LIMP BIZKIT (1994–PRESENT). Fred Durst (vocals), Wes Borland (guitar), Sam Rivers (bass), DJ Lethal (DJ), John Toto (drums).
Limp Bizkit are a nu metal band from Florida who became one of the most popular bands in the world during the nu metal craze of the late nineties. While there were many worthwhile bands that tried to mix rap’s kinetic vocal style with metal’s power, Limp Bizkit quickly became the epitome to many metalheads of what was wrong with current metal. Led by the anti-charismatic Fred Durst, Bizkit took metal’s frat boy tendency to gleeful extremes, saved occasionally by the interesting and innovative guitaristWes Borland along with former House of Pain DJ, DJ Lethal.
The band hit its heyday in the late nineties, including memorable appearances on MTV’s spring break special in 1999 and a controversial appearance at the 1999 Woodstock festival, where the band were blamed, whether or not correctly, for inciting the riots that marred the festival. As the nineties became the twenty-first century, the band became less relevant, particularly after the departure of guitarist Borland.
The band soldiered on, largely because of Durst’s role as a vice-president at Interscope Records. But their fame diminished as the years went on, and even the return of Borland for The Unquestionable Truth Part 1 record didn’t seem to save them from the inevitable. Although LB had some fairly interesting songs, they ultimately will be regarded as a footnote to metal, despite their brief but astounding popularity.
Discography: Three Dolla Bill Y’all (Interscope, 1997); Significant Other (Interscope, 1999); Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water (Interscope, 2000); New Old Songs (Interscope, 2001); Results May Vary (Flip/Interscope, 2003); The Unquestionable Truth Part 1 (Geffen, 2005); Gold Cobra (Interscope/Polydor, 2011).