As the era of rap-rock draws to a close, one of the genre’s pioneers has selected a classic tune from each half of the hybrid to include on its new greatest-hits album.
Covers of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” and Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” will be featured on Korn’s forthcoming best-of set, due this fall, according to a band spokesperson. The Pink Floyd classic was produced collectively by Korn, while “Fight the Power” was helmed by singer Jonathan Davis and Lil Jon, who called their crossbreed “crunk rock” (see “Lil Jon Bangs Head, Creates Crunk-Rock” ). Both songs were recorded in mid-May.
Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” was originally found on the soundtrack to 1989′s “Do the Right Thing,” while “Another Brick in the Wall” originally appeared — in three parts — on Pink Floyd’s 1979 conceptual masterpiece The Wall.
“Pink Floyd’s an amazing band,” Davis said. “They always set a mood. The movie ‘The Wall’ is amazing. There were three versions of it on the original album, so we made it into one long song with ‘Goodbye Cruel World’ at the end.”
While touring Europe, Korn have included “Another Brick in the Wall” in their shows, including a recent headlining performance in Berlin. The first time they did it, though, they were unsure of the reaction they’d receive.
“We tried it in Hannover, Germany,” Davis said. “Kids were out there throwing their X’s up, from the movie. It was surprising to see how many young kids know Pink Floyd and know all the words to that song.”
Four dates, including the first day of the massive four-day Roskilde Festival in Denmark, remain on Korn’s itinerary before they join Linkin Park and Snoop Dogg on the Projekt Revolution tour, beginning July 23 (see “Dates For Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution Announced; Used Join Trek” ). In the few weeks before the tour commences, Korn plan to shoot a video for whichever cover is designated to be the first single from the greatest-hits album.