Hybrid Theory (EP)

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Hybrid Theory EP
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EP by Hybrid Theory
Released May 1, 1999 (1999-05-01)
Recorded 1998—1999
Length 28:30
Label Mix Media
Linkin Park non-studio album chronology
Hybrid Theory EP
LPU chronology
Hybrid Theory (EP)
(2001) Hybrid Theory (EP)2001
LP Underground 2.0
(2002) LP Underground 2.02002

Hybrid Theory is the first EP by Hybrid Theory, a previous name of the band Linkin Park. The album was recorded and self-released on May 1, 1999 (although the band has not confirmed or denied this, the date has stuck) through Mix Media. Later that year, the band changed its name to Linkin Park and Hybrid Theory was re-mixed and remastered for another limited release in 2001 (with minor changes) in the credits and artwork for members of Linkin Park's fan club. Only about 1,000 copies were pressed and released. Original versions of the EP are hard to find.


The financing for the original pressing was obtained through a publishing deal with Zomba Music Publishing after one of its representatives, Jeff Blue, heard the band playing at the Whisky a Go Go. Initial sales were merely a handful but the band persisted. They began plugging the album in chat rooms and sending free copies to anyone who expressed interest. An informal 'street team' developed from the on-line community to spread the music.[1] With Dave Farrell's temporary departure from the band to perform with Tasty Snax, Kyle Christener took over the bass position. However, he did not stay for long and did not take part in the band's debut album.

There is an untitled hidden track placed at the end of the EP, sometimes referred to as "Ambient" or "Secret". This song served as a basis for the song "Session" on Linkin Park's second album, Meteora.[2]


Some songs included on the EP appeared in later releases by Linkin Park. "Step Up" appeared on the "In the End, Pt. 2" single. Samples from that song are also featured in the remix for "Cure for the Itch", titled, "Kyur4 TH Ich" on Linkin Park's Reanimation remix album, and The X-Ecutioners' "It's Goin' Down". "And One" and "Part of Me" were included on the 2008 Linkin Park compilation EP Songs from the Underground, released exclusively through Best Buy. A re-recorded version of "High Voltage", with a different chorus and some new lyrics, appears on the "One Step Closer" single and as a bonus track as well as on some versions of Linkin Park's debut album. Evidence's remix, featuring Pharoahe Monch and DJ Babu, appears on Reanimation. During the 2004 edition of that year of the Projekt: Revolution, the band played live a medley of "Step Up", "Nobody's Listening" (from Meteora) and "It's Goin' Down", later registered on the LP Underground 4.0.

Enhanced features[edit]

The LPU launched with a US$25 price tag for local people in the United States, and $40 for international fans. The first 500 people who joined the LPU had their Hybrid Theory EP autographed by the band. Later, the Reanimation DVD was sent out as a Christmas present.

  1. CD: Hybrid Theory EP reissue.
  2. T-shirt: Mike Shinoda designed shirt with the Winged Soldier from the Hybrid Theory album.
  3. LPU 1.0 Exclusive Merchandise
  4. LPU Hoodie (M, L, XL, XXL) – $31.98
  5. LPU T-shirt (M, L, XL, XXL) – $15.98
  6. LPU Mousepad – $6.40
  7. Other package contents:
  • Sticker and patch
  • Membership card
  • Band picture
  • Introductory letter written by the band
  • 4 newsletters mailed out in the course of the year.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Carousel" 3:00
2. "Technique (short)"
  • Shinoda
  • Hahn
3. "Step Up"
  • Shinoda
  • Hahn
  • Delson
4. "And One"
  • Shinoda
  • Hahn
  • Delson
  • Bennington
  • Bourdon
5. "High Voltage"
  • Shinoda
  • Hahn
  • Delson
6. "Part of Me" ("Part of Me" ends at 4:00. Instead of silence, interference bips can be heard and it lasts for 6 minutes. A hidden track entitled "Ambient" starts at 9:58.)
  • Shinoda
  • Hahn
  • Delson
  • Bennington
  • Bourdon


Hybrid Theory
  • Mike Shinoda – producer, mixing, cover art, art direction
  • Mudrock – producer and mixer for the tracks "Carousel", "And One" and "Part of Me"
  • Pat Kraus – mastering
  • Joe "Mr." Hahn – cover art for reissue (LP Underground 1.0)


  1. ^ Saulmon, Greg (2006). Linkin Park; Contemporary musicians and their music. The Rosen Publishing Group. pp. 19–20. ISBN 9781404207134. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  2. ^ eeggs.com (2005-06-14). "Part of Me (Linkin Park) Easter Egg - Hidden Track in Part of Me by Linkin Park!". Eeggs.com. Retrieved 2012-02-23.