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"You wanted the worst... you got the worst. The one... the only... Limp Bizkit."
— "Intro"
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Significant Other is the second and breakthrough album by the Nu Metal band Limp Bizkit. The band showed a lyrical change from their debut, downplaying the themes of angst and heartbreak and playing up more of a lighter, party-oriented atmosphere, combined with music that incorporated more influences from Funk Metal and Hip-Hop. Not only did the band solidify the sound that would be most associated with the band, it also introduced the production style that would carry over to their next album, with ambient interludes by DJ Lethal, extended hidden skits and Bookend intro/outro tracks designed exclusively to Mind Screw the listeners. Not to mention the Guest Stars.

During the band's live performance at Woodstock 1999, violence erupted during the song "Break Stuff". Despite this, Significant Other received high commercial sales, and critical reception was also favorable, with many responding well to its unique sound and the band's performance, which was considered to be an improvement over the band's debut. The album has sold at least 16 million copies worldwide.

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Track listing

  1. "Intro" (0:37)
  2. "Just Like This" (3:35)
  3. "Nookie" (4:49)
  4. "Break Stuff" (2:47)
  5. "Re-arranged" (5:54)
  6. "I'm Broke" (3:59)
  7. "Nobody Like You" (featuring Jonathan Davis and Scott Weiland) (4:20)
  8. "Don't Go Off Wandering" (4:00)
  9. "9 Teen 90 Nine" (4:36)
  10. "N 2 Gether Now" (featuring Method Man) (4:49)
  11. "Trust?" (4:59)
  12. "No Sex" (featuring Aaron Lewis) (3:54)
  13. "Show Me What You Got" (4:27)
  14. "A Lesson Learned" (2:40)
  15. "Outro" (7:18)
  16. Blank track (0:04)
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  • Bonus Material: A special edition of Significant Other has a bonus disc with live performances.
  • Break-Up Song: Many songs from Significant Other are shots to Durst's ex-girlfriend.
  • Chart Displacement: The band's second highest song in Hot 100, behind "Rollin'" (#65), is... "N 2 Gether Now" (#70). And their only #1 in the Alternative Rock charts is... "Re-Arranged" (the much better known "Nookie" and "My Way" hit only #3 - but in turn, both outcharted "Re-Arranged" in the Mainstream Rock charts - while "Rollin'" was #4 and "Take A Look Around", #8).*
  • Creator Backlash: Wes Borland has stated in interviews that he hates "Nookie", one of the band's Signature Songs.
  • Curse Cut Short: "Nookie"'s infamous "So you can take that cookie and stick it up your (yeah!)"
  • Guest Star:
  • Hidden Track: There are multiple hidden tracks and skits throughout the album, all of which are listed above.
  • Listing Cities: "Show Me What You Got".
  • Our Product Sucks: You wanted the worst... you got the worst. The one... the only... Limp Bizkit. You wanted the best? Go get the fuckin' Backstreet Boys CD!
    • During the tour to promote this album, Fred Durst emerged from a giant toilet and announced that he was "a piece of shit", and so was his band.
  • Out-of-Genre Experience: "N 2 Gether Now", a Hip-Hop song with beats by Gang Starr's DJ Premier and guest verses by Method Man. The first mix of this song, from the pre-release edition of the album (sometimes called "Rough"), actually featured guitar riffs in the mix, but the final version released on the album had a different track by Premier.
    • "A Lesson Learned," a weird psychedelic/ambient experiment.
    • The pre-release version of "The Mind of Les" featured a Lounge Jazz track as Claypool's backing.
  • Shout-Out: "Show Me What You Got" has shout-outs to Slim Shady and Les Claypool.
    • To Shakespeare: In "Rearranged", Limp Bizkit sings, "Life is overwhelming, / Heavy is the head that wears the crown", which is a reference to the title character's quote in Henry IV, Part 2: "Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown" (III, i).
  • Something Completely Different:
    • "Hell of a Band", a outtake from this album, a Primus-style track with Les Claypool on vocals.
      • "Re-Arranged" is this too, quite slow and laid-back, especially when it was made.
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: "A Lesson Learned."
  • What Could Have Been:
    • As noted above, Les Claypool played bass and sung an outtake called "Hell of a Band", intended as a possible intro or interlude for the album, but it was scrapped.
    • Serj Tankian demo'd vocals for "Don't Go Off Wandering"
    • Eminem recorded a verse for the song "Turn Me Loose" with Fred Durst, but it was scrapped.
    • "Crushed" was recorded during the Significant Other sessions, but scrapped.
    • A song called "Don't Remember" was recorded during these sessions, showcasing some Three Dollar Bill Y All style aggressive guitar riffs, as well as some of the Ballad-style approach the band would later take on Results May Vary. It was never officially released, only ever appearing on bootlegs.
    • The band intended to record a cover of Prince's "1999" for the album, but he denied permission for them to record it. They still performed it live, including on MTV's New Years Eve special.


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