The story surrounding Limp Bizkit is the stuff of minor rock legend. A virtual overnight success story, Limp Bizkit rose up from the depths of the supreme birthplace of Southern rock with an unrelenting aural mash of hip-hop and metal that could easily cause Ronnie Van Zandt to roll over in his grave.
Limp Bizkit's rise to the cream-of-the-crop of the pre-millennial pop maelstrom began back in 1994, in the Southern rock stronghold of Jacksonville, Florida. (home to the likes of Molly Hatchet, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and 38 Special, no less). Everything got put into motion when the band's vocalist, Fred Durst, teamed up with his longtime friend (and bass player) Sam Rivers. Limp Bizkit's rhythm section was solidified soon after when Rivers brought aboard his cousin, jazz drummer John Otto. Guitarist Wes Borland was soon added, and the nucleus of Limp Bizkit was thus intact.
Now everybody knows that forming a band is only half the battle. You've got to have yourself a catchy name, as well. The band's moniker was conceived in one of those rare moments of rock and roll mystique. Apparently, Durst and a friend were talking one day, and the friend exclaimed that his brain was like a "limp biscuit." Recognizing the cachet of such a phrase, Durst and company quickly adopted it. Thus Limp Bizkit was officially born.
So, the group was a functioning unit and named, but it had one more hurdle to jump: getting noticed. That's where Durst's moonlighting gig as a tattoo artist came into play. Legend has it that Korn was making a tour stop in Jacksonville. After the show, Korn bassist Fieldy and guitarist Head descended on Durst's abode and employed his considerable skin-art skills. The next time Korn swung through town, Durst unloaded Limp Bizkit's demo on them, and the band promised to pass it along to their producer Ross Robinson. Bada-boom, bada-bing. The band began to gain serious buzz within the music industry, landing tour slots with House of Pain and the Deftones.
Following the tour with House of Pain, and about a year and a half before the release of their 1997 breakout debut album Three Dollar Bill Y'all$, Limp Bizkit gained its fifth and final member in former House of Pain turntablist DJ Lethal. With the addition of Lethal, the band was given a seriously demented hip-hop edge. "I bring a bunch of crap to the table," laughs Lethal in regard to his contributions to the band. "Seriously, though, as far as Limp Bizkit goes, I try and bring new sounds, not just the regular chirping scratching sounds. It's all different stuff that you haven't heard before. I'm trying to be like another guitar player. That's my main goal."
After the release of Three Dollar Bill Y'all$, the band embarked on a serious touring frenzy. Their over-the-top stage shows helped them gain new fans and ultimately aided them in eclipsing the 1.5 million copies-sold mark. In addition to landing some high-profile spots on the 1998 Warped and Ozzfest tours, the band became one of the core bands in the lineup of the initial Family Values entourage. Limp Bizkit also threw its own traveling shindig titled, appropriately enough, "Ladies Night in Cambodia."
While incessant touring provided the band access to new fans, they also gained some notoriety via their irreverent remake of George Michael's "Faith." Limp Bizkit's rage-in-the-cage version really blew the lid off the band.
The group's sophomore effort, Significant Other, was released on June 22, 1999, and sold well over 500,000 copies its first week out, helping maintain its steamroller-esque momentum. Significant Other ups the rap-edged ante as it prominently features production from Gangstarr's DJ Premier, as well as a verbal cameo from the Wu-Tang Clan's Method Man on "N 2 Gether Now." Other cameos on the album include a rant by MTV's Matt Pinfield, and the pairing of Stone Temple Pilots' Scott Weiland and Korn's Jonathan Davis on "Nobody Like You." Hell, even Durst's mom makes an appearance on the album. But despite the guests, Significant Other is all Limp Bizkit.
Keeping their success intact and the LB momentum at full throttle, the band once again was part of the "Family Values" tour for the fall of '99.
The summer of 2000 saw Limp Bizkit smack in the middle of the Napster controversy when the music "sharing" software company sponsored their free concert tour. They also found success with a new, edgy update of the Theme from Mission: Impossible, which was the highlight of the top-selling Mission: Impossible 2 soundtrack, which won the Best Rock Video award at the 2000 MTV Video Awards.
