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"What's In The Eye?" is the first track on the album ''[[Wake Me]]'' and second track on the album ''[[...No Sun Today]]''. The song was released as the first single of the remix project ''Amends'' on January 17, 2020.<ref>[https://www.reddit.com/r/LinkinPark/comments/eoxa1a/grey_daze_whats_in_the_eye_new_single_thurs_0117/ Grey Daze &quot;What&#x27;s in The Eye&quot; NEW SINGLE, Thurs - 01/17. : LinkinPark], January 15, 2020</ref>
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"What's In The Eye?" is the first track on the album ''[[Wake Me]]'' and second track on the album ''[[...No Sun Today]]''. The song was released as the first street track from the remix project ''Amends'' on January 17, 2020.<ref>[http://web.archive.org/web/20200101204049/https://www.revolvermag.com/music/45-most-anticipated-albums-2020 45 Most Anticipated Albums of 2020 | Revolver], December 23, 2019</ref><ref>[https://www.reddit.com/r/LinkinPark/comments/eoxa1a/grey_daze_whats_in_the_eye_new_single_thurs_0117/ Grey Daze &quot;What&#x27;s in The Eye&quot; NEW SINGLE, Thurs - 01/17. : LinkinPark], January 15, 2020</ref>
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==Background==
 
==Background==
 
"What's In The Eye?" is one of Grey Daze's earliest songs. The guitar parts were written by the band's first guitarist, Steve Mitchell, before they even had a vocalist. About his time on the band, Steve said, "''I wrote the guitar part for "What's in the Eye" and a few other songs at the time, and some experimental rock opera stuff with Chester and Jonathan.''"
 
"What's In The Eye?" is one of Grey Daze's earliest songs. The guitar parts were written by the band's first guitarist, Steve Mitchell, before they even had a vocalist. About his time on the band, Steve said, "''I wrote the guitar part for "What's in the Eye" and a few other songs at the time, and some experimental rock opera stuff with Chester and Jonathan.''"
  
According to Sean Dowdell, the parts Steve contributed to the song were eventually changed.<ref name=GreyDazeStory>[http://lplive.net/wiki/db/exclusives/grey-daze-story LPLive Wiki - Grey Daze Story], October 06, 2015</ref> As for the lyrics, he said, "''What's in the eye was writte lyrically by myself except for the chorusus. Chester wrote the chorus.''"<ref>[http://web.archive.org/web/20030608210115/http://www.lpassociation.com/assets/seandowdell.php LINKIN PARK ASSOCIATION CHAT WITH FORMER GREY DAZE DRUMMER SEAN DOWDELL APRIL 15, 2003 @ 8:00 PM], April 15, 2003</ref> <!--A 2020 press release for the song states: ''"Originally recorded in 1993 and 1996, “What’s In the Eye” was re-written and modernized by Grey Daze under the guidance of producers Chris Traynor (Bush, Helmet, Orange 9MM), Kyle Hoffman, and Jay Baumgardner. Using Chester's original vocals, the song showcases that, even at the age of 17, Chester was already “delivering intense, almost physically palpable emotion” (New York Times). "What's In The Eye" was written lyrically in different phases by both Sean and Chester collaboratively. The song focuses on a friend’s premature death in a car accident and trying to understand the loss, relaying an emotional intensity that every listener will not only understand, but instantly connect with. The beauty of Chester's gifts were that he made others able to understand and cope with their own emotional pain, simply by listening to Chester's vocal expression."''-->
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According to Sean Dowdell, the parts Steve contributed to the song were eventually changed.<ref name=GreyDazeStory>[http://lplive.net/wiki/db/exclusives/grey-daze-story LPLive Wiki - Grey Daze Story], October 06, 2015</ref> As for the lyrics, he said, "''What's in the eye was writte lyrically by myself except for the chorusus. Chester wrote the chorus.''"<ref>[http://web.archive.org/web/20030608210115/http://www.lpassociation.com/assets/seandowdell.php LINKIN PARK ASSOCIATION CHAT WITH FORMER GREY DAZE DRUMMER SEAN DOWDELL APRIL 15, 2003 @ 8:00 PM], April 15, 2003</ref> A 2020 press release for the song states: ''"<!--Originally recorded in 1993 and 1996, “What’s In the Eye” was re-written and modernized by Grey Daze under the guidance of producers Chris Traynor (Bush, Helmet, Orange 9MM), Kyle Hoffman, and Jay Baumgardner. Using Chester's original vocals, the song showcases that, even at the age of 17, Chester was already “delivering intense, almost physically palpable emotion” (New York Times). -->"What's In The Eye" was written lyrically in different phases by both Sean and Chester collaboratively. The song focuses on a friend’s premature death in a car accident and trying to understand the loss, relaying an emotional intensity that every listener will not only understand, but instantly connect with. The beauty of Chester's gifts were that he made others able to understand and cope with their own emotional pain, simply by listening to Chester's vocal expression."''<ref>[https://mailchi.mp/7fc7f2d0e3b8/new-music-from-grey-daze-chester-benningtons-first-band?e=849282ba39 New Music From Grey Daze (Chester Bennington's First Band)], January 15, 2020</ref>
  
