Late last summer, Slipknot’s All Hope Is Gone and The Game‘s LAX engaged in a SoundScan battle to the death, almost. Initial returns had LAX ahead of the masked Iowans on the albums chart by a mere 13 copies, but a hasty recount put Slipknot in the drivers’ seat, with a victory margin of 1,134 albums sold. You’d think the metallers would feel satisfied that they’d pulled out a victory at the last minute, wouldn’t you? Obviously, you don’t know the psyches of the men behind the masks.
“Any time we get something, it’s almost like we had to steal the fucking thing,” frontman Corey Taylor tells Rolling Stone. “We had to fight for that, in true Slipknot fashion. They didn’t want to just fucking respect us and wait until all the fucking numbers were in. They were like, ‘No, you didn’t have it – you got beat by 13 CDs.’ We’ve come so fucking close so many goddamn times, and this was our time.”
Percussionist and band mastermind Shawn “Clown” Crahan is still plenty hacked off that the band he created came so close to having its moment in the sun taken away. “This is no disrespect to the Game, we don’t know him, and it could have been anyone, but they’re upset that they lost?” he said. “You want to talk about upset, you want to talk about disrespect for sacrifice? Everyone has tried to keep our ideas, our dreams, our art, down, and there was no reason for that, because our art is love, too.”
You know, guys, a response song to that track the Game did a few years back where he just read off the SoundScan numbers over a beat would have probably come off a lot less whiny. Maybe next time?