October 2000 was the month fans had been salivating for when the band whipped up its unappetizingly titled third album, Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water. The disc rocketed to the top of the charts, a selling over 1 million copies in its first week, the first rock album to ever achieve that accomplishment.
Led by self-confessed "freak" Fred Durst (b. North Carolina, USA), the son of a policeman, hard rock/hip-hop fusion band Limp Bizkit were formed in 1994 in Jacksonville, Florida. Completed by guitarist Wes Borland (b. Richmond, Virginia, USA)(or)(Nashville, Tennessee, USA) (Who knows?), bass player Sam Rivers (b. Jacksonville, Florida, USA) and drummer John Otto (b. Jacksonville, Florida, USA), the band were further augmented in 1996 by the services of DJ Lethal (b. Leor DiMant, Latvia) when his former employers House Of Pain ran aground. The connection was made originally when Limp Bizkit supported House Of Pain on their final tour. On his move from hip-hop to an (admittedly eclectic) rock sound, he commented: "80% of the drums in rap come from old rock records. People who talk shit about me being white and doing hip-hop better check who the fuck they're sampling!" The band made its debut with Three Dollar Bill, Y'all$ in 1997, a record that went on to notch up sales in excess of 1.5 million as it was adopted by a new generation of MTV rock fans. The band's striking live shows, complete with breakdancers and garish backdrops, also earned them high-profile slots on the Ozzfest, Warped and Family Values tours. Durst continued to court celebrity and self-publicity, making guest appearances on albums by Korn and Soulfly during this period. He also became an A & R executive for his record label, Flip, fellow Jacksonville band Cold being his first signing. Limp Bizkit returned in July 1999 with Significant Other, with production work by DJ Premier and a guest rap from Method Man affirming the band's hip-hop credentials. The album debuted at number 1 on the US album chart, confirming the band as one of the leading alternative acts in America. The following year they achieved a big transatlantic hit with "Take A Look Around", the theme song for the Tom Cruise movie Mission: Impossible 2. They capitalised on their high profile with the release of Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water, which went straight to number 1 on the US charts. The band also spearheaded the "nu metal" breakthrough in Europe, with "Rollin'" topping the UK singles chart for two weeks in January 2001.
Bring it onE With Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water, the Limp Bizkit five-man assault crew bring it on like it never has before. With over 13 tracks � including one that's so phat it had to be presented in two different versions in order to fit everything in � the quintet from Jacksonville, FL, that's spent the past four years turning the rock world on its head and spinning it round and round is back with its third album, a set of songs that's deeper, denser and harder hitting than anything that's preceded it. "It's kind of a combination," explains Wes Borland, the guitarist of many faces. "It's a third level as a combination of Significant Other and Three Dollar Bill, Y'all$, kind of the heaviness of Three Dollar Bill, Y'all$ but more mature and focused in a better way." Adds drummer John Otto, "It's us with different edges." On Chocolate St*rfish, those edges are the product of growth, maturity, and the confidence that comes from being one of the world's most distinctive, popular, and, when necessary, controversial bands. "People are aftaid of this band," says Borland, who makes that observation with a certain degree of pride. After all, a hint of danger has always been one of the vanguards of rock n' roll. Limp Bizkit formed six years ago in Jacksonville, an assemblage of visionaries brought together by frontman Fred Durst, a former Navy plebe turned tattoo artist who'd been writing raps since he was 14. The collision of sensibilities between Durst, Otto, Borland, bassist Sam Rivers and House of Pain DJ Lethal formed a synthesis that was entirely of its time, a sonic barrage of crunchy power chords, phat grooves and psycho-delic loops that was without precedent- at least all under the same roof. The 1997 debut Three Dollar Bill, YOall$ ushered Limp Bizkit inot the platinum house, thanks to an irreverent hit remake of George MichaelOs OFaithO and an attention-getting