|Single by Korn|
|from the album Untouchables|
|Released||July 15, 2002|
|Songwriter(s)||Reginald Arvizu, Jonathan Davis, James Shaffer, David Silveria, Brian Welch|
|Korn singles chronology|
"Thoughtless" is a song written by American nu metal band Korn for their fifth studio album, Untouchables . "Thoughtless" was released as the album's second single in July 2002. The single charted at 11 on the US Alternative chart, and at 37 on the UK main chart.
"Thoughtless" is about school bullying. Jonathan Davis, the vocalist of Korn, said that "Thoughtless" is "a song about people who are constantly ridiculed and the collateral damage it can cause". [ unreliable source? ]
This song was introduced to fans during a live show at the Hammerstein Ballroom, in NYC on June 10, 2002, which celebrated the release of Untouchables. This performance appears on the DVD release entitled Live . "Thoughtless" has been played during the Untouchables promotional tour, in 2002, but it was scrapped from the band's setlist one year later. It eventually returned in 2006 on the See You on the Other Side World Tour as a part of a medley. The full song was played at the 2006 Family Values Tour and the Escape from the Studio Tour. It has most recently been performed within a medley at the Music as a Weapon V tour. The song was well received.
In the beginning, a high-school aged boy (who is revealed to be called Floyd Louis Cifer in a yearbook, and whose first name was the working title of "Thoughtless" on the unmastered, leaked version of Untouchables), portrayed by Aaron Paul (who was 22 at the time), is walking through the hallways of his school. Four girls are teasing and looking at him in disgust. A group of jocks on the other side of the hallway attack and give him dirty looks. In the next scene, Floyd is in his science class drawing strange pictures in his notebook. Song titles from Untouchables can also be seen. He then goes to the pool to swim. However, the jocks find Floyd there and attempt to drown him. After that, he is in the locker room wrapped in a towel and is seen increasingly agitated. We then see Floyd in his room looking at a yearbook. He throws the yearbook at his window and looks in the phonebook for a service which says "Fantasy Escorts." He calls the service and shows up at his prom with a woman (portrayed by Aimee Sweet from Penthouse Pets). He vomits on everyone who has bullied him and gets his revenge. Korn performs inside his mind throughout the video. There is another version of the video known as the "performance version", that only shows Korn performing the song in the room featured in the original music video.
The song received average reviews. Rolling Stone was a little average about the song, saying: "On the single “Thoughtless,” Jonathan Davis sings a line that even today leaps out as an extraordinarily forbidden sentiment: “I wanna kill and rape you the way you raped me.” Does he literally mean this? (Davis has gone on record as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse.) Or is it a metaphor for his feelings about the music biz? Either way, the song has a tremendous topical power that’s bound to be contemplated or misunderstood. Korn rarely identify the “you” they’re constantly battling."The New York Times said that the song had "vindictiveness". NME was very positive about the song: "Davis stops giving into melodrama and remembers that he has a lot to be extremely angry about. [...] 'Thoughtless' marries the taut grooves of Fugazi with a refrain of 'why are you trying to make fun of me?'"
The song has been covered by band Evanescence, both on tour and for the 2004 live album Anywhere but Home , with a different intro that features piano arrangements. Lead singer Amy Lee said to the crowd at the beginning of the performance, "We're going to do something completely different now. This is by a band that we all like very much. I'm not even going to announce it; you ought to know what this is." .
Enhanced maxi CD single
|Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)||10|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||74|
|Scotland (Official Charts Company)||37|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||82|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||37|
|UK Rock and Metal (Official Charts Company)||3|
|US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles ( Billboard )||8|
|US Alternative Airplay ( Billboard )||11|
|US Mainstream Rock ( Billboard )||6|
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