Brian Welch: Former Korn Guitarist’s Meth Addiction

Brian “Head” Welch’s new song “Flush” tells the story of crystal meth addiction in vivid detail.

For some, the music video for the song “Flush” is too much to handle. Retailers have actually begun removing the album from shelves due to the “graphic nature” of the content in the music video. What many fail to understand is the premise behind the graphic images. The video tells the story of Brian Welch’s crystal meth addiction.

Not understanding the lifestyle of a crystal meth addict, it’s easy to judge.

However Welch believes it’s a story that must be told. Showing the perverse nature of his addiction, his video portrays models vomiting a tar-like substance and licking pink powder off one another. In an interview he was quoted as saying:

The video for ‘Flush’ is about crystal meth addiction and the crazy things anyone addicted to meth will do while they’re high or to get their fix. Everything the models were doing in the video is what I was wrapped up in while I was addicted to meth. The video is a very realistic look at the addiction and where it will lead you if you get hooked. I understand the images of the models may be too much for some people, but honestly, I was just trying to be real with what happened in my life and show where I was, as well as where I am at now.

“I was totally imprisoned by meth (straight jacket). I would do anything to get my meth (models being obsessed with pink substance). I was totally kinky and freaky while I was on meth (models touching each other and licking pink substance off of each other). I got emotionally, spiritually and physically sick while I was on meth (models puking up black tar all over their faces and everywhere else).

“I believe I would be dead right now if I continued using meth, but instead, I chose to surrender my life to Christ and die to myself so He could share His resurrection with me (models lying down lifeless, getting zipped up in body bags, coming back to life and ripping through the body bags to catch their new breath of life). Significantly, the images also go along with what the kids (not actors) at the beginning of the video were honestly saying about their addictions.

The video also shows brief snippets of interviews with meth addicts to illustrate the point. Welch, who left the band Korn some time ago has decided to put his energy into more powerful messages that can help spread a positive message; of course his music sounds quite similar to Korn’s and it’s hard to not think Korn when you hear it.

I actually like the song, but I also like me some Korn too.

I am pretty open-minded when it comes to music and don’t consider myself an aficionado; you also won’t find me on forums ripping on other people for their musical tastes. It’s music – which is subjective; either you like it or you don’t. Either way, this song rocks and has message that needs to be heard.


Head: Flush Lyrics:

Look at my face,

I’m all sucked up

I think I’ll sleep all day

I get the spins,

When my eyes are shut,

I hate feeling this way

Flush all the puke I’m throwing up!

In the toilet this sucks!

Not a part of growing up!

Only spoils it

Life is boring,

Same old story,

Get drunk, throw up,

Sleep all day,

I am something,

I’m not nothing

I can’t let myself decay

How did I get,

Into my bed?

I don’t remember anything

How did I get

This bump on my head?

It could have come from anything

Flush all the puke I’m throwing up!

In the toilet, this sucks!

Not a part of growing up!

Only spoils it

Life is boring,

Same old story,

Get drunk, throw up,

Sleep all day,

I am something,

I’m not nothing

I can’t let myself decay

Tell me no gossip,

I don’t wanna know

Jimmy got caught,

Smelling like beer,

By his mom and his dad,

He’s grounded for a year

Lisa got popped,

She got a DUI

She cussed out the cops,

She’s lucky she’s alive

Tell me no gossip,

I don’t wanna know

Pedro got jumped,

He’s always starting fights

Every time he gets drunk

It happens all the time

Reggie OD’d

From slamming heroin

He’s not a dope fiend

He was trying to fit in

Take me away

Please, oh know

Life blows

Flush all the puke I’m throwing up!

In the toilet this sucks!

Not a part of growing up!

Only spoils it

Flush all the puke I’m throwing up!

In the toilet this sucks!

Not a part of growing up!

Only spoils it

Life is boring,

Same old story,

Get drunk, throw up,

Sleep all day

I am something,

I’m not nothing

I can’t let myself decay

Come on, get up, let’s change!

Come on, get up, let’s change!

Come on, get up, let’s change!

Come on, get up, let’s change!

12 thoughts on “Brian Welch: Former Korn Guitarist’s Meth Addiction

  1. Hi Brian,
    Thank you for sharing your story. I'm from Sydney (Australia) and am an addict in recovery (heroin, methadone). Just starting to get it together and doing a music course, and as part of this course I am doing an assignment on ice, a drug which I haven't taken. So I hope it's ok to use your story in my presentation. Take care of yourself. Kaz xx

  2. I am familiar with the video and I have to admit it's a little bit shocking… I wonder what real meth addicts think about this. Few of my colleagues actually think that drugs do make you happier, I'd say that drug use crushes you with every single dose, it's like a slow suicidal and you are a helpless witness. Some people could use more information about your road to recovery, Brian!
    Kim, drug rehab counselor

  3. As hard as I try, I can't imagine the hell in which an addiction or Addiction Treatments puts you through. I don't think we should focus on the reasons why people do this, everyone has their own story and anyone whose tried any type of drug at one point in their lives knows how thin the limit is to going under really deep. So no judging, please.

  4. As hard as I try, I can't imagine the hell in which an addiction or Addiction Treatments puts you through. I don't think we should focus on the reasons why people do this, everyone has their own story and anyone whose tried any type of drug at one point in their lives knows how thin the limit is to going under really deep. So no judging, please.

  5. Tweaker u need Jesus homie…..maybe you could quit tweaking if U had the love of Christ

  6. LOL!!! Head can’t help himself and keep sucking like Korn! I used to be hooked on this crap for a couple of years and I could write better lyrics than this!

  7. tweaker is right though. This song is horrible! I used to be hooked on this stuff for a couple of years and I could write better lyrics! Check it out:
    “I’m a twackedfully spun of a bitch!! I’m gonna wind up in a ditch!!”
    LOL!!!

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