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
ReleasedOctober 17, 2000[1]
RecordedFebruary–May 2000
StudioWestlake Studios, Los Angeles
Genre
Length74:55
Label
ProducerTerry Date
Limp Bizkit chronology
Significant Other
(1999)
Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
(2000)
New Old Songs
(2001)
Singles from Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
  1. "Take a Look Around"
    Released: May 30, 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 (stylised as Chocolate St★rfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water) is the third studio album by American band Limp Bizkit, released on October 17, 2000 by Flip and Interscope Records.

Commercial performance[edit]

Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water debuted at number one on the Billboard 200,[2] selling 1,054,511 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, the album sold 392,000 copies,[7] and remained at number 1 on the Billboard 200.[8] The album also went to number 1 on the Canadian Albums Chart,[9] selling 98,707 copies in its first week in the country.[10] Two months after its release date, the album was certified 4x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and almost seven months after its release date, it was certified 5x platinum by the RIAA. In April 2002, the album was certified 6x platinum by the RIAA.[11] It also was certified 6x platinum by Music Canada in October 2001.[12]

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.[13]

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"[13]), "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" which is also the most profanity contained on any Limp Bizkit song. 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.[14] Reviewers have often interpreted Durst's lyrics in "Hot Dog" as an insult to Reznor.[15][16][17] "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
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic49/100[18]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[19]
Entertainment WeeklyC[20]
The Essential Rock Discography7/10[21]
Melody Maker4.5/5 stars[22]
NME6/10[23]
Q3/5 stars[24]
Robert Christgau(1-star Honorable Mention)[25]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[26]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[27]
Spin7/10[28]

Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water received mixed reviews from critics, as Metacritic gave it a 49 out of 100.[29] 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."[19] The Rolling Stone Album Guide awarded the album three out of five stars,[27] whereas the magazine itself gave the album a 3.5 out of 5. Even so, Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water was listed in the book for 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, but later removed in recent editions of the book.[30]

Track listing[edit]

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

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Intro"  1:18
2."Hot Dog"  3:51
3."My Generation"  3:43
4."Full Nelson"  4:08
5."My Way"  4:32
6."Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle)"  3:34
7."Livin' It Up"  4:24
8."The One"  5:44
9."Getcha Groove On" (featuring Xzibit)
DJ Lethal4:29
10."Take a Look Around" Lalo Schifrin5:22
11."It'll Be OK"  5:07
12."Boiler (song ends at 5:36, hidden track begins at 5:45 if not on Repeat Track)"  5:36/1:15
13."Hold On" (featuring Scott Weiland) 5:48
14."Rollin' (Urban Assault Vehicle)" (featuring DMX and Method Man & Redman)Swizz Beatz6:22
15."Outro" ("Outro" ends at 4:50. Instead of silence, Ben Stiller's laughs can be heard, and then, at minute 7:40, a hidden track begins: it's a phone call.)  4:50/1:57
Total length:74:55
Initial release bonus disc
No.TitleLength
16."Snake in Your Face"4:08
17."Back o'da Bus"1:18
US limited edition bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
16."It's Like That Y'All" (featuring Run-DMC)4:31
Japanese limited edition bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
1."Crushed"3:24
2."Faith"2:26
3."Counterfeit"5:06
Special UK edition bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
1."Crushed"3:24
2."Faith"2:26
3."Counterfeit" (Lethal Dose Mix) 
4."Faith" (CD-ROM video) 
5."Nookie" (CD-ROM video) 
6."Re-Arranged" (CD-ROM video) 
7."N2Gether Now" (CD-ROM video) 

Notes

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from the album's liner notes.[31]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[37] Gold 30,000^
Australia (ARIA)[38] 5× Platinum 350,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[39] Platinum 50,000*
Belgium (BEA)[40] Platinum 50,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[41] Gold 100,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[42] 6× Platinum 600,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[43] Gold 25,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[44] Platinum 52,202[44]
France (SNEP)[45] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[46] Gold 150,000^
Hungary (MAHASZ)[47] Gold  
Japan (RIAJ)[48] Platinum 200,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[49] Platinum+Gold 225,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[50] Platinum 80,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[51] Gold 50,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[52] Gold 50,000^
Sweden (GLF)[53] Gold 40,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[54] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[55] 3× Platinum 900,000^
United States (RIAA)[11] 6× Platinum 6,000,000^
Uruguay (CUD)[56] Gold 3,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[57] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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