Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water is the third studio album by American band Limp Bizkit, released on October 17, 2000, by Flip and Interscope Records. Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water received mixed reviews from critics, as Metacritic gave it a 49 out of 100. AllMusic writer Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote, "Durst's self-pitying and the monotonous music give away that the band bashed Chocolate Starfish out very quickly – it's the sound of a band determined to deliver a sequel in a finite amount of time." The Rolling Stone Album Guide awarded the album three out of five stars, whereas the magazine itself gave the album a 3.5 out of 5. Even so, Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water was listed in the book for 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, but later removed in recent editions of the book.Wikipedia
Suck a dick, Fred Durst
Hot take: this would be a semi-decent metal LP (maybe mid-tier deftones level) if you cut a few tracks and the lead singer didn't sound like Ron Stoppable.
I really only knew the name of this band and that they are from Chicago. "Intro" hit and I'm like "woah...am I a Limp Bizkit fan?" "Hot Dog" started to hit a little hard but then I found myself grooving and laughing. While this is not my preferred genre, I'm really surprised that I kind of enjoy nu-metal rap!
The biggest problem here in my mind is best represented in comparison to other Nu-Metal that I am a fan of. SOAD - Not enough melodic talent from Durst to rival Serj. Slipknot - Not enough actual edge to even get close to this sound. RATM - No real political message besides "Fuck everyone else". Linkin Park - Not nearly the same even blend of rock, hip hop, and electronic. Korn - Much heavier, and handles experimental pieces better all around. Evanescence - 2000s Goths and Emos know what I'm talking about. No authenticity in comparison here. That isn't comprehensive at all, but you can see the core issues of authenticity, talent, and meaningfulness on display. On top of that, the album suffers from major bloat, with almost every non-explicit song needing a cut. That being said, this is the junk food I grew up on, and so I do have to rate it an honest 3 for all the stuff I do like. Could be a 4 or 5 even if the right cuts were made.
So egregiously bad that, often enough, it wraps around to being funny. Made even worse/funnier that sometimes the riffs are actually good until Mr. Durst comes and opens his mouth.
i don't think i could hate this music more. How the hell is this on any list of albums you need to hear? Now i feel bad about giving Hail to the Thief 1 star, because that alsbum is light years better than this trash. Also, this is clearly the worst album cover of all time.
Before I even spin the first tune, I'll say this is a band I consciously avoided. Not sure why. Let's see if I denied myself something fabulous. Oh right... now I remember. Fred Durst may be the biggest little bitch in music. Jesus, he's insufferable. Did you know he doesn't give a fuck? I just Googled "how many times does limp bizkit say fuck on chocolate starfish," and apparently, the title track is noted as having the word "fuck" 48 times. So multiplied by 15, that's 720. So, I still listened to the album (how some of these songs have over 200 million spins on Spotify is confounding). "My Way" has something that resembles a hook, "The One" is actually not offensive or juvenile, and the blend of electronic and metal has promise, but the message in the music is so self-focused and inane, and it's so flat and uninspired, it's hard to endure. I guess some folks feel differently. Great. Makes me wish I rated When Teardrops Explode as a 2 because this sets the bar for a one-star rating. Next?
So, so bad
This whole thing is just a giant collection of garbage and it's inclusion on this list is an insult to every other artist and to every one taking part in this exercise. There is nothing about this that even makes sense, the artwork, the title, the construction of the track listing, the inclusion of two version of "Rollin'" and the Outro is just a big ol' heap of garbage. I can't believe I made it through this whole thing. I'm exhausted and need a fucking beer. Giving it one star since it won't allow me to give it anything less.
TapouT brand rap rock edgelord
I'll sue for the cover which scared the shit out of me. the music is ok
The day has come. I mean saying fuck 48 or whatever times i guess is an accomplishment. Having just listened to Rage's self titled, there are so many sonic parallels, but replacing Zach D with Fred Durst is almost a crime. So its the complete vapidity of the lyrics, coupled with Fred Durst having a voice for silent film makes me feel so down about this album. Like the instrumentals are actually pretty competent and the sonic structure is sold. It's not just the lyrics, I also don't think his voice is a good fit for this style. Rollin' is a bonafide piece of shit song. It'll Be Okay has some great hooks, and if it had Chester, I would believe that this was a Linkin Park track. Jesus, why is there a 9min outro?!
