Who Still Listens To Limp Bizkit?

It's a valid question. Here we are in 2013 and yet the Bizkit are - still - apparently selling out shows.

To recap, a little over 10 years ago Limp Bizkit had a legitimate claim to be one of the biggest bands in the world. Their backwards-baseball-capped brand of rap/rock sold big, their frontman hid his male pattern hair loss with impunity and the guitarist wore whatever the hell he wanted.

Let's remind ourselves what they looked and sounded like at their peak:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpUYjpKg9KY

Note their numerous trade marks - a lyric mixing the whingings of a 13 year old boy with threats of bodily violence, lots of slam-dancing fans in the video, celebrity mates, a lack of any redeeming features.

Anyway, sometime circa 2001 their star began to descend. Why? Well, there were several reasons: the underwhelming, even by their own standards, "Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavoured Water" (I sh!t you not!), the general public coming to their senses and, perhaps most importantly, the arrival of The Strokes shifting the zeitgeist from sweaty proto-rapists to skinny, tipsy white boys in jeans and blazers. They also churned out a cover of "Behind Blue Eyes" that was so bad it actually made time stand still and milk curdle.

Whatever the cause, the good times were well and truly over. The nu metal bubble had burst and the world had moved on.

Or had it? Ten years has now passed and apparently the band continue to sell out shows and there are still people going to see them. Perhaps not in their droves, but certainly in their dozens.

What kind of people? Who wants to listen to a man in his mid 40s carrying on like an over-indulged teenager? Those are very good questions, and ones which this article attempts to answer: http://www.vice.com/en_ca/read/its-2013-who-still-listens-to-limp-bizkit.

Nutters, basically.

I don't really have a point to make here, but I would invite you all to contribute the best (and, let's be realistic, worst) of nu metal, the genre I thought (hoped) that time had forgotten.

I'll start you off:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-sYWaOrLdI

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Only the once was enough for me. For about one minute.

You need to give the video more than a minute! Otherwise you risk missing the cameo spot from Paul Shore! And lots of really "rad" skateboarding!

Is there another band in history who have aged worse than this? I don't believe so.

I was referring to hearing them on an old cover CD, "Rock Sound" or something similar, that I tried as an experiment some years ago.
Luckily I can't remember what they actually sounded like. Just that it was absolutely vile.

really would turn up to the opening of an envelope if there was a tenner in it, wouldn't he? Bless him. I saw him on the poster for the latest meisterwerk in the Scary Movie franchise.

I stuck that LB video out for the full 2:50. It was tough. Jesus, that's terrible. I knew they sucked at the time, but my god, they really SUCKED.

Just imagine being one of the faux-angry, bird-flipping kids in that video.

Imagine knowing it was going to be on Youtube FOREVER. Imagine knowing that your kids would inevitably find it. That they'd see you wearing a backwards baseball cap, mouthing along to empty threats to break the listener's face and scowling.

I'm not sure I could face that, bob. I don't think I could carry that burden.

Kudos re: Papa Roach. Now THERE was a band who really lived the nu-metal dream.

The bass player swung his bass all the way around himself and caught it in time for the downbeat! That's metal!

If it was half the length it'd be pretty good.

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Simultaneously wonderful and appalling.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=G_5UOkUDti8

Has there ever been worse facial hair?

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the sport they play in Harry Potter?

that sits at 44 in your top 100 posts on my list, which is on my phone, backed up on a portable hard drive, held in the cloud and buried in hard copy form in a time capsule at the bottom of my garden. Try not to post anything else that breaks into the top 100 because continually digging up and re-burying the capsule is a bit of a chore.

To maintain the quality of my posts at rock bottom.

The sound of a turd passing through your ear.

I'M LISTENING TO NU METAL YOU KNOW

and date rapists?

We have a winner.

Also: jock rapists. They're the biggest fans of all.

and backwoods survivalist types, at a guess.

Seriously. She's 37 and attractive and everything. Her taste in music is awful though (she non ironically loves Barry Manilow and Barbara Streisand). I upset her on Facebook once by being mean about Fred Durst, accusing him of being the kind of man who, were he not a rock star, would be living in his mothers house and hanging outside the local school in a big car. She accused me of just not appreciating the joy of being in a large crowd of people whilst "Rollin'" is being played. I could only agree...

I have to admire that level of dedication and anyone who mixes Limp Bizkit and Barbara Streisand is A-OK in my book.

"I upset her on Facebook once by being mean about Fred Durst, accusing him of being the kind of man who, were he not a rock star, would be living in his mothers house and hanging outside the local school in a big car."

