Depending on what side of the fence you sit on, the upcoming 15th anniversary of Limp Bizkit’s first hit, a cover of George Michael’s “Faith,” is something to acknowledge or scour over.
Charting months after the release of their debut, “Three Dollar Bill, Y’all,” “Faith” opened the door for what would become a slew of hits to close out the '90s and run into the early `00s. Alternating emotionally between angry and juvenile, the Florida fivesome were unavoidable over the airwaves with subsequent hits such as “Nookie,” “Break Stuff” and “Rearranged” and, along with comrades Korn, were leaders of the nu-metal genre.
Bizkit sets such as “Bill,” 1999’s “Significant Other” and 2000’s gruesomely titled “Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water” sold by the millions, but the band and their music left much to be desired in many corners. Frontman and lyricist Fred Durst was deemed a misogynist by many music scribes and listeners, and the band was openly mocked by some of their peers (here’s looking at you, Eminem).
With more than a decade of hindsight, it can be argued that Limp Bizkit filled a void. The angst that fueled much of their music wasn’t hard to find in the decade courtesy of the Seattle slew that dominated earlier in the decade, and the band, along with much of their nu-metal ilk, picked up where they left off, and with hip-hop flavors thrown in for good measure.
But unlike the northwesterners that preceded them, time hasn’t been as kind to Durst and Co. The nu-metal lifespan with the masses was three years, four years tops, and by the time Limp Bizkit released “Results May Vary” in 2003, the masses moved on.
A rule of thumb in the rock and pop world tags 15 years as when old fans start looking back to their old favorites and, in some circumstances, new, younger fans’ interests in now-veteran acts are piqued. Perhaps in light of this, Limp Bizkit has reunited with Ross Robinson, who guided the band in the studio in their glory days, for the forthcoming set “Stampede of the Disco Elephants.”
Take that as you will.
Limp Bizkit, 8:30 p.m. May 15, House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn, Chicago. $30 (17 and older). FYI: (312) 923-2000, HOB.COM.
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