Victimized

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"Victimized"
Studio-Living Things Cover.jpg
Song by Linkin Park from the album Living Things
Working title Battle Axe
Recorded 2011 - 2012
Length 01:46
Stems Akai MPC500 Samples[1]
Neko Keyboard Sounds and Samples[1]
Time signature 4/4
Tempo 95
Key D Minor
Live debut August 10, 2012
Last played August 19, 2013
Writer Linkin Park
Producer Mike Shinoda, Rick Rubin
Label Warner Bros.

Living Things track listing
  1. Lost In The Echo
  2. In My Remains
  3. Burn It Down
  4. Lies Greed Misery
  5. I'll Be Gone
  6. Castle Of Glass
  7. Victimized
  8. Roads Untraveled
  9. Skin To Bone
  10. Until It Breaks
  11. Tinfoil
  12. Powerless

"Victimzed" is the seventh track off of Linkin Park's fifth studio album, Living Things.

Background

Chester Bennington cited "Victimized" as a prime example of what the band wants to do because it shows the band's many different faces. According to him "It starts with what sounds like folk... then rapidly dips into Hip-Hop, Punk Rock, Death Metal and back to Folk music." He says, in a way there's no real meaning to the song.[2]

Explaining how the track was conceived, he said, "this is one of these songs that Mike came in with this kick-ass beat and I loved it, it was like, it by the way felt really heavy, it felt in your face, it felt like metal but it didn’t feel predictable. It was so cool. And we looked at each other and we know exactly what the song needs. And so I think I started yelling something like “Fuck” or something over it, and we were sort of laughing about how funny it would be if that was like the chorus, and then I think it was Mike or maybe Brad, but someone in the band was like, “Just pick like one word, that could be like one really good word,” and I think someone threw out “victimized” and I was like, “That’s great.” And I just ran in the studio and just kind of screamed “victimized” over it. And then kind of the most obvious line to come after screaming victimized is “never again.” And then that was it. It was pretty much that simple. I mean that song kind of was done at that point in terms of what I needed to contribute to the song. And I think the verses are some of Mike’s best. I think the rapping on this record for Mike is the best that he’s ever done. I mean, there’s a swagger to his whole vibe and a confidence that I don’t think I’ve seen from him before. So I think that also adds to the heaviness of the song, too, the vibe that Mike is sending out. And so, but it’s a pretty complex (Indiscernible) track, and I really like it, it’s one of my favorites."[3]

Mike Shinoda stated the band's first instinct was to fill out the song to make it longer. The desicision to keep it as a short song was inspired by the punk rock bands he and Brad used to listen to in high school, like D.R.I. and Pennywise.[4]

The speech sample at the beginning of "Victimized" was that of a counterfeit merchandise seller in Jakarta, Indonesia which Mike had recorded on his phone in 2011.

Brad Delson has stated "Victimized" is his favorite guitar moment on the album[5] and cited it as an exemple of the perfect guitar sound for a Linkin Park song. "Whether Mike's doing a guitar part or I am, we always want to do what's best for the song. A lot of times it's finding that interplay between an actual guitar and a sound that we've handcrafted, whether it's a sampled sound or an electronic sound. If you listen to Victimized, there's that [Electro-Harmonix] HOG octave-oscillating sound. There's also guitar-sample sounds that were made on machines that weren't physically played, but you don't know what's what. Even when I was at the mix with [mixer] Manny [Marroquin], you're not sure some of the time – 'Oh, maybe that's a distorted bass' or 'Maybe that's a guitar sample.'"[6]

Shinoda has stated that "Victimized", along with "Lies Greed Misery", acts a precursor of sorts to the band's sixth album, The Hunting Party,[7] noting that the similarities between the riffs of "Victimized" and "A Line In The Sand" weren't intentional.[8]

Remix

"Victimized" received one official remix, done by band member Mike Shinoda. The remix was released on the band's second remix album, Recharged. Joe Hahn has stated that Mike's remix is one of his favorites on the album, and Shinoda has said that he was heavily inspired by techno music he listened to in college, stating "VICTIMIZED was a pretty simple approach—it’s based on the jungle and gabber techno I listened to when I was in college. A good friend of mine was a DJ who introduced me to those artists, and I wanted to do a modern take on that style with the VICTIMIZED remix."[9][10]

Versions

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

Studio

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Victimized Living Things 1:46 2012 June 20, 2012
Victimized (Instrumental) Living Things (Acapellas and Instrumentals) 1:48 2012 September 11, 2012
  • Official instrumental version.
Victimized (Acapella) Living Things (Acapellas and Instrumentals) 1:14 2012 September 11, 2012
  • Official acapella version.

Remix

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Victimized (M. Shinoda Remix) Recharged 3:00 2012 October 24, 2013
  • Remix by Mike Shinoda.
Victimized Remix 0:34 2012
  • Remix by Mike Shinoda.
  • Instrumental demo.
  • Released on LPLive for free download on August 5, 2019.

Live

While "Victimized" has never been played live by itself, it was played as a mashup with "QWERTY". This mashup debuted at the private production rehearsal at Bristow. "Victimized" was played after "New Divide" in Set A and Set B at first. As the tour went on, Set B was reorganized a lot, and "Victimized" was moved to after "When They Come For Me" at Alpharetta, after "With You" at Tinley Park, and finally after "In My Remains" at Woodlands. Set C had "Victimized" after "Given Up". 2013 kept the sets relatively similar, except "Victimized" was dropped from Set B to fit time constraints, as well as festival Set A at Osaka.

"Victimized" wasn't played after the Living Things touring cycle ended, but part of the remix was played during "Joe Solo Medley" starting at KFMA Day 2014 and through the rest of The Hunting Party touring cycle.

Variations

Last Updated: December 25, 2015

Type Description First Played Last Played
Mashup w/ QWERTY August 10, 2012 August 19, 2013

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