That's one of the funniest things I've ever read. I'm creased here.

me 72 hours with them, a batch of finest Owsley, my Free Jazz collection, and chicken's foot and a snorkel. That'll learn them.

briefly back in the day but can't listen to them these days. I broadly agree with your OP but, as much as I love The Strokes I don't see them as being largely responsible for the Limp decline. Although metal bands do have fans from a broad base (I wouldn't consider myself a metalhead but I love Sabbath, QOTSA and quite a number of others) there is clearly a core metal fanbase who find themselves restricted in their tastes. I didn't witness that group defecting to The Strokes at the time but rather moving towards a slightly more mature metal sound. I'd suggest that Deftones, QOTSA, Papa Roach and Linkin Park inflicted most damage on Fred and his merry band. Finally you hit the nail on the head re their cover of Behind Blue Eyes, it still ranks as one of the stinkiest covers ever.

I don't think many "Limp" fans defected to the Strokes, but they did steal the heart of the music press, who had previously been quite happy to give coverage to the nu metal genre, which suddenly looked a bit daft. All those leather jackets and scuzzy garage rock sounds - far more authentic, y'see.

Glad you mentioned the Deftones - a nu metal band I actually do have a little bit of time for. Back to School and My Own Summer (Shove It) were and remain choooons.

Here's another atrocity from back in the day from a band who had the nu metal look down pat: lots of sportswear, lead singer with a daft haircut, a tubby bassist who likes to stick his tongue out and a music video in which they play in the middle of a boxing ring.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDl9ZMfj6aE

I've never ever liked any of Michael Jackson's output, within the 5 as a solo artist or as a collaborator. As such I find the Ant Farm cover preferable to the original, but that doesn't mean it is any good, just that I'm comparing it with a low start point. As an aside Jackson once spent a long stay at a London hotel and a close friend of mine was the chambermaid for his floor. As he has since died I'll not repeat what she told me but it certainly didn't improve my impression of the man, irrespective of my opinion of his music.

If society really wanted us to respect the dead they wouldn't have made it impossible to defame the deceased. The courts are essentially egging you on to spill the beans, if I may mix my breakfast metaphors.

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...and thus another day. Time to tell all.

You've had over 24 hours to ruminate on Bingo's eggs and beans and so...*phoof does that window open?*

on Jed's wacko thread which will have to satisfy for now

...I dunno, it seems innocent enough to me: a successful entertainer, out on the road for months at a time and understandably in need of company, occasionally invites some young chums back to his room for sparkling mineral water? Ok, so they may have got over-excited and their salty liquids have sprayed out everywhere and absolutely drenched each other but, for goodness sake, these stars live by a different code to the rest of us. It's showbiz!

Wow, you mean from his 5 year old Motown incarnation to the day he shuffled it off there is not a single piece of work you like? That is flabbergasting given the size and range of his catalogue.

I appreciate that this isn't and never has been a common view but never ever. While I'm happy to admit my personal bias based on (perceptions of) people's private lives can affect my judgement in MJ's case my dislike of his music does indeed go back to his childhood, way before he'd offended anything other than my eardrums.

My wife & I happened upon one of their videos the other day whilst surfing the music channels. It wasn't one of their better known efforts, and I hadn't heard the song before, but it was so cliched in its 'fuck you dad' lyrics, that we ended up howling with laughter.

Limp Bizkit are hilarious too. The boggo nu-metal riffage, the terrible rapping, the terrible lyrics, the bloke who dresses up funny, the turntablist, the bassist who wields his instrument like it's a chainsaw.

The drummer has a massive kit, and I'm convinced it's just so he can hide behind it.

It does what it says on the tin.

You want to mess with the Bizkit? - Yeah
You can't mess with the Bizkit - Why?
Cause we get it on - When?
Everyday and everynight - Oh
See this platnuim thing right here - Uh-Hu
Well we're doin it all the time - Wha?
So you better get some better beats
And uh, get some better rhymes - Doh!

Check, check, check check, out my melody

Special
You think you're special
You do
I can see it in your eyes

I can see it when you laugh at me
Look down on me
You walk around on me
Just one more fight

About your leadership
And I will straight up
Leave your shit
Cause I've had enough of this
And now I'm pissed

Yeah
This time I'm 'a let it all come out
This time I'm 'a stand up and shout
I'm 'a do things my way
It's my way
My way, or the highway

Check out, check check... out my melody

Just one more fight
About a lot of things
And I will give up everything
To be on my own again
Free again

Yeah
This time I'm 'a let it all come out
This time I'm 'a stand up and shout
I'm 'a do things my way
It's my way
My way, or the highway

Some day you'll see things my way
Cause you never know
Where, you never know
Where you're gonna go

Check out, check check, out my melody

Just one more fight
And I'll be history
Yes I will straight up
Leave your shit
And you'll be the one who's left
Missing me

Yeah
This time I'm 'a let it all come out
This time I'm 'a stand up and shout
I'm 'a do things my way
It's my way
My way, or the highway

Some day you'll see things my way
Cause you never know
Where, you never know
Where you're gonna go

Check out, check check, out my melody

"Just one more fight
About your leadership
And I will straight up
Leave your shit"

Amazing stuff. Also worth a tip o' the hat here is the following, from "I'm Broke":

"Cuz now it’s time to pay the piper,
Bums are the type of sh-t that’s in a diaper,
Don’t make me have to call a sniper,
And wipe your brains off my windshield wiper you dirty bug"

Does that count?

