Take This to Your Grave
|Take This to Your Grave|
|Studio album by Fall Out Boy|
|Released||May 6, 2003|
|Recorded||Smart Studios, Madison, Wisconsin|
|Label||Fueled by Ramen, Sore Point (UK)|
|Fall Out Boy chronology|
|Singles from Take This to Your Grave|
Take This to Your Grave is the debut studio album release by American rock band Fall Out Boy. It is the band's first release under the Fueled by Ramen label and was released on May 6, 2003. The record's title is taken from a line from the lyrics of the track "The Patron Saint of Liars and Fakes", which reads "Take this to your grave, and I'll take it to mine". With producer Sean O'Keefe, the songs were written by lead singer/guitarist Patrick Stump and bassist Pete Wentz, with Joe Trohman filling in guitars. Take This to Your Grave is the first Fall Out Boy CD to feature current drummer Andy Hurley. The album was recorded with an investment from Island Records but was worked by Fueled by Ramen.
The album became an underground success and helped the band gain a dedicated fanbase, as well as some minor commercial success. With singles "Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy" and "Saturday" receiving video airplay on FUSE, mtvU and Target's in-store video stream and radio airplay on mainstream stations across the country, the album sold very well and was eventually certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of 500,000 units, but only in 2006, after the success of the band's follow-up 2005 album, From Under the Cork Tree. Take This to Your Grave has sold over 553,000 units in the United States as of 2007, according to Nielsen SoundScan, most of which came after the successes of the band's later albums, From Under the Cork Tree (2005) and Infinity on High (2007). On July 22, 2013, Take This to Your Grave was certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry for 100,000 shipments. The band re-shot the album cover in 2013 for an Alternative Press magazine cover, following a similar re-shoot for Believers Never Die - Greatest Hits in 2009. The album has often been named as a vital blueprint for pop punk music.
Fall Out Boy formed near Chicago, Illinois in 2001. The band debuted with a self-released demo in the same year, Fall Out Boy's Evening Out with Your Girlfriend through Uprising Records. Both releases helped Fall Out Boy gain notoriety on the internet and attention from record labels. The band signed with indie label Fueled by Ramen and received an advance from major label Island Records, which financed the production of Take This to Your Grave.
Recording and production
Take This to Your Grave was recorded at Smart Studios in Madison, Wisconsin. This was done with a $40,000 investment from Island Records but was worked by their label Fueled by Ramen. During the making of the album, the band members slept on the floor of a stranger's house for two weeks. The group ran out of money halfway through the process, so they asked the studio who provided them with soda to give them small amounts of food instead. Drummer Andy Hurley compared the making of Take This to Your Grave to "going to war", stating that recording with the rest of the band was similar "being in the trenches together". The group's goal with Grave was to make an album that was as "seamless and good from song to song" as Saves the Day's Through Being Cool. The pre-production phase was completed in a warehouse that the band used for free at night. Here, the group members discussed how they wished the record to sound. Many songs intended for the album did not fit, and the band originally planned to use the leftovers for future albums, but abandoned the songs instead.
According to Johnny Loftus of Allmusic, Take This to Your Grave's lyrical content "merges musings on love and youth with healthy amounts of cutting cynicism, savvy popular culture touchstones, and cheeky phraseology." Stump wrote "Saturday" about how he felt like a failure upon graduating from high school and originally kept the song to himself until the group needed additional songs. Stump then collaborated with bassist Pete Wentz to complete the song's lyrics. "Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy" deals with jealousy and unrequited love.
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In the Take This to Your Grave album period, Fall Out Boy was in its early independent days and played small local shows, before their later mainstream success.
After the initial album release, a limited edition 12" vinyl edition of Take This to Your Grave was released. It featured an alternate cover. In addition to the regular album tracks, it featured a new dance remix to the album song "Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy". The vinyl was limited to one pressing of 500 copies of a green camouflage version, and one 500-copy pressing of a black vinyl version. Both versions also came with six giant trading cards. After that, it was re-released as an Enhanced CD on January 25, 2005 as Take This to Your Grave: Director's Cut, limited to 5000 units. The CD features an enhanced section with video of the band breaking down each song word-by-word and note-by-note, all the songs from the original album release and two new tracks: a cover of The Police's "Roxanne" and the dance remix of "Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy" Grave was re-released on vinyl, a limited pressing of 2500 copies. In late 2012, another 1900 vinyls were pressed.
