High Voltage

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"High Voltage"
Album-Hybrid Theory EP.jpg
Song by Hybrid Theory from the album Hybrid Theory EP
Recorded 1999
Released 1999
Length 03:30
Time signature 4/4
Key A Minor
Live debut January 26, 2001
Last played September 16, 2001 (Linkin Park)
September 8, 2015 (Fort Minor)
Writer Brad Delson, Joseph Hahn, Mike Shinoda
Producer Mike Shinoda

Hybrid Theory EP track listing
  1. Carousel
  2. Technique (Short)
  3. Step Up
  4. And One
  5. High Voltage
  6. Part Of Me
  7. Track 7

Background

"High Voltage" was a song written by Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn, and Brad Delson. Its original version was released in 1999 on the Hybrid Theory EP and is derivative of "Intergalactic" by the Beastie Boys, which came out in 1998 on the album Hello Nasty. On the EP, Kyle Christener is credited for bass.

When questioned who the "Akira" in the lyrics was, Mike said, "akira is a name i used to go by for a short period. it's from the movie, and it's the long version of my brother's middle name, akio"[1]

During the Hybrid Theory sessions, the song was remixed by Mike Shinoda for inclusion on the album, but it didn't make it to the final tracklist. Instead, the remix was released on the UK editon of the "One Step Closer" single and Japanese edition of the album.

Talking to Theprp.com on December 9, 2000, Mike Shinoda said: "The "One Step Closer" Import single will feature a remix (by me) of an older hip hop track of ours called "High Voltage", along with a slower song called "My December". What's nice for me about these things is that I did the majority of the writing on those songs, and I produced and mixed both."[2]

Versions

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

Studio

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
High Voltage Hybrid Theory EP 3:30 1999 1999
High Voltage Hybrid Theory EP (Re-Issue) 3:30 1999 November 19, 2001
  • Remastered. Sounds louder than the original release.
High Voltage One Step Closer (UK Single)

Hybrid Theory

In The End (JP EP)

3:45 2000 January 15, 2001
  • Censored.
  • Remix by Mike Shinoda.
  • There is no indication of the track being a remix anywhere on any release.
  • Known as "High Voltage (2000 Reprise)" among fans.

Remix

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
H! Vltg3 Reanimation 3:30 2001 July 30, 2002
  • Censored.
  • Remix by Evidence.
  • Features vocals by Pharoahe Monch and cuts by DJ Babu.
H! Vltg3 Pts.Of.Athrty

Pts.Of.Athrty / H! Vltg3

H! Vltg3

3:32 2001 July 19, 2002
  • Censored.
  • Lacks the transition to "Riff Raff" at the end.
  • Listed as "Album Vocal" on the vinyl single.
H! Vltg3 "Reanimation" Internal Demo 3:14 2001
  • Censored.
  • The CD dates from late January or February 2002.
  • Remix by Evidence.
  • The intro includes the speech from Mike Shinoda's remix.
  • Bridge vocals from the original version were used in place of Pharaohe Monch's verse.
  • Completely different outro, lacking DJ Babu's scratching.
  • Some of the sound effects throughout the song are missing.
  • Released on LPLive for free download on March 21, 2013.
H! Vltg3 (Instrumental) H! Vltg3

Reanimation - Instrumentals

3:23 2001 2002
  • Official instrumental version.
H! Vltg3 (Acapella) H! Vltg3 3:23 2001 2002
  • Censored.
  • Official acapella version.

Live

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
High Voltage (Live) LP Underground 2.0 4:02 September 16, 2001 November 18, 2002
  • Mike Shinoda remix.
High Voltage Hybrid Theory (Mastered For iTunes) 3:38 August 09, 2001 January 15, 2013
  • Mike Shinoda remix.
  • Originally released as "High Voltage". Later renamed to "High Voltage (Live)".

Live

"High Voltage" became a signature part of Linkin Park's setlists when it debuted on the Street Soldiers Tour in 2001, where it appeared mid-set. The song was performed as the Mike Shinoda Remix version found on the "One Step Closer" single, which features a reworked instrumental. After that initial tour, the song was dropped on the following one (Deftones' Back To School Tour), barring the final show of the tour. At the second night in Manchester, England, Mike gave the crowd a choice between two songs: "Pushing Me Away" or a "really old song not on the album" - "High Voltage". The crowd response prompted for "High Voltage" being performed, so "Pushing Me Away" was scrapped for this last show. The song remained in the setlist until the Ozzfest, before returning for the first half of the Fall European Tour, where it was dropped in favor of adding "Step Up" into the setlist. The Dilated Peoples joined the band for the last performance of the song in London, England. "High Voltage" has not made a full appearance in Linkin Park's setlists since.

Snippets of "High Voltage" have found their way into the sets since the Hybrid Theory touring cycle, still. Both verses were occasionally rapped over the extended intro of "Points Of Authority" during the Minutes To Midnight touring cycle. There was one instance during The Hunting Party touring cycle where Mike rapped the first verse of the song over his solo medley - this happened in Bremen, Germany.

When Fort Minor made a comeback in 2015, "High Voltage" eventually found its way into the live sets. After his first show of Fort Minor's string of European shows, Mike ran an online poll for fans to vote in which song should be added to the setlist. The choices were "High Voltage", "Step Up", "Second To None", "Red To Black", "Right Now", and "High Voltage" won in a landslide victory. It debuted for the at the Fort Minor show in Berlin, Germany, where it was mashed up with parts of "Suicide Music" from The Raid: Redemption score and "C.R.E.A.M." by Wu-Tang Clan. The outro featured parts of "Rebel Without A Pause" by Public Enemy, and was dubbed the "Funk Rebel Break" Outro on the printed setlist. This marked the first full performance of "High Voltage" in any form in 14 years, and the song stayed in the following Fort Minor setlists.

Variations

Linkin Park

Last Updated: August 12, 2016

Type Description First Played Last Played
Alternative Mike Shinoda Remix January 26, 2001 September 16, 2001

Fort Minor

Last Updated: August 12, 2016

Type Description First Played Last Played
Outro Funk Rebel Break September 2, 2015 September 8, 2015
Alternative Mashup w/ "Suicide Music" and "C.R.E.A.M." by Wu-Tang Clan September 2, 2015 September 8, 2015

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