I have specifically joined this forum to ask this question.
Prior to Hybrid Theory being released, when I was around 13 years old, I remember recording a version of ‘One Step Closer’ from the radio to cassette tape. It was played on BBC Radio 1, I can’t remember what show I recorded it from specifically, but quite possibly Steve Lemacq’s show.
At the time I did not know who the song was by or what it was called, I just knew I liked it, and I would listen to it often. A few short months (or weeks?) later, I was in my local music shop browsing the metal section. I saw Hybrid Theory in the ‘new releases’ part, looked at the tracklisting, and saw a track on there called ‘One Step Closer’. Assuming this was the song I recorded from the radio, I bought the CD on a whim.
Well, luckily it turned out it was the same song by the same band, but the version I recorded from the radio was different! Unfortunately, I either lost the tape or eventually taped over it…
Years later, I have been trying to find this demo online. I found the ‘One Step Closer’ demo called ‘Plaster’, however I am pretty certain that this is NOT the version I taped from the radio.
Here is what I can remember about the version I recorded, that differs from the original (and ‘Plaster’)
No electronic drums in the intro / interlude. No drums at all in these parts of the song.
When the first heavy riff kicks in after the intro, there was an elongated ‘AHHHHHHH!’ scream from Chester, different from the ‘Shut up!’ scream in ‘Plaster’.
In the chorus, the ‘one step closer to the edge, and I’m about to break part’ was just Mike rapping, it didn’t have Chester’s voice underneath. I remember when I got Hybrid Theory, that I thought this part sounded way worse the way it ended up on the album.
I don’t think the interlude had any scratching in at all from Joe (but I can’t remember for sure about this. I think at the very least, the scratching was different, or there was scratching in different parts of the song rather than here, but I am less sure about this than the above points).
Does anyone know anything about this version of ‘One Step Closer’? I can’t seem to find anything online. As it was so long ago, I’m starting to wonder if my memory has failed me.