Wretches And Kings
|"Wretches And Kings"|
|Song by Linkin Park from the album A Thousand Suns|
|Recorded||2008 - 2010|
|Released||September 2, 2010|
|Stems||Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock (A Thousand Suns)|
|Samples||Mario Savio - "Put Your Bodies Upon The Gears" speech|
|References||Public Enemy - Bring The Noise|
|Live debut||September 14, 2010|
|Last played||February 28, 2011|
|Producer||Mike Shinoda, Rick Rubin|
"Wretches and Kings" is a political song, featuring excerpts from Mario Savio's "Bodies upon the gears", or "Operation Of The Machine" speech he delivered on December 2, 1964. It features a very heavy hip-hop influence, as well as heavy use of synths. Mike references Public Enemy on the track, the lyric "How low can you go?" directly referencing their song "Bring The Noise". He also claimed that the song has one of the strongest hip-hop sounds on the record, as well as one of the most aggressive. Both Mike and Chester have said that the speeches used in the songs on the album helped achieve a connection between the words and music that they couldn't do on their own, and the messages of the speeches still resonate with problems going on in the world today.
HavocNdeeD's dubstep remix of "Dopeman" by N.W.A. had somehow gained the attention of Mike Shinoda who posted a video of it on his blog doing a live remix session. When looking at possible remixers for the new Linkin Park album the duo came to mind. Mike explained, "I found out about HavocNdeeD from a friend earlier this year. At some point, I was messing around with a Virus keyboard and did a live glitch thing with their “Dopeman” remix …and later, when we were looking for remixes for songs off our new album, “A Thousand Suns”, we reached out to them. Our new record is more beat-driven and electronic than our past efforts, so I thought it would be a good fit. Their remix of “Wretches And Kings” came out incredible…the bridge section is massive!" HavokNDeeD's remix of the track was uploaded to their YouTube channel in 2010 and a second "VIP 2.5" Remix, featuring an original verse by Chuck D from Public Enemy, whom the song references, was released on The Hundreds in the following year.
The Get Busy Committee and Divine Styler also did a remix of the song, featuring a new verse by Mike. It was first released on the Some Kind Of Awesome website in February 2011 before being released under the name "Wretches (Remix)" on Apathy's Fire Walk With Me: It's The Bootleg, Muthafuckas! Vol. 3 compilation album in September 2012.
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
|Wretches And Kings||A Thousand Suns||4:10||2008-2010||September 2, 2010||
|Wretches And Kings||A Thousand Suns (Clean)||4:15||2008-2010||September 8, 2010||
|Wretches & Kings (HavocNdeeD RemiX)||5:49||2010||November 29, 2010||
|Wretches & Kings (HavocNdeeD VIP RemiX 2.5 ft. Chuck D of Public Enemy)||5:51||2010||June 2, 2011|
|Wretches & Kings (Remix) (Feat Get Busy Committee & Divine Styler)||Fire Walk With Me: It's The Bootleg, Muthafuckas! Vol. 3||4:12||2010||February 21, 2011||
|Wretches And Kings||Live In Madrid||4:25||November 07, 2010||April 1, 2011||
|Wretches And Kings (Live From Las Vegas, 2011)||A Thousand Suns - Live Around The World||3:54||February 19, 2011||June 19, 2012|
"Wretches And Kings" debuted at the first full show of the A Thousand Suns cycle, though the band was uncertain of whether or not they would play it, as noted by the song being in parenthesis on the physical setlist. Through 2010, the song almost always opened the show in conjunction with "The Requiem" and "The Radiance", with Joe scratching the Savio speech. However, the one-off New York City release show, where the song debuted, had "Wretches And Kings" after "Given Up", and Set B-1 had the song after "Papercut". During the 2011 North American Tour, "Wretches And Kings" wasn't played as much. Set A-1 had the song opening the show for the first two shows of the tour, but it was moved after "Papercut" starting at Atlanta. At those shows, the band dropped the speech from the song, as it was played over the instrumental of "The Radiance". It wasn't included in any other set, and the song wasn't played after that tour.
Though it wasn't played, "Wretches And Kings" was rehearsed for the band's 2012 Honda Civic Tour.
Parts of "Wretches and Kings" returned in Mike's Solo Medley, with the verse instrumental being played under the first half of the medley, where Mike rapped a hybrid of the two verses of the track. The medley was dropped during the band's show in Mexico City, and hasn't been played since.
Last Updated: December 25, 2015
|Type||Description||First Played||Last Played|
|Intro||No Speech||January 23, 2011||February 28, 2011|
|Outro||"Papercut" Intro Tease||January 20, 2011||January 20, 2011|
|Outro||Instrumental Jam||January 20, 2011||January 20, 2011|
In Other Media
- "Wretches And Kings" was released in 2010 as part of a DLC for the 2010 videogame Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock.
- "Wretches And Kings" is featured in the 2012 videogame EA Sports MMA as well as in its trailer.
- NMESeptember 6, 2010
- Live Glitch « Mike Shinoda's Blog, May 25, 2010
- HavocNdeeD « 119 Sound – Dubstep, Garage and Bass Music!
- Linkin Park – Wretches & Kings (HavocNdeeD RemiX)….OFFICIAL!!! « 119 Sound – Dubstep, Garage and Bass Music!, November 30, 2010
- FOR YOUR EARS ONLY. | The Hundreds, June 02, 2011
- Wretches & Kings - Newswire - Linkin Park Live, September 01, 2010