Corey Taylor Says SLIPKNOT’s Single “The Negative One” Is Not About their former drummer

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Remember that rumor that started about the first new Slipknot single, “The Negative One” was about recently departed drummer Joey Jordison, who may or may not have been kicked out of the band for substance abuse issues?

Well, Corey Taylor is here to debunk that rumor. In a new interview with Metal Hammer, he says it’s not about Jordison at all:

“Oh my f***ing God! People need to unplug every now and again. I did hear some stuff about the video for it, like it’s supposed to be Joey, but it’s so funny.”

Fair enough, so then what is the track about?

“Here’s the thing. The album is a story — not in a certain order; it jumps around — but it’s a story of this band for the last four years, from the moment Paul died to the moment we stepped out of the studio. So there are certain songs that deal with, not Joey in particular, but about the tension and trying to deal with the ugliness that we all have in us.

“‘The Negative One’ was about me, not about Joey, and that’s why the song says, ‘Your choices are the negative one and me,’ which is the two kinda colliding together. ‘The Devil In I’ is the same, which you’d think would be f***ing apparent.

“I love the fact that our fans are that passionate, but ‘Judas Priest,’ get out of the basement once in a while! Log off of the Twitter and go smell a flower, and just let yourself get back to a point where you go, ‘Y’know what? That’s a little crazy.’”


Honestly, the whole rumor seemed to be a stretch so I’m glad Taylor laid it all out on the line for us. Slipknot’s new album,  .5: The Gray Chapter, comes out October 21 on Roadrunner and the band will be touring with Korn and King 810 next month. Dates here.