All Torn Down

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"All Torn Down"
Single by The Living End
from the album The Living End
Released December 1998
Format CD single
Recorded 1998
Genre Punk rock, punkabilly
Length 4:07
Label Modular, EMI
Writer(s) Chris Cheney, Travis Demsey[1]
Producer(s) Lindsay Gravina
The Living End singles chronology
"Save the Day"
(1998)
"All Torn Down"
(1998)
"West End Riot"
(1999))

"All Torn Down" was the third single taken from Australian rock group, The Living End's debut self-titled album. It was released in December 1998,[2] spending 18 weeks in the Australian ARIA Singles Chart and peaking at No. 12.[3]

The song title and lyrics refer to the rapid development of Melbourne in the late 1990s, with major projects such as CityLink and Melbourne Docklands in progress and being constructed with little regard to whether it was development on parks or historic sites. The cover art depicts a redscale Melway map of the Melbourne CBD and Southbank area..

I was still living at home in Wheeler’s Hill when that came out. I’d see a bunch of beautiful old buildings disappearing in the city… and when they’re done they’re gone. It was about me being into old-fashioned cars, music and fashion; why can’t things just stay the way they are?

—Chris Cheney, 2012[4]

The song has a fast tempo of 133 beats per minute.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "All Torn Down"   Chris Cheney, Travis Demsey[1] 4:07
2. "Witch Doctor"   Chris Cheney, Scott Owen[5] 2:44
3. "Tainted Love"   Ed Cobb[6] 3:43
4. "Second Solution" (live video) Chris Cheney, Scott Owen[7] 3:26
5. "The Living End" (live video) Chris Cheney[8] 2:59

Charts[edit]

Charts (1998) Peak
Position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 12[3]
Triple J Hottest 100 41[9]

End of Year Charts[edit]

Country Chart Ranking
Australia ARIA End of Year Singles 91[10]

Certifications[edit]

Territory Provider Certification
Australia ARIA Gold[11]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
Australia December 1998 Modular Recordings CD MODCS002
EMI 7243 8 86458 0 5

Personnel[edit]

Band members
Recording process
  • Producer – Lindsay Gravina ("All Torn Down" & "Witch Doctor")
  • Engineer – Lindsay Gravina ("All Torn Down" & "Witch Doctor")
    • Assistant engineer – Matt Voight ("All Torn Down" & "Witch Doctor")
  • Mastering – Stephen Marcussen at Precision Mastering
  • Mixing – Jerry Finn ("All Torn Down" & "Witch Doctor")
    • Assistant mixer – Mark and Tony ("All Torn Down" & "Witch Doctor")
  • Editing (digital) – Don C. Tyler
  • Studios – Sing Sing Studios, Melbourne ("All Torn Down" & "Witch Doctor"); Q Recordings ("Tainted Love")
    • Mixing studios – Conway Studios, Los Angeles
Art works
  • Cover art – Craig Preston

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "'All Torn Down' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Archived Australasian Releases". Australian Recording Industry Association. October 1998. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "The Living End – All Torn Down (Song)". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Valentish, Jenny (12 October 2012). "The Living End Interview". Time Out Melbourne. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "'Witch Doctor' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "'Tainted Love' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "'Second Solution' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "'The Living End' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Hottest 100 - 1999". Triple J. ABC. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 1999 Singles". ARIA. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 1999". ARIA. Retrieved 29 May 2013.