It was the band's best selling album up to that point, but is usually pointed to as the start of the band's decline in popularity. "Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle)", the biggest hit from the album, became popular as a Nu Metal anthem, but drew backlash towards the genre and the band for its more symplistic, banal lyrics and perception of Fred Durst being posturing in the song and video (mocked by Mad TV, which featured Will Sasso as Durst performing a parody called "Posin'"). Wes Borland also named it as one of the Limp Bizkit songs he hates. It's had an overall mixed reception, as despite being one of their most hated songs, it's one of the most popular songs among fans.
Common criticisms of the album by the band's fans include the overtly long length (75 minutes), too many songs feeling like filler, overtly-long, patience-testing sections (such as the 6 minute "Rollin' (Urban Assault Vehicle)", a Hip-Hop remix of one of the band's most hated songs, and the 3 minute loop of Ben Stiller laughing in the outro), and the abrasiveness of Fred Durst's voice.
The album did have its fair share of praise, though: it was once named as one of for 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, but later removed in recent editions of the book. And it was generally received much better than Results May Vary, which got generally negative reviews from critics and mixed reviews from fans.
- "Intro" (1:18)
- "Hot Dog" (3:50)
- "My Generation" (3:41)
- "Full Nelson" (4:07)
- "My Way" (4:32)
- "Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle)" (3:33)
- "Livin' It Up" (4:24)
- "The One" (5:43* )
- "Getcha Groove On" (featuring Xzibit) (4:29)
- "Take a Look Around" (includes elements of the theme to Mission: Impossible) (5:21)
- "It'll Be OK" (5:06)
- "Boiler" (7:00* )
- "Hold On" (featuring Scott Weiland) (5:42)
- "Rollin' (Urban Assault Vehicle)" (featuring DMX, Method Man & Redman) (6:22)
- "Outro" (feat. Ben Stiller) (9:49* )
All right, partner. Keep on tropin', baybeh. You know what time it is.
- Album Title Drop: "Hot Dog"'s intro goes "Ladies and gentlemen... introducing the Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog-flavored water!"
- Atomic F-Bomb: "Hot Dog":
- Awesome, Dear Boy: At the end of Christina Aguilera's performance at the 2000 VMAs, Durst entered onstage and performed part of his band's song "Livin' It Up" with Aguilera. After eliciting charged reactions from his fans, Durst stated: "I already told you guys before, I did it all for the nookie, man." Aguilera denied Durst's claim and said "He got no nookie."
- Bilingual Bonus: The video for "Boiler" features a diner named "Bolacha Mole", Portuguese for limp biscuit.
- Bonus Material: American limited edition of Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water has a bonus track, "It's Like That Y'All", featuring RunD.M.C.. The Japanese limited edition has the rare track "Crushed", and two tracks from Three Dollar Bill Y'all$.
- Careful with That Axe: There are many moments on this album where Fred got criticized for this. Some of the screams are ear-piercing.
- Cluster F-Bomb: "Hot Dog", again. Allmusic's review of that album lampshaded that while the censored version "basically guts the record," the cussing gets to the point that it "isnt even noticeable, just part of the midrange hum, like the drums and droning guitars."
- Concept Video: The music video for "My Way" pokes fun at concept videos, with the production crew constantly changing the concept as the video proceeds. Examples include Limp Bizkit the doo-wop band, Limp Bizkit the biker gang, Limp Bizkit the KISS-expy, and Limp Bizkit the cavemen.
- Creator Backlash: Wes Borland has stated in interviews that he hates "Rollin'", one of the band's Signature Songs.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water. "Chocolate starfish" is a slang term for the anus.
- Guest Star: Xzibit, Scott Weiland, DMX, Method Man and Redman on the album itself, and Ben Stiller, Mark Wahlberg and Rob Dyrdek on the outro.
- Hidden Track: Both "The One" and "Boiler" end with short interludes that act as the pregap to the next track.
- Lampshade Hanging: The Allmusic review of Chocolate Starfish interprets the title as being a lampshade of the band's "juvenile vulgarian" image, much like how Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness acknowledged/played up The Smashing Pumpkins' own stereotype as "tragic romantics".
- Lucky Charms Title: The album's artwork spells the title as "chocolate st★rfish and the hot dog flavored water"
- Mind Rape/Break Them by Talking: Explicitly mentioned in "Full Nelson":How pathetic are people who verbally rape us with talking
We try to ignore them, ignore them until they keep talking.
- Movie Bonus Song: "Take A Look Around".
- My Way or the Highway: The chorus of "My Way". And Fred's whole attitude, to be honest.
- Rhyming with Itself: "Rollin'"; it could be argued that it actually rhymes "this shit right here" with "biz-kit's right here".
- Saw "Star Wars" 27 Times: "Livin' It Up" has a line "I seen the Fight Club 'bout twenty eight times!". Fred would go on to feature "Prescribed by Dr.: Durden, Tyler" in the Results May Vary artwork, and even be a Guest Fighter in the Fight Club video game.
- Self-Deprecation: Durst announces that his band is "bringing on the dumpster funk" on "Livin' It Up", and refers to himself as the Chocolate Starfish throughout the album.
- Shout-Out: The first lyric of "Full Nelson", "Why's everybody always pickin' on me?", is a reference to The Bloodhound Gang's "Why's Everybody Always Pickin' On Me?".
- Surreal Music Video: The oft-disturbing video to "Boiler", which even includes an animated sequence similar to the cover of Chocolate Starfish.
- Take That!: Durst, to Trent Reznor in "Hot Dog". Specifically, the whole chorus is made up of Nine Inch Nails references: You wanna fuck me like an animal/You wanna burn me on the inside/You like to think that I'm a perfect drug/Just know that nothing you do will bring you closer to me.
- Also on "Livin' It Up":
- Theme Tune Cameo: "Rollin'" video began with Ben Stiller and Stephen Dorff pulling up to Fred Durst while their car's radio plays "My Generation" (the band's previous single, not the Who song).
- Unusual Euphemism: Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water. "Chocolate starfish" here being a euphemism for asshole, while "hot dog flavoured water" comes from an in-joke about how Wes Borland saw flavoured water on sale at a truck stop while touring, and jokingly wondered if they also come in meat or hot dog flavour.