Love em or hate em, Limp Bizkit once ruled the musical world. And one of the tracks that helped them reach that pedestal, as well as put them on the map was their cover of George Michael's 'Faith'.
It turns out that the Bizkit had been performing 'Faith' since their formation back in 1994, "We like to do really aggressive versions of cheesy pop hits" explained lead singer Fred Durst. We almost didn't get the now famous version of 'Faith' as Ross Robinson (producer of Three Dollar Bill, Y'all) wasn't impressed with it until the band added the DJ scratching and heavier drumming, and didn't want it on the debut album at all.
If you've somehow managed to have never of heard 'Faith', I'm actually really impressed. Limp Bizkit's version starts off pretty tame, almost sounding like the original until the chorus hits, when the tempo shifts up a gear and the band's aggressive nature comes to the foreground
It has been twenty-two years since this cover was released and I can't quite think of how time has been to this tune, part of me still considers it to be a classic that has to be turned up every time it comes on. But another part of me is a little tired of it and turns it down, or in rare cases off completely. I guess it really depends on the mood.
You might be asking why I've included Limp Bizkit's 'Faith' in my Awesome Covers series if I only love it half the time? Well it's because of what it accomplished for the band. It helped push them into the eyes and ears of thousands, if not millions of new fans, who then gravitated to the brand new sound.
Thus 'Faith' helped create the monster that became late nineties early noughties Limp Bizkit.
Written by Dan.
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