How Fred Durst saved rock & roll
That is right, you read the heading correctly. I think that Fred Durst saved rock & roll. OK maybe not really saved rock & roll music; but more of the lifestyle. Which is important; the lifestyle that is. What would be the point of dreaming to be a musician if there was not sex, drugs and other debauchery? OK, well maybe artistic integrity; but even guys like Led Zepplin and Jimi Hendrix had that, along with all the nonsense.
Yet, as grunge killed the golden days of hair metal, we saw a rise in the socially conscious rock star. Whiny guys like Eddie Vedder, and Billy Corgan flooded the airways with their self loathing anthems, and killed the days where rock stars were supposed to be careless, and have no regard to hotel furniture. No longer was it about having a good time, or losing your best girl. Battles with Ticketmaster, and saving the peach trees became more important. Frankly that is just lame.
Enter William Fredrick Durst; the man who killed grunge and brought back the lifestyle. Now we can not let dear ‘ol Freddie take all the credit, but he was the front man of the most popular nu-metal bands; Limp Bizkit. Along with bands like Papa Roach, Linkin Park, and Korn nu-metal successfully killed grunge. No longer were songs about saving the rain forrest, they were about doing it all for the “Nookie” and “Adidas” (for those of you not aware of this Korn classic; please look up the meaning). Granted there was a spin on the old version of sex drugs and rock & roll; it was not really the same messaging as it was in the hair metal days; nonetheless the fun was back.
And that is what rock & roll is all about; having fun. It is about being loud and out of control and not watching what you say. I want it loud and I want it fast is the saying here, it isnt I want it loud and want to hear your opinion about how we should do things the right way.
But of course this is just a rant.
Originally posted on April 27, 2010 at Matt Vahle’s personal site: