Significant Other

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Significant Other
Studio album by Limp Bizkit
Released June 22, 1999
Recorded November 1998–February 1999 at NRG Recording Services in North Hollywood, California
Genre Nu metal, rap metal
Length 62:35
Label Flip/Interscope
Producer Terry Date and Limp Bizkit
Limp Bizkit chronology
Three Dollar Bill, Yall
(1997)
Significant Other
(1999)
Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
(2000)
Singles from Significant Other
  1. "Nookie"
    Released: June 15, 1999
  2. "Re-Arranged"
    Released: October 12, 1999
  3. "N 2 Gether Now"
    Released: November 9, 1999
  4. "Break Stuff"
    Released: May 2, 2000

Significant Other is the second album by American nu metal band Limp Bizkit. Released in 1999 by Flip/Interscope Records, the album saw the band expanding its sound from that of its debut album Three Dollar Bill, Yall, to incorporate further rock and hip hop influences. Significant Other was co-produced by Terry Date and Limp Bizkit.

During the band's live performance at Woodstock 1999, violence erupted during the album's song "Break Stuff". However, the controversy did not affect the album's success, as Significant Other received high commercial sales, peaking at number one on the Billboard 200. Critical reception to the album was favorable, with critics responding well to the album's unique sound and the band's performance, which was considered to be an improvement over the band's debut.

Production[edit]

Following the radio success of the band's cover of George Michael's "Faith", the band was determined to record the follow-up to their first album in order to show that they weren't a "Korn ripoff" or a cover band; the band began writing an album which dealt with issues deriving from their newfound fame.[1] Producer Terry Date, known for working with Pantera, White Zombie and Deftones, was chosen by Limp Bizkit to produce Significant Other. Guitarist Wes Borland stated of Date's production, "he doesn't get overly involved at the 'music' end of things. He's a producer who fools with sound and sonically makes everything perfect. He gets sounds that translate really well on tape and pretty much completely captures what we do, perfectly."[2] The band immediately began recording after the conclusion of the Family Values Tour, despite the insistence of Interscope Records that the band take a break after it.[2]

Music and lyrics[edit]

An early version of "I'm Broke" was recorded for Three Dollar Bill, Yall$, but was left off the album because of how different the song sounded from the rest of that album's material.[1] The melody for "Re-Arranged" originated from a melody played in rough form in early 1998, during the Ladies Night in Cambodia tour.[1] In response to claims that the lyrics of Three Dollar Bill, Yall$ were misogynistic, Durst toned down his lyrical content on this album, which he described as being more lyrically mature.[1] Fred Durst's breakup with his girlfriend inspired the songs "Nookie" and "Re-Arranged".[1]

The refrain of "N 2 Gether Now", which features rapping by Method Man and hip hop production by DJ Premier.

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The band allowed Durst and DJ Lethal to explore their hip hop influences by recording with Method Man. DJ Premier of Gang Starr was brought in to produce the collaboration. The band wanted to record "a track that was straight hip-hop", according to Borland.[2] The song was originally titled "Shut The Fuck Up", but was retitled "N 2 Gether Now" for marketing purposes.[2] Durst also recorded a song with Eminem, "Turn Me Loose", which was left off the album.[2] The band also collaborated with Korn vocalist Jonathan Davis and Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots on "Nobody Like You". Weiland would frequently visit NRG studios and help with the recording, vocally coaching Durst.[2] Staind singer Aaron Lewis provided backup vocals on the song "No Sex", while Scott Borland, Wes' brother, played keyboards on "Just Like This", "Nookie", "Re-Arranged", "I'm Broke", "9 Teen 90 Nine" and "A Lesson Learned".[2]

While Limp Bizkit generally opposed solos, they allowed drummer John Otto to perform an extended drum solo in the song "Nobody Like You". This sample also highlights the guest vocals of Korn's Jonathan Davis and Stone Temple Pilots vocalist Scott Weiland.

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Describing the album's music, Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine said that it contains "flourishes of neo-psychedelia on pummeling metal numbers and there are swirls of strings, even crooning, at the most unexpected background."[3] While the band was opposed to solos, they allowed John Otto to perform an extended drum solo in the middle of "Nobody Like You".[2] Scott Borland wrote string melodies for "Don't Go Off Wandering".[2]

The band also recorded interludes with Primus bass player and singer Les Claypool and MTV VJ Matt Pinfield. Claypool stated, "I came in and they wanted me to write some sort of intro for the record. I got stoned and got in front of the mic and started babbling and they ended up not using the intro and using that instead."[2]

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
About.com 4/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[5]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[6]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[7]
Martin Charles Strong 5/10 stars[8]

Significant Other climbed to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 643,874 copies in its first week of release.[2] In its second week of release, the album sold an additional 335,000 copies.[2] The band promoted the album by appearing at Woodstock 1999 and headlining the year's Family Values Tour.[2] Fred Durst directed music videos for the songs "Re-Arranged" and "N 2 Gether Now".[2]

Controversy[edit]

Violent action sprang up during and after Limp Bizkit's performance at Woodstock '99, including fans tearing plywood from the walls during a performance of the song "Break Stuff". Several sexual assaults were reported in the aftermath of the concert.[2][9] Durst stated during the concert, "People are getting hurt. Don't let anybody get hurt. But I don't think you should mellow out. That's what Alanis Morissette had you motherfuckers do. If someone falls, pick 'em up. We already let the negative energy out. Now we wanna let out the positive energy".[2] Durst later stated in an interview, "I didn't see anybody getting hurt. You don't see that. When you're looking out on a sea of people and the stage is twenty feet in the air and you're performing, and you're feeling your music, how do they expect us to see something bad going on?".[2] Les Claypool told the San Francisco Examiner, "Woodstock was just Durst being Durst. His attitude is 'no press is bad press', so he brings it on himself. He wallows in it. Still, he's a great guy."[2]

