Reanimation

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Reanimation
Remix-Reanimation Cover.jpg
Remix album by Linkin Park
Released July 30, 2002
Recorded 2001
Length 01:01:02
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Mike Shinoda
Linkin Park remix album chronology

Reanimation (2002) Collision Course (2004)

Reanimation is the first remix album by American rock band Linkin Park. It was released on July 30, 2002 via Warner Bros. Records. The record consists mainly of remixed versions of songs found on the band's debut album Hybrid Theory. The album generated two promotional singles: "Pts.Of.Athrty" and "H! Vltg3". The record features several guests, as well as new parts to songs and a further emphasis on the electronic side of the band.

Background

Reanimation is the first of Linkin Park's remix albums. Featured on the record are remixed versions of songs found on Hybrid Theory - including B-sides - and a few interlude tracks. Some tracks include new parts and different lyrics. It began small, with Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn intending to create remixes of a few tracks from the record, not the whole album.[1] The record features many collaborations, every song featuring a different artist. The tracks the band remixed themselves are "Wth>You", "Kyur4 Th Ich", both remixed by Joe; "P5hng Me A*wy", "Krwlng", both remixed by Mike; and "By_Myslf", remixed by Josh Abraham and Mike. There wasn't necessarily a specific set of studio time the band gave to this record; instead, the band began working on sending out remixes to different artists during their 2001 tours for Hybrid Theory, recording new parts at the back of their tour bus. As stated by Brad Delson, the band didn't seek out big names to attract attention - they sought out a variety of artists, including those who people may have not have heard of yet.[2] Mike Shinoda took the reigns on the production of this record instead of going with a traditional producer, and came up with different characters to "remix" the titles of all the tracks on the album.[3]

Initially shooting for a May 2002 release date,[4] the album took longer than expected to complete.

The band preferred to call the remixes "reinterpretation" rather than the former term, as it was more than just the songs' backbeats that received a makeover.[5] In a blog post celebrating the ten year anniversary of Fort Minor's The Rising Tied, Mike briefly touched upon Reanimation, stating that it was "an attempt at showcasing the variety of (underground) influences that moved us, past and “present"."[6]

Regarding the decision to make an album that didn't focus primarily on the crunching guitars and heavy aspect of the band, Chester Bennington said the following to Rolling Stone: "There are a lot of different elements to our music. And there are certain elements that are easier and more recognizable than others. We have never been a strictly rock band, as we have a very heavy electronic and hip-hop influence and try to combine the two together. When we did Reanimation it was a chance for us to show what our music would sound like if we took all the guitars out. It showed that Linkin park is a very hip-hop driven electronic idea."[7]

First tastes of the tracks on Reanimation came in the background of the "Frat Party At The Pancake Festival" DVD, where "X-Ecutioner Style", "My>Dsmbr", and "H! Vltg3" could all be heard. Additionally, a demo of "1stp Klosr" was hidden as an easter egg on the DVD.

The band moved away from A&R executive Jeff Blue after the success of Hybrid Theory and was replaced by Tom Whalley as the band's main contact at Warner. Blue wasn't even thanked in the album notes of this record.[8]

Writing and Recording

Reanimation was recorded primarily during the band's tour for Hybrid Theory. The band recorded new parts of the songs on the back of their tour bus towards the end of the year, while sending out stems to different artists and producers so that they could collaborate with them. Requests for a remix were sent out on a whim, and some remixes either didn't end up making the cut or were finished too late. The latter happened to be the case with Marilyn Manson's remix of "By Myself", entitled "Buy Myself", which was finished later than the band desired and ended up being a B-side for the record. Mike said in a LPU Chat in January 2002 that "he [hadn't] had time to yet. We don't know him very well, so we don't really feel that we're in a position to bug him."[9] Manson later responded with "I have not yet remixed Linkin Park but I have been asked to do so. It is possible I might make one of their songs something that people who dislike them could appreciate. I enjoy challenges and the opportunity to create. Money doesn't make a difference as long as I enjoy doing something."[10] The status of the remix was finally revealed by Brad in June, just weeks before the release of the record: "We worked with Manson on a version of By Myself that will appear as a B-side on some upcoming release."[11] Mike commented on the stressful times he had coordinating over thirty artists' schedules in order to work on the remixes, claiming he would never do it again[12] - this all changed in 2013 when the band released their second dedicated remix album Recharged.

