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Limp Bizkit is a band from from Jacksonville, Florida, responsible for being a Trope Codifier of the Nu Metal genre. They're also a definite case of divisiveness, as they have a rather large fanbase with 33 million albums sold worldwide, in addition to a Hatedom derived largely from Heavy Metal fandom. The band, particularly their frontman, Fred Durst, act as Heels of the rock world to a certain extent, but there is actually a fair amount of Self-Deprecation in their lyrics and live performances◊, not to mention the heavy amount of Stealth Parody in their lyrics.
The band formed in 1995, and recorded a demo consisting of material Durst wrote for a pair of previous bands. Original guitarist Rob Waters left the band after recording the demo, and the final line-up was solidified with the introduction of Wes Borland. The latter's role in the band also played a part in the band getting ahead in the music industry: Through Durst's job as a tattoo artist, he was able to get the band Korn to listen to Limp Bizkit's first demo, but they were unimpressed. After they recorded a second demo with Borland, however, Korn responded more favorably, leading to Ross Robinson working with the band and a record deal with Mojo, and eventually Flip Records (and later Interscope).
Their debut, Three Dollar Bill, Y'all$ sold poorly initially, but sales increased via active touring. Participating in the Family Values and Ozzfest tours gave the band mainstream recognition. Memorably, the band's live set included a giant toilet which Fred Durst emerged from during performances (there was Lampshade Hanging; Fred would frequently yell "I'm a piece of shit, and my band is a piece of shit!" and inform audiences they were coming "from the sewer"). Also noteworthy was a tour in which the band allowed women to attend their concerts for free, which successfully increased their female fanbase. The band did this because their concerts were formerly attended largely by males.
The crossover hit Significant Other sold well on both rock and Hip-Hop charts and was followed by a controversial appearance at Woodstock '99, where Limp Bizkit was blamed for the audience's bad behavior, which included sexual assaults and rapes; The Red Hot Chili Peppers were blamed for inciting the crowds to start fires. Durst also got into quite a few feuds with other musicians.
The band's next few albums were generally poorly received by critics and despite some media appearances (including one of their songs being used as the theme for Mission: Impossible II), the coverage of the band focused less on the band's music and more on controversies surrounding their concerts. A 2001 tour in which teenager Jessica Michalik was crushed in a mosh pit and died of asphyxiation during Limp Bizkit's performance was the subject of lawsuits; it was generally determined, however, that the death was the fault of poor security, and not the band.
The relationship between Wes Borland and the rest of the band, particularly Durst, also suffered, to the point where Borland left the band to form Black Light Burns, while Limp Bizkit released an album, Results May Vary, without him; it was the band's worst-reviewed. Borland rejoined the band for The Unquestionable Truth, Part 1, released on Geffen Records, which was better received, but left the band again. Borland eventually rejoined the band, because it was decided that "We were more disgusted and bored with the state of heavy popular music than we were with each other." During the band's comeback, they released their most critically acclaimed album, Gold Cobra. As of 2012, the band signed with Cash Money Records.
- Fred Durst - vocals
- Wes Borland - guitar
- Sam Rivers - bass
- John Otto - drums
- DJ Lethal - turntables
- Three Dollar Bill, Y'all$ (1997)
- Significant Other (1999)
- Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water (2000)
- New Old Songs (2001)
- Results May Vary (2003)
- The Unquestionable Truth, Part 1 (2005)
- Gold Cobra (2011)
- Stampede of the Disco Elephants (TBA)
- The Unquestionable Truth, Part 2 (TBA)
"All right, partner. Keep on tropin', baybeh. You know what time it is."
- Atomic F-Bomb: In nearly every song.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: "Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle)" as a whole is this.
- Careful with That Axe: Fred's guttural, throat-shredding scream is a frequent offender.
- Cover Version: "Faith", "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)", "Fame", "Jump Around", "Behind Blue Eyes", "Killing In The Name", "Thieves", "1999".
- Greatest Hits Album: "Greatest Hitz".
- Grief Song: Quite a few.
- Hidden Track:
- Their first two albums feature either a hidden nameless jam part or thrown in Studio Chatter after every song actually ends, but they're counted as part of the actual song length.
