Life Is Peachy

Life Is Peachy is the second studio album by American nu metal band Korn. It was released on October 15, 1996 through both Immortal Records and Epic Records. After the release of Korn's 1994 self-titled debut album, the band asked Ross Robinson to produce and went back to Indigo Ranch to record. Life Is Peachy has fourteen tracks, excluding the hidden track after "Kill You". Korn released three singles from Life Is Peachy: "No Place to Hide", "A.D.I.D.A.S.", and "Good God". All three singles went on the UK Singles Chart. Life Is Peachy features such themes as drugs, social encounters, sex, and revenge. The album's cover art was designed by Martin Riedl and its name is credited to Korn's bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu.

Life Is Peachy
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 15, 1996 (1996-10-15)
RecordedApril–July 1996
StudioIndigo Ranch Studios, Malibu, California, U.S.
GenreNu metal
ProducerRoss Robinson
Korn chronology
Life Is Peachy
Follow the Leader
Singles from Life Is Peachy
  1. "No Place to Hide"
    Released: September 14, 1996
  2. "A.D.I.D.A.S."
    Released: March 4, 1997
  3. "Good God"
    Released: November 7, 1997

Life Is Peachy was certified gold on January 8, 1997 and was later certified platinum on December 9, 1997. Following the success of Korn's 1994 self-titled debut album, Life Is Peachy was certified double platinum in the United States and 6.5 million copies worldwide. Life Is Peachy debuted and peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 and peaked at number one in New Zealand. In its first week of being released, the album sold 106,000 copies. Critical reception for the album was mainly mixed, but the album's songwriting and sound quality was praised.

Before the release of Life Is Peachy, Korn toured with many bands. Initially, Korn joined the Sick of It All Tour. Following the Sick of It All Tour, Korn joined the Danzig 4 Tour. Korn also toured with Megadeth, Fear Factory, and Flotsam and Jetsam. After the release of Life Is Peachy, Korn toured solo, and headlined and often sold-out shows. Korn also toured in the Lollapalooza summer tour.

Writing and recordingEdit

Writing for the band's second album started immediately after touring their self-titled debut. Guitarist Munky described the writing process as, "we didn't write nothin' for two years then we had creativity build up, like blue balls of creativity." Doug Small, author of The Story of Korn (ISBN 0825618045), said that "the band's songwriting method — a sort of collective building process wherein four instrumentalists, with the input of Jonathan [Davis], develop each other's ideas until they've created a monster — is truly a group effort." The album's lyrics — for the most part — were primarily written by lead singer Jonathan Davis. Drummer David Silveria told Modern Drummer, "somebody will start playing something and the rest of us will work around it and see where it goes."

After playing at a few gigs with Deftones in California, United States, Korn went back to the studio to start recording Life Is Peachy in April 1996. Korn asked Ross Robinson to produce, and wanted to begin recording at Indigo Ranch,[1] mostly because their first album had been recorded there and was a success.[2][3] Authors Jason Arnopp and Doug Small, insisted the album was rushed when it was put together. Silveria explained, "We went in really fresh, and we wanted to get it done quickly to capture that moment. So it was probably about sixty percent knowing what I was going to play and forty percent just playing whatever came to mind at that moment, It ended up really good, and it has a kind of energy I probably wouldn't have gotten if I'd worked everything out beforehand." Korn's bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu said, "We wanted that same energy and inspiration we found up in the Malibu Hills."[2]

Jonathan Davis said regarding the writing of the album "Right after we got done touring with Ozzy Osbourne, Ross [Robinson] hooked up with us. We went into a rehearsal studio and started writing. It was faster and thrashier. It was us reacting the vibe that we had to hurry up and get this done. We thought, "Let's do something great, but let's not take a year on it." James "Munky" Shaffer elaborated "Some of the songs and riffs from the first record had been lingering around for years. When it was time to write Life Is Peachy, we went back into the rehearsal studio and we wanted to take the elements that the fans liked and we liked about Korn and elaborate on some of those like Jonathan freaking out. "Twist" came to life. There was that dissonant guitar playing. There was more of a punk rock feel and attitude that the band had. I think a lot of that came from touring so much and the energy of the crowds. We wanted to create a really angry album."[4]