The band sought out several other artists to work with, including Björk. Mike expressed a deep interest in working with her, though nothing ever substantiated from getting into contact with her.[13] Brad claimed that when they approached her to work, she wanted to work on a full song collaboration with them rather than just a remix.[14] In a 2003 interview, Chester revealed other artists the band looked to work with, citing Björk, Aphex Twin, and PJ Harvey.[15]

Some newer parts of the remixes were inspired by earlier versions of the material. For example, Mike reworked the lyrics of "Rhinestone" (a demo of "Forgotten") and used them in his verse for "Frgt/10",[16] and "By_Myslf" features scratches similar to those in the Studio Finals version of "By Myself".

This was a very Mike-centered project. Band members recorded various other parts (Joe providing the biggest contributions in the form of full remixes), but it was Mike who really took hold of the project. Rob claimed that his only input on the record was providing his opinions on the remixes.[17]

Composition

Reanimation consists of remixes of tracks from the band's debut record Hybrid Theory and its b-sides. There is a stronger emphasis on the band's electronic side than the rock side - as Chester claimed, the band wanted to show that they weren't just about rock and hip-hop. The album blends different elements of electronica, hip-hop, underground, and rock, differing dynamically from Hybrid Theory.

Remixes that remained unreleased on the record included DJ Crook's remix of "My December", DJ Z-Trip's remix of "Points Of Authority", a remix of "Points Of Authority" featuring Ryu by The Crystal Method, and unknown remixes by Tricky and Prince Paul. Demo versions of "Pts.Of.Athrty" and "Plc.4 Mie Hæd" have been released online by Jay Gordon[18] and AMP Live.[19] An 8-track internal demo was released as an exclusive by fan site LPLive in 2013,[20] featuring unreleased demos of "Krwlng", "Enth E Nd", "Ppr:kut", "H! Vltg3", and a demo of "Frgt/10" that was previously released by the site on the tenth anniversary of the album.[21]

Releases

Track Listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Opening Shinoda Mike 1:08
2 Pts.Of.Athrty Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Gordon Jay, Hahn, Shinoda 3:38
3 Enth E Nd Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Hahn, Laster Paul, Matlin Kurt, Shinoda 4:00
4 Chali Stewart Charles 0:24
5 Frgt/10 Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Farrell David Michael, Hahn, Maman Daniel Alan, Shinoda, Stewart, Wakefield Mark 3:32
6 P5hng Me A*wy Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Hahn, Richards Stephen, Shinoda 4:38
7 Plc.4 Mie Hæd Anderson Anthony, Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Farrell, Hahn, Shinoda, Wakefield, Zion I 4:21
8 X-Ecutioner Style Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Farrell, Hahn, Shinoda, Trotter Tariq Luqmaan, Wakefield, Watthews Delano, Williams Anthony 1:49
9 H! Vltg3 Babu Melvin, Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Hahn, Jamerson Troy Donald, Peretta Michael Taylor, Shinoda 3:31
10 Riff Raff Riff Raff Ron 0:22
11 Wth>You Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Hahn, Hayes Jr. Edwin M. "Eddie", King John Robert, Shinoda 4:12
12 Ntr\Mssion Shinoda 0:29
13 Ppr:Kut Bennington, Bourdon, Brewer Keida, Delson, Fisher Colton Raisin, Green Jason, Hahn, Shinoda, Skully Vin 3:26
14 Rnw@y Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Hahn, Kouszomis Josh, Lamont M., Shinoda, Wakefield 3:13
15 My<Dsmbr Bennington, Bourdon, Dayton Kelli, Delson, Hahn, Petralia Mickey, Shinoda 4:18
16 Stef Carpenter Stephen 0:10
17 By_Myslf Abraham Josh, Bennington, Bourdon, Carpenter, Delson, Hahn, Shinoda 3:44
18 Kyur4 Th Ich Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Hahn, Shinoda 2:33
19 1stp Klosr Bennington, Bourdon, Damji Traz, Davis Jonathan, Delson, Hahn, Marshall Ken "Hiwatt", Shinoda 5:46
20 Krwlng Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Hahn, Lewis Aaron, Shinoda 5:40

Personnel

Live Performance

Songs Played Live

  • Pts.Of.Athrty (Partially, as an extended intro for "Points Of Authority")
  • Enth E Nd (Performed by Fort Minor)
  • Frgt/10
  • P5hng Me A*wy
  • Plc.4 Mie Hæd (Partially, in Joe's Solo)
  • Wth>You (Partially, as an instrumental in an alternative version of "With You")
  • 1stp Klosr (Partially, as an extended bridge for "One Step Closer")
  • Krwlng (Partially, as an extended intro for "Crawling")
  • Buy Myself (Partially, in Joe's Solo)

Promotion

"Pts.Of.Athrty" and "H! Vltg3" served as promotional singles for Reanimation and were the tracks radio programmers were encouraged to play. An official music video was directed by Joe Hahn for "Pts.Of.Athrty". Promotional CDs for both songs were sent out to members of Linkin Park's Street Team.

