NIN to Mickey Mouse: See Korn's Jonathan Davis Pick Favorite Records, Films | Revolver

NIN to Mickey Mouse: See Korn's Jonathan Davis Pick Favorite Records, Films

Singer reveals how kids cartoons, sadistic horror, more influence his own music

Korn's kilted frontman and sometimes bagpiper Jonathan Davis recently hit Los Angeles' famous Amoeba Records to film a segment for their popular series What's In My Bag? With eclectic choices ranging from Nine Inch Nails to Mickey Mouse Volume 1, the singer elaborates on some important influences that shape the way he creates his own music. 

With his tamer choices like the cartoon DVD and some Rick and Morty action figures, Davis drives home the idea that he is a dedicated father who keeps his children's interests at heart. "I'm just a big ol' kid, like a grown up kid," he claims, right before jumping to the more sinister choice of the 1975 sadistic horror-art film Salo. Based on a Marquis De Sade novel, the torture porn transitions Davis' picks into a darker realm. He then pulls out seminal goth band Christian Death's Only Theatre of Pain, citing it as one he'd stay up all night listening to as a teenager.

This theme continues with Dead Can Dance's A Passage in Time, which Davis claims heavily influenced his solo record Black Labyrinth. Another connection to that work comes with his choice of Peter Gabriel's soundtrack to The Final Temptation of Christ, on which you can hear L. Shenkar, who would go on to play violin for Davis' project.


Davis wraps the clip with his own band's Path of Totality, claiming he made the choice because he doesn't own the record and its deluxe edition contains the recording of a 2011 Korn performance from the center of a custom crop circle in Davis' hometown of Bakersfield, California. The band was inspired by the acclaimed 1972 Pink Floyd concert film Live At Pompeii, which was filmed over four days in the city's ancient Roman amphitheater.