Limp Bizkit Blowing Up A Boat Turns 15
While some consider Memorial Day to be the unofficial kick-off of the summer, let's be real people. Summer doesn't begin until Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst blows up a boat. Or, at least, that's how the summer of 1999 began.
YouTube Screen Capture Carson Daly and Fred Durst
That season, whose boat-exploding milestone turns 15 tomorrow, was truly the summer of "TRL." At a time when the music industry was having significantly unprecedented success, MTV's request-only countdown was the barometer for Soundscan superstardom. While plenty can debate whether "TRL" (formerly "Total Request Live") set the trends in music or merely reflected the diversity of that year's popular music spectrum, there's no denying what a huge boost appearing on the show did not only for musicians, but actors and entertainers of all types.
At just over a year old, the show initially saw dreamy everyman Carson Daly telling everyone live how effective their phone requests or messages sent to AOL Keyword: MTV were in determining what that hour of videos would look like. As charming as Carson semi-goofing off with the unseen stagehands was (and it truly was, capturing the upstart spontaneous fun that initially made the channel so captivating some 18 years prior), soon teenage fans were brought in to be an audience for studio performances. Eventually, this became a regular occurrence so everyone from Mel Gibson to Verne Troyer could get the rush of live love.
Somewhere along the line, bands became sports teams and "TRL" became a show about rivalries. *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys would war over the top two positions, KoRN became such a stalwart at the number three slot that it became known as "The KoRN spot," and songs as diverse as The Offspring's "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" and Eminem's "My Name Is" became legitimate crossover hits. Among these surprise pop smashes was Limp Bizkit's cover of George Michael's "Faith." Along with being a hard rocking earworm, the video's documentation of the the behind-the-scenes of the 1998 Family Values Tour was just undeniably fun and connected with a generation just looking for as good of a time that baggy jean-short and Surge cola could supply.
When it came time for Limp Bizkit's sophomore album Significant Other to hit stores shelves, the first single, "Nookie," was given the full "TRL" premiere treatment. Already a hit on the countdown, MTV decided the Fred Durst lead rock-rap battalion would be the perfect choice to blow-up a boat.