I'm 43 years young.

I think MCR are probably more of an emo act than nu metal. The lead singer doesn't look like he's ever bullied anyone in his entire life, for one thing.

That was close

Can I check - are we not wearing our baseball caps backwards these days? Am I out of step with the Massive?

Unless playing baseball. And even then...

I've tried wearing a Panama on back to front but it looks wrong - even in my village.

If that's any consolation.

...but walking backwards.

If that's not fuckin' with the The Man's head, I don't know what is.

...fewer more depressing sights, than that of an Englishman in a baseball cap.'

And people said he was just a washed up junkie.

looks in mirror and gets depressed.

It's a great lyric but doesn't address the needs of male pattern baldness sufferers like myself. Practicality wins every time.

how it differs from female pattern baldness.

...more Gillette

And that is Tommy Haas, one of the best tennis players never to win a major, owner of a sublime one-handed backhand, game trouper at 35, and all round dude.

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Can you give me one reason to? Honestly, not being cynical or anything. Just one track.

They're "metal" aren't they? I like Led Zeppelin.

other than entertainment. I think they might actually represent the moment pop music hit bottom. The cultural nadir of our age. Brilliantly, hilariously shit.

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I prefer their labelmates "The Cultural Nadir of our Age". Now that is a band!

I'd never seen that before! It's like someone wandered in from the wrong band. Either that or it's a solo artist kindly posing with his roadies.

I seem to recall that Wes Borland was forever leaving and returning, probably torn between his desire to escape and the grim realisation that, no matter how outlandishly he dressed, he simply had no audience as a solo artist.

Kevin The Teenager in "musical" form.

The sound of corporate America giving 'da yout' pre-packaged, easily marketable rebellion. Which makes it as bad as you might think.

This is much better (earlier, and also possibly an influence). Suicidal Tendencies were a pretty good band, actually.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoF_a0-7xVQ

If (like many people) you lived in a dismal new town with nowt to do, surrounded by people who liked U2, stuff like that really did speak to you.

was a big Linkin' Park fan, and dragged me along to see them once.

They were actually pretty good, and a lot less tosserish than some of the others mentioned above. "In the End" is far from a bad song. We also went to see Blink 182 who were beyond dreadful and had no interest in their audience whatsoever.

Still are from the nu-metal genre. Their 2001 was superb.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUyGziAjES4

They're one of those bands that does superb things when you least expect them too. "A Thousand Suns" was a highlight of their career a few years ago, with a much wider range of experimentation than people give them credit for, with songs such as the beat heavy "When They Come For Me" being fairly different from their usual output.

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Jesus wept Corg, that's a bit of a confession for 4pm on a Thursday afternoon.

There are specialist websites for that kind of stuff, you know?

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how many responses, and yet still no one has posted the cover art of the most recent LB record?

like, totally aroused by this?

Honestly... it's like someone's made these up. The first one, in particular, makes you never, ever want to hear what the record sounds like.

Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water

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We're commenting on Limp Bizkit's crowd-pulling capacity in 2013, and yet none of us have taken the time to listen to their most recent output...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_i_qxQztHRI

What a find that is.

Some might say that absolutely nothing appears to have changed for "Limp" in the last ten years.

To those people I say: not so. Durst's cap is blue now. And he wears it forward.

I'm insane, can't complain, flush you turds down the drain

Fred Durst is 42 years of age.

Not just the song but the fact that Durst is a year YOUNGER than me....

Ovaltine/slippers/Parkinson's funeral plan interface.

I think 42 might be his 'press age'.

Of a rhyming dictionary.

But he's also a romantic. Here's some footage of a first date he went on recently:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-27AIozUoQ

Thora Birch is too good to be appearing in shit like that. And where's the guy with the facepaint?

It's not Limp if there's not a dude dressed as the tin man at stage right spanking the fret and secretly resenting the others for not making more effort with their appearances.

Here he is dressed as Abel Xavier.

Here's some more Wes Borland. Or "Lord Gaga" as he's sometimes known.

The Zebra Crossing

The Ketchup Incident

The Disco Gremlin

I used to mess my make up about and pretend to be Wes in my bedroom. I feel better for confessing that after all this time.

I was doing some decorating this weekend and... exact same deal.

The Tin Man / Scarecrow love child

"The Goat"

Post.

Lumpen, moronic, shouty, faux-aggressive, ugly, retrogressive, stunted, badly-dressed, irritating, beloved of pale-skinned oafs with reddened necks, fatuous and irredeemably, utterly, totally, categorically shit.