spot on the 1998 OZZFest bill, with its famous giant toilet stage prop. But Limp Bizkit really ascended to te throne with 1999Os Significant Other, a ranting, raging masterpiece that debuted at No. 1 on Billboard Top 200, selling 634,874 copies during its first week of release and went on to sell more than six million copies. As Durst notes on the new album, Lim Bizkit "crawled up you butt somehow/and that's when things got turned around," and what followed was a torrent of activity and accolades that left scorched earth and happily spent mosh pits. With the hits � "Nookie," "Rearranged," "Break Stuff" � as a soundtrack played at the WHFStival in Washington, D.C., and at Woodstock "99 in Rome, N.Y., and it headlined the 1999 Family Values tour. Durst was named a Senior Vice-President at Interscope and started his own label, Flawless; he also signed on to direct the films "Nature's Cure" and "Runt." Rivers, meanwhile, was named the Best Rock Bass Player at the 2000 Orville H. Gibson Guitar Awards. And as it set out to start work on what would become Chocolate Stasrfish, Limp Bizkit was also tapped to record the theme song for Mission Impossible 2, scoring a summer hit with "Take a Look Around" which is also featured on the new album. The keywords for Chocolate Starfish were bigger, badder, harder, heavier, phatter, funkierEyou get the idea. "There's a lot of really good melody, and everything about every part is pretty catchy," says Otto. "It's new and really melodic. There's all kinds of different hooks going on within the music. You could listen to the music by itself, really, but once the vocals get over and Lee does all his DJ stuff, it takes it up to that enormous, killer level."
Fred was born and raised in Gastonia, North Carolina. "I was definately not a good student in school" he confesses, "I was the teachers favorite dude, I passed cuz I was like kissing my teachers ass, and pretty much I never did my homework I don't even know how I made it..it was like a social event for me it was a place to skateboard and rap and beatbox and break dance pretty much was school was for me.. but I did pass..I did graduate because they couldn't stand me..but that's it..I'm a loser.." He moved to Jacksonville in his late teens and served time in the US Navy. Fred later married at age 20 and had a daughter name Adriana Durst. When Fred found his wife was cheating on him he filed for divorce, and after he physically abused his ex-wifes new lover spent a month behind bars. "I was living in San Francisco and I was married and I found out that my wife cheated on me. I got into a fight with the guy and her and I went to jail over it. I just spent a lot of time thinking in jail--it was the first time I had ever been in jail. It was terrible. I just said I gotta go start over again. So I went back to North Carolina to say good-bye to some friends and I worked at a skate-park for a while because I was a sponsored skate-boarder. Then I took my car and moved down to Florida and started all over again. I was working jobs doing art for people and I started tattooing and it was just getting nowhere." "I've sinned so many ways it's unbelievable. I've robbed stores. I've had plenty of sex. I've lied terribly. I've cheated. I've been greedy. I've lusted. Everything. I've done it all. I need some support and help from above now. I grew up as a rebellious kid who was always locked up in his room. When I got out, I wasn't bad--I just didn't know what was right or wrong. My dad was an adoptive dad--we didn't get along that killer. I have another brother that's his son. My mom and I were always confronting. It was real easy for me to snap on my mom and for her to snap on me. It was just a weird thing.
The youngest member of the band, and only 19 when Three Dollar Bill Y'all was released, Sam is an accomplished bassist, inspired by Seattle grunge and old rock including #800000 Sabbath and Megadeath. Sam brings in the funky bassline on the band's tracks and has been compared to good friend Fieldy of Korn. They share a bass-playin' style of holding the bass upright. Whatever the style, Sam's brothers in Bizkit give him much props for his bass-playin' abilities. Sam hooked up with Fred in Bizkit's early days to form the band and their style of play. Looks like his hard work is paying off. Sam's first job was at Chik-fil-A a mall in Jacksonville. He also played the tuba in a band at Arlington Middle. Sam is sponsored by Ibanez.
