KORN's JAMES "MUNKY" SHAFFER Purchases Own CD, Discusses Rap-Metal Movement

June 27, 2002

Even after almost a decade of touring, albums and constant spotlight, KORN guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer still gets a kick out of purchasing his own CD in the record store whenever a new one is released.

"I just went out and bought our album at the store the other day," Munky admitted to Chart Attack. "It's been a tradition of mine to go to the record store and buy our album every time it comes out. Even when we had a band called L.A.P.D. when I was 20 — goddamn that was a long time ago — I'd go buy them. Of course, I go to buy that album and the next thing you know, I'm carting half the store around to buy! It's weird, man, but I love it. I'm like, 'This is SO COOL!'"

Shaffer also commented on the band's departure from the rap-metal movement on the band's latest CD, Untouchables, and the group's standing versus the countless imitators that have sprung up since KORN released their classic debut nearly a decade ago.

"So many bands had taken what we were doing. On one hand it was flattering, but on the other hand it kept us motivated to move forward on this album. This time we said goodbye to the whole rap thing. We want to keep evolving. It's not a challenge to keep doing it again. But the shift away from the rap was totally unconscious. We didn't say, 'We're not gonna do this.' All of a sudden we found ourselves writing these metal riffs and we're like, 'Fuckin' cool!' We're into it!' Subconsciously we probably felt that there were a lot of bands doing the rap-metal thing so it was time to move on."

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