Fred Durst Calls All His Mistakes ‘Blessings’

Limp Bizkit frontman looks back on band's career and likes what he sees.

If it were up to Fred Durst, Limp Bizkit’s just-released Greatest Hitz would include another word in the middle of the title: Radio.

“We don’t necessarily think they’re the greatest just because they were the most popular, but that’s what greatest-hits records are,” the frontman said. “I just think it’s a cool collection of songs that were touching a lot of people at one point.”

In general, Durst has mixed feelings about the compilation, which he said his record label is forcing him to promote. He’d rather be releasing one of the band’s already finished new albums and he’s worried that it’s wrongly signaling that Limp are cashing in (see “Fred Durst Says Limp Bizkit Are About To Bring On The Gravy” ). But he’s also proud to look back at what Bizkit accomplished.

“Nobody ever thought it was gonna turn into selling one record, let alone selling a lot of records,” Durst said. “It was a bizarre journey to this Greatest Hitz record and we made a lot of friends and fans and experienced things we could’ve never comprehended before Limp Bizkit. I’m grateful for everything, and if I could do it all again I’d do it. The mistakes we’ve been able to make, or I’ve been able to make, have all been blessings for me because I got to make some of the greatest mistakes and I love that because it’s helped me grow. So I guess this Greatest Hitz record is just a tribute to what that was all about.”

Along with 14 of Limp Bizkit’s most popular singles, including “Faith,” “Nookie” and “Rollin’ (Air Raid Vehicle),” Greatest Hitz features three previously unreleased tracks. Two of the tunes were leftovers from Results May Vary, while the third is a newly recorded trip-hop mash-up cover of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home” and the Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony.”

“I just think that those are two cool songs,” Durst said. “When we do covers we don’t really know what we’re gonna do, we just kind of hear it the night before and go, ’Let’s go do it.’ I thought it turned out pretty cool because it’s not rock and roll, it’s different than what the original song ’Home Sweet Home’ was.”

The other new tracks, “Why” and “Lean on Me,” are two of Durst’s favorites from Limp’s recording sessions just after guitarist Wes Borland left the band (he has since returned). That material was later scrapped in favor of heavier rock when Mike Smith joined the band, but Durst said the songs recorded during those sessions will eventually be released as an album.

“I like ’Why’ a lot,” he said of the haunting, semi-acoustic tune. ” ’Why’ is one of those songs where if you didn’t know it was Limp Bizkit you would just enjoy the song and maybe identify with some of the vocals, ’cause I think everybody questions the pain in life and why people have to die. This song means a lot to me. And I really like that type of music too. It’s scary, a lot of Limp Bizkit fans are not gonna be prepared for that song, I don’t think, and that’s one of the things I loved about Limp Bizkit. We always did what everybody didn’t want us to do. And we always gave them exactly what they weren’t predicting and I think that creates chaos in a place where you’re left to make your own decisions.

“I think a lot of our core fans really wanted some more heavy material, and we have tons of it in the can that we haven’t ever let anybody hear. But I think on the Internet you hear so many requests for one type of thing it just feels better to do the opposite,” he added.

For a feature on Bizkit, check out “Limp Bizkit: What Happened?”