Slipknot's double-platinum self-titled 1999 album (following earlier demos) just celebrated its 20th anniversary in June, and a YouTube channel called Eightminutesupsidedown's episode on the samples used within the record has gained traction again after nearly a year online so curious fans can see where their beloved Iowan metal purveyors gained inspiration way back when.
"I spent a while researching this," says the channel's creator, "and literally drew a blank finding any samples that were on any other album apart from their Self Titled album. Anyway, Enjoy." The first sample they discover is an obscure electronic track titled "Papa Lover" taken from a 1995 12-inch titled Papa Lover Jungle, from which a brief sample is played of before seguing into its placement in the 'Knot's song "Spit It Out."
This back-and-forth formula is followed throughout the video, introducing clips from films like David Cronenberg's 1983 sci-fi horror Videodrome as used in "Eyeless," 1993 Al Pacino crime thriller Carlito's Way as heard in "SIC." Some songs discovered in his search for samples include the Winstons' 1969 jam "Amen Brother" in Slipknot's "Eyeless" and Ice Cube's 1991 hip-hop hit "Man's Best Friend" as heard in "Eeyore."
The varying samples heard on the album reflect the wide array of styles used and played with to accomplish the uniquely heavy sound created by the group on what stood as their first label debut. Slipknot peaked at #51 on the Billboard charts and gained the group an enormous following that continues today, and the man who signed them, Monte Connor, once told Metal Hammer of the LP, "There's no doubt that the album opened the door to a lot more very extreme bands crossing into the mainstream."