When Korn frontman Jonathan Davis got frustrated that MTV never seemed to play rock videos anymore, he had an idea: why not get a bunch of the band’s friends who are hip-hop stars to play Korn in a video. That’s exactly what transpires in the clip for the new single, “Twisted Transistor,” which finds Lil’ Jon, Xzibit, Snoop Dogg and David Banner stepping into the roles of Davis, bassist Fieldy, guitarist Munky and drummer David Silveria, respectively.
Davis tells Billboard.com the idea came to him, of all places, while he was cruising around on a yacht in Monte Carlo with Silveria and Munky. “I flew it over to Dave Meyers, because he’s the go-to guy for great hip-hop videos, and he spun it and wrote the treatment,” Davis says.
Although Davis declined to reveal specifics, he confirms Korn appears “somewhere” in the video and that the rap stars will be seen playing instruments, since “they’re in our world. Just getting four rappers in the same place is near f***ing impossible, but we pulled it off.”
Davis says in addition to the standard-length clip, there will also be a seven or eight-minute mini-movie version. “It’s so amazing,” he enthuses. “It’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.”
As previously reported, “Twisted Transistor” is drawn from Korn’s upcoming Virgin debut, “See You on the Other Side,” due Dec. 6. Davis says the group recorded 12 songs with hitmaking production team the Matrix and another eight with producer Atticus Ross.
“The regular version of the album will have 14 songs, and there’ll be a special edition which has 17,” Davis says. “The whole record in its entirety is so different. There are some straight-ahead, heavy rock tunes, but they’re a different kind of heavy. It’s like we have this industrial bastard child that flailed its head out of us.”
Korn will play a handful of shows before the end of the year, but Davis says he expects a full North American tour won’t get underway until March or April.