Card in Life Is Peachy

Korn's bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu came up with the title Life Is Peachy. The name came from Fieldy's Pee Chee folder. Fieldy often wrote the words "Life Is" in front of the brand name, which he found amusing.[5] Fieldy said, "I used to doodle all over it [the file folder]. I drew long hair on the character and put guitars in their hands. I used to sketch stuff all the time. I eventually knew my scribbles might someday pay off. I thought that visual would make a really cool album cover."[5] Korn contacted the Pee Chee file folder company and asked for permission to use the file folder's image for an album cover, offering twenty thousand dollars (US$20,000), resulting in the company turning the offer down. The name Life Is Peachy was agreed by band members to be a "great" name for the album, and kept the name but didn't add Fieldy's file folder cover.[5]

The front cover of Life Is Peachy depicts a boy looking in the mirror, seeing a much larger person behind him. The photo was taken by Martin Riedl. The design and concept were by Scott Leberacht. Other pictures in the booklet were taken by Stephen Stickler.[6] Doug Small said that it "continued the threatened child theme as depicted on Korn's artwork." The cover is mostly black and white, with a little boy, hair combed, straightening his tie in a gilt mirror; behind him looms a larger, shadowed presence." Life Is Peachy is, to date, the only album by Korn to feature their name spelled in a different font.

The booklet, along with every other album by Korn, does not feature printed lyrics to the songs. The band has explained that the reason the booklets do not feature this is because Davis believes fans should not rely on printed lyrics because it limits the experience in listening to the music. As Davis told MTV's Serena Altschul, "I think music is something that every individual has their own meaning to the song. They can come up with whatever the hell I'm saying and that's the beauty of it and that's what I wanna keep there."[7]

Touring and promotionEdit

Life Is Peachy Tour Sampler

Korn resumed intensive touring immediately after recording sessions for Life is Peachy ended. The band released a promotional disc in 1997 called Life Is Peachy Tour Sampler, with Incubus and The Urge, as both bands supported Korn on their headlining European tour in early 1997. The album featured 3 tracks, "Chi" (live) by Korn, "All Washed Up" (live) by The Urge, and "Hilikus" (live) by Incubus. The promo was released after Life Is Peachy, and lasts for twelve minutes and seventeen seconds.[8] Korn toured solo in 1997, and headlined at often sold-out shows.[9] Helmet and Limp Bizkit also toured with Korn to promote Life Is Peachy in 1997.[10]

In mid-1997, Korn played in the Lollapalooza summer tour with Tool, Snoop Dogg, Jane's Addiction, The Prodigy, and others.[11] Korn secured the Lollapalooza slot at the beginning of the year.[12] During the prior year's Lollapalooza, there was controversy over the inclusion of marquee, big name artists such as Metallica and Soundgarden, which founder Perry Farrell considered a "bastardization" of Lollapalooza, leading him to walk out on the tour.[12] Davis said "Last year... wasn't like a real Lollapalooza vibe. Because it seems to me that Lollapalooza's been about cutting-edge bands, ones on the underground, and that's what I think he [Perry Farrell] based that whole thing on and last year really just wasn't all about that. And this year, now that he's back on, you can tell, there's so many different, diverse music groups here." [12]

On July 18, not even a month into the tour, the group was forced to cancel the remainder of their Lollapalooza appearances due to guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer recent diagnosis with viral meningitis. Jonathan Davis issued a written statement about Shaffer's illness saying, "We love our fans. This is the last thing we want to do, but it's the only decision to make at this time. It just doesn't feel right without [Shaffer]."[13] The statement also acknowledged fans that "there is no suitable replacement for [Shaffer] during his recuperation."[13]

Aside from touring, Korn also released three singles following the album's release. "No Place to Hide" was the album's first single. The single features "Proud", a song that would later be included on the soundtrack for I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997).[14] Other versions include both original and remixed versions of songs featured on Korn.[15] The song "A.D.I.D.A.S." was released as a single on March 4, 1997.[16] The song's music video was directed by Joseph Kahn in Los Angeles during January 1997.[5][17][18] Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu said that "It was one of the hardest videos we ever made because we all had to lie still on cold metal slabs for hours, pretending to be dead. We wore dirty blue contacts in our eyes that made us partially blind while they were in."[5]

Tour datesEdit

Most of these entries came from[19]

