On stage, they wear bizarre masks and orange jumpsuits.
The band members are known by number, or by the type of mask they wear.
Their stage shows are extremely violent. It is common for them to break ribs from throwing their bodies around on stage.
Slipknot fans are known as "maggots," which is meant as a term of endearment. Jordison came up with the name.
Slipknot was brought together by Paul and Shawn along with Anders Colsefni (ex-singer) in Des Moines, Iowa in 1995. (thanks, Travis - San Antonio, TX)
Taylor, who goes by the nickname "Faith," used to work the overnight shift at a sex shop. He was at this shop when he was asked to join Slipknot.
Their first album, Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat, released in 1996, is very hard to find because not many copies were made. The album cost the band $150,000 to record, mix, master and reproduce. (thanks, sean - york, SC)
Not a lot happens in Des Moines, so it was big news in 1982 when Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a bat at a concert there. Jordison was 6 at the time, but immediately idolized Ozzy when he heard the story.
Jordison still lives with his parents, although he's not home much.
Crahan used to have a "Dead Crow" fetish. He says, "I'd bring one in a bottle to shows. I'd open the jar, and the smell would make me puke all over myself inside my mask. Then I'd offer it to the kids and they'd dip their hands into it and wipe it on their faces and they'd be puking too. It was rad." (thanks, sean - york, SC)
Taylor and Root are also in the band Stone Sour, which was Taylors' first band. (thanks, Amitai - Staten Island, NY)
Sid is also known as DJ Starscream, and he makes some of his own techno music. (thanks, Sten - Saskatoon, Canada)
In the years between Mate Feed Kill Repeat and their self-titled album, Slipknot started making an album called Crowz, which was never released or even finished. Nearly all of the tracks were never used or performed, but one was the original "Prosthetics," now found (albeit a re-recorded version) on the self-titled album. (thanks, Ben - Rochester, England)
Their album Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses originally had twice as many songs, which were not viewed as typical Slipknot songs. The band thought that the fans would not embrace the album if it had all of the original songs, so they opted to cut the second half of the album for the first release, and then later they released the album in its entirety in a 2-disc collection. (thanks, Josh - Advance, MO)
The dreads on Taylor's old dreadlock mask were real. He use to have dreadlocks and wore them through the mask, but it was too much trouble each time so he shaved his head and glued them to his mask. (thanks, Chad - oakland, MD)
Slipknot played their first gigs at "Safaris," next to the "World Of Christ" church. (thanks, Sean - York, SC)
Taylor has the Japanese character for "death" tattooed on one side of his neck, and the character for "father" on the other side. This was because he never knew his father.
Fehn is known as the "comedian" of the group, and often simulates masturbation with the 7-inch nose on his mask. He is an ex-member of a band called Shed, and sings back up vocals on many Slipknot songs.
Jones is Slipknot's Samples and Media guy. He is known as the "quiet" one which is represented by the closed zipper mouth on his mask. He originally joined the band as a guitarist, and his previous mask was an old racing helmet with nails stuck through it to resemble "Pin Cushion," a character from the horror film Hellraiser. (thanks, sean - york, SC, for above 4)
On May 24, 2010, Paul Gray died from an accidental overdose. After his death, the remaining members of the band spoke at a press conference, unmasked for the first time. (thanks, Dane - Des Moines, IA)
Slipknot drummer Jay Weinberg told Rock Sound
that he didn't know he was auditioning for the band when he first met them in 2014. "I got a call to come out and audition for something, I wasn't told what it was going to be, but just like 'can you please come out to LA and audition for this thing?'" he revealed.
"With no other information other than that, and it was like 'well yeah, why wouldn't I go check that out? What's the worst thing that could happen? I get a free flight to LA y'know?' I'm never gonna say no to some rabbit hole that's gonna present itself, unless there's like, some true conflict."
"It was basically like, 'go in that room, there's a drum set, you're gonna audition for Slipknot right now'. I feel like we did 'Before I Forget
' and then 'Duality
'... it was those two that we started with, and then we just went into everything else."
"They were basically like, 'alright well, it's yours if you want it. Let's get to work, let's go home for the holidays but then in the new year let's start working on a new Slipknot album.'"