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Korn Don’t Know Who Started The Whole JNCOs Fad, But It Wasn’t Them

In a recent interview, members of Korn revealed they don’t know who started nu-metal’s obsession with JNCO jeans.

If there’s one fashion trend most commonly associated with the nu-metal era of the mid-to-late 90s, it’s JNCO jeans. The massive, flare-legged pants became synonymous with the fans of nu-metal, who attempted to emulate the baggy pants of the rappers they loved while taking the style to a typically metal extreme. But in a recent interview, members nu-metal forefathers Korn revealed that not only did they not start the JNCO trend — they don’t know who did.

While talking to Seattle radio station KISW, guitarist Brian Head” Welch and frontman Jonathan Davis were asked if they still had their JNCO jeans. As you’ll see in video of the conversation, Head buckles at the waist laughing at the idea, while Jonathan just shakes his head.

I never wore JNCOs,” he says. I can honestly say I did not partake in it.” 

Head seems somewhat perplexed by the reference, asking, Were…were JNCOs bellbottoms?”

They were just huge,” says Jonathan. Who started that?”

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The interview is also hilarious because of how forthright the band is about ripping off hip-hop acts and the silly fights they got in back in the day.

Everybody loved Chili Peppers, everybody loved Faith No More…but as far as bands that we just straight bit?” laughs Jonathan. In the beginning? Cypress Hill! If there was no Cypress Hill, there’d be no Korn. Because we’d imitate the samples we heard in hip-hop.”

Watch the interview below:

Korn are currently out on tour with Alice In Chains and Underoath, so make sure you catch them live — sans JNCOs, of course — at one of the following dates:


20 Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, Noblesville, IN
21 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, IL
23 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, MO
25 Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
27 Isleta Amphitheatrer, Albuquerque, NM
30 FivePoint Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA
31 Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ 


02 North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, CA
04 Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, CA

Posted on August 20th 2019, 9:31p.m.
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