Linkin Park's 2001 DVD Frat Party At The Pankake Festival featured an early demo of "1stp Klosr" along with a preview of the Reanimation website as an easter egg. The procedure to accessing this easter egg was intentionally revealed only a month prior to the album's release. It is accessed from a chapter conveniently titled "The Future".[22]

The propsed track listing for the album was unveiled in two parts on the band's website on June 14, 2002.[23] Building up to Reanimation's release, a series of chats were hosted in July on linkinpark.com with collaborators featured on the album as well as band members.[24] Linkin Park also launched a special site for the album at reanimation.linkinpark.com with a Reanimation Player featuring exclusive content. "P5hng Me A*wy", "Wth>You", "Frgt/10", "By_Myslf", "Pts.Of.Athrty", and "H! Vltg3" were all featured in the site before the album's release.[25]

Music videos were created for every song on the album for MTV:Playback by directors who were handpicked by the band themselves. The special was aired on July 27, 2002 at 2:00pm with a rerun on July 28th at 8:00pm. Nathan "Karma" Cox ("Pts.Of.Athrty") had previously co-directed music videos for "Papercut" and "In The End" with Joe Hahn. Ryan Thompson ("Wth>You") had also worked on "In The End" as a visual effects producer. Additionally, Scott Patton ("P5hng Me A*wy") was someone Joe used to work with when he worked on movies. Kimo Proudfoot ("Rnw@y") would later work as director on Linkin Park's first live DVD, Live In Texas. While the full band isn't featured in any of those videos, Joe made appearances on "Ppr:kut" and "Kyur4 Th Ich", and Mike Shinoda is featured on "Enth E Nd" alongside Kutmasta Kurt and Motion Man. The videos of "Frgt/10" and "Kyur4 Th Ich" were later included in the Reanimation DVD.

Reception

Critical Reception

Chart Performance

Awards

Gallery

Trivia

External Links

References

  1. Interview with Phoenix and Mike Shinoda, 2003
  2. Linkin Park Ready Remix Album, February 22, 2002
  3. 07.21.02 : Rasco, July 21, 2002
  4. Staind’s Aaron Lewis Joins Linkin Park On ‘Crawling’ Remix - MTV, January 24, 2002
  5. Linkin Park Master Reanimation But Kant Spell, June 20, 2002
  6. The Rising Tied 10 Year Anniversary, November 22, 2015
  7. Rolling Stones Interview with Linkin Park April 2002 [scribe], April 23, 2013
  8. Young Band, Derailed Dream, October 1, 2002
  9. Jan.11_2002chat, January 11, 2002
  10. Marilyn Manson Official BBS Posts 1998 - 2002 - The NACHTKABARETT
  11. 07.03.02 : Brad Chat, July 3, 2002
  12. Kerrang, January 23, 2008
  13. Interview With Mike Shinoda Of Linkin Park, May 2003
  14. Linkin Park Chat with Brad, July 3, 2002
  15. Interview with Chester Bennington, 2003
  16. Linkin Park Chat with Mike, July 17, 2002
  17. Linkin Park Chat w/ Rob, July 29, 2002
  18. lpfuse - dedicated to linkin park and machine shop recordings, February 04, 2008
  19. AmpLive's Original Remix of "PLC.4 MIE HÆD" - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, March 16, 2010
  20. Exclusive: Reanimation 8 Track Internal Demo CD - LPLive Exclusives and Specials - Linkin Park Live, March 21, 2013
  21. Exclusive: 'Frgt10' (Unreleased Demo) - LPLive Exclusives and Specials - Linkin Park Live, June 20, 2012
  22. Linkin Park: Reanimation - Latest News, June 10, 2002
  23. Linkin Park: Reanimation - Latest News, June 14, 2002
  24. Linkin Park: Reanimation - Community, 2002
  25. Linkin Park: Reanimation - Latest News, July 18, 2002