In 1991, House of Pain exploded upon the hip hop scene with their breakthrough hit "Jump Around," unleashing their particular brand of strength, guts, and talent. The result was platinum certification, echoed on their debut self titled album House of Pain nationally as well as internationally. Follow up singles, "Boom Sha Lock Lock Boom" and "Who's The Man" continued their tradition of Irish poetics and American hooliganism. They followed their success with the release of their 1994 gold album Same As It Ever Was, proving that House of Pain was not running on the steam of one pop single, but on the hard won backbone of loyal audience. Their formula was unique: Everlast (Erik Schrody) just let the lyrics come straight out of his angst and muscles, Danny Boy (Danny O'Connor) was continually turning the band on to interesting and dangerous novelties for inspiration, while DJ Lethal (Leor Dimant) provided beats worthy of his namesake. Leor "DJ Lethal" Dimant, the DJ for House of Pain from 1992 to 1996. His true talent never came out until "(Truth Crushed To Earth Shall) Rise Again". The reason being DJ Muggs was featured on the first two albums. After the second release ("Same As It Ever Was"), House of Pain and Cypress Hill had a falling out so that meant the third (and final) album would be all House of Pain. The beats that DJ Lethal brought to the table were nothing short of amazing. The CD may have sold only about 250,000 copies but DJ Lethal's greatest work can be heard on this. After touring with the House of Pain, Limp Bizkit kept in touch with DJ Lethal, and in 1996 when House of Paid disbanded, he joined the band as their DJ, and was the perfect choice with a background in rap rock with HOP hits such as Shamrocks and Shenanigans, and Legend. Lethal Executive Produced Sugar Ray's first album "Lemonade and Brownies" and most of the scratches. He also remixed a song on Rob Zombie's album "American Made Music to Strip By".
John Otto, known as "Da beat Man", is also an old friend of Fred's and Sam River's Cousin. Before he met Limp Bizkit he played in a jazz band and he also has studies of Jazz drumming. During concerts he sets his drums so that no one can see what he is doing. He became a profesional drummer at the early age of 17.
After being together for a year Limp Bizkit opened a show in their Jacksonville hometown for KoRn. KoRn was so impressed they passed a demo tape to their producer who, in turn, helped Limp Bizkit land a major label contract. Limp Bizkit formed in �94 around ex-Navy plebe Fred Durst. There were a couple interesting things about Durst. First, he�d been doing raps since his early teens and second, he'd developed in to quite a tattoo artist. In fact, plied his craft on Fieldy, Korn�s bassist, following that infamous Jac ksonville show. Limp Bizkit�s �97 debut �Three Dollar Bill, Y�all� was notable for a brutally thunderous cover of George Michael�s retro-pop �Faith.� Well, if you�re going to cover a song you should bring something different to the party. The CD�s platinum sales got the group a featured spot on the �98 Ozzfest Tour where they had the infamous giant toilet stage prop. �Significant Other� burst out in �99. That CD hit six million in sales driven by �Nookie,� �Re-Arranged,� and �Break Stuff.� Chocolate St*rfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water� made its appearance in �00. The scorching �My Way� showed Limp Bizkit was back with a vengeance. Durst drove the chorus with a �my way or the highway� chant while guitarist Wes Borland churned and burned. Overall though, the CD wasn�t has cohesive or focused as �Significant Other.� These days Durst is a VP at Interscope Records and has his own label. The Gibson Guitar Company named Sam Rivers Best Rock Bass Player for �00. In addition to Durst, Borland and Rivers Limp Bizkit has John Otto on drums and DJ Lethal. The group also nailed the theme song for the film �Mission Impossible 2,� �Take A Look Around.�
It only looks easy. Not every band sells 1.5 million copies of their debut record, and shares stages with the hottest acts in the world while amassing a gigantic international fan-base long before radio and -- yes, you, dear press folk -- woke up and smelled the concrete. But Limp Bizkit rose out of their hometown of Jacksonville, FL, on the backs of their friends and allies around the globe. Through ceaseless touring and a dynamic live show, the little group with the curious name found themselves in heady company indeed.They're that band with the DJ from House of Pain, you're thinking. The ones that got where they are because they inked tattoos on their friends in Korn, those guys with the George Michael song. Yeah, yeah, yeah... Limp Bizkit have heard it all before. Here's the scoop: Significant Other, the band's second album for Flip/Interscope Records, shatters the sophomore jinx. Yes, they toured incessantly last year, scoring