I first heard Korn in 1995 from a long lost friend. I was 15. I know it sounds cheesy, but Korn really helped me get over getting dumped by my first girl (on our one year anniversary no less), as well as some other troubling shtuff that was happening to the teenaged me that will probably never be discussed on an open-air forum. So anyhoo, I was immediatley hooked like it was heroin. I wanted more and more. But there was only one album out at the time. Sure, I had just discover Deftones, Marilyn Manson, Sepultura, and other heavy bands, but alls I wanted was Korn. Always.
Lets keep in mind that the internet was a relativly new thing at this time, so there was really no way for me to find out that just around the corner, there would be a new Korn album. They played like, ten times in Texas in '95 and I missed every damn show. I would try to track down bootlegs, scavage demo tapes from people at local band shows, and/or beg and borrow anything that I considered "new" from Korn. The Gods.
Then some rumblings started to happed at my school. I only had a few friends in high school, and even less friends who were into Korn. There was this one super-hot preppy girl who had nothing to do with me, and even though she was a future desperate housewife, she was down in my book cause she would often wear the OG Korn shirt with the Scarcrow in barbedwire on the back, and this is wher I heard the first rumbling. "Hey Korn is making a new CD..." she said to me in passing once, in the hallways. I stood there stammering till the bell rang. First, cause of the news. Second, cause a girl, a really, really pretty girl from another clique talked freely to me about a subject that was considered lame by both of out groups.
I started going to the little local record shop literally everyday at that point. Just to check on the new Korn album. News on Music seemed a mystery to me back then. Like you had to be in a secret club to get any new info on any band. I'm sure that I started to annoy the dudes at the shop, so I started to buy random music. Most of it turned out to be pretty good, and I still listen to some of it to this day.
So, this one day, a really awful day in October, I get my buddy to give me a ride to the record shop. Still, no dice. What the FUCK?!?! Where is it. A few weeks ago, I heard that it was coming out in October, so at this point I was at the record shop two-three times a day. We went back to my house just because we had nothing left to do, and I put Korn on. Twice. Maybe three times. I tells ya-I drove people MAD with Korn in '95. So, its getting late, and my buddy wants me to drive him home cause he's all sleepy eyes. I do, but I let him know that I am going to drive past the record store first, and even though its not on the way at all, and its after midnight and the shop stays open only till eight, Sleepy Buddy agrees. Hey gas was like a dollar a gallon back then-he couldn't complain.
As we passed the shop I noticed the lights were still on and there was a Dude behind the counter selling something. The Fuck? We stopped in and I immediatley spotted something new. AntiChrist SuperStar. I swooped it up and went for the counter. Before I got there I noticed something else. A CD with a lenticular animated cover. There was no title on the cover, but a look at the spine revealed it was a new album from TOOL. I had no prior knowledge that such a thing was going to happen. All my focus had been on Korn at the time. I had no capacity to learn anything else about any other band. I clutched it in my mit, but before I headed over to see the Dude, I looked around the shop to see if I could find something else. I had plenty of disposable cash at this time, so it was no problem to buy three Cd's at once (Gods, how I miss those days..). The Dude was smiling the way he always did. A smile that said "I know something you don't know..." Generally, I'm pretty paranoid, so I learned to ignore these types of things. He rang me up, but something was wrong. He rang me up for three CD's when I only brought two to the counter. I brought this up to him and he told me to look at the CD's again. Maybe that arty new Tool album was more expensive that usual cause of its spiffy cover. I hand checked the bag and I felt three CD's in the bag. I pulled out the one on top and looked. All time stopped. It was almost all black and grey. There was an image of a boy looking in a mirror with a phantom reflected behind him. In purple were the words Korn Life is Peachy. I did not look away from it. I was afraid it would vanish if I did. The dude said something about a line forming behind me. I looked. There were five or so other people. All with a copy of LIP on them. I had stubled into a secret CD release party. I was so elated. I took Mr. Sleepypants home and then went home and JAMMED the new Korn. That's right, I thought: NEW KORN!!! Needless to say I probably listened to LIP more than any other Korn album since or before. I think a couple of weeks went by before I even opened the other CD's that I bought that night of October 18, 1996. That night was true bliss.
Thanks fer listening.