Dialate

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"Dialate"
Hybrid Theory 20th Anniversary Edition cover.jpg
Song by Linkin Park from the album Hybrid Theory (20th Anniversary Edition)
Recorded 1997
Released October 9, 2020
Format Digital, CD
Length 3:24
Samples Method Man - Meth vs. Chef (feat. Raekwon)
Writer Robert Fitzgerald Diggs, Mike Shinoda, Clifford Smith, Mark Wakefield, Corey Woods
Producer Mike Shinoda

Hybrid Theory (20th Anniversary Edition) track listing
  • Forgotten Demos:
  1. Dialate (Xero Demo)
  2. Pictureboard
  3. She Couldn't
  4. Could Have Been
  5. Reading My Eyes (Xero Demo)
  6. Rhinestone (Xero Demo)
  7. Esaul (Xero Demo)
  8. Stick N Move (Demo)
  9. Carousel (Demo)
  10. Points Of Authority (Demo)
  11. Crawling (Demo)
  12. SuperXero (By Myself Demo)

"Dialate" is a song from the Xero days that is included in the Hybrid Theory 20th Anniversary release. The title is a misspelling of "Dilate". The song was debuted on SiriusXM's "Turbo" (channel 41) on October 5, 2020 when it was temporarily converted into "Linkin Park Radio" to celebrate the anniversary of the album.[1][2]

Background

During a Q&A with fans on Linkin Park's official website, Mike Shinoda talked about the song: "Dialate was probably the first demo that... that was the start of the idea of the band. So, Mark Wakefield and I had been friends since we were about 12 or 13, we were in classes together, you know, in school. And on the weekend... at some point I went, I got a 4-track and I was already like, starting to make beats with this little sampler I had. And I, Mark came over and we would make some things and that led to making joke songs. So we'd make songs in the style of like, a mock version of like Dr. Dre or like Wu-Tang Clan or Diddy and Biggie. So we made these goofy songs, but really I, part of it was just entertaining ourselves. And part of it was like learning how a song gets put together like what, in my case with a sampler for example. Like what I have to do to imitate that kind of a beat. And eventually we took, I felt like we, in retrospect we probably learned just enough to be able to make our own thing. And Dialate was the first song with Mark really. A bunch of the songs from this package, like this Hybrid 20 package, are demos from that era, so Dialate is in there. Originally the track of A Place For My Head was originally called Esaul. E-S-A-U-L. Forgotten was originally Rhinestone. And each of these songs there's like a demo version that's from the Xero days."[3]

He was questioned about the track again on Twitch and answered, "I think we've talked about them in interviews lately. Dialate was one of the first demos that I did with my friend Mark and it was, at that point it was certainly just me and Mark. That was the band. Like there was no band. It was just me and Mark making stuff. And we made Dialate and Deftest and at some point after that Stick N Move. I think there were a couple of other tracks that we doodled, like doodled around with that we didn't release or didn't, we hated it, whatever it was, but, stuff that we didn't finish, you know. So yeah I don't know. I think most, I mean, I think most or all of that stuff is out, like it's all in the HybridTheory20 or it's in the LPU or whatever. Dialate was that early."[4]

Jeff Blue says "Dialate" was in the very first demo he heard from Xero. "The second song, with no title, incorporated a lot of hip hop. I loved the beat, the rapping was old school, and it had a simplistic guitar line with tasty harmonics that was instantly memorable. The song transitioned into an Alice In Chains-style chorus followed by a Rage Against the Machine-style guitar breakdown, with a hard-edged bridge that really impressed me." He describes the artwork as a Xerox photo of what appeared to be a mountain and the inside featured a faded photo of four band members and a close-up photo of Mike Shinoda.[5]

Mike Shinoda raps on "Dialate" under the moniker "Kenji". The only other known song where he uses the name is "Drop" from Rapology 13. According to him, he decided to stop using it because too many people heard it as "Ken G".[6]

The song contains a vocal sample of Method Man from his song "Meth vs. Chef". Since the sampled track was produced by RZA and features Raekwon, they are also credited for "Dialate". All of them are Wu-Tang Clan members.

Versions

Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Dialate (Xero Demo) Hybrid Theory (20th Anniversary Edition) 3:24 1997 October 9, 2020
  • Samples Method Man's "Meth vs. Chef".
  • Mark Wakefield on vocals.

Live

Phoenix and Rob performed a short bass/drum tease of "Dialate" at the Top Of The Pops 2003.[7]

Lyrics

References