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|"Wait and Bleed"|
|Single by Slipknot|
|from the album Slipknot|
|Released||July 28, 1999|
|Recorded||1998 at Indigo Ranch, Malibu, California|
|Slipknot singles chronology|
"Wait and Bleed" is a song from American Nu metal band Slipknot's self-titled album of 1999. Remixed with more prominent clean-sung vocals, it was released as the lead single from the album in July 1999, and peaked at number 34 on the American Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in February 2000.
Joey Jordison recalled in an interview with Kerrang "I wrote the music for 'Wait and Bleed' on my own… I showed it to the guys at rehearsal, and then Corey wrote some lyrics really fast in our practice space… He took us to a new level immediately." "The song's about that switch in your head that can go at any moment," noted Corey Taylor. "You go from being a civilized human being to someone who can commit terrible acts. I've always been fascinated by the fact we represent ourselves as civilized when, at any moment, we can become animals."
"Wait and Bleed" earned Slipknot a first Grammy nomination in 2001 for Best Metal Performance, though it lost to Deftones' "Elite". The song won the Best Single award at the 2000 Kerrang! Awards. The song enjoyed a degree of commercial success, reaching number 34 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and number 27 in the UK Singles Chart. It was also ranked number 36 on VH1's "40 Greatest Metal Songs" list. This track, along with "Left Behind", "Pulse of the Maggots", and "Snuff", were released as downloadable songs in the Rock Band series. "Wait and Bleed" was also featured on the soundtrack for Scream 3.
"It was just a basic song. We didn't know it was going to be that popular. The funny thing is the record label, especially new guys at the record label, were coming around when we started getting big, and they're like, 'Oh, the next record, you can write, like, three Wait And Bleeds.' And we're just like, 'You are an idiot.' Therefore, we don't do that. But obviously the band, believe it or not, we have so much control over what we do that we don't write anything for money, we don't write anything for popularity, we have to like it first. And it's just a song that we liked, and it just so happened that it got on the radio and got the attention that we didn't expect." – Chris Fehn
There are two videos for "Wait and Bleed". The first, directed by Thomas Mignone, features a live performance of the song, filmed during the band's appearance at Ozzfest on September 1, 1999 with the studio track overdubbed. The second, known as the "Claymation version", depicts all nine members as small, animated, doll-like creatures inside a laboratory inhabited by a man who is attempting to catch them. Eventually, the band cause the man to fall and be stung by insects dropping from a jar. As the band looks over the man, Chris Fehn's doll covers him in fuel and Shawn Crahan sets him alight, killing him.
All songs credited to Slipknot.
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||27|
|US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)||34|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Silver||200,000|
sales+streaming figures based on certification alone