Trivia: Linkin Park

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  • "Session" and "Cure for the Itch" was used in a video for Apollo Anton Onno's background for the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics, respectively.

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  • Black Sheep Hit: "Breaking The Habit", an electronic song without distorted guitars in it, and "Numb", a ballad. Both from their album Meteora, and both would substantially influence the direction they would take afterwards. Notably, neither song features Mike Shinoda on lead vocals, and it contributed to the perception of Chester as the frontman.
  • Contractual Purity: Some Moral Guardians cried foul when the band began to use profanity on Minutes to Midnight, after releasing the notably profanity-free albums Hybrid Theory and Meteora.
  • Creator Backlash: To celebrate Hybrid Theory's ten-year anniversary, the band announced that they'll never play fan-favorite "Runaway" again, citing it as the worst song they ever wrote.
    • Averted in that the band has to come to terms with their past and they have begun playing "retired" songs, like "Runaway", during their Living Things world tour, as this album is seen as a melding together of the group's old and new.
    • They've also grown wearing of "Crawling," now that they've become aware of it's memetic status of mocking Wangst.
    • They had this attitude towards their nu metal related material, which is why they dedicated themselves sound anything but that. Chester even outright stated that he hated the genre. They have since lightened up on it a bit, and reintegrated elements of their old material into their new albums. In fact, Chester even came to turns with the nu metal label, even saying he liked Limp Bizkit.
  • Creator Breakdown: Chester Bennington's. Sexual abuse, divorced parents, and drug addiction, all before he was eighteen.
    • Coupled with Manly Tears: On several occasions, when they attempted to play "Breaking the Habit" live, he broke down and cried. However, it's interesting to note that while the song's subject matter fits in line with Chester's past, the lyrics were penned by Mike without Chester's input.
    • A specific example lies in "Bleed it Out": the lyrics were rewritten numerous times, resulting in the opening line "Here we go for the hundredth time..."
  • Directed by Cast Member: Joe has directed almost all of their music videos.
  • Doing It for the Art: Why they've changed their musical style so many times. They're afraid of repeating themselves and are dedicated to expanding as many musical horizons as possible.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: During the Hybrid Theory period, Mike would often dye his hair red or blue. Less obvious to people was the fact that Chester dyed his hair blond during that period. Both of them reverted to their natural colors, black and dark brown respectively from Meteora onwards.
  • Executive Meddling: The band wanted to shift styles more drastically for Meteora (as evidenced by the many electronic demos from that period released on Underground volumes) but the record company wanted more nu-metal. As a result, the album was something of an compromise between the two styles. This seems to have been a good thing - the album's most acclaimed track is "Breaking The Habit", a track based on an electronic instrumental Shinoda had put a lot of effort into. Had they made the whole album in this style, they would have alienated older fans, and had they not included it, might not have convinced the record company they could be successful with more like it.
    • There are hints that "What I've Done" was written purely because the record company didn't see a suitable single on "Minutes To Midnight". The fact the band had written almost 150 songs before this means this could be likely. In the documentary "Meeting Of A Thousand Suns", Shinoda says that the album's first single 'doesn't have to be some 'What I've Done shit'.
    • Actively discussed by guest artist Rakim in the bridge of Guilty All the Same, explaining how much the trope has ruined the Rock and Rap music scene in the past few years.
    • Chester revealed in a Scuzz TV interview that, while recording "Hybrid Theory", execs wanted to fire Mike and make him the sole frontman. Chester outright refused because he knew if Mike was fired (as the band's primary songwriter and producer), the rest of the band would walk out with him and Chester would be out of a job.
  • He Also Did: In addition to the above, Joe was behind a short film entitled The Seed.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: There are plenty of acclaimed underground rappers present on Reanimation, such as Pharoahe Monch, Chali 2na and Black Thought as well as fellow nu-metal alumni Jonathan Davis and Aaron Lewis of Staind.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The Xero Demo Tape. When people were requesting the band to play the track "Reading My Eyes" live in 2006, the band members were up for it, but didn't have any copies of the song at hand, as they were on tour. So Shinoda searched the internet and downloaded the EP from a fansite. The band then learnt the song from the mp3. Since Shinoda has released other Xero era demos since then, it is entirely possible he still has the tape and its masters at home but didn't have access to them at that point.
    • Since the band is unlikely to ever officially release "She Couldn't", it also is this.
  • Old Shame: Chester feels this way about "One Step Closer" because of the 'shut up' section earning him so much infamy. He has said it is his least favorite song the band has done.
  • One of Us:
  • The Pete Best: Who the hell is Mark Wakefield again?
  • Promoted Fanboy: Mike after working with Rick Rubin, the man behind some of his favorite albums such as Raising Hell. While recording A Thousand Suns, he had a nerdgasm after getting to play with the same 808s drum machine used on that album.
    • One of their songs being used for a Gundam video game probably got a Squee out of at least one of the guys.
  • Shout-Out: Dave going by "Phoenix" began as a joking reference to Mystery Men, which stuck.
  • Throw It In: A partial example with "Bleed it Out". The song's working title was "Accident" due to Brad flubbing the original riff. The rest of the band liked his screw-up and that became the new riff.
  • Trolling Creator: The band's co-vocalist Mike Shinoda has had shades of this in the last few years. Teasing snippets of new songs only leading to unrelated YouTube videos or claiming that a band member had quit. Recently Mike sent a link out on Twitter touting new pictures from the upcoming fifth album. When clicked, the link sends fans to a picture of a Troll doll.
    • Don Gilmore (producer of "Hybrid Theory") got in on this a little bit with idiotic record executives. Chester told a story about an exec listening to a track, and saying he didn't like it. Gilmore replied "Wait, let me do something" and turn one of the knobs slightly up. The exec said "That's much better! The track is great!" All Gilmore did was turn the volume up slightly.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • "Breaking the Habit" was originally conceived as an instrumental lasting over ten minutes. It was recorded at a more sane length, dubbed "Drawing" and eventually made it onto the ninth LPU EP.
    • There were several more artists lined up to remix tracks for Reanimation, including Prince Paul, Z-Trip and Tricky.
  • The Wiki Rule: Yep.