What’s in a name? When you’re a band, well…everything, really. If you disagree, just ask Korn frontman Jonathan Davis.

Davis took part in a video for Revolver where he explained the story behind Korn’s classic logo and also revealed the band was almost named something different.

Davis said, “The Korn logo came about when we were trying to come up with a band name. Our manager at the time, Larry, we told him we were gonna call it Korn and he’s like, ‘You can’t name your band Korn.’ So we told him, ‘Well, we’re gonna name it Larry then.’ And he’s like, ‘F— you.’ I’m like, ‘It’s gonna be either Larry or Korn. You f—in’ pick.'”

And thus, Korn was born, and the rest is history.

Davis added, “I f—ing chuckle to this day that my band’s name is Korn. It’s f—ing funny! We twisted it, spelled it different with the backwards R and made it kinda spooky, and it worked.”

Thirteen studio albums, three live albums and a bunch of music videos later, it’s pretty safe to say it worked out okay.

(WARNING: NSFW language in the video ahead.)


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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.