Watching TRL and being totally obsessed with Backstreet Boys, you wouldn’t expect me to start liking Korn but hey – it was a different time and there was a bullet that went through a cascade of scenes that impressed me in their video for “Freak on a Leash.” To this day it remains one of the coolest videos to me because at a time where dance routines and whatnot were all the rage, they were a band that was the polar opposite and they didn’t disregard who they were and still made an impact on that after school countdown that guided teens and tweens for years.
Starting with the animation at the beginning, the bullet escaping the story of the poster and causing a somewhat contained chaos as it made it’s way through every day life to another poster – never really making physical contact with anyone. An interesting concept one with an English degree would like to pick apart, but we’ll just chalk it up to the director and the band just agreeing it was an awesome way to showcase the song in video formation – and I agree.
Of all the videos to come out of my adolescence this is the one that sticks out the most on a visual level. Well, BSB’s “All I Have to Give” was visually stunning for other reasons because um, Nick Carter in a silk shirt with his signature haircut crooning about love, be still my 12-year-old heart. While I think Head is a handsome man, “Freak on a Leash” pleased my eyes for entirely different reasons and every day it was in the “Korn spot’ (#3) on the countdown, I enjoyed seeing what new things you could notice about it. Remember, this was long before YouTube or even Tivo. There was no streaming or pausing going on. Only living in the moment of a great video.