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June 08, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

CLIVE/DAVIS Don’t be shocked if you start seeing freaky kids at art galleries. Korn fans may catch the museum bug after viewing an innovative DVD collaboration between Korn frontman Jonathan Davis and horrormeister Clive Barker (”Hellraiser”), which pairs 12 of Barker’s paintings with music by Davis (and soundtrack composer Richard Gibbs). ”We’re both dark, twisted, sick f—s, so we really hit it off,” says Davis. Due out later this year, the predictably creepy package — which features commentary and footage of the creation process — will no doubt appeal to Korn-y tastes. ”The points of reference are the paintings of William Blake and Francisco Goya and Hieronymus Bosch,” says Barker. ”This will be the ultimate trip: music and painting. Salvador Dali was once asked what drugs he took to paint, and he responded, ‘I am a drug. Take me.’ That’s what we’re saying.” Davis is also working on music for next year’s Anne Rice movie, ”Queen of the Damned,” in which Lestat becomes a rock star. ”I did the rock songs, and I’m Lestat’s singing voice in the movie,” says Davis. ”There’ll be a soundtrack, but with guest singers.” Davis and Gibbs are also writing the score. As for Korn, the quartet recently entered an L.A. studio with producer Michael Beinhorn (Hole) to start their fifth album. ”It’s not a great departure,” says Davis. ”It’s the next step in our evolution.”

MAIM THAT TUNE Plenty of bands can do a decent ”Louie Louie,” but how many can play any song on command? That’s the concept of ”Cover Wars,” a new VH1 show premiering June 23. Hosted by Letterman’s Paul Shaffer, the weekly series pits pro cover acts against each other. Without advance warning, groups are asked to perform random tunes — the pilot includes Rick James’ ”Superfreak” — and are judged on their ability to pull them off from memory. Says Shaffer: ”I thought, ‘That’s crazy!’ But something extrasensorially drew me to it.” The combos are all nightclub nobodies, but that could change. ”It’d be fun to have well-known bands try this,” says Shaffer. ”But you’d be hard-pressed to find bands that would. Billy Joel would be good. He knows every song. He is the ‘Piano Man.”’ What about Shaffer himself? ”I think I’d do pretty damn well.”

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