Ground breaking Nu Metal band Limp Bizkit, which currently consists of Fred Durst - vocals, Sam Rivers - bass guitar, John Otto - drums, and DJ Lethal - turntable and keyboard, has enjoyed more than 60 million record sales worldwide since breaking into the music industry with their debut album, “Three Dollar Bill Y'All” (1997), which spawned the hits “Counterfeit” and “Faith,” the latter which is a cover song of George Michael’s hit. Adored by fans for their stage performances, the group gained global success with their second album, “Significant Other” (1999), which earned 7x platinum certification, and the third album “Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavored Water” (2000), which sold more than 18 million copies worldwide. Both albums debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts. Unfortunately, after the departure of guitarist Wes Borland, Limp Bizkit suffered a major setback. Their fourth album, “Results May Vary” (2003), with Mike Smith on the guitar, was a flop with both critics and fans. Even after Borland returned for the follow-up, “The Unquestionable Truth, Pt. 1” (2005), the group still faced disappointment.
Their newest album, “The Unquestionable Truth, Pt.2” will be released in 2009.
Childhood and Family:
In 1994, Limp Bizkit was founded by North Carolina vocalist Fred Durst (born on August 20, 1970) and his friend, bassist Sam Rivers (born on September 21, 1977), after Fred moved to Jacksonville, Florida. Before long, drummer John Otto (born on March 22, 1977), who is a cousin of Rivers, joined the group and they then recruited guitarist West Borland (born on February 8, 1975, in Richmond, Virginia) to complete the original quartet. DJ Lethal (born Leor Dimant, on December 18, 1972, in Riga, Latvia) was brought into the group in 1996.
Borland left Limp Bizkit in 2001 after having performed together for seven years. Mike Smith filled in the place left by Borland in 2003, but only stayed with the group for a year. In 2004, after the release of “Results May Vary,” Borland returned to the group, but left again the following year.
Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavored Water
First giving free shows and concerts in Jacksonville, Florida, Limp Bizkit's luck started to change when lead vocalist Fred Durst gave their demo tape to the band Korn. In 1995, when Korn first performed in the Jacksonville area, bassist Reginald Arvizu got several tattoos from Durst, who at the time also worked at a tattoo parlor, and the two became friends. The next time Korn played in the area, they passed on Limp Bizkit's demo to their producer, Ross Robinson, who was impressed with their music and intended on producing for the band. Meanwhile, Limp Bizkit's stage presence and touring with the Irish-American hip hop group House of Pain and the Deftones, put the group on the radar of many record labels and they eventually decided to sign with Flip/Interscope Records.
On July 1, 1997, Limp Bizkit released their debut album, “Three Dollar Bill Y'All,” in which they included three tracks from their early demo, “Counterfeit,” “Stuck” and “Pollution, as well as the popular single “Faith,” a cover of George Michael's song of the same name. The group supported the album with extensive touring and by mid-1998, had emerged as one of the more ballyhooed bands in the rap-metal circuits.
However, Limp Bizkit did not reach superstar status until the release of the highly anticipated sophomore effort, “Significant Other,” on June 22, 1999. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and sold more than 600,000 pieces in the first week of its release. The first single, “Nookie,” became a huge hit on rock radio and its popular music video further boosted the group's popularity. By the end of 1999, “Significant Other,” which also produced the singles “Break Stuff,” “Re-Arranged,” “N 2 Gether Now” and “Nobody Like You,” had been certified multi-platinum, a success that also helped their first album achieve double platinum status.
During the height of their success, Limp Bizkit dealt with controversy after a summer performance at Woodstock '99. As a result of public violence and sexual assaults that occurred at the festival, Durst, who was previously appointed a senior vice president of Interscope, had supposedly egged the crowd on and the group was blamed for the outbreak of violence. The accusation did not stop Limp Bizkit from performing and later that same year, they enjoyed a massive victory with the Family Values Tour. At this time, Durst again made headlines with his sporadic conflicts with the group's tour mates.
Limp Bizkit returned in 2000 with their third studio album, “Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavored Water,” which hit the stores on October 17. Despite its mixed reception, the album went on to become a No. 1 hit on the Billboard 200 and sold over a million copies in the U.S. within its first week of release. Some tracks released from the album included the first single “My Generation,” “Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle),” “Take a Look Around,” which was used as a theme song for the film “Mission: Impossible 2,” and “My Way.”
After the departure of guitarist Wes Borland, who quit the group shortly after the release of “Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavored Water,” Limp Bizkit launched a remix album called “New Old Songs” on December 4, 2001. Borland originally had his own rendition of the song “Break Stuff,” but the band pulled his remix from the track list after he left.
With new guitarist Mike Smith, Limp Bizkit resurfaced in 2003 with a new album called “Results May Vary.” However, it largely received negative reviews from critics and later was ranked No. 3 on the Metacritic lists of “Worst Reviewed Albums.” Borland was reunited with the group in 2004 and with the original line-up, Limp Bizkit released “The Unquestionable Truth, Pt. 1” in May 2005. The album peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard 200 and sold more than a million copies worldwide. The compilation album, “Greatest Hitz,” followed six months later in November 2005 and was comprised of tracks from their other albums. The album missed the Top 40 and only rose to No. 47 and Borland left Limp Bizkit for the second time.
Limp Bizkit's sixth studio album, “The Unquestionable Truth (Part 2),” the sequel to “The Unquestionable Truth, Pt. 1,” is scheduled to be released in 2009.