The 5 Worst Trends Started By the Class of '99
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|Korn's Jonathan Davis|
Influenced both by the heavy grooves of Pantera and Rage Against the Machine as well as the attitude and flow of hip-hop, a new breed of rockers emerged in the late '90s armed with DJs, dreadlocks and down-tuned guitars. At the head of the movement was Korn, who titled their 1998 smash Follow the Leader as a kiss-off to the imitators.
Fred Durst and Limp Bizkit surpassed their mentors in Korn to become the big, dumb face of nü-metal in 1999 with Significant Other, a record reportedly done solely for the nookie. Kid Rock and the Deftones also broke through to the mainstream.
Zenith of Popularity: Kid Rock's Devil Without a Cause was the tenth-best selling album of 1999, right behind Ricky Martin's Ricky.
Why It Was Lame: A lot of it was whiny. The angst that fueled much of the music proved unsustainable. Many of the trappings of the genre, from rapping front men and DJs to parachute pants and "ethnic" bassists became bizarre clichés overnight. Oh, and a lot of it was just plain awful, moronic music, as pop-metal tends to be.
Where Are They Now? Korn gave dubstep a try last year and released an album with Skrillex. They headlined Buzzfest this summer. The Deftones and Kid Rock continue to successfully tour and record, albeit sounding little like they did in '99. Limp Bizkit reformed to record a few times in the past decades as increasingly fewer fans would be caught dead listening to them. Many others can be seen each month at Scout Bar.