Guilt Show

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Guilt Show
Studio album by The Get Up Kids
Released March 3, 2004
Recorded 2004
Genre Indie rock,[1] Emo
Length 45:40
Label Vagrant
Producer Ed Rose
The Get Up Kids chronology
On a Wire
(2002)
Guilt Show
(2004)
iTunes Sessions EP
(2005)
Singles from Guilt Show
  1. "Sympathy"
    Released: March 2004
  2. "Wouldn't Believe It"
    Released: June 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Star Pulse Music 4/5 stars [2]
SPIN 3/5 stars [3]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars [4]
Entertainment Weekly (B) [5]

Guilt Show is the fourth studio album by The Get Up Kids. It was released on Vagrant Records on March 3, 2004.

Recording[edit]

The album was the first album to be recorded in Black Lodge Studios, the recording studio in Eudora, Kansas renovated and owned by The Get Up Kids and producer Ed Rose. The album was far less collaborative than their previous works, many songs being written and demoed by lead singer Matt Pryor, then fleshed out by the rest of the band.[6] During much of the initial pre-production, guitarist Jim Suptic was on his honeymoon, and pianist James Dewees was far less involved in the initial writing process. However, this gave brothers Rob and Ryan Pope a more substantial role in writing the album than they had previously had. In an interview with AP Magazine, Pryor stated that "[Rob's Divorce] was pretty heavy shit to have gone through. So yeah, it made for good lyrical fodder." It has been confirmed that the song "Never Be Alone" was written by Pope about his divorce.[7]

Promotion[edit]

After the album's release, the band went on a one-month U.S. tour to support the album, as well as appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.[8] In addition to the U.S. tour, the band also embarked on an extensive world tour to promote the album, including dates in England and Japan as well as a supporting spot on the 2004 leg of the Honda Civic Tour with Thrice and Dashboard Confessional. The album sold rather well, reaching #58 on the Billboard 200 chart,[9] and #3 on the Billboard Independent Albums.[10]

While the song "Sympathy" received some significant radio play, the only official single the band released in the United States was "The One You Want", for which they filmed their fourth music video. The video was recorded in Cincinnati, Ohio over the course of a weekend. They also released Wouldn't Believe It as a Japan-Only single.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by The Get Up Kids

Guilt Show
No. Title Length
1. "Man of Conviction"   1:34
2. "The One You Want"   3:15
3. "Never Be Alone"   3:17
4. "Wouldn't Believe It"   3:47
5. "Holy Roman"   2:51
6. "Martyr Me"   3:26
7. "How Long is Too Long"   2:25
8. "Sick in Her Skin"   4:25
9. "In Your Sea"   3:02
10. "Sympathy"   3:09
11. "The Dark Night of the Soul"   3:01
12. "Is There a Way Out"   6:20
13. "Conversation"   4:56

Album Position[edit]

Year Album Chart Position
2004 Guilt Show The Billboard 200 58[11]
Independent Albums 3[12]

iTunes Sessions EP[edit]

iTunes Sessions EP
EP by The Get Up Kids
Released 2004
Genre Indie rock
Emo
Length 21:50
Label Vagrant Records
Producer Ed Rose
The Get Up Kids chronology
Guilt Show
(2004)
iTunes Sessions EP
(2004)
Live! @ The Granada Theater
(2005)

After the album's release, the band was asked to record a digital EP for the iTunes Music Store. The release included stripped-down versions of several tracks from Guilt Show, as well as the song "Action & Action" from the band's second album Something to Write Home About and "Better Half" from their debut album Four Minute Mile. The band recorded one version of the EP, but it was rejected because it was "too similar" to the original songs. The band re-recorded the EP, and although the label still felt that it was a bit too similar to the originals, they released it anyway.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by The Get Up Kids

iTunes Sessions EP
No. Title Length
1. "The One You Want"   3:21
2. "Sympathy"   3:12
3. "Never Be Alone"   3:11
4. "Holy Roman"   3:51
5. "Action & Action"   4:34
6. "Better Half"   3:41

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Loftus, Johnny. Guilt Show at AllMusic
  2. ^ Star Pulse Music review
  3. ^ SPIN review
  4. ^ Rolling Stone review
  5. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  6. ^ AP Magazine Issue #204 "Say Goodnight, Mean Goodbye: The Oral History of 'The Get Up Kids'" Trevor Kelley
  7. ^ Confirmed at the band's final performance at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City on July 2, 2005
  8. ^ Gintowt, Richard (2004-02-27). "Guilty Pleasures". Lawrence.com. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  9. ^ [1][dead link]
  10. ^ [2][dead link]
  11. ^ [3][dead link]
  12. ^ [4][dead link]
  13. ^ Interview during a live session on KEXP on March 21, 2004

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