Fred Durst in the Nookie video

This rare, behind-the-scenes footage of Limp Bizkit’s Nookie shows why it remains nu metal’s most chaotic video

Limp BizkitThe meteoric success of the late 90s and early 2000s allowed them to produce some of the most obnoxious and jaw-dropping videos of the nu metal era. Whether it’s the iconic performance of the Twin Towers of To rollthe hilarious Impossible mission attachment of Take a lookdisguise and games My path or, uh, Fred Durst shout out to Thora Birch in the woods for eat you alivethe Jacksonville icons have always been careful to make an impression when it came to bringing their music to life on screen.

Nothing, however, has ever matched the chaos, energy and excitement of the tumultuous video for nook. Shot on Long Island in the spring of 1999, the lead single from the band’s second album, My half, saw Durst et al camping out in an alley with a small stage, a crowd of crazed fans, a handful of the band’s “Bizkette” dancers, and a film crew. No wild gimmicks, no high concepts, no nonsense: just one of the most well-rounded live bands of the day causing absolute pandemonium on the streets of New York.

“It’s real, it’s happening,” Durst remarks in an official behind-the-scenes clip shot for MTV that you can now watch on Youtube. The rapper goes on to explain his original concept behind the nook video, adding, “I came up with the idea for this guerrilla campaign. Just show up, set up in an alley or on top of a building, and play.”

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