Limp Bizkit Blowing Up A Boat Turns 15

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Carson Daly and Fred Durst
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.

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.


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12 comments
Gerard Iribe
Gerard Iribe

I used to have that spot on VHS. Hell, Lit was on that same special, too. At least endures and Limp has not. Granted, Wes Borland still rocks, imo. He was the best part of LB anyway.

Stefanie Nguyen
Stefanie Nguyen

Jordan Arthur Tori Sanchez Shane Moustakas look who it is hahaha

Gregg Perrah
Gregg Perrah

Wow...I forgot how terrible they really are!

Dane Crawford Johnson
Dane Crawford Johnson

boat explodes at 13:37 for the ppl that don't want to watch limp fucking bizkit perform for 15 minutes

Reeve Garrett
Reeve Garrett

If it's a crowd of meathead Limp Bizkit fans, by all means, Limp Bizkit can keep them...

Josh Gomez
Josh Gomez

Can't believe I watched he whole thing fml

Gabriel Torres
Gabriel Torres

and oc weekly wishes they brought a crowd as big as that .....LOL

Chris J Caroselli
Chris J Caroselli

Well that was a wonderful, edgy comment. Now would you mind explaining to the last of your readers why you included them on your "Must-see shows" list in your May 23rd article along with some breathtaking pictures of him, three days later, surrounded by 500 sweaty douchebags and their slutty girlfriends?

DTDTDT
DTDTDT

I'm not sure what you are trying to say. Are you saying that Lit has "endured"? 

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