Cure For The Itch
|"Cure For The Itch"|
|Song by Linkin Park from the album Hybrid Theory|
|Working title||Mr. Hahn / The Cure / The Cure For Mr. Hahn's Itch / Mr. Hahn's Itch|
Skull Snaps - It's A New Day|
Beside - Change The Beat (Female Version)
|Last played||June 14, 2014|
|Writer||Brad Delson, Chester Bennington, Joe Hahn, Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon|
"Cure For The Itch" is the eleventh song on the album Hybrid Theory. It is entirely instrumental, focussing on Joe Hahn's scratching and sampling abilities. The title is a joke referencing it's composition; the cure for an itch would be a scratch, which is what the song is made up of.
On a linkinpark.com chat, Mike Shinoda said, "cure for the itch was my attempt at doing a song without words. i was trying to do something that would fit into a movie"
Speaking to Rock Rage in October 2000, Mike explained how the song came together: "That particular song is something that our DJ, Mr. Hahn, and I came up with. It came from a beat that he did with the drums that he did and the strings that I arranged. From there we just kind of went off in an electronic direction that I thought was cool. And I think it turned out really well. We’re totally happy with that. The band was totally stoked about it."
In the same month, Mike was questioned by ShoutWeb if he was the person talking at the beginning of "Cure For The Itch", to which he answered: "No. It's not me! That's someone else. Go ahead. I'll give you a good name. I will tell you it's Remy. Some day you'll figure out what that means."
At the beginning of the song, it is indeed Joe who says, "folks, we have a very special guest for you tonight, I'd like to introduce..." In the version of the track on Hybrid Theory (Unmastered Studio Finals 5/7/00), Mike put heavy effects on those vocals. During the first breakdown, it is Mike who says, "now, for a lesson in rhythm management" and "alright now, wasn't that fun? let's try something else." Mike re-recorded that vocal part specifically for the Download Festival 2014 performance of Hybrid Theory in full. The version of "Cure For The Itch" at that show was remixed - he also used the Hybrid Theory (Unmastered Studio Finals 5/7/00) intro of the song.
During an interview with Dynamic Rock earlier that year, Mike had said: "Mr. Hahn has a split personality named Remy. Remy is a dangerous man. He keeps the rest of us on our toes."
Joe later went on to say "'Remy' is a lie. Some idiot made that up."
The strings at the end of the song are featured at the beginning of the "High Voltage (Mike Shinoda Remix)." Mike was asked about this in July 2020 on Twitch, where he said, "So I had this rack mounted keyboard unit and I forget what it was, it was a Roland keyboard unit with these certain string sounds and I used those on a few songs at the time. I forget which ones I used it on. I used it on those two, I think I used them on "By Myself." I used them a couple of times, so that's why that sound popped up, because I liked that sound and I used it on a few things."
The version of "Cure For The Itch" on the Hybrid Theory (Unmastered Studio Finals 5/7/00) CD from May 2000 features different scratching and voice effects. The intro of this version of the song was used by Linkin Park when they performed Hybrid Theory in full at the Download Festival in 2014. It started the "Cure For The Itch" remix version that was played. For more information, see the Live Section.
Linkin Park released a remix of "Cure For The Itch" on Reanimation in July 2002 titled "Kyur4 Th Ich". The track was remixed by Joe, where he is credited as "Chairman Hahn." This remix samples "Step Up" and "Points Of Authority" by Linkin Park as well as "Name Of The Game" by The Crystal Method.
A minute long music video for "Cure For The Itch" was created and released on Frat Party At The Pankake Festival in 2001. The video was directed by Brian Won and Joe Hahn with animation by Brian Won.
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
|Cure For The Itch||Hybrid Theory||2:37||2000||October 24, 2000||
|The Cure||Studio Finals 5/7/00||2:35||2000||
|Kyur4 Th Ich||Reanimation||2:32||2001||July 30, 2002|
|Cure For The Itch (Live From Perth, 2007)||Hybrid Theory - Live Around The World||1:43||October 18, 2007||May 31, 2012||
|Cure For The Itch (Live At Download Festival 2014)||Hybrid Theory - Live At Download Festival 2014||2:50||June 14, 2014||August 12, 2014|
"Cure For The Itch" was often used as an opener for Linkin Park shows in 2000. Throughout the first half of the year, Joe would perform an abbreviated version of the song, which would then be followed normally by "Papercut". The song was dropped midway through the Kottonmouth Kings' "Ridin' High" Tour, where "A Place For My Head" took the reigns as the opening song. The song returned for the very first shows of 2001 on the Hybrid Theory European Promo Tour, where a more complete version of the song was played than 2000, yet still not the full song. After that mini tour, the song was dropped and only appeared once more in 2001, in the encore of the band's show in London, England. When questioned about the song, Mike said, "we don't do cure for the itch right now, because it kinda would break up the momentum of the show."
The song did not return to Linkin Park setlists for six years, in 2007 on the Projekt Revolution tour during the Minutes To Midnight touring cycle. A brand new remixed version of the song appeared as the opener of the encore in Set B. At the very end of the tour, when the band began performing a hybrid setlist known as Set D, the song was moved to the second slot in the encore, as "The Little Things Give You Away" became the new encore opener. This carried over to Set B on the following Minutes To Midnight Asian Tour, as well. The song returned mid-way through 2008, on the second Minutes To Midnight European Tour of the year, in Set Z, where the remixed version of it yet again opened the encore. The song was performed on Projekt Revoltuion 2008, in that tour's iteration of Set Z, where it opened the first encore. The song was eventually added to Set Y as well, replacing "We Made It" after Busta Rhymes was forced to leave the tour due to his record label, where the song opened the second encore. Eventually, in Set Z, the song was moved up to open the second encore, as well.
Part of the song was performed on The Hunting Party World Tour, where it was featured in Joe's solo. When the band performed Hybrid Theory in its entirety at the Download Festival, "Cure For The Itch" was performed in full for the first time. This version of the song was a remix by Mike and featured his new vocal recordings in place of his original ones, along with the Hybrid Theory (Unmastered Studio Finals 5/7/00) intro of the song (effected Joe vocals instead of clean Joe vocals).
While the song was only performed at Download in 2014, a shortened version of "Cure For The Itch" was considered in the first draft the 2014 set.
Last Updated: September 27, 2015
|Type||Description||First Played||Last Played|
|Alternative||2000 Abbreviated Version||July 24, 2000*||October 6, 2000*|
|Alternative||2001 Abbreviated Version||January 10, 2001*||June 4, 2001|
|Alternative||Minutes To Midnight Tour Version||July 29, 2007||August 31, 2011|
|Alternative||w/ Mike Vocal Samples||June 14, 2014||June 14, 2014|
Dates marked with an asterisk (*) indicates first known appearance of the variation. The date may not be the exact debut or final performance of the variation.
- Chester Bennington: vocals
- Rob Bourdon: drums, backing vocals
- Brad Delson: guitars, bass, backing vocals
- Joseph Hahn: records, sampling, backing vocals
- Mike Shinoda: emcee, vocals, beats, sampling
- Don Gilmore: producer
- Jeff Blue: executive producer
- Andy Wallace: mixer
Folks, we have a very special guest for you tonight.
In Other Media
- "Cure For The Itch" is featured in the 2004 film Riding Giants.
- Linkin Park Central [prp interview], 2000
- Jan.11_2002chat, January 11, 2002
- Shoutweb Interview 2000 - Mike Shinoda Clan
- Linkin Park Web
- LPLive: Mike Q&A Summary 7/29/2020, July 29, 2020
- linkinpark.com chat 010710, July 10, 2001