Hello lurking lurkers,
How are you feeling? I am feeling quite good, really. Today it is October 24th, worldwide the Linkin Park fandom is going bonkers over something very special that happened over a decade ago. Why are they going bonkers, you ask? Well, let me attempt to explain this by telling you a tale right.
But first; Prepare yourself something to drink and to eat and then come back and sit tight. Take your time. Ready? Are you sure? Alright, then!
Allow me to share with you the tale of 6 absurdly talented idiots and what they did 15 years ago that is worthy to go bonkers for.
Once Upon A #HybridTheory15
It all started 15 years ago. Well actually no, it really started a little longer ago than that. But those previous years are… Well, they are actually a pretty important part of the story. I guess. I might as well write those previous precious years down too. To create a bigger picture or whatever. Ok then, allow me to start over.
It all started back in 1996, when 6 absurdly talented high school graduate idiots in LA California joined their ridiculously awesome forces to form the rap rock band Xero. These absurdly talented idiots are; lead guitarist Brad Delson, rapper and mutli-instrumentalist Mike Shinoda, drummer Rob Bourdon, turntablist Joe Hahn, bassist Dave Farrell and lead singer Mark Wakefield. The band began recording and producing songs within Shinoda’s makeshift bedroom studio in 1996, resulting in the release of a 4-track demo tape in 1997.
That’s when drama kicked in. The long and bumpy road to fame created tension and bitchiness among the 6 idiots. Singer Mark Wakefield didn’t stick around for long. After 4 years, he left the band and later on became the manager of another band. And Dave the bassist wasn’t around either, he was on tour with his other band. Now there were just 4 idiots left and they had to look for another singer.
That’s how they found yet another absurdly talented idiot; Chester Bennington. This guy was singing in another band called Grey Daze, but that band fell in the mud or something and thus Chester was in need to scream his lungs out elsewhere.
Chester was asked to record a few demos with instrumental material made by the band of idiots. Once they heard what Chester came up with, they were all mesmerized by the awesomeness of his creativity and of course his stupendous voice. They invited him over to meet face-to-face. Chester was actually about to celebrate his 21st birthday, or something. But because he really wanted to join the band of idiots, he skipped his own birthday. They met and shook hands. But for some absurd and mysterious reason; Mike, Brad, Joe and Rob had their panties in a bunch while figuring out whether they wanted Chester to join in with the fun. Chester had to sleep outside in his car for 3 days, waiting for their final answer! Poor guy. He could’ve gone home but thank goodness he didn’t. Because of course they couldn’t decide anything other than to welcome this stupendous singer in their band. No doubt about it, Chester completed the gang of talented idiots perfectly.
Now that they were complete with a new idiot, I mean a brilliant new singer, the band decided they also needed a new name. They came up with the name Hybrid Theory. Because they make a hybrid of all sorts of sounds. Or something like that.
Why they didn’t just name themselves The Band of Gifted Idiots is beyond me. This band name is still up for grabs if anyone happens to be reading this load of unicorn poop, though.
One second please. I am overwhelmed by these cute images of old skool Linkin Park. Would you just look at how cute and bouncy the adorable young idiots were, before they got famous. Awww, so squishy. They’re still adorable, but just awww this. Just aww. Wait. What was I doing? Oh right. Let’s move on…
The newborn vocal chemistry between Shinoda and Bennington helped revive the band’s spirit, inciting them to work on new material. The talented idiots, now going by the name Hybrid Theory, were ready to make a record together and created the self-titled “Hybrid Theory EP”. But that’s when more drama rose up in the form of legal complications with Welsh electro-pop group named Hybrid. Because their name was too similair, the absurdly talented band of idiots had to change their name once again. Talk about an identity crisis, huh? And so the band changed its name to Linkin Park, a play on and homage to Santa Monica’s Lincoln Park.
The band of brilliant idiots was in need or a record deal. After facing numerous rejections from several major record labels, Linkin Park turned to Jeff Blue for additional help. After failing to catch Warner Bros. Records on three previous reviews, Jeff Blue, now the vice president of Warner Bros. Records, helped the band sign a deal with the company in 1999.
