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Significant Other

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Significant Other
Limp Bizkit Significant Other.jpg
Studio album by Limp Bizkit
Released June 22, 1999
Recorded November 1998–February 1999
Studio NRG Recording Services, North Hollywood, California
Genre
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 rap rock 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 metal and hip hop influences. Significant Other was co-produced by Terry Date and Limp Bizkit. The album has sold at least 16 million copies worldwide.[2]

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.[3] 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."[4] 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.[4]

Music and lyrics[edit]

An early version of "I'm Broke" was recorded for Three Dollar Bill, Yall$, but was left off the album because of how different the song sounded from the rest of that album's material.[3] The melody for "Trust?" originated from a melody played in rough form in early 1998, during the Ladies Night in Cambodia tour.[3] In response to claims that the lyrics of Three Dollar Bill, Yall$ were misogynistic, Durst toned down his lyrical content on this album, which he described as being more lyrically mature.[3] Fred Durst's breakup with his girlfriend inspired the songs "Nookie" and "Re-Arranged".[3]

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.[4] The song was originally titled "Shut The Fuck Up", but was retitled "N 2 Gether Now" for marketing purposes.[4] Durst also recorded a song with Eminem, "Turn Me Loose", which was left off the album.[4] Durst also recorded a song with System of a Down's vocalist Serj Tankian named "Don't Go Off Wandering". Serj's vocals only appeared on the Demo version of the song where he sang the Bridge and Ending Chorus but his vocals don't appear on the album version of the song. 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.[4] 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".[4]

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."[5] While the band was opposed to solos, they allowed John Otto to perform an extended drum solo in the middle of "Nobody Like You".[4] Scott Borland wrote string melodies for "Don't Go Off Wandering".[4]

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."[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[5]
Christgau's Consumer Guide (1-star Honorable Mention)[6]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[7]
Entertainment Weekly B[8]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[9]
NME 3/10[10]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[11]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[12]

Significant Other received largely favorable reviews from critics. Entertainment Weekly reviewer David Browne wrote, "Significant Other isn't simply modern rock; it's postmodern rock."[8] Robert Christgau gave the album an honorable mention and noted the songs "Just Like This" and "N 2 Gether Now" as highlights of the album, writing, "Give their image credit for having a sound."[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$.[5]

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."[13] Rolling Stone and its album guide awarded the album three and a half out of five stars.[12][11] 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.[14] In 2014, Revolver magazine said Significant Other was "one of the great guilty-pleasure hard-rock albums of all time", and listed it as one of ten essential nu metal albums "you need to own."[15]

Commercial performance[edit]

Significant Other climbed to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 643,874 copies in its first week of release.[4] In its second week of release, the album sold an additional 335,000 copies.[4] The band promoted the album by appearing at Woodstock 1999 and headlining the year's Family Values Tour.[4] Fred Durst directed music videos for the songs "Re-Arranged" and "N 2 Gether Now".[4]

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.[4][16] 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".[4] 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?".[4] 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."[4]

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.[4] While the performance was the subject of much controversy, the violence did not affect sales of Significant Other.[4]

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" (includes hidden track "My Billygoat" with Anita Durst)     4:36
10. "N 2 Gether Now" (featuring Method Man; includes hidden track "Everyday") Durst, Clifford Smith Chris Martin 4:49
11. "Trust?" (includes hidden track "Yeah Y'All")     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, and "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[17]
1999 Top Canadian Albums 1[17]
1999 Top Internet Albums 1[17]

Singles - Billboard (North America)

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

End of decade charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard 200[18] 83

References[edit]

  1. ^ Borow, Zev (August 1999). "...By Really, Really Trying". Spin. Spin Media LLC. p. 97. ISSN 0886-3032. 
  2. ^ "LIMP BIZKIT's FRED DURST Says He 'Really Connects' With KURT COBAIN". Blabbermouth. June 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Devenish, Colin (2000). Limp Bizkit. St. Martin's. pp. 79–94. ISBN 0-312-26349-X. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Significant Other – Limp Bizkit". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  6. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Limp Bizkit: Significant Other". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  7. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  8. ^ a b Browne, David (1999-06-18). "Significant Other". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  9. ^ Masuo, Sandy (1999-06-18). "Limp Bizkit Adds Some Depth to Its Hard-Hitting Attitude". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  10. ^ Grogan, Siobhan (1999-06-24). "Limp Bizkit – Significant Other". NME. Archived from the original on 2000-08-17. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  11. ^ a b Ali, Lorraine (1999-07-08). "Significant Other : Limp Bizkit : Review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-02-12. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  12. ^ a b Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). "Limp Bizkit". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 487. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  13. ^ "Limp Bizkit Significant Other Review - Review of Limp Bizkit Album Significant Other". Rock.about.com. 1999-06-22. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  14. ^ Strong, Martin Charles (2006). "Limp Bizkit". The Essential Rock Discography (8th ed.). Open City Books. p. 638. ISBN 1-84195-860-3. 
  15. ^ Burgess, Aaron (September 9, 2014). "10 Nu-Metal Albums You Need to Own". Revolver. NewBay Media. 
  16. ^ "Police Investigate Reports of Rapes at Woodstock". Washingtonpost.com. July 29, 1999. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ 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. 
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