Back around the turn of the century – well over a decade before being announced for Download Festival 2011 – Wes Scantlin’s demo tape found its way into Fred Durst’s undoubtedly jizzy mitts. The Puddle Of Mudd frontman’s band had just split up after one album, so the Limp Bizkit frontman helped put together a new line-up.
They were signed to Interscope and sold five million copies of their second debut album, Come Clean. FIVE MILLION.
There were three passable post-grunge songs on Puddle Of Mudd’s 2001 album Come Clean. Honest. To prove that they were good songs, Scantlin and co spent loads of money making videos with real stories for fans to connect with.
This was a song about Wes Scantlin having a barney with his missus in a cool red truck. She was driving and told him to, “GET OUT!” He starts walking home but she comes back for him because Wes Scantlin has control of her. And he likes the way she smacks his bum bum. This happened to me once.
“I love the way you look at me
I love the way you smack my ass
I love the dirty things you do
I have control of you”
This is a song about needing glasses but being too vain to actually go to to the optician. Not really! It’s actually about how much Wes Scantlin likes Led Zeppelin and his son. He misses the poor little blighter. And with his blonde hair they are so much alike! It’s definitely your kid, Wes. This happened to me once.
“Everything’s so blurry
And everyone’s so fake
And everybody’s so empty
And everything is so messed up”
FACT: That’s actually his kid in the video.
FACT: Some guitar magazine made this one of the Top Ten Riffs Of The Decade. WTF??
She Hates Me
Nah, sorry – my mistake. This song is total guff. Everything about it is guff. The music. The lyrics. The band. Everything. I actually thought it was a joke the first time I heard it. This happened to me once. Hang on…
“She fucking hates me
She fucking hates me
La la la love”
Also, they played the Main Stage at Reading & Leeds Festival in 2002. Five million albums. Fuck.