 
The first known studio version of "What's In The Eye?" was recorded with guitarist Jason Barnes sometime in June 1994 as part of a 6-track demo done at Teething Studios, Scott Crowley’s apartment studio. He was from a band called “Nihil”. Jonathan Krause said, ''"He had a digital recording studio. I thought the drums sounded cheesy they were way to electronic. But it was free so who's complaining?"'' Sean Dowdell adds, ''"It wasn't a studio. It was his apartment and he and I recorded it on a very small recording program on a computer. Home recording though, not studio."''<ref>[http://lplive.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=11767 Exclusive: Grey Daze Demos, &#34;Scott Crowley Sessions&#34; - Newswire - Linkin Park Live], June 14, 2015</ref>
 
The first known studio version of "What's In The Eye?" was recorded with guitarist Jason Barnes sometime in June 1994 as part of a 6-track demo done at Teething Studios, Scott Crowley’s apartment studio. He was from a band called “Nihil”. Jonathan Krause said, ''"He had a digital recording studio. I thought the drums sounded cheesy they were way to electronic. But it was free so who's complaining?"'' Sean Dowdell adds, ''"It wasn't a studio. It was his apartment and he and I recorded it on a very small recording program on a computer. Home recording though, not studio."''<ref>[http://lplive.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=11767 Exclusive: Grey Daze Demos, &#34;Scott Crowley Sessions&#34; - Newswire - Linkin Park Live], June 14, 2015</ref>
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*What's In The Eye (Wake Me): [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26HJC_AXxw4 Grey Daze]
 
*What's In The Eye (Wake Me): [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26HJC_AXxw4 Grey Daze]
 
*What's In The Eye (No Sun Today): [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDQovNOZzB0 Grey Daze]
 
*What's In The Eye (No Sun Today): [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDQovNOZzB0 Grey Daze]
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*What's In The Eye (Amends): [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EzuNdQ6WB8 Grey Daze]
  
 
===Live===
 
===Live===

Revision as of 03:48, 16 January 2020

"What's In The Eye?"
Single-What's In The Eye.jpg
Song by Grey Daze from the album Wake Me and ...No Sun Today
Recorded 1994
Released 1994
Length 4:26
Live debut January 22, 1994
Writer Chester Bennington, Sean Dowdell
Producer David Knauer

Wake Me track listing
  1. What's In The Eye?
  2. Spin
  3. Morei Sky
  4. Wake Me
  5. Starting To Fly
  6. Sometimes
  7. Holding You
  8. Hole
  9. Believe Me
  10. Here, Nearby
  11. She Shines
  12. Shouting Out

"What's In The Eye?" is the first track on the album Wake Me and second track on the album ...No Sun Today. The song was released as the first street track from the remix project Amends on January 17, 2020.[1][2]

Background

"What's In The Eye?" is one of Grey Daze's earliest songs. The guitar parts were written by the band's first guitarist, Steve Mitchell, before they even had a vocalist. About his time on the band, Steve said, "I wrote the guitar part for "What's in the Eye" and a few other songs at the time, and some experimental rock opera stuff with Chester and Jonathan."

