|Song by Hybrid Theory from the album Hybrid Theory EP|
|Stems||Akai MPC 1000|
|Live debut||January 26, 2001|
September 16, 2001 (Linkin Park)|
September 8, 2015 (Fort Minor)
|Writer||Brad Delson, Joseph Hahn, Mike Shinoda|
"High Voltage" is a song written by Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn, and Brad Delson in 1999. Its original version was released that year on the Hybrid Theory EP. Kyle Christener is credited for bass on the original EP but his name was removed from subsequent issues. This happened because his bass tracks weren't used in the EP. Despite not having a songwriting credit, Chester Bennington has vocals on the song.
The song is derivative of "Intergalactic" by the Beastie Boys, which came out in 1998 on the album Hello Nasty.
When questioned who the "Akira" in the lyrics was, Mike in 2001 said, "akira is a name i used to go by for a short period. it's from the movie, and it's the long version of my brother's middle name, akio"
In the June 2019 leak of Hybrid Party Of A Thousand Things, two instrumental demos of "High Voltage" were included from Mike's MPC, titled "Siamo" and "Siamo2."
Mike Shinoda Remix
At some point either just before or during the Hybrid Theory sessions, the song was remixed by Mike Shinoda for possible inclusion on the album, but it didn't make it to the final tracklist. Jeff Blue says that he owns a demo CD of the album with the song placed after "Cure For The Itch." Instead, the remix was released on the UK editon of the "One Step Closer" single and Japanese edition of the album. This version of the song is the one Linkin Park began playing live in January 2001. When introducing the song at the London show in September 2001, Mike said, "We're going to play a b-side for you, something that's not on the album. It made it onto the b-side of "One Step Closer" here in the U.K. - check it out, it's "High Voltage!" Later on the tour, Mike added, "It's a song we kind of did before the album but we had second thoughts and decided to put it out afterwards."
Talking to Theprp.com on December 9, 2000, Mike Shinoda said: "The "One Step Closer" Import single will feature a remix (by me) of an older hip hop track of ours called "High Voltage", along with a slower song called "My December". What's nice for me about these things is that I did the majority of the writing on those songs, and I produced and mixed both." In addition to Brad Delson, Joseph Hahn and Mike Shinoda, Chester Bennington is credited as a songwriter on this version of "High Voltage".
The beginning of the track features strings from the end of "Cure For The Itch." Mike was asked about this on Twitch and answered, "So I had this rack mounted keyboard unit and I forget what it was, it was a Roland keyboard unit with these certain string sounds and I used those on a few songs at the time. I forget which ones I used it on. I used it on those two, I think I used them on "By Myself." I used them a couple of times, so that's why that sound popped up, because I liked that sound and I used it on a few things."
The voiceover/sampled talking on the remix is done by Lee Cadena, the creator of Urban Network's Rapology series. He is also the voice on the "Lee Interlude" used on Linkin Park shows in 2001. Mike said, "He was the voice on the phone on High Voltage. Lee.... Joe actually worked for Lee for a while. There was a hip hop industry magazine called Urban Network and Lee was like the boss over there and Joe worked for Lee. Shout out to Lee. I haven't seen that guy in like forever."
Linkin Park released a remix of "High Voltage" on Reanimation in July 2002 titled "H! Vltg3." The track was remixed by Evidence and cut by DJ Babu, both from the hip hop group Dilated Peoples, with additional production by Porse 1. The track was edited by DJ Revolution and mixed by Troy Staton. Pharoahe Monch guests with a rap verse on the track.
