Commit This to Memory
|Commit This to Memory|
|Studio album by Motion City Soundtrack|
|Released||June 7, 2005|
Seedy Underbelly Studios (Valley Village, California)
Sound Castle (Silver Lake, California)
Cello Studios(Hollywood, California)
|Genre||Emo, pop punk, indie rock|
|Motion City Soundtrack chronology|
|Singles from Commit This to Memory|
Commit This to Memory is the second studio album by American pop punk band Motion City Soundtrack. The album was produced by Blink-182 and +44 singer-bassist Mark Hoppus. It was released through Epitaph Records on June 7, 2005. A deluxe edition of the album was released on June 20, 2006, including an additional track and a DVD which contained five music videos, a live show and "Hooray for the Madness," a documentary directed by Shane Nelson. The original release peaked at #72 on the Billboard 200, after leaking months before, just a day after final mixing. The album title comes from a lyric in the song "Hangman".
Background and recording
Mark Hoppus' involvement stems from when an Atticus Clothing employee played him I Am the Movie. He was so taken with it that he raved about the band in Rolling Stone and the band was asked to come out and open for Blink-182 on their 2004 European tour, where he became good friends with the band. He told them that he had purchased an abundance of recording gear and amps for the previous Blink-182 album and told the band of his interest in recording music from a production standpoint. At the final show of the tour, guitarist Joshua Cain went to Hoppus' dressing room and asked him to produce their next record. Although Hoppus had never produced anything before, he was excited to be a part of the album and accepted the offer.
Recording sessions for Commit This to Memory, which were booked by Hoppus, were scheduled over six weeks at Seedy Underbelly Studios in Valley Village, a district of Los Angeles, California, which was actually a rented house that had once belonged to Jeff Porcaro, the drummer for Toto. The band had, according to Hoppus, "a million ideas and a lot of energy and enthusiasm to make a great record." Vocalist Justin Pierre strived for the record to have a sound that resembled the bands Braid, Superchunk, Jawbox, and the Pixies. Hoppus generally modeled his producing after Jerry Finn, and therefore it involved much watching and listening. "Mark kept telling us, 'Your name is going to be a lot bigger on the front than mine is on the back,'" recalled Justin Pierre. "So he would throw suggestions out there but always say, 'Feel free to turn these down.' And we would!" Hoppus mostly worked with the band on arrangements, believing the songs were too packed and "needed to breathe."
Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump contributed guest vocals to "Everything is Alright", and Hoppus to "Hangman". After production completed, Hoppus was very excited for the band he felt was on the cusp of "great things," recalling, "After six weeks of these guys living all together in two rooms of this house with a studio attached they created this amazingly beautiful and honest album. Justin's lyrics are so brutally truthful." Living in a suburb, the neighbors called police on the band and Hoppus multiple times for being too loud at nighttime, especially when Hoppus brought a Roland TR-808 drum machine outside to work on a song late at night.
Pierre's lyricism on Commit This to Memory centralizes around change and, in his words, "being a complete fuckup, yet, at the same time, being somewhat successful." For the record, he intended to simplify his lyrics to enhance storytelling and he drew inspiration from Tom Waits, Ben Folds, and John K. Samson's writing styles. Keeping in the Waits/Folds inspiration, Pierre strived to write from another person's point of view; in the case of "Time Turned Fragile", it is sung from the perspective of Pierre's father. The album chronicles "wistful memories, tales of breaking up, and frantic searches for answers." "L.G. FUAD" grew out of a night on Motion City Soundtrack's 2003 UK tour with The All-American Rejects, in which the latter band's merchandise manager was severely inebriated. He proceeded to stand up on the merchandise stand and shout the song's central thesis - "Let's Get Fucked Up and Die." All involved found great humor in the "mantra," which went on to be printed on business cards as a joke.
All songs written and composed by Motion City Soundtrack.
|Commit This to Memory|
|2.||"Everything Is Alright"||3:26|
|3.||"When "You're" Around"||2:51|
|5.||"Feel Like Rain"||3:34|
|6.||"Make Out Kids"||3:04|
|7.||"Time Turned Fragile"||4:15|
|9.||"Better Open the Door"||3:00|
|10.||"Together We'll Ring in the New Year"||2:13|
|12.||"Hold Me Down"||5:19|
|1.||"Invisible Monsters "||3:55|
The band released a deluxe edition of the album in mid-2006. The new version featured a bonus track originally featured on the Japanese edition (Invisible Monsters) and a bonus DVD featuring previously unreleased material, including a Documentary "Hooray for the Madness" directed by Shane Nelson and a live performance from the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It also features all four of the bands' music videos up to that point: "My Favorite Accident," "The Future Freaks Me Out," "Everything is Alright," and "Hold Me Down". The band also filmed a video for "L.G. FUAD" (Let's Get Fucked Up and Die) specifically for this release.
Appearances in popular culture
After its release, many of the album's singles were used heavily in films and trailers.
- The song "Everything is Alright" was used for the trailer for the 2006 film Accepted and the 2009 film 17 Again, as well as the 2005 remake of Bad News Bears.
- The song "Everything is Alright" was included in the soundtrack for the video game MLB 06: The Show.
- The song "Everything is Alright" was in the 2006 game Saints Row.
- The song "Better Open the Door" was included in the soundtrack for the 2006 film John Tucker Must Die.
|2005||US Billboard 200||Billboard||72|
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- Official ASCAP Title Registration - http://www.ascap.com/ace/search.cfm?requesttimeout=300&mode=results&searchstr=MOTION%20CITY%20SOUNDTRACK&search_in=a&search_type=exact&search_det=t,s,w,p,b,v&results_pp=30&start=1
- Epitaph Records: Motion City Soundtrack - Commit This To Memory (Deluxe Edition)
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- MotionCitySoundtrack.com Official Website
- Information on the Deluxe Edition
- Hooray for the Madness on IMDB