I just heard Limp Bizkit’s cover of the old Who song Behind Blue Eyes for the first time. Ug, I hope it doesn’t catch on. I can’t think of any time that a cover of a song has ever made me hate the original but there’s a first time for everything and if I have to be subjected to that crap a few thousand more times, this could just be it. I never thought I’d be happy to hear a song by Creed but since this time it meant that Behind Blue Eyes was over, it made my goddamn day.
I’m not even sure where to begin with talking about how bad this song is. For one thing, there’s no emotion to it at all. When Roger Daltrey sings it, you feel something and you get the idea that the lyrics mean something to him and more than that, that the song is at least somewhat meaningful to the rest of the band backing him up. When Fred Durst sings it it sounds like a guy who’s out of ideas for angry songs of his own and decides to cash in on something from years back that most people who would buy his music have probably never even heard. He’s trying to prove that he can sing too which is a bad idea considering what song he picked. If you’re going to try to prove that you can expand your horizons as a musician a good rule of thumb is to write your own songs to make your point. And don’t even get me started on the lack of heaviness in the music or for that matter, the lack of anything resembling what that song was supposed to be all about musicly. Ok, what that song was always about to me musicly anyway.
If I were either surviving member of the Who, after hearing what Fred and the gang did to my song, I’d kill myself just so I could roll over in my grave in reaction to it.