Corey Taylor, lead singer of hard rock outfits Stone Sour and Slipknot (and currently a featured member of Dave Grohl’s all-star Sound City Players), recently discussed his political views during an exclusive interview with Radio.com, showing support for President Obama and lamenting what he considers the uncompromising ways of the Republican party.
“Obviously I’m stoked that (Obama) was reelected, because Mitt Romney is much more of a Bond villain than President material,” he said regarding the 2012 election.
“We’ll just have to see, you know? There’s a tendency with the liberals to overcompensate for people’s common sense sometimes,” Taylor explained. “And yet, the conservative side of it scares the crap out of me, because they are so zealous and they are so stuck in their ways, and look at where we’re at right now. We’re at loggerheads right now because people can’t learn to compromise.”
Obviously passionate about the subject, Taylor went on to display political knowledge that would belie his rock-star status, comparing the American right-wing with British conservatives of the 19th century.
“(Compromise) is what this whole country was founded on. Democracy is the politics of the half-loaf. It is supposed to be compromise,” he stressed. “That’s why the Constitution is a living document, that’s why (with) the Bill of Rights, there’s so much interpretation that goes into it. That’s why I think we’ve come so far in the last 50 years, 60 years, even. If the Republicans can’t get their house in order, and learn to work with others, they’re going to phase out. We’ve seen it in the past. The same thing happened with the Tories in the 1800s. Things like that happen all the time. They’re gonna have to figure it out.
“Even though liberals seem to be left, they’re way more moderate and way more center than people even give them credit for,” the singer concluded. “And at least they’re willing to try to compromise on things. At least they’re bringing things to the table, instead of the Republicans holding their breath like a 10-year-old kid. It’s ridiculous.”
While Taylor has been playing dates around the country with the Sound City Players, he’s getting ready to launch headlong back into the world of Stone Sour, setting an April 9 release date for House of Gold & Bones Pt.2. It’s the second half of the band’s two-part album series based on the Dark Horse Comics title of the same time that the vocalist hopes to turn into a screenplay. The album’s first single, “Do Me a Favor,” is due for release on February 12.
-Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local