Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor recently spoke with RadioVegas.Rocks about his musical aspirations beyond Slipknot, which apparently do not include country but do lean toward the moodier end of jazz.
“Even coming from Iowa, fuck no! Absolutely not,” he says when asked if he’d ever do a honky-tonk album. “It’s not to say that I couldn’t write stuff like that. My interest would be more singer/songwriter vibe, like [British pop rock group] Squeeze or something like that.”
The conversation then takes an interesting twist when the singer says he’s interested in putting together “a quartet or a quintet” to record a jazz album, “like a dark jazz album and recording it live in a room,” adding, “It won’t sell shit. It would really just be for my own personal collection. I love jazz. A lot of people don’t realize that. I listen to a lot of 40s and 50s jazz.”
Citing influences like Billy Holiday and Charlie Parker (“when he was really fucked up”), Taylor discusses a few songs throughout his career with Stone Sour and Slipknot that he’d choose to makeover for the project. The list includes “Prosthetics” from Slipknot’s 1999 self-titled record, and “Bother” from Stone Sour’s 2002 eponymous debut.
Below, watch Corey Taylor and Stone Sour cover Black Sabbath’s “Children of the Grave” at Revolver’s Golden Gods Awards.