Lots of questions here... So this album was on the original list of 1001 albums, and then later pulled. Why was it put on the list? What are the qualifications of being put on this list? Furthermore? What made it get pulled off the list? Looking at Oct 2000, there were a number of albums that were released around that same time that I hold in higher regard that did not make the list. I have to wonder why they did not make the list. The album itself is not bad. There are a couple of songs I knew from previously. But I mean... Fred Durst? Really? Not exactly the most skilled artist. But hey, Limp Bizkit sells, so there must be something to it, right? There is a definite energy there. But 75 minutes of it? Nope. Just tiring. Next.
I kind of wish I hadn't been paying attention to any of the lyrics because I actually did enjoy the music here. But the words... My goodness, these guys sound like they are just SO MAD at their moms. So much whining. So very much whining. Too bad.
I listened to and loved this album in my teens. Turns out I still really like it. Banging album.
Rollin' (Urban Assault Vehicle) needs to be a war track in Warzone 2
Rap metal. A ratos me ha recordado a RATM. Venga, un 4.
Kinda decent for a meme of a band
The cover of this turned me off. The explanation of the title turned me off. So I hit 'play' fully expecting to hate this. I want genuinely surprised when I didn't. I enjoyed the anger-filled songs. The talented and catchy performances temper those hard edges. It was surprisingly good to listen to while I was working. Maybe Limp Bizkit is addressing some latent rage. This may be just the ticket the next time I want to throw a tantrum in the back seat. I went on to listen to this a second time today, except for the last two songs which the album doesn’t really need.
Actually not bad. Very much of its time, but it's easy to see why they were so popular; Fred Durst's cartoony, juvenile persona matched with punchy, compressed guitars and flawless production.
Rock album that really rocked me!! Crazy energy and I loved it. Would gladly listen to again... Some hip-hop musicalities also really caught my attention!! Really nice 4/5
Kind of my péché minion. But I spent a lot of time listening to that album and limp bizkit overall ! I really like the rap and metal mix, it's both angry and efficient. I have to admit that the mix is not always perfect but overall I really enjoy this album ! 4.25/5
Completely nostalgic review from me. I thought these guys were the coolest. I was 16 when this came out and listened to it for hours. It hasn't aged super well, but still gets the blood moving.
I'm sure it's a lot of rose-tinted glasses, but I really enjoyed listening to this album again. It ended up taking me down a rabbit hole of old nu-metal for a couple hours. I can't make a case for Fred Durst being a virtuoso or anything, but Limp Bizkit is definitely a guilty pleasure.
This album brought back more memories than I thought could be hiding in back of my jnco jeans. I was surprised how much I still enjoyed it, and I also remember Limp Bizkit seeming so angry to me, and they really do not come across that way to me as a 38 year old.
I've always had a soft spot for Limp Bizkit. In the 90s, my older brother sent me on a mall mission to find their debut album. Every CD store employee looked at me like I was speaking gibberish (I guess I kind of was...limp biscuit, three dollar bill???). A year or two later when they were massively famous, I thought Fred Durst was the coolest dude ever. I even wanted to buy the same red Yankees cap he always wore. It's fortunate I never did...I was a 14 year old, white, middle class girl from southern Ontario and I'm pretty sure I would have looked ridiculous. But damn it, in my heart of hearts, I really thought I was a badass. I never, ever listen to Limp Bizkit anymore but I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy this trip down memory lane.
It's weird to see how hatred has become nostalgia over the years. What we used to despise 20 years ago is being listened now with a mix of remembrance and a feeling of 'ok, it wasn't that bad'. This record, coming from the spectacular success of 'Significant Other' and their infamous appearance at Woodstock, takes you back at a point in time, the turning of the century, when so much things were going on and these songs happened to be part of their soundtrack. So, after all these years, hats off to Fred Durst and co
Not quite sure what's going on with the reviews and whether or not this is in the 1001 at all but I quite enjoyed it. I initially took one look at the album cover and groaned but there are a few tracks i've heard before and it actually helps knowing nothing about them or the genre. But you need to be in the mood for loud music........
Loads of songs with samples from famous other song and new lyrics. As much as I like nu metal this is a bit of a hit and miss album for me with exception of select songs. Still, would give it a go again
I did find the music catchy...the tone and content of the lyrics, not so much.
Lol I don’t remember this record being this long, it is a fun record but that’s it. Not a good effort in anyway. Third star only due nostalgia for that my way song
Dug out a mini disc for this, therefore familiarity bias. The riffs save it over 'singing' or lyrics
notes - boy oh boy - this album really starts in a way thats like “if you dont like this, you wont like the rest of it” - i have a soft spot for nu metal - the riffs on this album are SO GOOD - but fred durst just comes in to be a goof on it which works some of the time - and if you listen to ben stiller laugh for 5 minutes you get to hear a hidden track wooooow fav - my way - good blend of funny and hard hitting, chord progression in the chorus is so good least fav - the one - chiller vibe was cool but out of the quiter songs it was my least favourite enjoyed this more than i expected, if freds vocals were more serious i could see myself returning to it 3/5
3.0 - This record seems to channels the spirit of that dude who's always hanging around the gas station mart of his podunk town. He's got a cigarette hanging out the side of his baseball cap, and is often shirtless. His swings his gangly arms menacingly as he ambles around the parking lot, hyped up on Monster Energy. You keep him in your peripheral vision as you gas up your car in case he tries to pull some shit. After a final quick scan of his surroundings, he jumps in his Chevy Monte Carlo, revs the engine aggressively. As his car fades into the horizon, you hear "rollin' rollin' rollin'" tailing off from his speakers.
If I say fuck one more time, that's 46 fucks in this fucked up rhyme, he says, as he basically shows the chasm between Limp Bizkit and NIN. I mean, the rapping is terrible, and a lot of the songs sound very similar. Dmx, Meth and Red should be ashamed! But yet, there is a certain childish charm to the whole affair.
Some interesting moments. But overall couldn't get into it.
The hits are still hits. The filler is still filler.
A few years ago, I listened to ALL the top rock, pop, and alternative song playlists on Apple Music for every year from 1955 to 2018. It was interesting to listen to the ebb and flow of styles and genres at the top of the charts. I recall thinking that the early 2000s were a wasteland of angry frat boy rock at the top of the rock charts. This is a perfect example. It's an aural assault with coarse lyrics. I like a good heavy groove, but I just find the constant cursing and coarse lyrics tiring. I like some of the music, but the lyrics clearly bring it down to a 2. Thankfully this isn't in the 1001 albums anymore. Oh, and the outro made me regret my commitment to listen to every album on the 1001 albums entirely twice - stfu with your stupid looped laugh.
Oh come on, really? Durst and his limp bandmates? Pass the Kid Rock please. I mean I guess these guys were big in the nu metal movement and in 20 yr old white boys' yearning for something hip-hop(ish) that was still white (again, Kid Rock) - I know because I saw how crazy all the other white guys went at the clubs every time the rock set came on (often with a Limp Bizkit tune in there). I always felt embarrassed and usually left the floor. Just because you say f$ck 100 times a song does not make for a good album. The band is actually pretty solid. And admittedly Rollin' is a good pump up song; really, if you're looking to amp up the anger or aggression, this album is pretty good. So despite his vocals and style being annoying as hell, there's something redeeming about Durst's lyrics and energy. And there are times when I might be in the mood for this album. Still, if you're looking for nu metal, Linkin Park was far better.
2 I didn’t hate it as much as I expected to. But it’s too long to be as repetitive as it is and the nine minutes of laughing for an outro isn’t the best thing in the world
I used to like My Way but I have no idea how this got on the list.
Rapcore has its place on this list, but this is not the banner carrier that I would have picked. The Judgement Night soundtrack was the groundbreaker for me. Otherwise, you could point to some Run DMC, Beastie Boys, or Linkin Park. Even Limp Bizkit's prior album ('Significant Other') would've been more logical in my opinion. Now, with that out of my system... This is a better album that I had always assumed it was. I was completely exhausted by the celebrity drama surrounding Fred Durst at the time this album came out. Once I heard the infantile album title, I wrote the whole shebang off. The band is true to what brought them into success. Fluid energy that ebbs from chill to explosive and swaggered lyrical delivery. The tracks that show this off well (with minimal lime-light grabbing tough guy posturing from Fred) are 'The One', 'Take A Look Around', and 'Boiler'. The absolute highlights of the album 'Rollin' (Urban Assault Vehicle)' and 'Outro' are buried way at the end. Granted the first sounds more like a DMX track than a Limp track, and the latter is made by Ben Stiller, so maybe neither should count.
