Break Stuff

Album: Significant Other (1999)
Charted: 123
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Songfacts®:

  • "Break Stuff" is a provocative thought experiment examining our primitive impulses in the context of Malthusian theory.

    Just kidding. It's about breaking stuff.

    Limp Bizkit was predicated on rage, giving the middle finger (often literally) to anyone and anything that tried to bring them down. This song is a clear expression of that rage, with lead singer Fred Durst explaining his coping mechanism for dealing with a bad day.
  • This was the last single from Limp Bizkit's breakthrough album, Significant Other. They made their impact in the summer of 1999 with the first single, "Nookie," and kept the momentum going for over a year. "Break Stuff" was big in the summer of 2000, a few months before their next album appeared: Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water. By the time nu metal died down, Limp Bizkit had sold over 15 million albums just in America.
  • By this time, Limp Bizkit were huge on MTV, which toed the line between teen pop, hip-hop, and testosterone-laced rap-metal. The "Break Stuff" video, directed by Fred Durst, was big on the network, which favored videos with lots of famous people. In "Break Stuff," you'll see Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Jonathan Davis of Korn, Derek Jeter, Pauly Shore, Roger Daltrey, Lily Aldridge and Aaron Lewis of Staind.
  • This won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock Video, beating out "Sleep Now In The Fire" by Rage Against the Machine. In protest, Rage bass player Tim Commerford came on stage and climbed the set, drawing attention away from Limp Bizkit's win.
  • Deep into their set at Woodstock '99, Limp Bizkit played "Break Stuff," and the crowd obliged, tearing apart anything they could find (mostly plywood from barriers that they turned into surfboards). This was the evening of day 3 of the 4-day festival, which was held in stifling heat on an abandoned Air Force base. By the time Limp Bizkit took the stage, the crowd - mostly guys in their 20s - were worked up over the poor conditions and had turned aggressive. The extensive property damage and increasing lawlessness did not stop the show: Rage Against the Machine and Metallica followed, and the next day the festival continued. By the time Red Hot Chili Peppers took the stage, the crowd was burning the stuff they broke the night before. They fanned the flames by doing a cover of the Jimi Hendrix song "Fire."

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  • Luna Loud from Royal Woods, MichiganNothing too deep, but a good song to rage out to when you're pissed.
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