|Song by Linkin Park from the album LP Underground Eleven|
|Working title||Over To Me (Blue)|
|Released||November 15, 2011|
|Stems||Stagelight (Linkin Park Bundle II)|
"Blue" is the tenth song on the album Linkin Park Underground Eleven. Its outro became the vocal melody for "Crawling".
"Blue" was the first track in the very first demo recorded with Chester Bennington in early May 1999, soon after the band changed their name to Hybrid Theory. Jeff Blue, in his One Step Closer: From Xero to #1: Becoming Linkin Park book, lists the track as "Over To Me (Blue)" but it is simply listed as "Blue" on the physical CD. Kyle Christner plays uncredited bass on the song.
The first time this song was mentioned was in an October 2000 interview with ShoutWeb, where Mike said: "The chorus melody for "Crawling" was originally the bridge of a song that sucked that we wrote. That other song we didn't like and we weren't going to use it so we had this melody. It just occured to me to take this melody that I liked and to write music around it. I did that and then Brad came in and added a little more and helped me out with it. Chester wrote some new words. Everybody worked around it."
On July 17, 2002, Mike mentioned the song again at Linkin Park's official website: "as we work on things, we start to narrow down to a smaller of songs. inevitably, when some songs are less interesting, but have a great guitar part or sample, we try to take that part and put it into another song that seems to be coming together better. so we combine similar songs to create a better song. originally, the chorus to crawling was a bridge from another song. chester and i needed a chorus to put in that song, and he just sang it there with no guitars. after we recorded the vocal track, i wrote the guitar under it. and we took it into the studio and everyone added their magic."
As the years passed, Mike completely forgot about the existence of "Blue". Luckily, he found a CD containing the song in 2011 and decided to release it on the LP Underground Eleven CD, but mislabeled the track as a 1998 demo. On the booklet, he wrote: "I forgot this song existed until I found it on a CD in a box in my closet this year. This song and "Slip" were done in sessions leading up to the recording of Hybrid Theory. We eventually abandoned the song, but decided that there was something special about the vocal at the end of the song. Chester and I took the melody, wrote new words to it, and wrote new chords underneath... and it became the chorus of "Crawling.""
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
|Blue (1998 Unreleased Hybrid Theory Demo)||LP Underground Eleven||3:29||1999||November 15, 2011||
- Rob Bourdon - drums
- Joseph Hahn - turntables, programming
- Kyle Christner - bass
- Brad Delson - guitar
- Chester Bennington - vocals
- Mike Shinoda - vocals, programming
In the dark days, I'll part ways with the blame.
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