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
|High Voltage||Hybrid Theory EP||3:30||1999||1999|
|High Voltage||Hybrid Theory EP (Re-Issue)||3:30||1999||November 19, 2001||
|High Voltage||One Step Closer (UK Single)
In The End (JP EP)
|3:45||2000||January 15, 2001||
|Siamo||Hybrid Party Of A Thousand Things||3:35||
|Siamo2||Hybrid Party Of A Thousand Things||3:55||
|H! Vltg3||Reanimation||3:30||2001||July 30, 2002||
Pts.Of.Athrty / H! Vltg3
|3:32||2001||July 19, 2002||
|H! Vltg3||"Reanimation" Internal Demo||3:14||2001||
|H! Vltg3 (Instrumental)||H! Vltg3
Reanimation - Instrumentals
|H! Vltg3 (Acapella)||H! Vltg3||3:23||2001||2002||
|High Voltage (Live)||LP Underground 2.0||4:02||September 16, 2001||November 18, 2002||
|High Voltage||Hybrid Theory (Mastered For iTunes)||3:38||August 09, 2001||January 15, 2013||
|High Voltage||Hybrid Theory (20th Anniversary Edition)||4:40||January 30, 2001||October 9, 2020||
|High Voltage||Hybrid Theory (20th Anniversary Edition)||4:07||June 03, 2001||October 9, 2020||
"High Voltage" became a signature part of Linkin Park's setlists when it debuted on the Street Soldiers Tour in 2001, where it appeared mid-set. The song was performed as the Mike Shinoda Remix version found on the "One Step Closer" single, which features a reworked instrumental. After that initial tour, the song was dropped on the following one (Deftones' Back To School Tour), barring the final show of the tour. At the second night in Manchester, England, Mike gave the crowd a choice between two songs: "Pushing Me Away" or a "really old song not on the album" - "High Voltage". The crowd response prompted for "High Voltage" being performed, so "Pushing Me Away" was scrapped for this last show. The song remained in the setlist until the Ozzfest, before returning for the first half of the Fall European Tour, where it was dropped in favor of adding "Step Up" into the setlist. The Dilated Peoples joined the band for the last performance of the song in London, England. "High Voltage" has not made a full appearance in Linkin Park's setlists since.
Snippets of "High Voltage" have found their way into the sets since the Hybrid Theory touring cycle, still. Both verses were occasionally rapped over the extended intro of "Points Of Authority" during the Minutes To Midnight touring cycle. There was one instance during The Hunting Party touring cycle where Mike rapped the first verse of the song over his solo medley - this happened in Bremen, Germany.
When Fort Minor made a comeback in 2015, "High Voltage" eventually found its way into the live sets. After his first show of Fort Minor's string of European shows, Mike ran an online poll for fans to vote in which song should be added to the setlist. The choices were "High Voltage", "Step Up", "Second To None", "Red To Black", "Right Now", and "High Voltage" won in a landslide victory. It debuted for the at the Fort Minor show in Berlin, Germany, where it was mashed up with parts of "Suicide Music" from The Raid: Redemption score and "C.R.E.A.M." by Wu-Tang Clan. The outro featured parts of "Rebel Without A Pause" by Public Enemy, and was dubbed the "Funk Rebel Break" Outro on the printed setlist. This marked the first full performance of "High Voltage" in any form in 14 years, and the song stayed in the following Fort Minor setlists.
On the world tour for Post Traumatic, Mike brought parts of "High Voltage" in to the set. On the tour, "Sorry For Now" was always performed with an extended bridge and sometimes featured the demo verse of "Sorry For Now" rapped over it. However, Mike began changing it up and would bring in the "High Voltage" first verse and chorus on it. Near the end of the 2019 European Tour, Mike brought "Lift Off" into the setlist and would often use the first verse and chorus of "High Voltage" in the song along with parts of other tracks like "Step Up", "Nobody's Listening", "Hands Held High", and more.
Last Updated: August 12, 2016
|Type||Description||First Played||Last Played|
|Alternative||Mike Shinoda Remix||January 26, 2001||September 16, 2001|
Last Updated: August 12, 2016
|Type||Description||First Played||Last Played|
|Outro||Funk Rebel Break||September 2, 2015||September 8, 2015|
|Alternative||Mashup w/ "Suicide Music" and "C.R.E.A.M." by Wu-Tang Clan||September 2, 2015||September 8, 2015|
Hybrid Theory EP
- Written by M Shinoda, J Hahn, B Delson
- Produced by Mike Shinoda
- Produced and mixed by Mike Shinoda
- Mastered by Pat Kraus
One Step Closer
- Written by: Mike Shinoda, Joseph Hahn, Brad Delson & Chester Bennington
- Produced & Engineered by: Mike Shinoda
- Mixed by: Mike Shinoda
|Hybrid Theory EP Version|
Just do something to tell you who I am, ya know?
"You know what I mean?
High Voltage screen from Frat Party At The Pankake Festival
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