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:
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.
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:
Loco - Coal Chamber