According to Sean Dowdell, the parts Steve contributed to the song were eventually changed.[3] As for the lyrics, he said, "What's in the eye was writte lyrically by myself except for the chorusus. Chester wrote the chorus."[4] A 2020 press release for the song states: ""What's In The Eye" was written lyrically in different phases by both Sean and Chester collaboratively. The song focuses on a friend’s premature death in a car accident and trying to understand the loss, relaying an emotional intensity that every listener will not only understand, but instantly connect with. The beauty of Chester's gifts were that he made others able to understand and cope with their own emotional pain, simply by listening to Chester's vocal expression."[5]

The first known studio version of "What's In The Eye?" was recorded with guitarist Jason Barnes sometime in June 1994 as part of a 6-track demo done at Teething Studios, Scott Crowley’s apartment studio. He was from a band called “Nihil”. Jonathan Krause said, "He had a digital recording studio. I thought the drums sounded cheesy they were way to electronic. But it was free so who's complaining?" Sean Dowdell adds, "It wasn't a studio. It was his apartment and he and I recorded it on a very small recording program on a computer. Home recording though, not studio."[6]

On October 6, 1994, the very first day of working on Wake Me, the album's producer David Knauer recorded Grey Daze playing live in his studio to see what they had in store for their debut album. He recorded their performance straight to DAT tape and had Chester say the name of every song so it was documented on tape as well.[7] "What's In The Eye?" was among the songs that made the album.

Under a new lineup consisting of Chester Bennington, Bobby Benish, Mace Beyers and Sean Dowdell, the band had their first pre-production sessions for their second studio album in February 1996 with David Knauer. There, they recorded a new version of "What's In The Eye?". The album version, however, was recorded by Michael Jones during their pre-production session for ...No Sun Today in December.[3]

Versions

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

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
What's In The Eye? Wake Me 4:26 1994 1994
What's In The Eye ...No Sun Today 3:50 1996-1997 May 23, 1997
What's In The Eye ...No Sun Today 3:53 2002
  • Re-mixed by Sean Dowdell.
  • Released on LPAssociation for free download in M4A format on July 2, 2007.
What's In The Eye? "Wake Me" Pre-Production Live Session 4:31 October 06, 1994
  • Recorded live at David Knauer's studio.
  • Contains glitches.
  • Released on LPLive for free download on October 31, 2015.
What's In The Eye? Album Pre-Production Live Session February 18, 1996
  • Unreleased.
  • Recorded live at David Knauer's studio.
What's In The Eye? "No Sun Today" Pre-Production Live Session December 03, 1996
  • Unreleased.
  • Recorded live at the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences.

Live

"What's In The Eye?" debuted at the band's very first live performance, which happened on January 22, 1994 at the Thunder & Lightning Bar & Grill in Scottsdale, Arizona.[8] It remained on the band's setlists until 1996.

Personnel

Grey Daze

  • Jason Barnes - Guitar
  • Chester Bennington - Vocals
  • Sean Dowdell - Drums
  • Jonathan Krause - Bass

Production

  • Recorded and Mixed by: David Knauer
  • Produced by: David Knauer and Grey Daze
  • Mixed at Anthem Recording
  • Assisted by: Billy Spoon and Dan Manriquez
  • Mastered at - SAE by Roger Siedel

Lyrics

Gallery

External Links

Stream

Live

References