Durst saw the band as being scapegoated for the event's controversy and later stated that the promoters of Woodstock '99 were at fault for booking his band, due to their reputation for raucous performances.[2] While the performance was the subject of much controversy, the violence did not affect sales of Significant Other.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Significant Other received largely favorable reviews from critics. Entertainment Weekly reviewer David Browne gave the album a B, writing "Significant Other isn't simply modern rock; it's postmodern rock."[5] Robert Christgau gave the album an honorable mention, writing, "Give their image credit for having a sound."[6] Christgau noted the songs "Just Like This" and "N 2 Gether Now" as highlights of the album.[6] Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine called the album "considerably more ambitious and multi-dimensional" than the band's previous album, Three Dollar Bill, Yall$.[3]

In later reviews of the album, About.com's Tim Grierson gave the album 4 out of 5 stars, calling it "A buzz saw of bad attitude, metal guitar and white-boy rapping, Limp Bizkit's breakthrough album, Significant Other, is unapologetically rude and immature. But perhaps more importantly, it also rocks very, very hard."[4] Rolling Stone and its album guide awarded the album three and a half out of five stars.[7][10] A less favorable notice came from author Martin Charles Strong, who gave the album 5 out of 10 stars in his book The Essential Rock Discography.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Fred Durst, except where noted, all music composed by Wes Borland, John Otto, and Sam Rivers, except where noted.

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Intro"       0:37
2. "Just Like This"       3:35
3. "Nookie"       4:49
4. "Break Stuff"       2:47
5. "Re-Arranged"       5:54
6. "I'm Broke"       3:59
7. "Nobody Like You" (featuring Jonathan Davis and Scott Weiland) Jonathan Davis, Durst, Scott Weiland   4:20
8. "Don't Go Off Wandering"       4:00
9. "9 Teen 90 Nine"       4:36
10. "N 2 Gether Now" (featuring Method Man) Durst, Clifford Smith Chris Martin 4:49
11. "Trust?"       4:59
12. "No Sex" (featuring Aaron Lewis)   Borland, Brendan O'Brien, Otto, Rivers 3:54
13. "Show Me What You Got"       4:27
14. "A Lesson Learned"       2:40
15. "Outro" (includes hidden tracks "Radio Sucks" (featuring Matt Pinfield) & "The Mind Of Les" (featuring Les Claypool))     7:21
Total length:
62:35

Personnel[edit]

Limp Bizkit
Additional musicians
Production

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1999 The Billboard 200 1[11]
1999 Top Canadian Albums 1[11]
1999 Top Internet Albums 1[11]

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1999 "N 2 Gether Now" Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 53[11]
1999 "N 2 Gether Now" Rhythmic Top 40 7[11]
1999 "N 2 Gether Now" Rhythmic Top 40 7[11]
1999 "N 2 Gether Now" The Billboard Hot 100 70[11]
1999 "Nookie" Mainstream Rock Tracks 6[11]
1999 "Nookie" Modern Rock Tracks 3[11]
1999 "Nookie" The Billboard Hot 100 80[11]
1999 "Re-Arranged" Mainstream Rock Tracks 8[11]
1999 "Re-Arranged" Modern Rock Tracks 1[11]
1999 "Re-Arranged" Modern Rock Tracks 2[11]
1999 "Re-Arranged" The Billboard Hot 100 75[11]
2000 "Break Stuff" Mainstream Rock Tracks 19[11]
2000 "Break Stuff" Modern Rock Tracks 14[11]
2000 "N 2 Gether Now" Hot Rap Singles 17[11]

End of decade charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard 200[12] 83
Preceded by
Millennium by Backstreet Boys
Billboard 200 number-one album
July 10–30, 1999
August 14–20, 1999
Succeeded by
Millennium by Backstreet Boys

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Devenish, Colin (2000). Limp Bizkit. St. Martin's. pp. 79–94. ISBN 0-312-26349-X. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Devenish, Colin (2000). Limp Bizkit. St. Martin's. pp. 95–113. ISBN 0-312-26349-X. 
  3. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Significant Other at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  4. ^ a b "Limp Bizkit Significant Other Review - Review of Limp Bizkit Album Significant Other". Rock.about.com. 1999-06-22. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  5. ^ a b David Browne (1999-06-18). "Significant Other Review | Music Reviews and News". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  6. ^ a b c Robert Christgau. "CG: Limp Bizkit". Robert Christgau website. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  7. ^ a b Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). "Limp Bizkit". The new Rolling Stone album guide. Simon and Schuster. p. 487. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  8. ^ a b Strong, Martin Charles (2006). "Limp Bizkit". The Essential Rock Discography (8th ed.). Open City Books. p. 638. ISBN 1-84195-860-3. 
  9. ^ "Police Investigate Reports of Rapes at Woodstock". Washingtonpost.com. July 29, 1999. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  10. ^ Ali, Lorraine (1999-07-08). "Significant Other : Limp Bizkit : Review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-02-12. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Significant Other charts at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  12. ^ Geoff Mayfield (1999-12-25). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved 2010-10-15.