Jingle Balls


About Jingle Balls

"Jingle Balls" is a song recorded by the American nu metal band Korn, during sessions of their third studio album, Follow the Leader. It was released in Australia as an exclusive sampler, along with the track "Wake Up", in 1999.


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Korn (stylized as KoЯn) is an American nu metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1992. The current band line up includes four members: Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu and Ray Luzier. Korn was originally formed by three of the members of the band L.A.P.D.. The band released their first demo album Neidermeyer's Mind, in 1993. Their debut album Korn, was released in October 1994. The band began recording Life Is Peachy in April 1996, and released it in October 1996. Follow the Leader is recognized as Korn's mainstream breakthrough, peaking at number one on the Billboard 200 in August 1998, along with the following album Issues, in November 1999. The band released Untouchables in June 2002, and released Take a Look in t… more »

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Genre Classification
"Jingle Balls" by Korn is a metal-infused rendition of the traditional Christmas song, "Jingle Bells". The band is known for their nu-metal style which is incorporated into this holiday track.
Album Details
The song was initially released in the year 1999, in a compilation album titled "All-Star Christmas" featuring various artists.
Band Information
Korn is an American band that was formed in 1993 by members Jonathan Davis, Brian Welch, James Shaffer, Reggie Arvizu and Ray Luzier. The band is known for popularizing the nu-metal genre, particularly in the mid-late '90s.
Financial Earnings
Even though the track is categorized as a novelty song, it is an annual holiday earner for the band. It's often played on rock or metal radio stations and streamed online during the holiday season.
Song Reception
Fans of the band have enjoyed the unique twist Korn brought to the iconic Christmas song. Despite its metal treatment, many acknowledge it's still surprisingly catchy.
Live Performances
“Jingle Balls” has occasionally made its way into the band's setlist during their shows around the holiday season, much to the delight of the fans.
Creativity and Uniqueness
The song is a creative parody, displaying Korn's unique take on a classic. The band infused their characteristic heavy guitar riffs and powerful drumming into the traditionally melodious song.
Lyrical Content
Despite the festive seasonal theme, Korn maintains their unique style in the song's lyrics, which contain a mix of dark humor and a somewhat cynical take on the holiday season.
Music Video
A special animated music video was created for the song, featuring cartoon versions of the band members. The video sees the band members wreaking havoc in a winter wonderland setting to the tune of "Jingle Balls".
Unique Contribution
The song reflects Korn's distinctive style and willingness to experiment with different musical styles, highlighting their contribution to the nu-metal genre.
Genre Classification
"Jingle Balls" by Korn is categorized under the genre known as nu-metal. This genre merges elements of grunge and alternative metal with funk, hip-hop, and industrial.
Album Inclusion
The song "Jingle Balls" is included in the band's compilation album titled "All Mixed Up", released in 1999.
Band Profile
Korn is an influential American nu-metal band that became popular in the 1990s. They are known for their heavy music and deep, emotional lyrics, often dealing with themes of abuse, neglect, and trauma.
Song Interpretation
Despite its playful title, "Jingle Balls" is not a traditional holiday song. This song demonstrates Korn's characteristic intense and brooding style.
Limited Edition Single
"Jingle Balls" was a limited edition internet single released by Korn which incorporated elements of their signature heavy sound with holiday themes.
Lyrics Content
The song features explicit lyrics and irreverent take on the holiday season, which contrasts the typically joyful and positive Christmas music.
Songwriting Process
Jonathan Davis, the band's lead vocalist, is known to write most of the band's songs, drawing from personal experiences. Although the creative process behind “Jingle Balls” isn’t widely documented, it remains a well-known track among the band’s fan base.
Unique Holidays Track
The track stands out as it’s not common for heavy metal groups, and particularly nu-metal bands like Korn, to release Christmas-themed songs.
Music Video
There is no official music video for the song, "Jingle Balls". This is common for many of Korn's songs, including several from their deeper album cuts, B-sides, and rarities.
Album Context
Although "Jingle Balls" was included in "All Mixed Up" this five-track EP was a limited release that was not widely available until it was reissued as a part of the band's box-set in 2002.

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