Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water is the third studio album by Limp Bizkit, released on October 17, 2000 through Interscope and Flip records. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 1.05 million copies in its first week, making it the fastest rock album to sell 1 million, breaking the record held for 7 years by Pearl Jam's Vs, and was the 18th best-selling album of the 2000s in the US.
According to the RIAA website, the album has sold over 6 million copies in the United States alone as of 2010 and an overall 20 million worldwide. It features the singles "My Generation", "Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle)", "Take a Look Around", "Boiler", and "My Way".
The first part of the title is a scatological reference to the appearance of the human anus (Chocolate Starfish). However, Hot Dog Flavored Water is an inside joke started by Wes Borland at a truck stop while the band was on tour, where Borland saw bottles of Crystal Geyser flavored water, and made a joke about having meat or hot dog flavors.
Durst himself refers to the album name in three songs. First, "Livin' It Up", where he declares that "The chocolate starfish is my man Fred Durst" (Wes Borland has stated in an interview when questioned on the naming of the album that "Fred calls himself Chocolate Starfish, because people call him an asshole all the time"), "Hot Dog", where he tells his detractors to "Kiss my starfish, my chocolate starfish," and "Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle)" where mentions "Chocolate starfish" in the introduction.
The song "Hot Dog" is notorious for featuring the word "fuck" 48 times. The chorus parodies the Nine Inch Nails songs "Closer", "The Perfect Drug" and "Burn". Durst said he was a big fan of Nine Inch Nails, who inspired his music, although Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor had made negative remarks about Durst during that period. Reviewers have often interpreted Durst's lyrics in "Hot Dog" as an insult to Reznor. "Livin' It Up" samples "Life in the Fast Lane" by the American rock band The Eagles.
Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water received mixed reviews, as Metacritic gave it a 49 out of 100.Allmusic writer Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote, "Durst's self-pitying and the monotonous music give away that the band bashed Chocolate Starfish out very quickly – it's the sound of a band determined to deliver a sequel in a finite amount of time."The Rolling Stone Album Guide awarded the album three out of five stars, whereas the magazine itself gave the album a 3.5 out of 5.
Assistant engineers – Barney Chase, Steve Conover, David Dominguez, Jaime Duncan, Fran Flannery, Kevin Guarnieri, Femio Hernández, Matt Kingdom, Carl Nappa, Pete Novak, Ted Reiger, Doug Trantow, Alex Morfas