SLIPKNOT Singer Passes Down 'Knowledge' Through His Lyrics

SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor has spoken to about his propensity for peppering the band's songs with big words that are demanding enough to warrant that a page or two of the group's album liner notes be reserved for a glossary.

"There are lots of kids who come up to me and say, 'Man, I didn't know what the hell 'loquacious' was until I looked it up,' or 'I didn't know what "thalidomide" [from Iowa's 'Left Behind'] meant,'" Taylor said. "So it's very cool to be able to do that and pass down the knowledge."

"I'm so sick and tired of feeling like these generations are so ignorant," Taylor added. "I'm sorry, but there aren't a lot of smart people out there. And I try to throw in as many polysyllabic words as possible because [when I was younger] I wanted to learn on my own. School wasn't going to teach me. I went out and read every book I could, voraciously. And it got to the point where I was having conversations that nobody could understand, and [my vocabulary] made its way into my writing.

"I try to be poetic to the point where it's blatant. If you can't find a message in somebody's writing — no matter what that message is — then they're not doing a good enough job. Whether it's blatantly coming out and saying, 'I want to suck face with a chick and then suck down a bottle of beer,' or coming off as poetic, I try to sit on the fence and do both."


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