Shoots and Ladders (song)

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"Shoots and Ladders"
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Single by Korn
from the album Korn
Released June 30, 1995
Format 10", CD5" [1]
Recorded 1994 at Indigo Ranch Studios, Malibu, California [2] [3] [4]
Genre Nu metal [5]
Length5:22 [6]
3:39 (radio edit)
Label Epic/Immortal [7]
Songwriter(s) Reginald Arvizu, Jonathan Davis, James Shaffer, David Silveria, Brian Welch
Producer(s) Ross Robinson
Korn singles chronology
"Need To"
"Shoots and Ladders"

"Need To"
"Shoots and Ladders"

"Shoots and Ladders" is a song written and recorded by the American nu metal band Korn for their self-titled debut album. It was released as the album's third single in 1995. [8]

Nu metal is a subgenre of alternative metal that combines elements of heavy metal music with elements of other music genres such as hip hop, alternative rock, funk, industrial, and grunge. Nu metal bands have drawn elements and influences from a variety of musical styles, including multiple genres of heavy metal. Nu metal rarely features guitar solos; the genre is heavily syncopated and based on guitar riffs. Many nu metal guitarists use seven-string guitars that are down-tuned to play a heavier sound. DJs are occasionally featured in nu metal to provide instrumentation such as sampling, turntable scratching and electronic backgrounds. Vocal styles in nu metal include singing, rapping, screaming and growling. Nu metal is one of the key genres of the new wave of American heavy metal.

Korn American nu-metal band

Korn is an American nu metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band is notable for pioneering the nu metal genre and bringing it into the mainstream.

<i>Korn</i> (album) eponymous debut studio album by American nu metal band Korn

Korn is the eponymous debut studio album by American nu metal band Korn. It was released on October 11, 1994, through Immortal/Epic Records. Before recording the album, the band was approached by Immortal/Epic Records after a performance at Huntington Beach, California. The band signed to their label because they didn't want to "sign away all of their creative freedom." The band would record at Indigo Ranch Studios in Malibu, California with producer Ross Robinson, who also produced their 1993 demo Neidermayer's Mind. The recording took place from May to June 1994. After the recordings, Korn toured with Biohazard and House of Pain.


Music and structure

The title is a mockery of American children's game Chutes and Ladders (also known in the UK as Snakes and Ladders), with the song's lyrics mostly consisting of nursery rhymes. It is the first Korn song to feature bagpipes. [9] The song uses the following nursery rhymes in its lyrics: [10]

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Snakes and Ladders board game

Snakes and Ladders is an ancient Indian board game regarded today as a worldwide classic. It is played between two or more players on a gameboard having numbered, gridded squares. A number of "ladders" and "snakes" are pictured on the board, each connecting two specific board squares. The object of the game is to navigate one's game piece, according to die rolls, from the start to the finish, helped or hindered by ladders and snakes, respectively.

Nursery rhyme traditional song or poem for children

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Ring a Ring o Roses folk song

"Ring a Ring o' Roses" or "Ring a Ring o' Rosie" is a nursery rhyme or folksong and playground singing game. It first appeared in print in 1881, but it is reported that a version was already being sung to the current tune in the 1790s and similar rhymes are known from across Europe. It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 7925. Urban legend says the song originally described the plague, specifically the Great Plague of London, or the Black Death, but folklorists reject this idea.

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London Bridge Is Falling Down nursery rhyme from England

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"It was written because all these little kids sing these nursery rhymes and they don't know what they originally meant. Everyone is so happy when singing 'Ring Around the Rosie' but it is about the Black Plague. All of them have these evil stories behind them." – Jonathan Davis [11]

A screenshot from the music video. Shoots&laddersvid.jpg
A screenshot from the music video.

Music video

The video for "Shoots and Ladders" was directed by McG and shows clips of Korn performing in front of an energetic crowd, similar to "Blind". Korn is also seen performing in front of a fake castle-like building. Munky can be seen with duct tape over his mouth while coming out from a field of weeds. In the beginning, Jonathan can be seen tied up and hanging upside down. Head, Fieldy, and David appear in various clips as well, but is not very specific. [9] [12] The video premiered in June 1995. "Shoots and Ladders" was filmed at Golf N' Stuff in Norwalk, California.

McG film director

Joseph McGinty Nichol, known professionally as McG, is an American director, producer, and former record producer.

Blind (Korn song) Korn song

"Blind" is a song recorded and performed by American nu metal band Korn for their self-titled debut album. It was released as the album's first single in August 1994.

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The song was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1997 for Best Metal Performance. This would be Korn's first nomination in any Grammy category. [13]

Grammy Award accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

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The Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance is an award presented at the Grammy Awards to recording artists for works containing quality performances in the heavy metal music genre. The Grammy Awards is an annual ceremony, where honors in several categories are presented by The Recording Academy of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position". The ceremony was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards.


Track listing

Track Listing [14]

US Radio Promo

  1. "Shoots and Ladders" – 3:39 (radio edit)
  2. "Sean Olson" – 4:45 (radio edit)

UK Radio Promo

Side A:

  1. "Shoots and Ladders" (Hip Hop Remix) – 4:07
  2. "Shoots and Ladders" (Hyper Remix) – 2:32

Side B:

  1. "Shoots and Ladders" (Industrial Remix) – 3:50
  2. "Shoots and Ladders" (Industrial Instrumental) – 3:59

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