- Les Claypool and Matt Pinfield have two of these on Significant Other
- A skit featuring Ben Stiller and some phone messages appear at the end of Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water.
- "I Hate" Song: "Break Stuff" is about someone having a bad day where they hate everything.
- Metal Scream: Common on their first album, and occasionally used elsewhere.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Generally about a 7, occasionally some songs from "Three Dollar Bill Y'All$" and "The Unquestionable Truth" hit a hard 8 or soft 9 while Results May Vary and songs like "Everything" and "Re-Arranged" can drop to 5 or lower. Songs like "Hold On" and "Behind Blue Eyes" are even lower, being a 1 or 2.
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: The band's mix of Nu Metal, Rap Rock and Punk Rap. Some songs also dip into Jazz and Psychedelic Rock influences.
- Nu Metal/Rap Metal: Trope Codifier.
- Something Completely Different: This tribute to Richard Cheese.
- Stealth Parody: A lot of their songs are this.
- Take That!:
- Durst, to Trent Reznor in "Hot Dog" from Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water. 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", from the aforementioned album, clearly referencing the diss Reznor made in the music video for "Starfuckers, Inc.":"Now who's the Starsucker?I'm the StarfishYou silly mutherfucker"
- "Let It Go", a bonus track from Results May Vary, is addressed to then-absent guitarist Wes Borland. This song even lampshades Wes' side-project Big Dumb Face in the lyrics.
- DJ Lethal recorded a diss track entitled "Crack Your Skull" towards Joe Hahn, Linkin Park's DJ. This is in addition to some postings on his Soundcloud and Twitter accounts. Odd, considering he recorded "State of the Art" with Chester Bennington a few years ago. He did later recant his statements concerning the rest of the band a few weeks later."Pro Tools is my favorite member of Linkin Park"
- Broken Pedestal: Durst is a fan of Nine Inch Nails. Trent Reznor, however, smashed a plate with Durst's face on it in the video for "Starfuckers, Inc." Reznor said of the band, "Limp Bizkit sucks" and in an interview told Durst to "surf a piece of plywood up my ass".
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Wes Borland, the guitarist who regularly goes on stage dressed as such outlandish things such as a full body painted skeleton to a bunny suit.
- Five-Man Band:
- Guest Fighter: Fred is a playable character in WWF SmackDown: Just Bring It! and WWF Raw, as well as an unlockable character in the fighting game adaptation of Fight Club.
- Iconic Item: Fred Durst's signature backwards red Yankees cap.
- Iconic Outfit: Wes Borland is also known for wearing face and body paint or masks.
- Identical Stranger: Fred Durst and Rob Van Winkle. They're fans of each other.
- It's not just Fred that has this. Wes Borland looks like Ben Stiller. And even sounds like him, too. If you didn't know that the real Ben Stiller was delivering that last bit on Chocolate Starfish, you'd think it was Wes.
- Fred Durst was considered this when the band became really big, but he's gotten better since then.
- Wes Borland for trashing Dream Theater and, later, Trump supporters. Not to mention his feud with Aaron Lewis from Staind.
- Large Ham: Fred Durst. ("KISS! MY! STARFISH! MY! CHOC! OLATE! STARFISH! PUNK!")
- Long-Runner Line-up: Despite Wes Borland leaving the band a few times, the band still had the same line-up for a decade and a half. This ended when DJ Lethal split from the band.
- Loveable Rogue: Fred could also qualify as this.
- Minimalistic Cover Art: Greatest Hitz has a white cover with a pink Mind Screw icon which could be a keyhole, or a turntable, or a ladies restroom sign.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz:
- The name of the band. It was originally spelled correctly on the band's early demos.
- Their complation album is named Greatest Hitz.
- N-Word Privileges: Liner notes for Three Dollar Bill.
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Fred Durst was considered this for a time as well, but appears to have matured over time.
- Put on a Bus: Wes Borland, then Mike Smith and DJ Lethal.
- The Bus Came Back: Played twice with Wes and once with Lethal, before he was departed from the band again the month later.