|Song by Linkin Park from the album A Thousand Suns|
|Working title||Robot Boy|
|Recorded||2008 - 2010|
|Live debut||May 24, 2014|
|Last played||October 27, 2017|
|Producer||Mike Shinoda, Rick Rubin|
"Robot Boy", despite its seemingly simple premise, is one of the most complex songs on A Thousand Suns. Chester claimed "'Blackout' and 'Robot Boy' were a lot of fun to record. There were so many elements to the songs that it made them really interesting to do" on the LP Underground Newsletter Anniversary Edition. The song's piano intro makes way for a song dominated by Mike and Chester's layered voices, harmonies building into a climactic synth solo. Its intense use of layering is what stops the song from being performed in its entirety live. In a LPU Chat in 2013, on the subject of "Skin To Bone" and "Robot Boy" live, Mike replied, "Some songs weren't made to be played live, we might play them somehow but we have other songs in mind, those songs are made of samples and keys if the band was made of 6 Shinodas we could play them."
In 2011, the Street Drum Corps did a remix of the song, dubbing it "unofficial" even though the band clearly had sent them the song's stems for their remix.
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
|Robot Boy||A Thousand Suns||4:29||2008-2010||September 8, 2010|
|Robot Boy (Test Mix, Optional Vocal Take)||LP Underground Eleven||4:31||November 15, 2011||
|Robot Boy||A Thousand Suns Instrumentals||4:28||2008-2010||
|Street Drum Corps' Unofficial Remix of Linkin Parks Robot Boy||4:26||November 5, 2011||
"Robot Boy" has never been played live in its studio form. It has, however, been consistently performed throughout The Hunting Party touring cycle as a shortened instrumental, starting with KFMA Day 2014. When performing this version, Mike is the only person truly playing, as he plays the synth solo. "Robot Boy" was the first song to get its debut after the cycle for the album it appears on has ended.
A shortened version of "Robot Boy" opened the band's Hollywood Bowl tribute show, performing only the intro and outro of the song, sampling Chester's vocals as they all sang the track.
Last Updated: August 26, 2018
|Type||Description||First Played||Last Played|
|Alternative||Shortened (Intro, Synth Bridge, and Ending Instrumental Only)||May 24, 2014||November 7, 2015|
|Alternative||Shortened (Intro/Outro Only)||October 27, 2017||October 27, 2017|
You say / you're not gonna fight / 'cause no one will fight for you
|Test Mix, Optional Vocal Take|
You say you're not gonna fight
- Mike LPU Chat, June 26, 2013