Get Up
by Korn

Album: The Path Of Totality (2011)

Songfacts®:

  • This collaboration between Korn and Los Angeles electro artist Skrillex was released as a free download on the band's official website on April 18 2011. The track sees Korn carving out new territory in both heavy and electronic music. "I heard a few of Skrillex's re-mixes and really felt there would be a good chance that he would have the right sensibility to connect us to a new hard sound and direction, but still keeping Korn guitars and our vibe," front man Jonathan Davis explained to Spin magazine. "We were just thinking of trying something new, to be honest, so I had my manager reach out to the Skrillex camp. When we got into the studio the connection was instant!"
  • Jonathan Davis is no stranger to electronic music. Growing up in Bakersfield, he used to DJ in high school and later listened to synth bands like Kraftwerk in the mortuary he worked in. However, when he got into Korn, that pretty much stopped for awhile, before he decided he wanted to get back into the scene again.
  • Encouraged by the reaction to this song, Korn recorded an entire album titled The Path of Totality with various dubstep producers including Excision, Datsik, Noisia, Kill the Noise, and 12th Planet. When asked about the new creative direction bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu told NME that it was front man, Jonathan Davis' idea. "Jonathan loved it [dubstep] and he just got us into it. We feel it's important to stay current and keep on top of what's going on."
  • Davis explained the album title: "The title The Path of Totality refers to the fact that in order to see the sun in a full solar eclipse, you must be in the exact right place in the exact right time. That's how this album came together. I think all the producers feel the same way. I'm not sure it could ever happen again."
  • Jonathan Davis revealed to Kerrang! magazine that the song was inspired by his hatred of everybody moaning about the recession. He said: "'Get Up' is about the recession. I wish everyone would shut the f--k up and have some fun. Every day I've got to hear about unemployment and people starving."

Comments: 3

  • Nu Metalhead 666 from Longwood Florida @Zero I for one like this song because I feel it’s more about being determined and to endure in the long run. And by the way, being rich doesn’t make you happy at all. I live down here in a small suburban area of Florida and all my life I was a poor kid so I’m not bitching and complaining about what when my parents are gonna have enough money to pay things like internet WiFi or having food on the table.
  • Jack from European Union@Zero; please tell me..
    What song from KoRn is really really mature? :-)
  • Zero from Nowhere, NjWow Jon Davis is starting to seem more and more like a d!ck these days, like a spoiled celebrity out of touch with reality. Sure, it's easy for HIM to tell us not to worry about the economy, he's already a rich rockstar who has it made! I think it's time I gave up on this band. They obviously aren't going to grow up anytime soon. Maybe it's time I start to...
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