We are all black, when the lights go off…
“Twisted Transistor” is a song written and recorded by American nu metal band Korn and The Matrix for Korn’s seventh studio album, See You on the Other Side. It was released as the album’s first single in September 2005.
“You know that feeling when you’re alone in your room, you feel bad and nothing around you seems to be going well then suddenly when you turn on your radio, you are immediately ‘deep in the music’. That’s exactly the subject of Twisted Transistor with the lyrics: ‘A lonely life where no one understands you but don’t give up because the music do’. – Jonathan Davis
The video for the song was directed by Dave Meyers and features a Spinal Tap-esque mockumentary produced by “documentary filmmaker Rob Piner” (a reference to Canadian music journalist Nardwuar the Human Serviette) where four rappers play the parts of Korn: Lil Jon as Jonathan Davis, Xzibit as Fieldy, David Banner as David Silveria and Snoop Dogg as Munky. The real Korn appears at the end of the video as representatives of “Fony Music”, complaining about how the music video isn’t going to sell because it lacks “bling-bling” and “booty shakin'”. There is also a section in the video featuring ‘Jonathan’ recording vocals in “Big Rick’s Studio”, a reference to metal and hip-hop producer Rick Rubin, as Big Rick himself as he appears in the video bears a resemblance to Rick Rubin.
The rappers have jokingly noted in interviews that “It might be a [new] band coming towards you”.