Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water

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Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
Limp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavored Water.jpg
Studio album by Limp Bizkit
Released October 17, 2000
Recorded 2000[1]
Studio Westlake Studios, Los Angeles
Genre
Length 75:00
Label Interscope, Flip
Producer DJ Lethal, Fred Durst, Josh Abraham, Scott Weiland, Swizz Beatz, Terry Date
Limp Bizkit chronology
Significant Other
(1999)Significant Other1999
Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
(2000)
New Old Songs
(2001)New Old Songs2001
Singles from Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
  1. "Take a Look Around"
    Released: July 18, 2000
  2. "My Generation"
    Released: October 10, 2000
  3. "Rollin'"
    Released: October 10, 2000
  4. "My Way"
    Released: January 6, 2001
  5. "Boiler"
    Released: November 20, 2001

Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water is the third studio album by Limp Bizkit, it was released on October 17, 2000, by Interscope Records and Flip Records.

Commercial performance[edit]

Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water went to number 1 on the Billboard 200,[2] selling 1,050,000 copies in its first week of being released,[3][4] with 400,000 of those copies being sold in the album's first day of release[5]—the largest first-week sales debut for a rock album in the United States ever since Nielsen Soundscan began tracking album sales in 1991.[6] In its second week of being released, Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water sold 392,000 copies.[7] Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water was at number 1 on the Billboard 200 for two weeks.[8] Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water also went to number 1 on the Canadian Albums Chart.[9] Two months after its release date, Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water was certified 4x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Almost seven months after its release date, Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water was certified 5x platinum by the RIAA. In April 2002, Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water was certified 6x platinum by the RIAA.[10] Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water also was certified 6x platinum by Music Canada in October 2001.[11]

Music and lyrics[edit]

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.[12]

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"[12]), "Hot Dog", where he tells his detractors to "Kiss my starfish, my chocolate starfish," and "Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle)" where he mentions "Chocolate Starfish" in the introduction.

The song "Hot Dog" features the word "fuck" 46 times as pointed out by Durst himself in the lyrics "if I say fuck 2 more times that's 46 fucks in this fucked up rhyme". 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.[13] Reviewers have often interpreted Durst's lyrics in "Hot Dog" as an insult to Reznor.[14][15][16] "Livin' It Up" samples "Life in the Fast Lane" by the American rock band The Eagles. The lyrics of My Generation reference "My Generation" by The Who and "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N' Roses.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[17]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[18]
Entertainment Weekly C[19]
The Essential Rock Discography 7/10[20]
Melody Maker 4.5/5 stars[21]
NME 6/10[22]
Q 3/5 stars[23]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[24]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[25]
Spin 7/10[26]

Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water received mixed reviews from critics, as Metacritic gave it a 49 out of 100.[27] 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."[17] The Rolling Stone Album Guide awarded the album three out of five stars,[25] whereas the magazine itself gave the album a 3.5 out of 5. Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water was listed in the book for 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[28]

Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water was placed at number 11 in Q magazine's 2006 list, "The 50 Worst Albums Ever!"[29]

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"     1:18
2. "Hot Dog"     3:50
3. "My Generation"     3:41
4. "Full Nelson"     4:07
5. "My Way"     4:32
6. "Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle)"     3:33
7. "Livin' It Up"     4:24
8. "The One" (includes hidden track "I Want You To Stay")     5:43
9. "Getcha Groove On" (featuring Xzibit)
DJ Lethal 4:29
10. "Take a Look Around"   Lalo Schifrin 5:21
11. "It'll Be OK"     5:06
12. "Boiler"     7:00
13. "Hold On" (featuring Scott Weiland)   5:42
14. "Rollin' (Urban Assault Vehicle)" (featuring DMX and Method Man & Redman) Swizz Beatz 6:22
15. "Outro"     9:47
Total length: 1:15:08

Notes

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Sales
Argentina Gold 20,000
Australia 4x Platinum 280,000
Austria Platinum 20,000
Brazil Gold 100,000
Canada 6x Platinum 600,000
Finland Platinum 52,202[33]
Germany Gold 150,000
Mexico Platinum + Gold 225,000+
Netherlands Platinum 50,000
Poland Gold[34] 50,000[35]
United Kingdom 2x Platinum 600,000
United States 8x Platinum 8,000,000

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Hilburn, Robert (October 26, 2000). "Limp Bizkit Joins an Elite Group as First-Week Album Sales Top 1 Million". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 24, 2017. 
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  16. ^ "CD Reviews New Releases" (fee required). The Hartford Courant. October 19, 2000. 
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  19. ^ "Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water - EW.com". 
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  21. ^ October 24, 2000, p.58
  22. ^ October 14, 2000, p.41
  23. ^ 12/00, p.124
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Preceded by
Rule 3:36 by Ja Rule
Billboard 200 number one album
November 4–17, 2000
Succeeded by
The Dynasty: Roc La Familia by Jay-Z
Preceded by
The Greatest Hits by Texas
UK number one album
February 3, 2001 – February 9, 2001
Succeeded by
No Angel by Dido
Preceded by
Light Years by Kylie Minogue
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
October 23–29, 2000
Succeeded by
All That You Can't Leave Behind by U2

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