Limp Bizkit was all over the news this summer. Unfortunately for them!
An HBO documentary about Woodstock ’99 spent a lot of time on Bizkit frontman Fred Durst’s incendiary antics at the festival, which is legendary for the chaos, rioting, and violence that unfolded over the course of the weekend. For better or worse, the singer, famous for red baseball caps and, well, angry screaming, became emblematic of white male rage at the turn of the century.
Of course, it’s twenty years later, and neither Limp Bizkit nor Fred Durst has the same profile these days. And judging by his most recent appearances, he doesn’t even have the red hat anymore. No, Durst is a dad now, and he looked the part in photos that surfaced from the band’s most recent performances. But seeing Limp Bizkit isn’t the same as hearing them, and now the band is back with a new song: Dad Vibes. Which is exactly what Durst is giving off these days.
This summer, when he unveiled his new look – and this new song – at Lollapalooza, he attempted to distance the band from the recently revisited debacle in the summer of 1999. “Let me make this clear: This is not Woodstock ‘99. Fuck all that bullshit,” he told the crowd.
The “Dad Vibes” of the title are on full display in the video for the song, the band’s first since 2011, which features Durst’s softly-coiffed, silver-haired head – and Jean-Claude Van Damme? – spanning the screen as he and his band do the rap-rock thing. It definitely sounds like Limp Bizkit, even if instead of discussing nookie Durst may or may not be shading his two kids (both of whom are probably older than you were when you first heard Limp Bizkit).
“Can’t live with’m, can’t live without’m, new kid back on the block with a R.I.P, Dad got the sag in the bag with a drop, come and get a sip.”
Honestly, I have no idea what he’s talking about or what he’s offering a sip of. Hopefully not hot-dog flavored water.
Check it out: