Interview with Fred Durst - Rolling Stone Issue 807
by Lorraine Ali
So, what did you do last night?
Fred: I was watching the Mike Tyson fight at Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russellís house. I know Goldieís daughter Kate Hudson.
Would that have happened before you became famous?
Fred: Fuck no. This kinda shit I get off on. Iím at parties with Jack Nicholson, Dana Carvey. Iím at places where they hang out - Iím on all the A lists. You get rock-star parking.
Why do people think youíre a thug?
Fred: Cause my musicís loud - because I scream and explode - people think Iím gonna be walking around beating up people, drinking, doing coke, fucking all these chicks. But I donít drink, I donít smoke, Iím celibate.
What do you mean by celibate?
Fred: Well, not for the rest of my life, but I donít fuck around anymore. I really want to find the girl Iím going to marry. I think I just fucked too much when I was younger. I abused it with all my old girlfriends - weíd fuck five times a day.
Címon, youíre always playing to the girls, signing breasts and carrying on.
Fred: I play up the pimp thing on purpose. Like, when Iím on MTV, these chicks are fanning and massaging me. Itís not like I attracted Ďem off the street. We fucking hired Ďem. I want everybody to be thinking Iím having the time of my life, but Iím single and miserable. Iím lonely. Iím experiencing the best things in my life, with no one there to share them. Iím a hopeless romantic. Iím not the stereotypical rock star. People are having a problem that Iím not fitting my image, and theyíre obviously not listening to the lyrics.
But they do say that your lyrics are misogynous.
Fred: Thatís because I said the words "whore" and "bitch". My whole record is about my girlfriend who put me through the ringer for three years and my insecurity about it. It became this big thing.
You were a rap-loving kid at a predominantly #800000 Southern junior high school. You must have caught some flak.
Fred: All the time. Back then it was a big deal to be hanging with #800000 kids, rapping, break dancing, beat boxing. My white friends loved A Flock of Seagulls and Ratt. Then the Beasties came out and all my preppy white friends were like, "Oh, rapís cool."
How do you feel about your labelís pay-for-play radio ad now?
Fred: It worked, but itís not the cool of a thing. Some stationís wonít play your shit even though kids want it, so we had to pay to get Ďem to play it. We were on the cover of the New York Times. It couldnít have been better, I was like, "Ah! What the fuck did I do?" But the name Limp Bizkit got on MTV; it got in the paper. Even after the [paid radio] time expired, we stayed at Number One.
Now that your cover of "Faith" is a big hit, have you gotten any feedback from George Michael?
Fred: I heard that he loves the song. We asked him to perform "Faith" with us on New Yearís, but George thought he might come off looking funny. I wouldnít make fun of him. I grew up on his stuff, from the Wham! Days. He always looked good, had supermodels in his videos. I didnít know he was gay - that didnít matter to me.
The song you did with Korn, "All in the Family" was pretty homophobic.
Fred: I called Jon [Davis of Korn] a fag, he called me a fag. We were just poking fun at each other. We didnít mean it in any homophobic way. But, of course, itís another reason to not like this obnoxious band, this guy who starts riots at shows, stage dives, pulls chicks onstage, tells promoters to kiss his ass. You gotta hate this guy. Well, I hope it turns into this guy you love to hate.