And that’s when the band of gloriously gifted idiots otherwise known as Linkin Park released its breakthrough album, on October 24th in 2000; Hybrid Theory.
Their first single “One Step Closer” spread like fire across the globe in an era when MTV was still airing music videos. I remember it very vividly when I first had the pleasure of feasting my ears [and eyes] upon this weird video clip. I was still a teenager and came home from a very long day. I remember turning on the TV and plopping down on the couch. That’s when I saw the video. First I was tempted to flip the channel when I saw these kids in a dark alley, running into some sort of smelly sewers with these vague floating ninjas. But that’s when a band of glorious idiots starts playing their stupendous noise, led by not 1 but 2 angry vocalists; One angry blond and one fire red-haired obvious mixed-breed of shmexyness. My God, that guy is complete torture I mean beautiful I mean what a bunch of talented idiots.
The entire album represented half a decade’s worth of the band’s work. Chester the angry blond and shmexy Shinoda wrote the lyrics of Hybrid Theory based in part on early demos with Mark Wakefield. Mike describes the lyrics as “everyday emotions you talk about and think about.” Bennington later described the songwriting experience to Rolling Stone magazine in early 2002 like this:
|“||It’s easy to fall into that thing — ‘poor, poor me’, that’s where songs like ‘Crawling’ come from: I can’t take myself. But that song is about taking responsibility for your actions. I don’t say ‘you’ at any point. It’s about how I’m the reason that I feel this way. There’s something inside me that pulls me down.||”|
— Chester Bennington, Rolling Stone Magazine, 2002
The lyrical content of the songs primarily touches upon the problems that Bennington encountered during his childhood, including child abuse, constant and excessive drug and alcohol abuse, the divorce of his parents, isolation, disappointments, and the aftermath feelings of failed relationships. Stylistically, the album has been described as nu metal, rap metal and alternative metal.
Hybrid Theory was well received by music fans worldwide; the band sold more than 4.8 million records during its debut year, earning it the status of best-selling album of 2001, while singles such as “Crawling” and “One Step Closer” established themselves as staples among alternative rock radio play lists during the year.
Not to mention the epicness that is “In The End”. The moment the first notes of that track pumps out of any speaker-set, even my grandma will drop whatever she’s doing and start bouncing to it. Why? Because it is that awesome! When this song is performed live, no words can describe the overwhelming feeling of thousands of throats singing along to the words of this anthem-like song. It is something I am glad to have witnessed during a live show myself and I still am in awe to this date.
Other singles from the album were featured in movies such as Dracula 2000, Little Nicky, and Valentine. Hybrid Theory was also nominated for three Grammy Awards, including best new artist, best rock album, and best hard rock performance (for “Crawling”). MTV awarded the band their Best Rock Video and Best Direction awards for “In the End”. Through the winning of the Grammy for best hard rock performance, Hybrid Theory’s overall success had catapulted the band of stupendous idiots into the mainstream’s attention.
Hybrid Theory infected many music lovers across the globe. Now 15 years later, a lot of fans will celebrate the anniversary of Hybrid Theory. Anyone can participate at any given time today, using the #hybridtheory15 wherever on the interwebs and social media. Some will gather on Periscop, twitter, or just the official Linkin Park Forum and hit the play button at the exact time and TERRORIZE THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS with the sound of the gloriously talented idiots that have touched the hearts and lives of over 60 million fans worldwide. Maybe even more because there are fans out there who don’t have the luxury of a stable internet connection, or desire to be connected with the [anti]social media community such as F-book and the likes. But that doesn’t matter. What matters to the fans is that; it all started with 6 talented idiots 15 years ago, infecting the world with the fabulous sound of Hybrid Theory.
Many fabulously stupendous albums followed after that. Each album that followed after Hybrid Theory with its own unique roller-coaster arsenal of stupendously awesome sounds. It’s been said that they are working on a new album right now. I can’t wait for whatever my ears [and eyes] may feast upon next, hatched up together by these glorious idiots.
Holy unicorn poop, I do love them gloriously stupendously marvelous beyond nifty and talented idiots.