|Song by Linkin Park from the album LP Underground 6.0|
|Released||December 5, 2006|
|Stems||Open Labs SoundSlate Pro|
|Live debut||August 10, 2006|
|Last played||August 21, 2007|
|Producer||Rick Rubin and Mike Shinoda|
"QWERTY" is a Linkin Park song debuted on the band's four show trip to Japan in 2006 as a break from the studio when writing Minutes To Midnight.
On the LPU 5.0 newsletter, Rob Bourdon wrote about the song:
"Japan is one of my favorite places to tour. This past trip was a lot of fun and a huge success. We were there for ten days and I truly enjoyed every day. The shows were incredible. It was so exciting and surreal to get back on stage and play for our fans again, after being away for a while.
This tour was unique for us because we have never left the studio to play shows in the middle of the recording process. In the past we would never think of leaving the studio, especially to travel to the other side of the world. While recording we are in a completely different state of mind than when on tour. When we're in writing mode we are constantly trying to come up with new ideas regardless if we can play them well or not, which is the exact opposite of performing, which is playing what you know the best you can.
In this case, engaging in this opposing frames of mind actually turned out to be very beneficial in both worlds. We wanted to play a new song in Japan that was different from what we have done in the past that had a lot of energy live. We had a very specific idea of the kind of song we wanted to play but we didn't have that type of song yet. Being able to rehearse and record at the same time enabled us to create the song Qwerty, which is the song that we ended up playing. After trying to mold a song we had already written into the right one for the show (which didn't work) we decided to write a brand new song 3 days before leaving. An hour before one of the last rehearsals we stopped working on a song named Grecian and decided to start a new song based on an idea that Phoenix had brought in. The song Qwerty came together in an hour and then it was rearranged over the next three days in the rehearsal room and the studio. The lyrics were actually finished on the flight to Japan.
For two weeks prior to leaving we were running back and forth from the recording studio and rehearsal spot, creating new songs and relearning the older songs. At some points it got really hectic. After playing Qwerty on the last day of rehearsals, we knew that it was going to be a great live song. It's a little nerve-wracking to write a song and then play it in front of thousands of fans a few days latter, but it was also very exciting to be able to play a song that was still in the works and see how the fans reacted to it before finishing it.
Overall, I think Qwerty got a great response live. I thought it was incredible that the fans actually recorded the song on their cell phones and then posted it online. Despite the audio being barely audible it was really cool to see all of the file trading and posts of the song. Since the live performances went well we decided to track it with our producer Rick, who had some great suggestions to make the song even better. Qwerty will always remind me of that quick trip to Japan, and you can look out for it perhaps as an Underground exclusive in LPU6...
Playing these shows was really motivating for us to finish up all of the songs we have written and get back on stage. Having the opportunity to connect with our fans and perform during this process has definitely helped us in the studio because of how much our fans inspire us. We look forward to seeing all of you soon.
Love and Respect to the LPU, thanks for supporting us throughout the years, none of these great experiences would be possible without you guys."
Mike answered a fan's question about how the lyrics were written for "QWERTY", saying, "The lyrics were written on the plane, but the music was not. So we did the music beforehand and then Chester and I wrote... like we had already started on the lyrics before we flew, and then we were running back and forth in the plane to each other. We weren't far, like we were a few seats from each other. And we'd come over and be like 'hey what do you think of this?' He wrote it, I usually write lyrics on my phone and he would write it on paper, he would usually write. He was slow typing and paper was faster and he was writing it and it was back and forth."
The song is commonly mislabeled as "Behind Your Lies", which is an unofficial fan title given to the song - it has never been referenced by that name by Linkin Park.
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
|QWERTY||LP Underground 6.0
|3:21||2006||December 5, 2006||
|QWERTY (8 Bit Rebellion Version)||8-Bit Rebellion! Ringtones||0:31||2010||April 17, 2010||
|QWERTY (8-Bit)||8-Bit Rebellion!||2:48||2010||April 26, 2010||
|QWERTY (Live)||LP Underground 6.0||3:54||August 13, 2006||December 5, 2006||
|QWERTY||4:02||August 13, 2006||
The live debut of "QWERTY" was also its world premiere - it is a rare case in the band's discography, being performed live before being announced or released (another example is "A Light That Never Comes"). Mike said, "we didn't write QWERTY "for" japan...we were writing it for the album. i don't know if we'll ever debut another song live...maybe!" It was first performed on the 2006 Japan Tour, mid-set after "Lying From You". The 2006 live version repeats the last lines of the first verse before kicking into the chorus, with Chester screaming "A victim of your pride" on the first repetition of the line. After the show, Mike said, "the song known as "qwerty" -- a rough title BTW -- is actually still in progress. we did those lyrics on the plane on the way to japan! i'm not sure if it'll make the album, but we liked the song enough to play it!"
In a December 2006 interview with AOL, Rob said he couldn't wait to perform "QWERTY" live again after debuting it in Japan in 2006. He said, "It's probably the heaviest song we've ever written. And usually those songs tend to be the most fun to play in front of an audience."
The song returned at the beginning of Projekt Revolution 2007 on the Minutes To Midnight touring cycle, appearing in Set B. The song was dubbed as the 2007 version, a mashup of both the LPU 6 studio version and the 2006 live version. It was dropped in Chula Vista, California (along with "Given Up", possibly due to curfew) and Raleigh, North Carolina. It was ultimately dropped from the setlist, which became so different than the original by the end of the tour, it was dubbed Set D.
On Projekt Revolution 2007, Mike answered a fan question on the LP Underground about "QWERTY", saying something like, "Some of you are asking about the version of "QWERTY" we are playing live - 3 guys in the band liked the Japan version the most and 3 guys liked the Rick Rubin version, so we mashed the two up." Unfortunately, the exact quote has been lost in time.
The song didn't appear at all on the A Thousand Suns touring cycle, but the band considered playing it at the soundcheck at the fourth LPU Summit in Hamburg, Germany in 2011, but ultimately performed an acoustic rendition of Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" instead.
The song appeared in a mashup with "Victimized" on the Living Things touring cycle, debuting on the Honda Civic Tour. It appeared early in the set in Set A and Set C, and mid-set in Set B. The mashup (along with "The Catalyst") was dropped on the festival dates on the 2013 Australian and New Zealand Tour and the first few shows of the following Asian Tour, but both returned to Set A after being soundchecked at the ninth LPU Summit in Chep Lap Kok, Hong Kong. "QWERTY" has not appeared since the end of that tour.
- Chester Bennington
- Mike Shinoda
- Brad Delson
- Dave "Phoenix" Farrell
- Joseph Hahn
- Rob Bourdon
- Written by Linkin Park
- Recorded at The Mansion at Laurel Canyon and Korn Studios
- Produced by Rick Rubin and Mike Shinoda
- Engineered by Andrew Schepps
- 2nd Engineer: Phillip Broussard Jr.
- Additional engineering by Dana Nielsen
- Mixed by Ethan Mates
- Mastered by Brian "Big Bass" Gardner at Bernie Grundman Mastering
|LPU 6.0 Live Version|
In Other Media
- "Qwerty" (in both studio and 8-bit versions) is featured in Linkin Park's 2010 videogame 8-Bit Rebellion!.
- LPLive: Mike Q&A Summary 5/22/2020, May 22, 2020
- LPU Chat: March 2008, March 10, 2008
- linkinparkinside:brasil :: Especiais :: Chat com o Mike Shinoda, August 22, 2006
- AOL: Linkin Park Offer Up a Present for Fans, December 20, 2006