Early Life is Peachy showsEdit

Date City Country Venue Other Performers
April 18, 1996 Hollywood, California United States Hollywood Palladium Rancid
May 20, 1996 Sacramento, California Bojangles Deftones
May 25, 1996 Somerset, Wisconsin 93X Fest Filter, Garbage, Violent Femmes
May 26, 1996 Tinley Park, Illinois World Music Theatre (Q101 Jamboree) Candlebox, Cracker, Cypress Hill, Everclear, Filter, Foo Fighters, Garbage, Girls Against Boys, No Doubt, Stabbing Westward
June 15, 1996 Irvine, California Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre (KROQ Weenie Roast) 311, Everclear, Fugees, Garbage, Goldfinger, KISS, Lush, No Doubt, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Verve Pipe

European Tour 1996Edit

Date City Country Venue Other Performers
August 15, 1996 Munich Germany Backstage
August 16, 1996 Avenches Switzerland Rock Oz'Arenes Festival Ice-T, Neneh Cherry, The Wailers, Big Soul,...
August 17, 1996 Donington England Monsters of Rock Kiss, Type O Negative, Ozzy Osbourne, Everclear, Sepultura, 3 Colours Red, Biohazard, Honeycrack, Dog Eat Dog, Cecil, Paradise Lost, Fear Factory
August 18, 1996 Cologne Germany Bizarre Festival Die Toten Hosen, Iggy Pop, Prong, Rammstein, Social Distortion, Such a Surge, The Offspring
August 20, 1996 Copenhagen Denmark Pumpehuset
August 21, 1996 London England Astoria Theatre Rachel Stamp
August 22, 1996 Glasgow Scotland The Garage
August 23, 1996 Bremen Germany Schlachthof
August 24, 1996 Hasselt Belgium Pukkelpop Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Sonic Youth, Urban Dance Squad, Downset, Millencolin, Prong, Everclear, Sparklehorse,...
Biddinghuizen Netherlands Lowlands Festival Fun Lovin' Criminals, Evil Superstars, The Young Gods, Type O Negative, The Gathering, Bad Manners, Madball,...
August 25, 1996 Liverpool England Krazy Horse
August 26, 1996 Dublin Ireland SFX Centre Bullyrag
August 28, 1996 London England Astoria Theatre
August 31, 1996 Strasbourg France Fort Louis Festival Atomic Kids, Silmarils, Such a Surge, Rocket from the Crypt, Soul Coughing, New Model Army, Butthole Surfers, Ice-T
September 4, 1996 Stuttgart Germany LKA Longhorn

Life is Peachy Tour '96Edit

Date City Country Venue Other Performers
October 1, 1996 Fullerton, California United States Club 369 Limp Bizkit, Delinquent Habits
October 2, 1996 Hollywood, California The Roxy
October 4, 1996 Las Vegas, Nevada The Joint
October 5, 1996 Salt Lake City, Utah Utah State Fairpark
October 6, 1996 Carmichael, California El Dorado Saloon
October 7, 1996 Palo Alto, California The Edge
October 9, 1996 San Francisco, California The Fillmore
October 10, 1996 Ventura, California The Majestic Ventura Theater
October 11, 1996 San Diego, California SOMA
October 12, 1996 Fresno, California Wilson Theatre
October 13, 1996 San Bernardino, California Orange Show Pavillon
October 15, 1996 Denver, Colorado Ogden Theatre
October 16, 1996 Lawrence, Kansas Liberty Hall
October 17, 1996 Chicago Metro
October 18, 1996 Minneapolis First Avenue
October 19, 1996 Milwaukee The Rave
October 20, 1996 Grand Rapids, Michigan Orbit Room
October 22, 1996 Saint Louis Mississippi Nights
October 23, 1996 Cincinnati Bogart's
October 24, 1996 Columbus, Ohio Newport Music Hall
October 25, 1996 Pittsburgh Metropol
October 26, 1996 Buffalo, New York Ogden Street Music Hall
October 28, 1996 Cleveland Cleveland Agora
October 29, 1996 Detroit State Theatre
November 1, 1996 Philadelphia Electric Factory The Urge, Pharcyde
November 2, 1996 Asbury Park, New Jersey The Stone Pony
November 4, 1996 Rochester, New York New York Nights
November 6, 1996 New York City Roseland Ballroom
November 8, 1996 Worcester, Massachusetts Worcester Memorial Auditorium
November 9, 1996 Providence, Rhode Island Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
November 10, 1996 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club
November 11, 1996 Raleigh, North Carolina Ritz Theater
November 13, 1996 Nashville, Tennessee 328 Performance Hall
November 14, 1996 Atlanta International Ballroom
November 15, 1996 Winston-Salem, North Carolina Millennium Center
November 16, 1996 Norfolk, Virginia The Boathouse
November 18, 1996 Birmingham, Alabama Five Points South Music Hall
November 19, 1996 Orange Park, Florida Shades
November 21, 1996 Austin, Texas Austin Music Hall
November 22, 1996 Houston International Ballroom
November 23, 1996 Dallas Bronco Bowl
November 24, 1996 Tulsa, Oklahoma Cain's Ballroom
November 26, 1996 Magna, Utah Saltair
November 27, 1996 Caldwell, Idaho O'Connor Field House
November 29, 1996 Salem, Oregon Salem Armory Auditorium
November 30, 1996 Seattle Mercer Arena
December 1, 1996 Rosemont, Illinois Q101 Twisted Xmas Bloodhound Gang, Fiona Apple, Gravity Kills, Sheryl Crow, Stabbing Westward, The Wallflowers, Violent Femmes, Weezer

