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Song by Xero from the album Xero (Demo Cassette Tape)
Released 1997
Length 3:19
Samples Laura Olsher - The Very Long Fuse
Writer Mike Shinoda, Mark Wakefield

Xero (Demo Cassette Tape) track listing
  1. Rhinestone
  2. Reading My Eyes
  3. Fuse
  4. Stick N Move

"Fuse" is the third track on the Xero 1997 cassette tape.


"Fuse" was created by Mike Shinoda and Mark Wakefield when Linkin Park was still called "Xero" and had Mark on vocals. Mike went by Kenji back in the day when he rapped with Styles Of Beyond members under the name Junkyard Scientific, hence the "Yo, it’s the junkyard, crooked letter-C-I-EN-tific" lyric.[1]

The speech heard at the beginning of the track is a sample of "The Very Long Fuse", a story narrated by Laura Olsher on Disneyland Records' 1964 album Chilling, Thrilling Sounds Of The Haunted House. Hip hop artists like N.W.A., Ice Cube and Jedi Mind Tricks have also used samples from this same album in their music.


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

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Fuse Xero 3:19 1996 1997
  • Samples Laura Olsher's "The Very Long Fuse" from Walt Disney Studios' Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House.


During a VyRT chat on April 20, 2015, Brad Delson said "Fuse" was played live before.[2] It's unknown when exactly or how many times the song was played.


  • Mike Shinoda
  • Mark Wakefield
  • Brad Delson
  • Rob Bourdon
  • Dave Farrell
  • Joe Hahn