They were the first band signed to Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst's label, Flawless. Scantlin was headed to New Orleans to manage his stripper girlfriend's career, when Durst got a hold of his demo.
Prior to Puddle of Mudd, Upchurch played in a band with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. Scantlin was a construction worker.
Their influences include Tom Waits, Queen, Pantera, and Alice in Chains.
The band first played together at a Vivid Video porn party. They were paid with DVDs and tapes.
Their name comes from when they lived in Missouri and the Mississippi River would flood. They couldn't rehearse because their rehearsal space was a puddle of mud.
Scantlin has nodules in his throat from too much screaming and smoking. His doctor, though, advised him not to get them removed because it could alter his singing voice.
Ardito says the moment he wanted to be a musician was when he went to a J. Geils Band show and saw Peter Wolf's gigantic hickey. Scantlin's moment came at a Van Halen show, for which he skipped a soccer game. He got kicked off the team.