Thursday, December 8, 2011

12.8.11 Bee-otch of the Day: Limp Bizkit

Name: Limp Bizkit
Age: 16
Occupation: nu-metal band
Last Seen: California
Bee-otched For: becoming homeless for the holidays


Remember a little nu-metal rap band from Jacksonville, FL called "Limp Bizkit"?

At one point, they were one of the coolest bands in the world. They came into popularity in 1997 when they covered George Michael's "Faith". Then they had a few more hits like "Rollin'", "Take a Look Around", and yes, "Nookie". Oh, they even covered The Who's "Behind Blue Eyes".... Poorly.

Of course, Fred Durst was one of rock's biggest egomanics but tried to become more down to earth when the band released the much-hated The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1) in 2005 to poor reviews and little sales.

After five years of regrouping and resting, Limp came back earlier this year. Remember? They released a new album called Gold Cobra and it had a few singles from it like "Shotgun" "Autotunage" and even the title track.

End result? FailureRadio stations shunned the new songs and Gold Cobra only sold nowhere close to 50,000 copies. Very sad for a band that sold over two million copies of 1997's Three Dollar Bill Y'all$ (which had "Counterfeit" and "Faith"), seven million of 1999's Significant Other ("Nookie", "Re-Arranged", "N 2 Gether Now" (with Method Man) and the controversial "Break Stuff") and six million of 2000's Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water ("My Generation", "Rollin'", "Take a Look Around", "My Way" and "Boiler"). Sadly, their next album, 2003's Results May Vary only sold a million copies. Maybe part of it's because its two singles "Eat You Alive" and "Behind Blue Eyes" - where Durst decided to re-write the bridge - where huge piles of shit.

Now, Limp has gone, well, Limp. Durst told the media that their next album - expected to be out next year - will be released independently and not through long-time label Interscope. However, I heard that Interscope dumped the band from their label because of their last three albums tanking.

It amazes me that many bands from the 90's are still doing quite well. Look at KoRn. Not long ago, they released KoRn III and it was like all their other albums. End result: bomb. But guess what? Their latest album, The Path of Totality - which came out Tuesday - does have a buzz to it because it has a new sound. The album is influenced by the latest craze in music, dubstep. Will it be a hit? Who knows? KoRn is not afraid to try new things whereas Limp is a band stuck in 1997 while Durst is a 40-something acting like a young punk. Their fans grew up, but not the band themselves.

In the end, Limp Bizkit's seen better days, and the sales prove it. It's time for Fred and the boys to hang it up or try something new. This is 2011. Indie's big, straight-forward rock's big, but rap-rock's been dead for years. Adapt to the changing times or die.

Remember the verse about going platinum and writing better beats and better rhymes in "Rollin'"? Now, payback's a bitch, ain't it?


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