For a songwriter, each of your songs is a bit like your children. When you are able to put into words something that millions of people can relate to, you feel much less alone in the world. Then again, sometimes you also have fans singing for the wrong reasons.
Over the years, many of these artists have had no qualms about how much they hate playing these songs night after night. Why, however? Since that’s why you became a rockstar, there must be something in them, right? Well, sometimes it’s not that simple. While overplay is definitely a factor here, many of these songs were hated before they were even released as singles, so you can imagine the shock and horror these musicians feel when they’re actually forced to play them. night after night.
There are also certain elements of these songs that tend to be much more private, which makes the experience a little uncomfortable when you get paid to play them on a gigantic public stage. In that regard, these songs aren’t just the bread and butter behind these acts… they’re a chore. So that song you can’t get out of your head? Yeah, the band is mad at you for even thinking about it.
From his gigantic stage presence to the reckless abandon he has behind his kit, Clown truly feels like the DNA behind Slipknot. From day one, Shawn Crahan always kept the big picture of what the 9 should be like, from how they tied their shoes to how they entered the room. That’s not to say that everything the band is associated with is golden in its eyes.
Which is odd considering All Hope is Gone is among Slipknot’s highest charting records, giving them incredible singles like Psychosocial and actually being able to record from their home state of Iowa for the very first time. Then again, it’s this comfortable nature that Clown absolutely despises, saying that Slipknot tends to work well when there’s something under pressure with them. After all, if they hadn’t asked everyone to release their second album, we wouldn’t have had Iowa, would we?
More than anything, Clown took issue with the title track, which he felt didn’t mean what Slipknot was. Even when things seem dire and pain is everywhere, there is always hope that things will get better, whatever the cost. Yeah…I bet you’ll never see the day when you see the masked monster from Slipknot get a little sincere, will you?