an impressive trifecta by appearing on the 1998 Warped and Ozzfest excursions, as well as the inaugural edition of the groundbreaking Family Values tour. This is the band that also threw a traveling party of their very own called "Ladies Night in Cambodia" for two solid months, which provided free admission for the first 200 women to attend each night. They had a massive hit on their hands with their inimitable cover of George Michael's "Faith," and they watched sales of their album fly past Platinum certification. Worthy and respectable efforts, all. "I think we've successfully set a landmark for this type of music," he states. "Other bands have combined singing and heavy rock and rap, but no one's done it all to the extent where the rap is totally hip-hop credible, the heavy parts can move 100,000 people at a time in an arena, and the melodies can make the whole world sing. That crash you just heard was the gauntlet hitting the ground. For the band - including guitarist Wes Borland, drummer John Otto, bassist Sam Rivers, and turntable-man DJ Lethal -- Significant Other is the album that will dispel the doubters and silence the skeptical. It's a collection of songs that Limp Bizkit say that they learned to write from playing to audiences around the world, watching their fans in action. "The title refers to male-female relationships, of course," says Wes Borland. "But it also refers to this record as our 'significant other'. This is the record that we've wanted to make since we started this band." Co-produced by the band with famed noise technician Terry Date (Pantera, White Zombie, Staind) and mixed by Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots), Significant Other's incisive tracks range from the corrosive fury of "Break Stuff" and "Nookie" (the album's first video and radio track) to the more measured and tuneful "No Sex" and "Rearranged." "It's a record about betrayal," Fred says. "I guess I ask for it sometimes. The way I get treated by back-stabbing friends and girls, it's probably due to my own actions." His trauma is captured in the record's rich sonic
experimentation, such as the orchestral flourishes that creep into the dramatic "Don't Go Off Wandering." Or the slinky, phat beats of the landmark hip-hop jam, "N2gether," which pairs the band with Method Man from the Wu-Tang Clan and features production by DJ Premier of Gang Starr. Further adding to the excitement are the appearances of a host of luminaries, including the unlikely alliance of Korn's Jonathan Davis and Stone Temple Pilots' Scott Weiland on the dynamic "Nobody Like You." In a humorous interlude, you can hear MTV veejay Matt Pinfield vent his spleen on the state of today's gutless rock environment. And Fred Durst's own mom even makes a cameo! Ever since they formed in late 1994, Limp Bizkit have blazed a trail for themselves like few other bands of the 1990s. Armed with their Three Dollar Bill, Y'all$ debut, the band were unafraid to perform for any crowd, anywhere, at any time. The band could be seen on MTV, rocking the beach on the network's "Spring Break" edition of Fashionably Loud. And there they were again on the channel come New Year's Eve, effortlessly grooving with ex-House of Pain rapper Everlast and Kid Rock, and getting props from teen queen Jennifer Love Hewitt. Aided in their quest by their overactive imaginations, Limp Bizkit began their Ozzfest sets by emerging from a gigantic, filthy toilet, and brought down the house on the Family Values tour, armed with a troupe of break-dancers and a science fiction-themed stage straight out of Mars Attacks. In the meantime, one-time tattoo artist Fred Durst has proven himself one of the hardest-working men in show business. He's acted as an A&R rep for Flip Records (signing the band Staind and producing the upcoming second album from Jacksonville homies Cold); he's been a guest on records from such notables as Korn, Videodrone and Soulfly; and he directed the heavily-rotated video for "Faith" as well as the video for "Nookie." The singer helped design and create the outlandish above-described stages. He's even writing a screenplay! "Look at George Lucas!" laughs Fred, when asked about his energy and unflagging attention to detail. "That motherfucker, he don't stop, dude! If we do enough amazing things - films, videos, songs, music - you become legends, and a whole new generation becomes tripped-out to work with you." With a headlining spot secured on the second Family Values tour, and tentative plans to return yet again to the studio late this year, Limp Bizkit might appear to have their hands full dealing with all the attention they're certain to receive. Fred Durst is unconcerned. "I've never been so confident about our focus until right now," he grins. "I cannot wait to go on tour, and I'm usually the one who can't wait to go home!"
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