If you grew up in the 90s you most likely remember the short-lived Nu Metal craze. Propelled by MTV and the golden age of music videos these bands topped the charts with hits like “Nookie” and “Freak on a Leash”.
Led by angsty frontmen like Jonathan Davis and Fred Durst these bands combined heavy metal music with rap to create something that every angry white guy could mosh to. Popular music groups during this period.
- Limp Bizkit
- Kid Rock
The nu metal era was highlighted by such atrocities as Jnco Jeans, chain wallets, baggy shirts, and flat-brimmed backwards caps. White kids from the suburbs suddenly became “hip” and the lines between city and suburban fashion where blurred forever.
The Vans warped tour was something of a revolutionary idea; combine high adrenaline sports like skateboarding and BMXing with the sonic booms of heavy metal and rap. Bands would perform in front of thousands of people while professional skateboarders ripped it up on the halfpipe next to them. Nu Metal is also credited with ruining the Woodstock name after Limp Bizkit’s “Give Me Something To Break” incited riots where concertgoers destroyed property and burned sets to the ground.