Whatever Happened To Limp Bizkit?
It is hard to overstate just how huge Limp Bizkit was during its heyday. Then the bottom fell out. In 1999, coming at the tail end of when the record industry was structured around actually selling records, the band’s second album, Significant Other, sold more than 7 million copies in the U.S. off the strength of hits like “Re-Arranged” and the at-the-time inescapable “Nookie.”
Two years later, the insanely titled follow-up,Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water, sold another 6 million.
Then the bottom fell out. Guitarist Wes Borland, arguably the creative force behind Limp Bizkit’s sound, if not overall aesthetic, quit the band. Its first Borland-less album, 2003’s Results May Vary, sold 1.5 million copies in the U.S. Subsequent albums sold even less, with no songs getting major radio play, even after Borland returned after discovering that making near-unlistenable music in projects like Big Dumb Face paid substantially less than his old job. Limp Bizkit had its time in the sun and like many bands before it, had faded into a distant memory.