|Single by Limp Bizkit|
|from the album Significant Other|
|Released||June 15, 1999|
|Genre||Nu metal, rap rock|
|Limp Bizkit singles chronology|
One of the reasons Fred Durst attributes to the song becoming a success is that it's sung slower, and in a fashion where his lyrics are easier to understand, in contrast to his style in Three Dollar Bill, Yall$, where the lyrics in some songs are indistinguishable due to the fast screaming style Fred uses on the album.
The song features an interlude at the end, which features Fred Durst breaking a couple of items with the band laughing, leading into "Break Stuff".
The intro and verse beat for "Nookie" is a 1 bar sample (starting at 1'05) from the song "You're Getting a Little Too Smart" by early 1970s R&B act The Detroit Emeralds. It however does not appear on the song credits. Guitarist Wes Borland used a custom built baritone guitar with only four strings: tuned nearly an octave downward from standard tuning, the string's pitches were F#, F#, B and E. For the lowest F# string (which is one octave lower than the higher F# tuned string), Borland made this string a bass guitar string. Borland also plays this particular guitar in the music video for the song.
The song is about Fred Durst's difficult relationship with a past girlfriend. He describes as her using him for money and cheating on him with his friends, and yet despite the emotional distress her behavior caused he stayed with her due to the sex. As the song's lyrics describe: "Hey, what the hell, what you want me to say?/ I won't lie, that I can't deny/ I did it all for the nookie".
In a 2008 interview with British rock magazine Kerrang, guitarist Wes Borland had the following to say about how the lyrical content turned out: "The music was cool, but I didn't like the lyrics at all. The funny thing is that Nookie was actually the working title. When we were in the studio there was a porn magazine that had the word 'nookie' on the cover, so I was like, 'This song's called Nookie!', I never thought someone would actually run with it. I suppose it's all my fault."
In the song's music video, the band allowed hundreds of fans to participate, playing the song in front of the large crowd. All the men went to one side of the stage, and the women on the other side. When Durst sang the chorus, at certain parts he would hold out his microphone to the crowd, getting that particular side to sing. This was, according to Durst, to show that "guys go off hard, but girls go off even harder". The audio from this plays during the music video. At the end of the music video, Durst is arrested and taken away by police officers, leading into the beginning of the video for "Re-Arranged".
The song was performed live on the first day of programming of MTV's "Isle of MTV", their summer 1999 promotion. At the conclusion of the song, Durst detonated a ship sitting out in the water a few hundred yards from the stage. The video was directed by Fred Durst.
- "Nookie" - 4:28
- "Counterfeit" (Lethal Dose Remix) - 3:21
- "Counterfeit" (Phat Ass Remix) - 3:05
- "Nookie" (video)
- "Faith" (video)
Legacy and influence
Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine covered this as a lounge version on his 2000 album Lounge Against the Machine and his 2006 album The Sunny Side of the Moon: The Best of Richard Cheese. Christian comedy rock band ApologetiX recorded a parody entitled "Simp Liztik", which appeared on their album Keep the Change.
Hed PE guitarist Wes Geer said that "Nookie" is "cheesy and is not as good as [Hed PE's song] 'Bartender'. ['Nookie' has] a catchy hook, but at least in my opinion, it's just kind of dumb. But somewhere along the way the business decided to support that one harder than they did 'Bartender', you know." Pharrell Williams, while recording N.E.R.D.'s 2008 album Seeing Sounds cited this song as part of the band's incentive and drive to record more energetic music, noting it as the last energetic hit single before the album's release.
On September 11, 2010, Matthew Wilkening of AOL Radio ranked the song at number 23 on the list of the 100 Worst Songs Ever, stating that Fred Durst "did it [all] for the nookie, huh? We hope he got it, 'cause he's clearly going home without artist respect today."
- Micallef, Ken (2008-06-01). "N.E.R.D - Old Money, New Money". Remix Magazine. Primedia Business Magazines & Media. Retrieved 2009-01-14.