Friday, March 29, 2019

Slipknot Lead Singer Corey Taylor Performs the SpongeBob SquarePants Theme Song

SpongeBob SquarePants has a legion of famous fans, including former president Barack Obama, musicians Ariana Grande, Goldie, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Osbourne, the late David Bowie, Wyclef Jean and Liam Gallagher, actors Mike Myers, Scarlett Johansson, David Hasselhoff, Bruce Willis, Johnny Depp, Amy Poehler, Katherine Heigl, Patton Oswalt, fashion designer Victoria Beckham, YouTuber Evan Fong, NBA star LeBron James, and skateboarder Tony Hawk - now, it looks like he can add one more celebrity fan to his list: Corey Taylor!

A video has surfaced featuring the heavy metal band Slipknot vocalist singing the iconic SpongeBob SquarePants theme song whilst performing at the KOKO club in Camden Town, London, UK in 2016. During the performance, requested by the audience, Corey plays the part of the narrator, leading the audience in a sing-along. Now, SpongeBob SquarePants and Slipknot aren’t two entities you would immediately place together, but Corey's strong, distinctive vocals are actually perfect when paired with the classic theme tune. Like a true SpongeBob fan, Corey knows all the words and clearly knows exactly who lives in a pineapple under the sea. No matter what kind of mood you’re in, you will not be able to stop yourself from singing along. Check out the Sponge-Tastic video below!

Please be aware that the video contains strong language which may offend just before and just after the performance.

This wasn't the first time Corey has performed the SpongeBob SquarePants theme tune for fans - he performed it during a gig at The Social Club in Orlando, Florida in 2011 - and again, he absolutely nails it!

The audience are singing along too and it’s clearly one of those gigs where everyone is on the same page, having a genuinely fun time while not taking themselves too seriously. Check out the beautiful moment below:

Like the above video, the following video also contains strong language which may offend.

Since its launch in July 1999, SpongeBob SquarePants has emerged as a pop culture phenomenon. The series has been the most-watched animated program with kids 2-11 for more than 15 consecutive years, and over the past several years, it has averaged more than 100,000,000 total viewers every quarter across all Nickelodeon networks. SpongeBob SquarePants is the most widely distributed property in Viacom International Media Networks history, seen in more than 208 countries and territories and translated in 55+ languages. The character-driven cartoon chronicles the nautical and sometimes nonsensical adventures of SpongeBob, an incurably optimistic and earnest sea sponge, and his undersea friends in the fictional underwater city of Bikini Bottom. Among those friends are SpongeBob's best friend, a pink starfish named Patrick Star, his neighbor and co-worker octopus Squidward Tentacles, and Sandy Cheeks, a squirrel from Texas.

SpongeBob SquarePants is created by the late Stephen Hillenburg, who previously worked as a writer, director and creative director on Nickelodeon's animated series Rocko's Modern Life. Hillenburg graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a master's degree in experimental animation and his undergraduate degree, from Humboldt State University, was in natural science with an emphasis in marine biology. Hillenburg executive produced the series until his untimely passing in November 2018. His first feature film, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, which debuted Nov. 19, 2004 and his second theatrical, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, hit theaters Feb. 6, 2015, landing at #1 opening weekend.

SpongeBob SquarePants has been renewed through to at least the show's twelfth season, will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2019, has its own critically acclaimed Broadway show, set to tour the U.S. from Fall 2019, and has a third upcoming movie, The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge, set to be released in Summer 2020. Nickelodeon also recently revealed plans to spin off the characters from SpongeBob SquarePants into their own stand-alone series, specials and feature-length movies. The series is produced at Nickelodeon in Burbank.

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