Metallica's Poor Touring MeEdit

Date City Country Venue Other Performers
December 18, 1996 Anaheim, California United States Arrowhead Pond Metallica
December 19, 1996 Fresno, California Selland Arena
December 20, 1996 Inglewood, California The Forum
December 21, 1996
December 29, 1996 Sacramento, California ARCO Arena
December 30, 1996 Daly City, California Cow Palace
December 31, 1996 San Jose, California San Jose Arena
January 2, 1997 Salt Lake City Delta Center
January 4, 1997 Phoenix, Arizona America West Arena
January 5, 1997
January 6, 1997 Las Cruces, New Mexico Pan American Center
January 8, 1997 Albuquerque, New Mexico Tingley Coliseum
January 10, 1997 Las Vegas Thomas & Mack Center
January 11, 1997 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena

European Tour (Leg I)Edit

Date City Country Venue Other Performers
January 21, 1997 Hamburg Germany Markthalle Hamburg Incubus, The Urge
January 22, 1997 Brussels Belgium Ancienne Belgique[20]
January 24, 1997 Glasgow Scotland Barrowland Ballroom
January 25, 1997 Manchester England Manchester Academy
January 26, 1997 Wolverhampton Wolverhampton Civic Hall
January 27, 1997 Nottingham Rock City
January 29, 1997 Leeds Town and Country Club
January 30, 1997 Newcastle Newcastle University
January 31, 1997 Bristol Anson Rooms
February 1, 1997 London Brixton Academy[21]
February 2, 1997 Amsterdam Netherlands Paradiso
February 4, 1997 Copenhagen Denmark Vega
February 5, 1997 Stockholm Sweden Electric Garden
February 6, 1997 Oslo Norway Rockefeller Music Hall
February 8, 1997 Berlin Germany Arena Halle Berlin[22]
February 9, 1997 Munich Nachtwerk
February 10, 1997 Vienna Austria Messepalast
February 13, 1997 Milan Italy Palalido
February 14, 1997 Marseille France Espace Julien
February 15, 1997 Toulouse Le Bikini
February 17, 1997 Madrid Spain La Riviera[23]
February 18, 1997 Barcelona Zeleste
February 20, 1997 Frankfurt Germany Batschkapp[24]
February 21, 1997 Strasbourg France La Laiterie
February 22, 1997 Paris Le Zénith[25]
February 23, 1997 Cologne Germany Live Music Hall
February 24, 1997 London England Brixton Academy

North American TourEdit

Date City Country Venue Other Performers
March 6, 1997 Mesa, Arizona United States Mesa Amphitheatre Limp Bizkit, Helmet
March 8, 1997 Denver, Colorado Mammoth Event Center
March 9, 1997 Kansas City, Kansas Memorial Hall
March 11, 1997 New Orleans, Louisiana State Palace Theatre
March 12, 1997 Pensacola, Florida Bayfront Auditorium
March 13, 1997 Tampa, Florida Entertainment Hall
March 14, 1997 Orlando, Florida UCF Arena
March 15, 1997 Athens, Georgia Classic Center
March 17, 1997 Louisville, Kentucky The Brewery Helmet
March 18, 1997 Dayton, Ohio Hara Arena Limp Bizkit, Helmet
March 20, 1997 Milwaukee, Wisconsin The Rave
March 21, 1997 Saint Paul, Minnesota Roy Wilkins Auditorium Helmet
March 22, 1997 Chicago Aragon Ballroom Limp Bizkt, Helmet
March 23, 1997 Akron, Ohio James A. Rhodes Arena
March 25, 1997 Toronto Canada The Warehouse
March 27, 1997 Lewiston, Maine United States Central Maine Civic Center
March 28, 1997 Fitchburg, Massachusetts WAAF Indoor Beach Party Limp Bizkit, Powerman 5000
March 29, 1997 Poughkeepsie, New York Mid-Hudson Civic Center Limp Bizkit, Helmet

