Welcome to Our Neighborhood is the first Tape by American metal band Slipknot. It was released on November 9, 1999 by Roadrunner Records and later reissued in DVD format on November 18, 2003. Characterized as a band's home video, it features a mixture of live performances footage of the songs "Surfacing", "Wait and Bleed", and "Scissors", interviews, and music video of "Spit It Out". Additional concept imagery and interview footage is included on the film, while the DVD version features more bonus material. The video was well received by fans and entered number one on the Billboard Top Music Videos chart, and was certified platinum in February 2000.
Production and Release
Following the band's highly successful breakthrough 1999 tour on Ozzfest, Slipknot decided to produce Welcome to Our Neighborhood with Doom Films Production. The video was directed by Thomas Mignone, and released on VHS through Roadrunner Records on November 9, 1999. It features the bands' earliest videos: live performances of "Surfacing" and "Wait and Bleed", and the "banned from MTV" video clip of "Spit It Out"—all tracks from the band's self-titled debut were released earlier that year. It also features additional concept imagery and interview footage with new lead singer Corey Taylor, guitarist Mick Thomson and percussionist Shawn Crahan, to a total of 20 minutes of video. The publisher, Roadrunner Records, promotes the video as "a study in the roots of Slipknot" as a response to fans wanting to see what made the band "tick". In the video, band members themselves explain in the video that "[Welcome to Our Neighborhood] basically [it’s] nine people working out every poison that ever affected them in their life and putting it on tape." A DVD version was released in November 18, 2003, and features bonus material of the band performing "Scissors", behind-the-scenes material, and home footage filmed by the band in their hometown of Des Moines, Iowa. The seven minutes-long concert footage of the track "Scissors" was filmed during the band's appearance at Ozzfest 1999, but has the studio version dubbed over.
The video was well received by fans and entered number one on the Billboard Top Music Videos chart, where it remained in the charts for 54 weeks. In the Billboard Top VHS Sales chart, the video peaked at number four, and remained in for 45 weeks. The video was certified gold by RIAA on December 21, 1999, and platinum on February 16, 2000. In Canada it sold over 50,000 units, and thus it was certified gold on February 1, 2000.On allmovie.com, the video was described as "killer" and having a sound "as disturbing as the horrific masks they don to hide their true identities". The video remains unrated in the US, while in it received a mature audience-rating, and in the UK an over 15 one.
"Surfacing" (live) "Spit It Out" (music video) "Wait and Bleed" (live) "Scissors" (DVD only, live)
Conceptual images Interview footage Band's home video footage Over 20 minutes of exclusive video footage (DVD only)