Jonathan Davis Says Korn's Collaboration with Fred Durst Is the "Worst Song Ever"

"I've got nothing against Fred, it just sucks!"

Photo: Roger Woolman (left)

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Mar 8, 2022

You may, in fact, have more in common with Korn bandleader Jonathan Davis than you ever thought possible: the vocalist has revealed what he thinks is "the worst song ever," and it happens to be something that his own band recorded — alongside Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, because why not?

Picture this: the year is 1998. We're talking some simpler — though fraught — pre-Y2K times. You're in a burgeoning nu metal band. You and your fellow dude-rockers are having some brews and decide to hit the studio. For Davis, this is where things took a dark turn.

Yes, dear reader, he regrettably started rapping. While known for being idiosyncratic and powerfully versatile behind the mic, the bandleader made the relatable mistake of trying to drop some drunken bars — which mainly take the form of Durst and Davis trading insults about each other's sexual orientation. The result ended up as the eighth track on Korn's 1998 multi-platinum Follow the Leader.

"'All in the Family' is the worst song ever," Davis told Metal Hammer in a new interview [via Louder]. "It's horrible. We were all drunk in the studio and I was trying to rap."

He added: "At the time, we were having a good time, but now I just cringe — I've got nothing against Fred, it just sucks! We were out of our minds drunk! It shouldn't have made the record."

It's worth noting that, in addition to using the f-slur, Davis spits the line: "Suck my dick, kid / Like your daddy did." We're not insinuating that this collaborative moment born of a drunken stupor may have planted the "Dad Vibes" seed that would be sewn by Durst and Limp Bizkit 23 years later, but we're certainly not not insinuating that.

You can revisit the song below and read Exclaim!'s review of Korn's latest LP Requiem.

The lead single from Limp Bizkit Still Sucks became the band's first charting hit since 2004. Meanwhile, Davis recently detailed his COVID-19 recovery.

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