All Killer, No Filler

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For the Jerry Lee Lewis album of similar name, see All Killer, No Filler: The Anthology.
All Killer, No Filler
Studio album by Sum 41
Released May 8, 2001
Recorded 2000 & 2001 at Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, Canada and Cello Studios in Los Angeles, California
Genre Pop punk[1][2]
Length 32:21
Label Aquarius (Canada)
Island (US)
Producer Jerry Finn
Sum 41 studio album chronology
All Killer No Filler
(2001)
Does This Look Infected?
(2002)
Singles from All Killer, No Filler
  1. "Fat Lip"
    Released: April 22, 2001
  2. "In Too Deep"
    Released: September 2001
  3. "Motivation"
    Released: January 2002
  4. "Handle This"
    Released: June 17, 2002 (Germany and Japan only)
  5. "Pain For Pleasure[citation needed]"
    Released: August 4th, 2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 81%[3]
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Entertainment Weekly (C+)[4]
Ultimate Guitar (9.1/10)[5]
Rolling Stone (3/5)[6]

All Killer, No Filler is the first studio album by the Canadian rock band Sum 41, released on May 8, 2001. It was certified platinum in the United States, Canada and in the UK.[7]

Despite mixed reviews, the album was a commercial success, peaking at No. 13 on the Billboard 200. The single, "Fat Lip" peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Rock Tracks. In recent years, the album has received highly positive reviews, and has been praised as the album that gained the band success. The album has been considered by critics and fans as a pop punk classic, and has been considered one of the greatest pop punk albums of all time.

The album features lyrics with various subjects such as society, laziness, self-indulgence, and relationships. The album's title is considered to be a reference to the Jerry Lee Lewis album All Killer, No Filler: The Anthology.

Release[edit]

All Killer No Filler, which was Sum 41's first full-length album, was released on May 8, 2001.

"Fat Lip", the album's first single, achieved significant chart and commercial success; it topped the U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart as well as many other charts around the world. The song remains the band's most successful song to date. After "Fat Lip", two more singles, entitled "In Too Deep" and "Motivation", were released from the album. "In Too Deep" peaked at #10 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, while "Motivation" peaked at #24 on the same chart. Though not singles, music videos were made for the tracks "Pain for pleasure" and "Nothing on my back". The album peaked at #13 on the Billboard 200 chart and at #9 on the Top Canadian Albums chart.

Two of the album's songs, namely "Fat Lip" and "In Too Deep", were featured in the film American Pie 2. The song "Summer" was originally released on Half Hour of Power, but was re-recorded for All Killer No Filler.

On April 6, 2011 a special edition of the album was released to celebrate the 10th anniversary of All Killer No Filler, exclusive to Japan.[8]

Composition[edit]

Musical Style[edit]

The album's style has been described as pop punk.[1][2] The band has mentioned Blink-182, NOFX, Pennywise and The Offspring as major influences for the album's sound. The album also has been described as a more polished and radio-friendly album than their previous release, Half Hour Of Power. The band has mentioned Green Day as their main influence for the album. "I was about 14 when ‘Dookie’ came out," Deryck Whibley recalls. "I remember seeing the video for 'Basket Case' for the first time... It had so much energy and it was so different. I'd never seen anything like it before. From then I was instant fan."

Lyrics[edit]

The lyrical subject matter has been described to consist of "summer nostalgia", "relationships", "laziness", and "society". Absolutepunk described the album as "the album that your parents don't want you to discover at age 11 when you're just starting to think that school is bullshit and the only thing that really matters is that ridiculously cute girl who honestly treats you like shit", as well as adding "The lyrics are broad enough that everyone can relate to them, but specific enough that each song makes you think of a certain person or situation in your life. The perfect balance".

Reception and Legacy[edit]

The album was a commercial success, selling over 1.7 million copies worldwide. It has been certified platinum in the United States, Canada and in the UK.

The success of the album brought the band touring offers with mainstream pop punk bands like Blink-182 and The Offspring. The band spent much of 2001 touring; they played over 300 concerts that year before returning to the studio to record another album. They took the last week of the tour off due to the September 11 terrorist attacks. They later rescheduled the canceled shows.

All Killer No Filler received a mixed reception at the time of its release. The album was praised for its catchy hooks, but criticized for its unoriginality. At the time, most critics dismissed the band as a band riding on the coattails of the success of pop punk.

However, the album has received retrospective acclaim. The album's change in critical reviews has been believed to be because of the band's success following the album's release. Allmusic said "It would be a mistake to view Sum 41 as just another second-rate band cashing in on the early-'00s punk-pop boom, even if it did recruit Jerry Finn to produce All Killer No Filler." Top40.com ranked the album as the 9th greatest pop punk album of all time. Rock Sound put the album at No. 46 in "101 Modern Classics".

The album has been an important staple in the pop punk genre.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Deryck Whibley and Greig Nori, except when noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Introduction to Destruction" (Jocz) 0:37
2. "Nothing on My Back"   3:01
3. "Never Wake Up"   0:49
4. "Fat Lip" (Whibley/Jocz) 2:58
5. "Rhythms"   2:58
6. "Motivation"   2:49
7. "In Too Deep"   3:27
8. "Summer" (re-recorded version) 2:49
9. "Handle This"   3:37
10. "Crazy Amanda Bunkface"   2:15
11. "All She's Got"   2:21
12. "Heart Attack"   2:49
13. "Pain for Pleasure" (Jocz) 1:42
Total length:
32:21

Personnel[edit]

Sum 41
Additional musicians
  • Greig Nori – backing vocals on "Motivation", guitar on "Handle This" and "Pain for Pleasure"
  • Kerry King – guitar solo on "It's What We're All About"
  • Tommy Lee – drums on "It's What We're All About" (live)
Artwork
  • Chris Wahl – inner inlay photo
  • Jonathan Mannion – outer inlay & interior group photo design
  • Kiim Kinakin – album design
Production
  • Jerry Finnproducer
  • Tom Lord-Algemixing
  • Joe McGrath – engineer
  • Sean O'Dwyer – engineer
  • Ari Martin, & Nettwerk Management – management
  • Brian Gardner – mastering
  • Gizelle Galang – business affairs
  • Rob Mitchell – A&R coordination
  • Robert Steveson & Lewis Largent – A&R
  • Joel Kazmi – assistant
  • Robert Read – assistant
  • Alan Sanderson – assistant
  • Katie Teasdale – assistant

Chart history[edit]

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