Korn Call out Mr. Bungle As One Of Their Greatest Early Influences

Munky from the band Korn, has called out Mr. Bungle as a band that influenced and drove the early days of Korn.

Earlier in the week, Danny Wimmer presents (an independent festival producer) released a video about Korn titled ‘Driven’. The video was an interview with Jonathan Davis and James “Munky” Shaffer (Guitar) and talked about what drives the band.

Early in the video Munky talks about their early influences and what drove them.  They call out a number of significant bands from the late ’80s and early ’90s, but then goes on to give specific mention to Mr. Bungle, who he says a lot of people still don’t know about. Whether you’re a Korn fan or not, it’s interesting that Mr. Bungle gets called out specifically as a unique band they wanted to emulate as far as uniqueness goes.

In the beginning of our career, we were driven, and I was driven, just by inspiration. And that inspiration came from a lot of early artists, bands like Faith No More, Rage Against the Machine and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

A big influence and a band that really created a lot of drive for us was the band Mr. Bungle, who a lot of people still don’t know.

But that was in the beginning of the inception of the band KORN, really. And that sort of inspiration from all of those bands, like Sepultura and other bands that I mentioned, that really drove us to wanna become something unique like those bands and find something that really connected.  Because those bands connected with us.

Jonathan Davis would later get to record with his hero from Faith No More, Mr. Bungle and Sepultura when he recorded Lookaway with Sepultura and Mike Patton for Roots (1996).

Watch Driven: Korn below

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