Every week, we dig in the archives for videos that we find noteworthy, memorable, or just unbelievably stupid. And then, Jon McMillan breaks ‘em down for you. Why Video Hangover? Because when you watch as many videos as we do, you’re going to feel it afterwards.
Limp Bizkit, 1999
Yes, this song is as dumb as you remember.
Tales of a fourth grade lyricist
Worst lyrics of the ’90s, definitely, and a contender for worst of all time. “Nookie” makes Bell Biv Devoe sound like Robert Frost. Durst really backed himself into a rhymer’s corner when he tried matching words with Nookie. Cookie? Bookie? Rookie? Dookie? And stick it up your a–? The cookie? That just doesn’t make sense. Frankly, I’m amazed he got all those people to sing along. But hey, aside from the infantile lyrics, the awful rapping, and the yelling, it’s really not that bad of a song.
Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland can best be described as:
a) a very tall, shaved Ewok
b) Manga Tom Waits
c) Keanu Reeves after a trip to the eye doctor
d) a total fucking badass
Fred Durst, Director: an appreciation
One week after world cinema lost two of its leading
lights, it seems appropriate to focus on one of the greatest nu-metal video directors of all time: Mr. Fred Durst. “Nookie,” from early in his oeuvre, introduces several significant themes that Durst would expand upon in later films, namely: man’s ability to both rap and rock at the same time; walking somewhere, for some reason; and hot “chicks” (often more than one at a time). The red baseball cap, symbolizing the ultimate futility of existence, is Durst’s constant companion, and the final sequence, in which he is taken away by the police for no apparent reason, is a devastating indictment of reason itself.