"Dead on Arrival", "Saturday", and "Homesick at Space Camp" were recorded as a demo session in two days, almost a year before going back into the studio to record seven other songs that would eventually make up the entire album. Those additional other seven songs were recorded in nine days with producer Sean O'Keefe. "Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy" and "Grenade Jumper" were recorded in another demo session.
In the Take This to Your Grave: Director's Cut video, Fall Out Boy lead singer and guitarist Patrick Stump and bassist Pete Wentz discuss the partnership of the song writing for the album. Originally, Stump wrote the lyrics as well as the music, as witnessed in many places throughout the album. The songs "Dead on Arrival", "Grenade Jumper", and "Calm Before the Storm" were originally written by Patrick. "Saturday" was written by Patrick, but Pete realized the oddity of Patrick singing "Pat and I" and change the lyrics accordingly. Pete later went back and added his own lyrics to certain parts (e.g. changing the second verse of "Calm Before the Storm"). In interviews, Pete and Patrick have discussed how "The Pros and Cons of Breathing" was the first song written in the structure of how they write songs currently—Patrick writing the music and Pete writing all the lyrics. ""Tell That Mick He Just Made My List of Things to Do Today"" and "The Patron Saint of Liars and Fakes" are other examples of this song writing partnership, however, Patrick wrote the lyrics to the first verse and chorus of "The Patron Saint of Liars and Fakes", while Pete wrote lyrics to the second verse. More so, Patrick wrote the lyrics to the chorus of "Chicago is So Two Years Ago", while Pete wrote the verses.
The single "Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy" was very close to not making the final cut for the album as frontman Patrick Stump was not a fan of the song at first. In the end the band decided to include it in the album, and later released it as the second single. It reached No. 84 on the defunct US Billboard Pop 100 in 2005. "Calm Before the Storm" was re-recorded for this album. An earlier version was featured on their debut release, Fall Out Boy's Evening Out with Your Girlfriend.
|1.||""Tell That Mick He Just Made My List of Things to Do Today""||3:30|
|2.||"Dead on Arrival"||3:14|
|3.||"Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy"||3:11|
|5.||"Homesick at Space Camp"||3:08|
|6.||"Sending Postcards from a Plane Crash (Wish You Were Here)"||2:56|
|7.||"Chicago Is So Two Years Ago" (featuring Justin Pierre of Motion City Soundtrack)||3:19|
|8.||"The Pros and Cons of Breathing"||3:21|
|9.||"Grenade Jumper" (featuring Jeff Warren of Knockout)||2:58|
|10.||"Calm Before the Storm"||4:29|
|11.||"Reinventing the Wheel to Run Myself Over"||2:21|
|12.||"The Patron Saint of Liars and Fakes"||3:19|
|Take This to Your Grave: Director's Cut bonus tracks|
|13.||"Roxanne" (The Police cover)||3:11|
|14.||"Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy" (Dance remix)||3:48|
Take This to Your Grave debuted on the US Billboard Heatseeker Albums chart at No. 31 week ending March 6, 2004, almost a year after its initial May 2003 release, and peaked at No. 11 week ending January 15, 2005, almost another year later. It spent twenty eight weeks on the chart in total. After its first three weeks, at No. 31, No. 41 and No. 22, the album fell off the charts and re-entered four months later at No. 29, falling out after nine more weeks. Three months later it re-entered at No. 37, then the next week saw a rise to No.34 and peaked at No. 11, and then logged another eight weeks (below No. 20). Again, it fell off and shortly re-entered at No. 43, inching up to No. 42 before dropping off and re-entering at No. 48. It spent its last week on the chart two years after its initital release at No. 47 week ending May 14, 2005; the band's follow-up release From Under the Cork Tree debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 the following week, which made the band ineligible to chart on the Heatseeker Albums chart any longer.
|UK Albums Chart||96|
|US Heatseeker Albums||17|
|US Billboard Independent Albums||11|
|US Billboard Catalog Albums||10|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||100,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
- Patrick Stump – lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar
- Pete Wentz – bass guitar, backing vocals, unclean vocals
- Joe Trohman – lead and rhythm guitar
- Andy Hurley – drums
In popular culture
The song "Dead on Arrival" was featured in the video game Rock Band.
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