I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Limp Bizkit front-man Fred Durst. I'd spent the last week and a half anticipating the interview - I'll admit that I had butterflys in my stomach when I called him up. When I first began to dial his number I actually felt a little spurt of urine come out, so I ran to the bathroom to let it all out. Luckily I live over seas so there were still plenty of digits left for me to punch in! LOL!
Through e-mail he had told me to call him at 10:30 PM his time, which is 7:30 AM over here, so I stayed up all night listening to my extensive Bizkit collection while smoking joints and playing Super Mario Bros (the original of course). After fucking up the 12 digit phone number a couple times I finally got through...
FRED DURST: Yeah... what's up? Who is this?
DESTROY ALL CELEBRITIES: Hey Fred this is Snorre - calling to do the interview?
FD: Oh hey dude how you doin' man.
DAC: Good good, just wanna say thanks for taking time from your busy schedule to talk with us.
FD: Don't sweat it bro (laughs).
DAC: Anyways, let's cut the B.S. and get to the interview.
FD: Sure thing.
DAC: So, tell me about the new album, The Truth. Why the sudden change in styles? You went from Behind Blue Eyes to this. What's the reason?
FD: Well basically Behind Blue Eyes was me getting a paycheck. Like much of my career, it was simply a stolen idea used as a cheap cash in. It was bullshit basically. I really dug the video though. Working with Halle Berry was simply an amazing experience. She's a really great actress - I mean have you seen the way she can cry a single tear on the spot? She's brilliant man. That song isn't about art, it's just pop music.
Yeah, I can be a pop star if i want to. I got enough talent to dominate all of MTV if I wanted to. But that's just not the way I want to go about things y'know? The Truth is just that - it's the truth man! It's the real shit man. From the bottom of my heart man. I was tired of doing music just for the bucks, I wanted to do something real and like underground. Brutal heavy shit. Obviously we were inspired by Rage - I mean it sounds exactly the same. In short this album is just an attempt to snatch the fan base and credibility that we've lost over the years.
DAC: Interesting stuff, Fred. Moving on - rumor has it that you've battled against OCD (Editor's note: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) throughout your life. Is this true, and if so, how has it effected your career?
FD: It's tough man, it makes touring hell. It's something I've struggled with for a long time. I'm still coming to terms with it. But I'd actually rather not talk about it, if that's OK.
DAC: That's fine, I can totally respect that. Next question: you recently had a homemade porn video stolen from your computer. There has been a lot of controversy stemming from this, both from the ensuing legal battle and speculation as to whether or not the whole thing was just a publicity stunts. What was this experience like for you?
FD: Man nothing pisses me off more than when people accuse me of intentionally leaking that video. I mean shit man, have you seen the thing? If that was you in the video would you want the whole world to see it? Why would anybody want to put themselves through that. I mean, I'm no Peter North, I'll be the first to admit that. And I'm not just talking about the whole gay porn thing. Do you realize the damages this whole thing has done to me? Thats why I'm suing for 80 mill. It's not about the money, it's about the damages. I'm hurting man. How am I supposed to keep up the tough guy rockstar image when everybody in the world has seen my hairy gut and disappointingly average at best penis? That's also why I did the Truth album. It's all my insecurities and anger leaking out in a pure rage against the penis.
DAC: Fascinating. I've noticed that there seems to be an overwhelming presence of psuedo-homosexual themes in your album titles ("Three Dollar Bill", "Significant Other", "Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavored Water"). What's the reasoning behind this.
FD: What can I say man. We've always tried to appeal to the whole fratboy demographic. What better way to bond with them then share our hidden love of men?
DAC: Well put. OK, last question. Will you touch my balls and my ass?