Australia/New Zealand DatesEdit

Date City Country Venue Other Performers
May 1, 1997 Auckland New Zealand North Shore Events Centre
May 2, 1997 Wellington Queens Wharf Events Centre
May 5, 1997 Brisbane Australia Festival Hall
May 6, 1997 Sydney Hordern Pavilion
May 7, 1997 Melbourne Festival Hall

European Tour (Leg II)Edit

Date City Country Venue Other Performers
May 15, 1997 Neu Isenburg Germany Hugenottenhalle Limp Bizkit
May 17, 1997 Landgraaf Netherlands Pinkpop Festival Marilyn Manson, Republica, The Roots, Death in Vegas, Johan, Cooler than Jesus
May 18, 1997 Eindhoven Dynamo Open Air Tiamat, Marilyn Manson, Helmet, Testament, Cradle of Filth, Karma to Burn, Laberinto
May 19, 1997 Aston England Villa Sports & Leisure Centre Limp Bizkit, Helmet
May 21, 1997 Manchester Manchester Apollo
May 22, 1997 Glasgow Scotland Barrowland Ballroom
May 23, 1997 Newport Wales Newport Centre
May 25, 1997 Brighton England Essential Festival Body Count, Chumbawamba, Levellers, Limp Bizkit, Pitchshifter, Shed Seven, Stereophonics, Symposium, The Wannadies, You Am I
May 26, 1997 Lille France L'Aéronef Limp Bizkit
May 27, 1997 Besançon Le Montjoye
May 28, 1997 Fribourg Switzerland Fri-Son
May 30, 1997 Florence Italy Tenax
May 31, 1997 Modena
June 2, 1997 Rouen France Exo 7
June 3, 1997 London England Brixton Academy Limp Bizkit, Pitchshifter
June 7, 1997 Lübeck Germany Go Bang! Festival David Bowie, Helmet, New Model Army, Rage Against the Machine, The Prodigy
June 8, 1997 Offenbach


Date City Country Venue Other Performers
June 25, 1997 West Palm Beach, Florida United States Coral Sky Amphitheatre Jane's Addiction, Tool, Snoop Dogg, Tricky, The Prodigy,...
June 27, 1997 Atlanta Lakewood Amphitheatre
June 28, 1997 Charlotte, North Carolina Blockbuster Pavilion
June 29, 1997 Raleigh, North Carolina Hardee's Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
July 1, 1997 Virginia Beach, Virginia GTE Amphitheatre
July 2, 1997 Bristow, Virginia Nissan Pavilion
July 4, 1997 Vaughan, Ontario Canada Kingswood Music Theatre
July 5, 1997 Darien Center, New York United States Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 8, 1997 Mansfield, Massachusetts Great Woods Amphitheater
July 11, 1997 New York City Downing Stadium
July 12, 1997 Camden, New Jersey Blockbuster-Sony Music Entertainment Centre
July 13, 1997 Hartford, Connecticut Meadows Music Theater
July 15, 1997 Clarkston, Michigan Pine Knob Music Theatre
July 16, 1997
July 18, 1997 Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio Blossom Music Center
July 19, 1997 Burgettstown, Pennsylvania Star Lake Amphitheater
Munky fell ill with viral meningitis and was hospitalized, forcing KoRn to drop out of the tour after July 19.

Music and lyrical themesEdit

The tenth track, a cover of Ice Cube's "Wicked", features Deftones frontman Chino Moreno on vocals, which is the first time Moreno had made a guest appearance.[26]

Life Is Peachy opens with the forty-nine second prelude "Twist", which is made up of improvised scat singing done by Davis. Doug Small described the singing as "spitting out the twisted rantings of a madman", and said that it was fit for the album's introduction.[27] An a cappella version of "Twist" is included as a hidden track after "Kill You".[28] "Chi" is named after former Deftones bassist Chi Cheng. Davis said that the song "Chi" is "about a lot of alcohol and drug abuse". The song was named after Cheng for the sole reason that Cheng liked reggae and had taken it into his head that the song "Chi" was actually a reggae song.[29] "Swallow" is about drug-induced paranoia.[30] "Mr. Rogers" is about Fred Rogers.[29] Davis said: "As a kid, he told me to be polite, and all it did was get me picked on. I fucking hate that man. Thanks for making me polite and trusting everyone, and easy to take advantage of."[29] "K@#Ø%!" is about women who have hurt Davis. The song is noted for its heavy use of vulgarisms throughout all the lyrics, because of this Munky said that band had intended to jokingly submit it to rock radio stations as a joke because they "knew they wouldn't play it, then follow up about a week later with the real thing".[31] "A.D.I.D.A.S." is an Acronym for "All Day I Dream About Sex".[32] Davis explained the background behind "Good God":

"It's about a guy I knew in school who I thought was my friend, but who fucked me. He came into my life with nothing, hung out at my house, lived off me, and made me do shit I didn't really wanna do. I was into new romantic music and he was a mod, and he'd tell me if I didn't dress like a mod he wouldn't be my friend anymore. Whenever I had plans to go on a date with a chick he'd sabotage it, because he didn't have a date or nothing. He was a gutless fucking nothing. I haven't talked to him for years."[32]

"Ass Itch" is about Davis' difficulty with songwriting.[32] "Kill You" is about Davis' ex-stepmother.[33] Davis explained:

"It's about a relative I first met when I was 12. I fucking hate that bitch. She's the most evil, fucked up person I've met in my whole life. She hated my guts. She did everything she could to make my life hell. Like, when I was sick she'd feed me tea with tabasco, which is really hot pepper oil. She'd make me drink it and say, 'You have to burn that cold out, boy'. Fucked up shit like that. So every night when I'd go to sleep, I'd dream of killing that bitch. In some sick way I had a sexual fantasy about her, and I don't know what that stems from or why, but I always dreamt about fucking her and killing her."[34]

Considered nu metal,[35] the album features a more prominent hip hop influence than the band's self-titled debut, with James "Munky" Shaffer recalling "We were listening to a lot of hip hop, I was probably listening to a lot of Mr. Bungle, hip hop like early Outkast and The Pharcyde, Sepultura records, and Rage Against the Machine, just to name a few."[4]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [36]
Entertainment WeeklyC−[37]
The New York Times(favorable)[38]
Q     [39]
Chronicles of Chaos8/10[40]
Robert Christgau [41]

Life Is Peachy received mainly mixed reviews from critics. Q Magazine said the album is "Harsher and harder than their groundbreaking debut."[1] AllMusic wrote: "Korn add enough elements of alternative rock song structure to make the music accessible to the masses, and their songwriting has continued to improve."[36] iTunes commented that "Regardless of the musical textures, Life Is Peachy is unified in its focus."[42] Entertainment Weekly said that the album left the "impression that frontman Jonathan Davis is turning his well-publicized childhood traumas into a cheap marketing device". They gave it a C- and said that it "may be of interest to mental-health professionals."[37] Jon Pareles of The New York Times wrote: "Korn has learned more than a few tricks from Nine Inch Nails, and it's not above using invective for simple shock value. But the chip on its shoulder sounds genuine."[38] Stephen Thompson of The A.V. Club panned Life is Peachy, calling the album "nothing but plain old, ham-fisted, butt-stupid heavy metal".[43] Adrian Bromley of Chronicles of Chaos wrote that he was "impressed with the strength and sound quality" Korn "has been able to magnify with 'Life Is Peachy'".[40]

In 2000 it was voted number 869 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums.[44]

Commercial performanceEdit

"No Place to Hide" earned the band a second Grammy nomination in the Best Metal Performance category in 1998. The single peaked at number twenty-six on the UK Singles Chart.[45] The album's second single, "A.D.I.D.A.S.", peaked at number twenty-two on the UK Singles Chart,[45] while also making an appearance at number forty-five in Australia.[46] In April 1997, "A.D.I.D.A.S." went to number 13 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[47] "Good God", the album's third and final single, peaked at number twenty-five on UK Singles Chart,[45] and number eighty-one on the ARIA Charts.[46] The album peaked at number one in New Zealand.[48] The album also peaked at number three on the Billboard 200,[49] and number thirty-two on the UK Albums Chart.[45] Life is Peachy sold 106,000 copies in its first week of being released.[50] Released on October 15, 1996, Life is Peachy was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on January 8, 1997. On December 9, 1997, the album was certified platinum by the RIAA. On November 10, 1999, Life is Peachy was certified 2× platinum.[51]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Korn unless otherwise noted.

