We all know by now that Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst can rage against the machine with the best of ’em, but what did he groove to way before Significant Other, his band’s freaky stew of rap-metal, hit No. 1? Oh, you know, typical headbanger fodder like Grandmaster Flash, the Bee Gees, and Donna Summer. But the one thing that really made him want to break stuff was a bit more conventional — at least by heavy-alt standards: Jane’s Addiction’s 1988 album, Nothing’s Shocking.
”I listened to that record nonstop every single day — I didn’t listen to anything else for a solid year. It ruled my life. It was just the most numbing mindscape I’ve ever experienced and I was mesmerized by Perry Farrell. It was a time when I was experimenting with marijuana, trying to create bands, skating, and DJing. Nobody believed in me and I was such a loser in everyone’s eyes. It made me step out of myself and really analyze being alive, what I needed to do with my life, who I needed to be. If that was acid, I overdosed on it. That record, man, it made me hit reality and I’m all about reality.”