Rick Florino from ArtistDirect recently conducted an interview with Clown (#6 of Slipknot) “I tried to make the new package feel as dangerous as it did back then,” Slipknot mastermind M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan says of the Iowa “10th Anniversary Edition“, due out November 1, 2011 via Roadrunner Records.
Clown certainly accomplished that mission, but he emphasizes an even deeper significance to the record’s special edition. He goes on,” Now, there’s a different spin so people know Iowa is still alive and Paul Gray is still very alive. ”
After one listen to the reissue, it’s clear that Slipknot is as alive as ever. The band’s uncontainable and unstoppable life force pulsates invigoratingly throughout every note on Iowa and every minute of the riveting Clown-directed documentary, Goat. Gray’s spirit shines on the technical mastery and immortal groove of tracks like “Gently”, “Metabolic”, and “Disasterpiece”, matching the intensity of his eight brothers and strengthening the collective exorcism. That’s one of many reasons Iowa is a classic. Slipknot went against everything and won…
However, it wasn’t, and you can see it in Goat and hear it on the audio from Disasterpieces included in the package. “I know how fucking deep that record is,” reveals Clown. “I know how painful it is and how painful it was to make. I know when people listen to it and they love it, it’s because they need it and it helps them. That’s what we’re here to do. We’re here to help ourselves and in return help everyone else.”
This is the album that solidified the band’s army of maggots and their status as the ultimate 21st century metal band. That’s why it deserves celebration and repeated listens for years to come.
In this exclusive interview, Clown of Slipknot spoke to ArtistDirect.com editor in chief and Dolor author Rick Florino about Iowa, the story behind “Gently”, a favorite Paul Gray memory, Apocalypse Now, and so much more…
“Gently” feels like a centerpiece on Iowa. Can you delve into that song? Does it possess a special significance for you? In many ways, it shows the essence and every side of Slipknot?
I would say “Gently” is a weird anomaly. In the old days, before we were signed, we would always play “(sic)” into “Gently”. Back in those days, “(sic)” was called “Slipknot”. As we got further along and we were making our first album with Ross Robinson, we decided to change “Slipknot” into “(sic)”. When we were in pre-production for the the first album at Cole Rehearsal in Los Angeles with Ross, we went through all of the songs we had. I don’t really remember whose idea it was, but it was a good idea. We agreed that there were only going to be 15 songs on the record, but we actually had way more songs in pre-production. We had to stay focused though. So we each wrote down our top 15 songs on a piece of paper. “Gently” didn’t make the cut. Back then, I was pretty upset for a couple of reasons. Number one , I’m responsible for the beat of “(sic)” and the beat of “Gently”. I played the beat for “(sic)” on drums standing up for Paul. Then, he took it from there. Later when Joey got in the band, they took it even further, but I came up with the beat, the core, the root of the song. I came up with the beat for “Gently” too. That was another thing that Paul and I were doing many years before we got the whole train going. I was upset that “Gently” got cut. The other thing that’s special about “Gently” for me is I wrote all of the words to it. It’s the only song out of all four records that I’ve written all of the words. Corey might’ve added a word or two to help the flow into something, but I wrote the song lyrically. I wrote “Tattered and Torn” as well, but not all of it. “Gently” is a mindset, and it was offered early on because I felt it was sort of the essence what we were as a band and what we were going to become. Myself, being one of the co-founders with Paul, I felt it described us. Paul was always my direct opposite brother.
Read the whole interview at ArtistDirect.