our Neighborhood is the first video album by American metal band Slipknot. It was released on November 9, 1999 by Roadrunner Records and later reissued in DVD format on November 18, 2003. Characterized as a band's home video, it features a mixture of live performances footage of the songs "Surfacing", "Wait and Bleed", and "Scissors", interviews, and music video of "Spit It Out". Additional concept imagery and interview footage is included on the film, while the DVD version features more bonus material. The video was well received by fans and entered number one on the Billboard Top Music Videos chart, and was certified platinum in February 2000.

Production and release[edit]

Following the band's highly successful breakthrough 1999 tour on Ozzfest, Slipknot decided to produce Welcome to Our Neighborhood with Doom Films Production.[1] The video was directed by Thomas Mignone, and released on VHS through Roadrunner Records on November 9, 1999.[2] It features the bands' earliest videos: live performances of "Surfacing" and "Wait and Bleed", and the "banned from MTV" video clip of "Spit It Out" — all tracks from the band's self-titled debut were released earlier that year. It also features additional concept imagery and interview footage with new lead singer Corey Taylor, guitarist Mick Thomson and percussionist Shawn Crahan, to a total of 20 minutes of video.[3][4][5]

The publisher, Roadrunner Records, promotes the video as "a study in the roots of Slipknot" as a response to fans wanting to see what made the band "tick".[6] In the video, band members themselves explain in the video that "[Welcome to Our Neighborhood] basically [it’s] nine people working out every poison that ever affected them in their life and putting it on tape."[7]

A DVD version was released on November 18, 2003,[8] and features bonus material of the band performing "Scissors", behind-the-scenes material, and home footage filmed by the band in their hometown of Des Moines, Iowa.[9][10] The seven minutes-long concert footage of the track "Scissors" was filmed during the band's appearance at Ozzfest 1999, but has the studio version dubbed over.[11]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[12]

The video was well received by fans and entered number one on the Billboard Top Music Videos chart, where it remained in the charts for 54 weeks.[13][14] In the Billboard Top VHS Sales chart, the video peaked at number four, and remained in for 45 weeks.[15] The video was certified gold by RIAA on December 21, 1999, and platinum on February 16, 2000.[16] In Canada it sold over 50,000 units, and thus it was certified gold on February 1, 2000.[17] On, the video was described as "killer" and having a sound "as disturbing as the horrific masks they don to hide their true identities".[18] The video remains unrated in the US,[5] while in it received a mature audience-rating, and in the UK an over 15 one.[19]



Aside from their real names, members of the band are referred to by numbers zero through eight.[21]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak Position
Billboard Top Music Videos 1[13]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Worldwide release November 9, 1999 Roadrunner Records VHS RRV 0981-3
November 23, 2003 DVD DVD 0956-9


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  3. ^ Crampton, Mark (2001). Barcode Killers: The Slipknot Story in Words and Pictures. Chrome Dreams. p. 40. ISBN 1-84240-126-2. 
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  12. ^ "Welcome to the Neighborhood > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved July 19, 2009. 
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  14. ^ "Top VHS Sales Slipknot: Welcome To Our Neighborhood". Billboard. January 27, 2001. Archived from the original on February 1, 2009. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  15. ^ "Top Music Charts – Hot 100 – Billboard 200 – Music Genre Sales". Billboard. March 25, 2000. Retrieved 2009-07-18. [dead link]
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  17. ^ "Certification Results". CRIA. Archived from the original on April 12, 2009. Retrieved 2008-08-29. 
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  19. ^ "Slipknot: Welcome to Our Neighborhood (1999) (V)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  20. ^ "Slipknot – Welcome To Our Neighborhood DVD Movie". November 18, 2003. Retrieved 2009-07-18. 
  21. ^ "Slipknot's Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 

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