Spike In My Veins
by Korn

Album: The Paradigm Shift (2013)

Songfacts®:

  • Jonathan Davis originally wrote and recorded this tune with the Dutch Electronic music trio Noisia for inclusion on J Devil's debut album, but it ended up being reworked as a Korn song. Davis told The Pulse of Radio that Brian "Head" Welch's return on guitar after an absence of nearly a decade was a good balance to his own continued fascination with electronic music. "We wanted to make a record that everybody was happy with, and Head coming back, I think, was great, 'cause me and him butted heads," he said. "'Cause he really is on the rock side and I was on the electronic side, and it was good having the compromise on both sides. It was just good for the creative process."
  • The David Dinetz directed video finds Korn taking their concerns over celebrity-led news overtaking deeper issues like governmental data surveillance. Davis told Rolling Stone, "We are all so caught up in watching crazy media on the Internet and TV that we are manipulated into ignoring that our privacy has all but disappeared."
  • The reasoning behind the video was an attempt was to highlight the band's theory that the government uses celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Kanye West and Justin Bieber to take our attention away from what Barack Obama has been doing while in office. For instance, the National Defense Authorization Act was signed by the President on the same day of Miley's 2013 MTV Video Music Awards performance, yet the latter got the most media attention.

    "I think that our government uses those people to detract from what's really going on," Davis told TMZ. "The thing with the whole Miley Cyrus stuff at the VMAs, when that went down Obama passed a law that made him basically a dictator. He can imprison whoever he wants. He doesn't have to charge them, he can hold them as long as he wants."

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