Korn was formed in 1993 with the combination of two bands:
Sexart and LAPD. Sexart was the band that Jonathan
Davis had led during his years as an assistant coroner
in the Kern County (California) Coroners Department
(also moonlighting as an undertaker at a nearby
funeral home), having recently earned a degree at San
Francisco's School of Mortuary Science. Jonathan was
only in Sexart for about four months and did only one
song with the lead singer which is on a Bakersfield
compilation. LAPD was the band which included
James "Munky" Shaffer (guitar),David Silveria (drums),
Reginald "Fieldy Snuts" Arvizu (bass, later) and on
tour only (not on the album) Brian "Head" Welch
(guitar). LAPD was apparently bigger then Sexart and
is not impossible to find, like Sexart is. Munky
said: "Me, Fieldy, and David recorded it when we were
about 18 or 19. You might even hear some Korn parts.
That's when I played rippin' solos."
The bands first crossed paths when Munky and Brian
were in Bakersfield one night, and they went to this
bar where Sexart happened to be playing. According to
Munky: "We were getting ready to leave, and just as
we're walking out the door... Jon was the singer in
that band, and we heard him sing and me and Brian both
turned to each other and our jaws just... (drops jaw)
oh my God. And so we turned around and went back in
and watched the whole set." Later they asked him to
join the band. Initially Jonathan didn't want to do
it, but a psychic had told him that he would be stupid
if he didn't do it, so he went and tried out. The
rest, as they say, is history...
When Brian was asked about their experience with
Megadeth, he responded: "Mustane was a dick. They were
always blaming us for shit. We weren't allowed to
carry beer around stage because he was a recovering
alcoholic. So we filled water bottles with it and
taped around them so you couldn't see what was in
them. Once he came on our tour bus, after he fell off
the wagon, piss drunk, and said: 'You know what you
need to do to get big?... (at this point we were
dodging his swaying finger that was pointed at us)...
only tour with big bands.'"
"We were supposed to be touring (on the Monster
Magnet and Grotus tour) with the Deftones and Sugar
Ray, but it got fucked up... Sugar Ray is in Europe or
some shit and the Deftones are with Anthrax. Chino
(lead singer of the Deftones) is God. Marilyn Manson
was supposed to be on tour with us with Ozzy but they
didn't want to open for a band that opened for them."
He then told us he particularly doesn't enjoy touring
with Monster Magnet, because their performance is
so "old rock". "We're touring with Ozzy, but we don't
like playing big places. It's so impersonal. We
like to be close to the people. It's a better
performance, although I keep getting hit in the head
by my mic when people fall on stage." (Jon also said
he loves it when people come on stage) When asked
about the Deftones, Korn says, "Deftones are like our
brother band. When we were in California, they were
from the North, we from the South, we used to switch
up and down the coast and when we play together we
usually do a song together."
The origin of Korn's name, as told by Jonathan: "We
were trying to think of a name and this... "Korn"
popped in my head, and I'm like 'What
about "Korn"?' ... and we're all like, 'Fuck yeah!'"
David has said that: "To me it kind of means that it
doesn't matter what your band's called. Name or not,
the music makes a name, you know... 'cos "Korn",
that's a dumb name, but once a band gets established,
then it makes a name cool."
It is rumored to come from a party that Jonathan was
at where he overheard two homosexuals talking about
felching each other (eating each others asses). One
had diarrhea and shat on the others face and when he
opened his mouth a corn kernel was on his tongue. From
then on, whenever he said corn to anyone, they would
get close to puking. Hence the altered Korn (the way a
child would spell it). It was also rumored to come
from Kiddy pORN.
David said that the baby inside the album behind
where the CD goes (and on the cover of the Blind
promo) is the Charmin' baby. They put a wig on it and
fucked with its eye. On the cover of the album, the
man in the shadow is holding something. When Jonathan
was asked what it was, he said, "I'd like to leave it
up to your imagination, but I like to say it's a horseshoe."