Limp Bizkit

Limp Bizkit Biography

Limp Bizkit is an American rap rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 1994. Their lineup consists of Fred Durst (lead vocals), Sam Rivers (bass guitar, backing vocals), John Otto (drums, percussions), and Wes Borland (guitars, backing vocals). Their music is marked by Durst’s angry vocal delivery and Borland’s sonic experimentation. Borland’s elaborate visual appearance, which includes face and body paint, masks and uniforms, also plays a large role in the band’s elaborate live shows. The band has been nominated for three Grammy Awards, have sold 40 million records worldwide and won several other awards.

Formed in 1994, Limp Bizkit became popular playing in the Jacksonville, Florida underground music scene in the late 1990s, and signed with Flip Records, a subsidiary of Interscope, which released their debut album, Three Dollar Bill, Y’all$ (1997). The band achieved mainstream success with their second and third studio albums, Significant Other (1999) and Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water (2000), although this success was marred by a series of controversies surrounding their performances at Woodstock ’99 and the 2001 Big Day Out festival.

Borland left the group in 2001, but Durst, Rivers, Otto and Lethal continued to record and tour with guitarist Mike Smith. Following the release of their album, Results May Vary (2003), Borland rejoined the band and recorded The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1) (2005) with Durst, Rivers, Lethal and drummer Sammy Siegler before entering a hiatus. In 2009, the band reunited with Borland playing guitar and began touring, culminating with the recording of the album Gold Cobra (2011), after which they left Interscope and later signed with Cash Money Records, but DJ Lethal was asked to leave the band soon after.

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Durst wanted Limp Bizkit to be a “megaband” which could cross over into as many different styles of music as possible. Limp Bizkit’s music has predominately been described as nu metal, rap metal and rap rock. Limp Bizkit have also been described as alternative metal, alternative rock and post-grunge. Limp Bizkit’s music is noted for its “kinetic, frenzied energy”. Otto is adept in drumming in a variety of styles ranging from Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music to bebop and funk. DJ Lethal functions as a sound designer for the band, shaping their sound. According to Lethal, “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.”

AllMusic writer Stephen Thomas Erlewine said that their album, Significant Other, contains “flourishes of neo-psychedelia on pummeling metal numbers” and “swirls of strings, even crooning, at the most unexpected background”. The band did not employ solos until Gold Cobra (except for the song “Underneath The Gun” out of Results May Vary), however, during the recording of Significant Other, drummer John Otto performed an extended solo in the middle of the song “Nobody Like You”. Durst’s lyrics are often profane, scatological or angry. Much of Durst’s lyrical inspiration came from growing up and his personal life. The song “Sour”, from the album Three Dollar Bill, Yall, was inspired by Durst’s problems with his girlfriend. His breakup with her inspired the Significant Other songs “Nookie” and “Re-Arranged”. When describing Limp Bizkit’s lyrics, The Michigan Daily said “In a less-serious vein, Limp Bizkit used the nu-metal sound as a way to spin testosterone fueled fantasies into snarky white-boy rap. Oddly, audiences took frontman Fred Durst more seriously than he wanted, failing to see the intentional silliness in many of his songs.” Furthermore, Limp Bizkit’s lyrics were described as “misogynistic”. The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1) focuses on more serious and darker lyrical subject matter, including Catholic sex abuse cases, terrorism and fame.

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