If you were in high school in the late 90's, or perhaps even college, then I'm guessing you had a Linkin Park phase in your life. I did. I used to mute my video games and put my Hybrid Theory CD on loop and have my own personalized soundtrack. That's actually one of my most fond memories, believe it or not.
This video I'm about to show you took me back... Not only to the times I played Hybrid Theory and the remix album nonstop, but to all of these various movies they used. The fact that I could name 90% of them in the fraction of a second they appear is sad. What have I done with my life?
Seriously though, what have I done with my life? I don't know why. It doesn't even matter how hard I try. I keep that in mind when I think about how much time the creator of this video spent of his life so we could all get this thrill.
He knew In the End was the jam and the one to choose. Bless you, sir or lady. Your sacrifice is appreciated.
There's this image from an anonymous 4chan poster who only has one song in his iTunes library and it's this one... and it has over 36,000 listens clocked on it. That song is 3 minutes and 36 seconds long. For the sake of easy math let's call it 3.5 minutes long. That means, if he never pressed pause once, he's played this song for 126,000 minutes straight, which is 2,100 hours, or 87.5 days straight.
That may sound crazy to you, but I swear on everything holy I believe it, because when I was in college I had a neighbor who played this song on full blast all day every day for at least two or three weeks straight. Some people get a little obsessed. For all I know it could have been the same guy.
I think about Linkin Park a lot, though. They spent who knows how many years crafting a perfect album. Every song on it was worthy of being a single, and almost all of them were promoted as such. Then they signed with a major label and had to pump out another album fast... much faster than taking your time on each song instead of one or two singles with filler tracks.
They bought some time with a remix album of Hybrid Theory called Reanimation (which is amazing), but it all went downhill from there.
The problem was, instead of taking their sweet time at home, they were trying to hurry and write the next album in between live performances of the first album, all while riding around the country on a tour bus. They had a studio in the tour bus if I remember correctly. I would have been real disappointed in having finally made it to the big time. But then again, I'd be rolling in cash money.
You can't force art this good. Oh well. We'll always have Hybrid Theory, one of the best albums we've had in a long, long time. Listen to this if you've never heard it:
We salute you, fellow reminiscer.