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 MUSIC : Limp Bizkit : DISCOGRAPHY EMAIL 





Limp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water


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Intro | Hot Dog | My Generation | Full Nelson | My Way | Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle) | Livin' It Up | The One | Getcha Groove On | Take A Look Around | It'll Be OK | Boiler | Hold On | Rollin' (Urban Assault Vehicle) | Outro
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Some people hate Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst for his loud mouth, some hate him for his hip-hop posing, and some hate him for setting back the cause of white men fighting for their right to wear dumb hats by twenty years. But most people just hate him because he's Fred Durst, and he likes it that way. Like many other obnoxious rock & roll rage queens before him -- Axl Rose, Courtney Love and Billy Corgan come to mind -- Fred Durst is nowhere near as full of shit as you wish he were, and nowhere near as unmusical as he probably deserves to be. You can't even say he'd be great if he weren't such a pain in the ass, because being a pain in the ass is what he's great at. But unlike the aforementioned, he keeps getting funnier at his shtick. And when his band decides to get off its yeah and jam, he's a bona fide rock star. His signature song, the 1999 TRL-metal epiphany "Nookie," was everything loud, stupid rock should be: hilarious, catchy, sad, human, not to mention loud and stupid. The meanest and funniest punk-rock breakup song since PJ Harvey's "Dry," "Nookie" was absolutely flawless, in that deeply flawed kind of way.

It was only natural to suspect that Limp Bizkit would fall on their faces this time by getting serious. But Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water is looser and livelier and just plain better than anything they've ever tried before. Even before you get the CD out of the case, they're goading you with an album cover even more idiotic than the title, a daring bid to capture this year's Fiona Apple Award for the worst title attached to a good album. Since "Limp Bizkit Presents" appears above the title, and since the album begins with "Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water," it seems that our boys are attempting a concept album in which they play the role of a fictional rock group. So we're probably supposed to think of it as Ziggy Starbucks and the Spiders from Bennie and the Jets, or maybe just Sgt. Pepper's Show-Your-Tits Club Band. But ignore the concept, and what you'll hear is Limp Bizkit finally getting their act together for more than one song at a time.

They don't tinker with their basic sound, so if you hated them before, you won't change your mind. But they've never sounded as righteous or confident as in the opening headbanger, "Hot Dog," which switches between a strange Nine Inch Nails parody and a populist summary of the worldview that makes Limp Bizkit resonate with the scared, screwed-up kids in their audience. Over Wes Borland's break-stuff guitar, Durst lays it on the line: "Fucked-up moms and fucked-up dads/There's a fucked-up cop with a fucked-up badge/Fucked-up job with fucked-up pay/Fucked-up boss, it's a fucked-up day." He really slams it home with the chorus chant, "Everybody knows this song." Damn straight -- if you don't have days like this, you're probably Jewel, and you're also lying. And if you give up on the kids who feel this way every day, you're as much of a sucker as Durst says you are. But in case you accuse him of lacking a sense of humor, he ends the song with the couplet: "If I say fuck two more times/That's forty-six fucks in this fucked-up rhyme." In another song, Durst boasts, "I've seen The Fight Club about twenty-eight times," and believe me, that explains a lot.

The slate of hip-hop guests is impressive: sure, DMX, Method Man and Redman, but Xzibit, Swizz Beatz and DJ Premier? Still, the main musical attraction is Borland's trick guitar. Unfortunately, he's still bigger on abstract sound effects than on riffs, as befits a serious music nut who worships concept artists like John Zorn and Aphex Twin. He's even proclaimed that "Limp Bizkit is definitely a dumb rock band, as far as the fact that our songs are written in pop format." But Limp Bizkit make a really great dumb rock band; their problem is that they make a fairly dumb art band. So they're best when Fuck Said Fred vents his angst into blowouts like "Full Nelson," "My Way" and the genuinely moving "The One," in which he mourns the death of a relationship without blaming it on the girl, quite the spiritual achievement for a young rap-metal star, and an encouraging sign that the best Bizkit may be yet to come. Fred Durst still rages against the stupidity of the world. But on Chocolate Starfish, he's also smart enough to rage against the stupidity of Fred Durst, and that's what makes him a believable high school anti-hero for our time. (RS 854)

ROB SHEFFIELD



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Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
Rating: 2 | Disagreed with the RS Review

THe latest Limp Bizkit album deserves three and a half stars from a pop perspective. No offense to Rob Sheffield, who is an amazing writer, but he writes the PopEye section in Rolling Stone. How can this album be considered pop? COnsider the fact that Durst's lyrcis have absolutley no meaning. When "Three Dollar Bill Y'all" came out, Durst and Co. were all about the gutter rock, with asound that reminded listneers of nothing they had ever heard before. The sound was grungy, dirty, and hard, but without the goth gloss of Korn and with pretty damn good raps. The next album started Limp's rise towards more of a rap and thus more of a pop sound. Fred beleived he could reach a wider audienace if the group focused on rap, however he lost his biggest fans. the ego bwecame immense on the third album, which despite all the cursin', is nothing but radio cheese. "My Generation" is a good idea for a song, too bad Durst just syas the same shit over and over again. The same on "My Way", and even the better musical tracks, which produce more of a classic Bizkirt sonic quality, are overlong and pointless. Bizklit is no Rage, they have not a tenth of thier skill, and FDred Durst raps are more Nelly oriented, while Zach De La Roacha's ar emore Chuck D oriented. Htat is one of the biggest differences, not to mention the fact that Wes Borland is a nerd/concept rocker wannabe. Yes DJ Lethal is a great DJ, but his scraths and spins are more tiresome than any other rock DJ. truly Limp Bizkit is a fucked up band. Fed Durst's band does great things for the fans, and they really can rock out, but on record their shit is really getting tedious and pointless. Durst needs to stay away from MTV, stop hanging with Eminem and stop worrying about his label. they should focus on being a hard, grungy, gutter badn and fuck all the bullshit pop and rap. IT's the only way out of being labeled a instant gratification, ok, but too sel-out oriented, corny band. And as Fred says, all those motherfuckers might stop "drinking Hatorade".







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man
Rating: 1 | Disagreed with the RS Review

mani used to be a huge limp bizkit fan. songs like break stuff were so dope. I loved them. Untill chocolate starfish came out. Man they suck now. ALl their songs are stupid. If you guys want to listen to real music now listen to Linkin Park. they are much better







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Choco Starfish
Rating: 2 |

I USED to be a LImp fan back in the day when they were coming out with albums like 3 Dollar Bill and Significant Other. But now their music just plain sucks! Not only is it getting old hearing the same goddamn tunes over and over again but their lyrics are absolutely bullshit. Fred needs to get his act together and get back like it was in the old days instead of a mtv lovin teenybopping faget!






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