Like a crappier Linkin Park
Album starts out rough, Hot Dog = hot mess, mostly the vocal style in the chorus rubs me the wrong way. Things don't really improve until My Way which actually has a nice melody. Things improve from there...Livin' It Up isn't too objectionable, The One is a good song. So bottom hit an miss sounds like 2.5 stars
Not actually as bad as I expected, but not really something I see revisiting ever. It comes across as extremely juvenile, like something my 8 year old Smashing Pumpkins and The Offspring loving self would have enjoyed if I'd been allowed to listen to it. But honestly not bad musicianship. And a fuck-everything attitude that I can appreciate. But if I was in the mood for this I'd play Rage Against the Machine or something instead. 🤷
was expecting more
T3B 1. My Way 2. Take A Look Around 3. Livin’ It Up As cringy as it sounds I found myself bobbin my head while listening to this. It didn’t age well but it does have its place. 2
It's utterly overproduced (with the exception of that bizarre second half). The lyrics are vacuous when inspected. But if I'm honest those are hardly unique complaints, and I found myself shocked by how not-bad Chocolate Starfish started. As a corny white fellow myself, Durst's voice doesn't bother me so much, though the ad-libs are universally terrible. At speed at intensity, the album's not too bad. But then it extends and slows down and the long tail is appropriately underwhelming.
Appalling - one of the worst records I have ever heard.
Ovaj album je toliko jebeno loš da je to nevjerojatno. Razina lijenosti songwrittinga i čista nepatvorena glupost tekstova je baš fascinantna. Ovaj album je u trenutku izlaska bio najprodavaniji rock album u prvom tjednu u sadu s čak 1.1 milijuna primjeraka. Nije ni čudno što je cd era ubrzo došla kraju😄
chocolate starfish and the hot dog flavored water
I get that the album title is supposed to make me throw up a little each time I encounter it, but really do we have to make an effort to make the world a worse place? Same thing with the music tracks here. I won't deny that after a particularly distressing and upsetting morning that it wasn't a little cathartic to hear someone screaming "fuck" 49 times and "burn this fucker down" and so on two hours late on my way to work... But that was only 1/4 of the way through the album. And then it went on and on and on and got worse and worse and worse. Whosoever wants to hear the last track more than one miserable time? I mean really?
genuinely unlistenable. 90s nu metal was a dark period in history
God they’re annoying
I didn’t save any songs, this is the kinda album you listen to once per lifetime.
I didn’t realise this list included comedy albums!
This is just... terrible.
Why have you done this to me
Can this get zero stars?
Embarrassing. Did they think they were cool for sampling the Eagles?
Not for me.
I remember this differently. I shamefully admit that I thought some of these songs were bangers back then. Boy was I wrong. This was terrible. His voice is almost unlistenable.
Zero stars if I could
bizkit's magnum opus
Awful. Awful lyrics, awful music, awful everything. Embarrassing.
No. I refuse. You've made me listen to a Korn album and a Marilyn Manson album, and there were ways that I could reasonable criticize those albums, but I refuse to believe that any human being could be so brain damaged as to think that Limp Bizkit deserves to be represented on this list. What could I possibly be meant to take away from this other than the idea that rock music was a crucifying hellscape in the early 2000s? Jesus. I'm on the second song, and it's not just that I want to turn the album off, I'm losing the will to keep going. It's like Fred Durst just found out about NIN and the word fuck at the same time. Like, how did he think that anyone would find this interesting? What is the point of any of this? Fred Durst might be the worst lyricist I've ever heard. All of his songs are just a word salad put together from South Park episodes. Every song has basically the same sound and structure. Most of his choruses seem to be lyrics stolen from other songs in a way that suggests that Durst doesn't really get any of the music that he likes. I genuinely have nothing positive to say about this. This album should have been buried in the desert next to old copies of ET on Atari. It's really shocking the extent to which even the best elements of this album are mediocre. I'm genuinely angry that I wasted my time listening to this 1/5
The riffs are good and the guitarist is putting in WORK but the rapping is god awful. If there were any other vocals it would be a lot better but i guess it defined an era. One star for rolling tho KEEP ROLLIN ROLLIN ROLLIN ROLLIN ROLLIN
Well that was terrible -- but at least it was long.
Is it possible to give this pile of sh!t less than one star?
Comfortably the worst record I’ve ever heard. Managed three tracks and that was two too many
Most people seem to hate this just because of the Fred Durst of it all. I hate it because it's awful.
No, thank you.
Just the worst.