Incessant touring and word of mouth have gone a long way for the multigenre quintet Limp Bizkit.
Despite virtually no radio and video airplay, the Jacksonville, Fla.-based group has sold more than 50,000 copies of its debut Flip/Interscope album, “THREE DOLLAR BILL, Y’ALL$,” since its July release.
“And thank god for the Internet,” guitarist Wes Borland said recently. “We didn’t care about it at first, but all of a sudden all these Web sites from these kids who are computer geniuses started popping up. You can read about our shows 30 minutes after they’ve happened, that’s how dedicated they are.”
Limp Bizkit fans can’t get enough of what Borland terms “a crossover style. It’s hip-hop, hard rock, metal, jazz, gothic, electronica. You name it, it’s in there.”
Add a wicked sense of humor to the mix. One of the album’s highlights is a crunching metal version of George Michael’s “Faith.”
“We’ve always been into doing cheesy ’80s pop covers,” Borland said. “The ’80s was pop music; it’s all so good. And it’s good not to take it so seriously; we love it and have fun with it. We do ‘Straight Up’ by Paula Abdul at shows; we were doing ‘Faith’ for a long time, and it ended up on the record. Right now, we’re talking about doing ‘Father Figure.’ “
Limp Bizkit – Borland, singer Fred Durst, drummer John Otto, DJ Lethal (formerly of House of Pain) and bassist Sam Rivers – opens a monthlong tour with Primus on Oct. 23 in Burlington, Vt.
BWF (before we forget): “THREE DOLLAR BILL, Y’ALL$” entered Billboard’s pop albums chart in April 1998 and cracked the Top 100 on May 2.
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