Little Boxes (Malvina Reynolds Cover)

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"Little Boxes"
Weeds Season 3 Key Art.jpg
Song by Linkin Park
Recorded 2007
Length 0:51
Writer Malvina Reynolds

Background

"Little Boxes" is a song written and composed by Malvina Reynolds in 1962[1] and first appeared on her 1967 Columbia Records album Malvina Reynolds Sings The Truth.

The song is a political satire about the development of suburbia, and associated conformist middle-class attitudes. It mocks suburban tract housing as "little boxes" of different colors "all made out of ticky-tacky", and which "all look just the same." "Ticky-tacky" is a reference to the shoddy material used in the construction of the houses.

The song was used as the opening theme song for the Showtime television series Weeds. The first season used Reynolds's version as the theme song. The second, third, and eighth seasons used versions by nearly thirty different musicians, as well as the occasional Reynolds version.

Linkin Park recorded a version of "Little Boxes" for episode 14 of the 3rd season,[2] "Protection", which aired on November 12, 2007. This version is 51 seconds long and lacks the second half of the song.

Since the introduction sequence to Weeds is always the same length, the show producers often have to trim the song down in order to fit. The official Weeds website typically uploaded the full version of the theme song for streaming shortly after the episode aired.[3] However, when Linkin Park's version was uploaded it was exactly the same as the version heard during the episode.

Other artists who have covered the song include Pete Seeger, Devendra Banhart, Elvis Costello, Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, Tim DeLaughter of The Polyphonic Spree, Donovan, Anjan Dutt, Ben Folds, Skott Freedman, Engelbert Humperdinck, The Individuals, Jenny and Johnny, Angélique Kidjo, Rilo Kiley, Kinky, Man Man, The Mountain Goats, Randy Newman, Nina & Frederik, Ozomatli, Phosphorescent, The Real Tuesday Weld, The Shins, Regina Spektor, The Submarines, Billy Bob Thornton, Walk off the Earth, The Womenfolk, Rise Against, Adolfo Celdrán, Víctor Jara, Graeme Allwright, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, and Weepers Circus.

Versions

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

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Little Boxes 0:51 2007
  • Incomplete cover of the Malvina Reynolds song of same name.
  • Uploaded to Weeds' official website for streaming on December 1, 2007.

Personnel

  • Chester Bennington
  • Mike Shinoda
  • Brad Delson
  • Dave "Phoenix" Farrell
  • Joseph Hahn
  • Rob Bourdon

Lyrics

Gallery

References

  1. Musicians show Weeds some love | EW.com, July 06, 2007
  2. One killer soundtrack and a little head music | Hollywood Reporter, August 08, 2007
  3. Download Linkin Park's cover of "Little Boxes" | LP Association Forums, November 13, 2007