Before he became famous as the lead singer of Korn, Jonathan Davis was on a very different path. As a teen growing up in Bakersfield, California, the aspiring musician decided to pursue mortuary school and eventually became a mortician's apprentice, embalming dead bodies and performing autopsies for a living. The experience would later become source material for Korn songs including "Dead Bodies Everywhere" and "Pretty."
In the latest episode of the podcast Sing for Science, Davis and renowned science author Mary Roach — best known for the book Stiff, about what happens to our bodies after we die — engaged in a spirited conversation about their grisly and fascinating personal experiences with mortuary science.
There are many mind-blowing revelations and stories, from the time that Davis' kitchen served to house overflow from the morgue he was working at, to what the hell "frothy purge" is. Listen above — but warned, this shit is not for the faint of heart.