1."Twist" 0:49
2."Chi" 3:54
3."Lost" 2:55
4."Swallow" 3:38
5."Porno Creep" 2:01
6."Good God" 3:20
7."Mr. Rogers" 5:10
8."Kunt!" (censored on most releases as "K@#ø%!" also written as "K@#¿%!" on the cover of the disc) 3:02
9."No Place to Hide" 3:31
10."Wicked" (featuring Chino Moreno; Ice Cube cover)O'Shea Jackson3:58
11."A.D.I.D.A.S." ("All Day I Dream About Sex") 2:32
12."Lowrider" (War cover)Sylvester Allen, Harold Brown, Morris Dickenson, Leroy Jordan, Charles Miller, Lee Oskar, Howard Scott; Jerry Goldstein0:58
13."Ass Itch" 3:39
14."Kill You" (The song "Kill You" ends at 5:04. After two minutes and 30 seconds of silence [5:04 – 7:34] a brief reprisal of "Twist" in a cappella form called "Twist A Capella", starts.[28]) 8:37
Total length:48:14
Tour sampler
1."Chi" (live)KornLife Is Peachy4:31
2."All Washed Up" (live)The UrgeReceiving the Gift of Flavor4:31
3."Hilikus" (live)IncubusFungus Amongus3:55
Total length:12:17

Chart positionsEdit



Credits taken from the CD liner notes.



  • Ross Robinson – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Chuck Johnson – engineer, mixing
  • Richard Kaplan – mixing, additional engineering
  • Rob Agnello – assistant
  • Jamie Leavitt – assistant
  • Eddy Schreyer – mastering

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Music: Life Is Peachy (CD) by Korn (Artist) Archived 2009-08-18 at the Wayback Machine. Tower Records. Retrieved 2010-04-12.
  2. ^ a b Arvizu 2009 p. 78
  3. ^ Music: Korn (CD) by Korn (Artist) Archived 2009-06-17 at the Wayback Machine. Tower Records. Retrieved 2010-04-12.
  4. ^ a b Retrospective Rewind: Jonathan Davis and James "Munky" Shaffer of Korn talk "Life is Peachy" Archived 2013-01-01 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b c d e Arvizu 2009, p. 79-80
  6. ^ Allmusic (((Life Is Peachy > Credits))). Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-04-12.
  7. ^ Small 1998 p. 30
  8. ^ Various - Korn: Life Is Peachy Tour Sampler Archived 2010-04-22 at the Wayback Machine. Discogs. Retrieved 2010-03-14.
  9. ^ Arvizu 2009 p. 92
  10. ^ Arvizu 2009 p. 97
  11. ^ Arvizu 2009 p. 105
  12. ^ a b c Furman 2000.
  13. ^ a b Small 1998 p. 42
  14. ^ No Place To Hide. Amazon. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
  15. ^ Korn [Audio CD, Explicit Lyrics]. Amazon. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
  16. ^ A.D.I.D.A.S.: Korn music. Retrieved 2010-03-13.
  17. ^
  18. ^ Billboard March 1, 1997
  19. ^
  20. ^ This show was initially supposed to take place in Bremen, Germany.
  21. ^ Due to a band member falling ill, this show was rescheduled to February 24th. The Amsterdam show was scrapped for the same reason.
  22. ^ This show was moved from SO36.
  23. ^ This show was moved from Sala KTDral.
  24. ^ This show was rescheduled from February 24th.
  25. ^ This show was moved from Le Bataclan.
  26. ^ "Wicked by Korn". Archived from the original on March 27, 2017. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  27. ^ Small 1998.
  28. ^ a b Davis, Jonathan, James Shaffer, Brian Welch, Reginald Arvizu, and David Silveria, perfs. Kill You. Korn. Ross Robinson, 1996. CD. Hidden track
  29. ^ a b c Furman 2000, p. 89.
  30. ^ "California Screaming". Spin. Vol. 12 no. 9. SPIN Media LLC. December 1996. p. 40. ISSN 0886-3032.
  31. ^ Furman 2000, p. 93.
  32. ^ a b c Furman 2000, p. 90.
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