Joey Jordison: What Slipknot Was Called Before We Settled on That Name

"It wasn't my total idea to call the band Slipknot, it was a band conversation, a unified thing."

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Joey Jordison: What Slipknot Was Called Before We Settled on That Name
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Drummer Joey Jordison talked about the very beginnings of Slipknot, explaining to Loudwire (transcribed by UG):

"It wasn't my total idea to call the band Slipknot, it was a band conversation, a unified thing.

"I did suggest it, and it was a conversation between me and Shawn Crahan [Clown].

"We were originally called the Pale Ones and then we were called Meld.

"Neither of those names was really working, so we kind of just called a band meeting - it was just a suggestion.

"Without Shawn Crahan's input - 'cause we were together all the time, late-night TV watching, listening to music - I have to credit him as well."

The name Pale Ones came to be in September 1995, while Meld was used during Slipknot's live debut on a December 4, 1995 benefit show. Apart from Joey and Clown, the band's lineup at the time featured late Paul Gray, singer Anders Colsefni, guitarist Josh Brainard, and second guitarist Donnie Steele.

By the end of 1995, the boys settled on Slipknot, and the rest is history.

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16 comments sorted by best / new / date

    MurphySanders7
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    MurphySanders7 · Aug 09, 2017 02:45 PM
    Funnyname99
    You mean if the were a funk metal Fusion band? MFKR has some fun moments, but it's mainly batshit
    FlyinVJs30RR
    Still shit?
    friday.the.13th.jasonx
    Josh Brainard is responsible for the self-titled album except 2 tracks and Donnie Steele is a good guitarist.
    smutherd
    Didn't he fill in on bass after Paul passed away. But he played in the background.
    friday.the.13th.jasonx
    Yes and apparently he recorded some tracks for .5 The Gray Chapter.
    AaronianKenrod
    They were scrapped I believe.
    friday.the.13th.jasonx
    Well not according to Jim Root who is a more reliable source than you i'm afraid.
    AaronianKenrod
    Ah appears you are correct. I recall reading that the songs were scrapped and Jim/Mick were taking complete bass duties, but I looked up that Jim interview and you're right. Maybe I misread it or the information was miscommunicated.
    thghost2013
    This was already public knowledge. Didn't know about Meld though, that's a pretty interesting name.