When Korn recently put out a clip for a parody film entitled Devolution: Nature’s U-Turn, they were apparently unaware they had kinda, sorta copped the longtime shtick of Ohio’s finest (non-Pere Ubu) rock band. Devo’s Gerry Casale, still as mordantly pissed-off as ever, told Rolling Stone that after Devo’s Web site made brief mention of the similarities, Korn fans came crawling out of the woodwork to talk their special kind of shit:
“Their fanbase, being pretty cretinous, took it like a serious smackdown,” Casale says. “They started writing vicious hate-filled e-mails saying, ‘You guys don’t own the word “devolution” What makes you think you can come out of retirement and say stuff about the great Korn?’ We went, ‘Wow, this is insane. This is a perfect example of devolution. You’re a case in point, pal. Gee, I’m sorry we thought all this up thirty years ago and have been putting it out there and preaching it ever since.’”
“I wouldn’t hope for anything from people today, are you kidding?” he says. “We live in a subhuman mean-ass society where everyone has learned to be totally disgusting and spiritless. It starts at the top and trickles down. When you have an administration like we have, everybody learns that ‘fuck you’ is the rule of the day. Every time the president speaks it’s a painful example that de-evolution is real.”
We’re guessing this means we don’t get to hear Korn’s take on “Mongoloid” or “Sloppy (I Saw My Baby Gettin’)” on their upcoming covers album.
Devo Smack Down Korn, Talk First New Album In Nearly Two Decades [Rolling Stone]