Almost a month ago Linkin Park released the music video for “Leave Out All the Rest”, the final single from the acclaimed “Minutes to Midnight”.
This is what they said of the video in an interview with MTV.com:
Linkin Park spent last weekend standing in front of a green screen in a warehouse in Van Nuys, California, shooting the video directed by the band’s DJ, Joseph Hahn, who also came up with the video’s treatment. The clip depicts a day in the life of Linkin Park — that is, if they all lived in a futuristic flight vessel, floating somewhere in outer space.
“Joe wasn’t even going to write a treatment for this song,” MC Mike Shinoda told MTV News on the set. “We’d [received] a number of treatments, and we were kind of bummed out, because we weren’t connecting to any of them. And then, out of nowhere, we get a treatment from Joe in an e-mail, and we just loved it. It was random, out of nowhere, and it fit the song perfectly. I really like this video, because it’s different from everything else he’s done with us before. It’s this sci-fi thing, which is fun. We’ve never really done that, and when I walked onto the set, I thought it looked like ‘Battlestar Galactica.’ ”
In the video — which features no performance footage — the band lives in a rundown, artificial habitat that’s making its way across the galaxy. At first, the boys are seen passing the time performing mundane tasks, but then gravity is lost onboard the vessel, sending the guys floating about.
“We’re explorers in space, just like when we go on tour,” said Hahn. “We’re leaving our home life behind, and I guess it kind of ties into ‘Leave Out All the Rest,’ in that we have to leave things behind in order to do something better.”
According to Shinoda, it was Minutes to Midnight producer Rick Rubin who first realized the song’s potential as a single.
“When we were in the studio, working on the album, this song was one of the ones that I was personally pretty attached to,” said Shinoda. “I remember Rick, of all people, who never says stuff like this, because he’s more of a guy who either likes a song or thinks it can be better, and usually it can be better. I don’t know if it’s just that he sets his standards so high, but he never says things like, ‘This is a single.’ But when he heard this song, he said, ‘This sounds like a massive single.’ For us, when we write a record, we don’t think in terms of singles. In our minds, every song is a single.”
I absolutely love music videos that are unique, just like this one. I think that live videos for singles are cheap. Even if they cost several thousand dollars for making it, they’re cheap. Come on, you just go out there and play while someone gets that on tape and then you get someone else to edit it and BAM! you got yourself a music video.
I love videos that have any sort of a storyline or acting, just like “Jesus of Suburbia” from Green Day (if they did a live video for that song I would have killed Billie Joe Armstrong), “Dammit” from blink-182 (the only video from them that actually relates to the song), “There Is” from Box Car Racer (well, it doesn’t feature that much of acting or whatever but it does feature some imagery that really relates to the song), and the list could go on forever, I might as well write an article about music videos sometime in the future.
For now, enjoy this epic music video by Linkin Park.
Directed by: Joseph Hahn
Format : AVI
Codec : XviD
File size : 64.9 MiB
Play time : 3mn 24s
Bit rate : 2649 Kbps
Width : 728 pixels
Height : 310 pixels
Preview : YouTube