|Song by Linkin Park from the album Meteora|
|Live debut||July 4, 2003|
|Last played||September 11, 2004|
|Producer||Don Gilmore, Linkin Park|
"Figure.09" is the eighth track on Linkin Park's sophomore album Meteora. The song is mainly known by Linkin Park fans for its powerful live performances during the Meteora touring cycle, especially its extended outro featured in 2004.
In March 2003, Mike Shinoda did a track-by-track of Meteora for ShoutWeb. About "Figure.09", he said, ""Figure .09" is another song that will be a lot of fun to play live. It's a really loud song. The first sound you hear sounds like little conga drums or something. It's actually Joe tapping on his turntables with a distortion pedal. So the distortion creates this drum type sound when he hits his needle and his vinyl. So he made this little beat just tapping on his records, which is really interesting. I think it's stuff like that that shows where Joe's going. He's doing some really creative things with his turntables. He's not limiting himself to just scratching and rubbing them back and forth and playing samples. He did some interesting stuff."
On the Meteora booklet, the band wrote, "This song originally had rapping in the verses, then was rewritten with singing verses during the process at NRG, the singing parts remained until the recording was finished. Then, while mixing the album, Brad, Mike, Chester and Don swapped the rap verses back in, deciding that the rapping made the song more interesting. the rest of the band didn't hear the final version of the song until the album was complete."
The band says the title as "Figure Nine", as evidenced by how they introduced it live in 2003 and 2004.
An early demo version of "Figure.09" with different lyrics and no vocals during the verses was released on the LP Underground 9.0: Demos CD on November 23, 2009. The bridge of this version reuses the kids voices from Mike's original demo of "Marco Polo" by Styles Of Beyond, but the sample is a little longer and played backwards.
Another demo version of "Figure.09" with alternative rap verses can be heard during The Making Of Meteora and the LPTV episode "The Studio II". When questioned why the lyrics were changed, Mike said, "I don't know why. If you're asking why we've changed the words to that track, the reason is always that we thought the new word, like we tried to beat and if we chose this new version is because we thought that the new version is better as a group."
When asked about the song's title in October 2020, Mike said, "That is a demo title. You know how this song is called "Stinky Machine"? That's the same idea. I called the demo "Figure.09" and we couldn't think of a better name. Like, "let's call it this or that", nothing beat "Figure.09." "Figure.09" was cooler and weirder. Same with "Faint", by the way. Especially at that time, we were playing around with doing more abstract names or random weird names. "Figure.09" was something I was just looking at in a book. Do you know what I mean? You'll see that a lot in art books, like, the words reference certain images. It was literally just something I just saw when I was making the song, it was in something that I was looking at. It was just in the room."
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
|Figure.09||Meteora||3:17||2002||March 25, 2003|
|Figure.09 (Demo 2002)||LP Underground 9.0: Demos||3:23||2002||November 23, 2009||
|Figure.09||Meteora - Instrumentals||3:14||2002||
|Figure.09||LP Underground 3.0||3:48||August 02, 2003||November 17, 2003||
|Figure.09||Live In Texas||August 02, 2003||November 18, 2003||
|Figure 9 - Projekt Revolution Tour 2004||LP Underground 4.0||3:13||August 13, 2004||November 22, 2004||
The first confirmed performance of "Figure.09" was at the first show of the Summer Sanitarium tour, though it is likely it was performed at the warm-up show directly before. "Figure.09" was played throughout the rest of this tour, the 2003 European Tour, and the 2003 Australia and Asia tour after "From The Inside" before it was dropped starting with the Smoke Out performance. The song returned at the first show of Projekt Revolution 2004, and was played through the end of 2004. "Figure.09" was played after "Somewhere I Belong", and featured a new, transition outro that led into "From The Inside". The most common lyrics that Chester screamed on that outro were "blood, anger, suffering / love, hate, fear."
After the Meteora cycle ended, "Figure.09" was dropped and hasn't been played since.
Last Updated: October 12, 2015
|Type||Description||First Played||Last Played|
|Outro||Blood, Anger, Suffering Outro Transition||July 23, 2004||September 11, 2004|
- Chester Bennington: vocals
- Rob Bourdon: drums
- Brad Delson: guitar
- Joseph Hahn: records, sampling
- Phoenix: bass
- Mike Shinoda: emcee, vocals, sampling
- Don Gilmore: producer
- Andy Wallace: mixer
Nothing ever stops all these thoughts
All these things I could not say,
In Other Media
- "Figure.09" is featured in the 2003 film S.W.A.T..
- Figure.09: YouTube
- Shoutweb.com - Features - Linkin Park "Meteora" Track-by-Track, March 2003
- Linkin Park Meteora Song Info, March 2003
- Linkin Park Meteora Song Info
- YouTube: Linkin Park - Figure.09 (Toronto, Summer Sanitarium 2003), April 8, 2016
- Linkin Park LPTV Temp.1 Ep. 4 - The Studio II - YouTube, 2011
- Writing a song live and giving away plugins by GetGoodDrums - YouTube, May 13, 2020
- Twitch: Mike Shinoda - 10.21 Using my homemade Kontakt drum patch, September 22, 2020