Tell All Your Friends

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Tell All Your Friends
Studio album by Taking Back Sunday
Released March 26, 2002
Recorded December 2001, Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Genre Emo, alternative rock, pop punk
Length 33:46
Label Victory
Producer Sal Villanueva
Taking Back Sunday studio album chronology
Tell All Your Friends
(2002)
Where You Want to Be
(2004)

Tell All Your Friends is the debut album of American rock band Taking Back Sunday, released in 2002 through Victory Records. It spawned the singles "Timberwolves At New Jersey", "Great Romances of the 20th Century", "Cute Without the 'E' (Cut from the Team)", which had a Fight Club-inspired video, and "You're So Last Summer", which featured the American rapper Flavor Flav in its music video.

This album is named after the lyrics in "Cute Without the 'E' (Cut from the Team)."

The fourth track, "There's No 'I' in Team", was written in response to Brand New's song "Seventy Times 7" and contains some of the same lyrics: "Is that what you call tact? You're as subtle as a brick in the small of my back; so let's end this call and end this conversation". It also shares lyrics with the song "Mix Tape" by Brand New, both containing the phrase "I've got a twenty dollar bill, that says..." Each song articulates an opposing viewpoint regarding an amorous dispute between members of the two bands at the time. This was a minor episode in the artists' lives and they have since put it behind them; the bands and their members are now on good terms.

Though initially charting at No. 183 on the Billboard 200 in 2002,[1] Tell All Your Friends would later be certified gold by the RIAA in 2005.

In a 2011 article featured in Alternative Press, bassist Shaun Cooper stated that the band was unhappy with "some of the choices that had been made without us", explaining how the introductions to the songs "Great Romances of the 20th Century" and "The Blue Channel" were changed from how they were initially intended by studio technicians without the band's input. The introductions to these songs as originally intended can be heard on The Tell All Your Friends Demo.[2]

This album was performed live in its entirety at Bamboozle 2011 on April 30, 2011.[3] On October 4, 2012, the band embarked on a 10 year anniversary tour with supporting act Bayside, along with Man Overboard, Transit, The Menzingers, Mansions, and Gabriel The Marine, where the album in its entirety was played.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "You Know How I Do"   3:21
2. "Bike Scene"   3:35
3. "Cute Without the 'E' (Cut from the Team)"   3:31
4. "There's No 'I' In Team"   3:48
5. "Great Romances of the 20th Century"   3:35
6. "Ghost Man On Third"   3:59
7. "Timberwolves At New Jersey"   3:23
8. "The Blue Channel"   2:30
9. "You're So Last Summer"   2:59
10. "Head Club"   3:01
Total length:
33:42

Reception[edit]

Critical[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 92%[5]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[6]
Alternative Press 5/5 stars[7]
BBC Music (favorable)[8]
Punknews.org 4.5/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[10]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars[11]

Tell All Your Friends has received critical praise by music critics and also by fans. Absolutepunk gave the album a score of 92% approval and said, "Tell All Your Friends grabs the listener’s attention from the start. It manages to convey feelings that are completely genuine, not contrived, rehearsed or formulaic, without being over-the-top or sappy. The style in which Lazzara and Nolan deliver the vocals on this album, often in a rapid-fire, back-and-forth way, as if they were carrying on a dialogue, allows you to really attach to and get a sense of the raw emotion behind the songs. This organic emotion is what drives the album; although most of this comes across in the vocals and lyrics of the album, the music matches the album’s tone perfectly."[12] Alternative Press gave the album a score of 5 stars out of 5 and said, "It's tough to find flaw with Tell All Your Friends, critically speaking. Sonically, there's just the right mix of well-honed production and controlled chaos, ensuring that the music which is as bold, melodic and richly layered as anything else you'll hear in the genre always impresses with its tonal immensity. There's an epic grandeur to "You Know How I Do" or "You're So Last Summer" that pulls you in for the ride, before a word is ever sung. Reyes and vocalist/guitarist John Nolan are just as effective laying down choppy, single-note lines like on the verses for "Cute Without The 'E' (Cut From The Team)" as they are grinding out pummeling breakdowns like in "There's No I In Team". The rhythm section never fails to keep pace, with drummer Mark O'Connell and bassist Shaun Cooper driving along the songs with a wide array of feels and tempos that interlock beautifully within a fairly constrained space."[13] In a 2011 interview with CMJ, both Adam Lazzara and John Nolan chose the album's final track, "Head Club", as their least favorite Taking Back Sunday song.[14]

Commercial[edit]

Although this album charted at #183 on the U.S 200. In later years it has been a commercial and critical success for Taking Back Sunday eventually leading to the band's later success in their career, Tell All Your Friends would earn a gold certificate by the RIAA in 2005 indicating more than 500,000+ copies sold.

Accolades[edit]

It is the only album that Taking Back Sunday has dedicated an entire tour to, playing it during the TAYF10 Tour.

Vinyl release[edit]

Tell All Your Friends has been pressed six times by Victory Records, with the first two featuring artwork that differs from the CD.

Color(s) Pressed Notes
Clear 813 1st Pressing
Clear Gold 560
Blue 550
Grey 210
Black (Test Press) 12
Green 1100 2nd Pressing
Orange 1100
Yellow 400 3rd Pressing
Mint Green 400
Light Blue 200
Pink 1000 4th Pressing
Purple 1000
Solid Red 1349 5th Pressing
Grey Putty 449
Grey Marble 400
Tan 199
Black 1200 6th Pressing
White 900
Clear w/ Black Smoke 225
  • 1st Pressing released March 26, 2002
  • 3rd Pressing released August 14, 2007
  • 4th Pressing released March 16, 2010
  • 5th Pressing released February 2012
  • 6th Pressing released October 30, 2012

Singles[edit]

  • "Cute Without the 'E' (Cut from the Team)"
  • "Great Romances of the 20th Century"
  • "You're So Last Summer"
  • "Timberwolves at New Jersey"

Personnel[edit]

Taking Back Sunday
Additional musicians
  • Michelle Nolan – backup vocals on tracks 2 and 6
  • Neil Rubenstein - backup vocals on tracks 4, 7, and 10
  • Matt McDannell - backup vocals on track 10
  • Sal Villaneuva - additional guiitar

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/277549/taking+back+sunday/chart?f=305
  2. ^ Manley, Brendan (July 2011). "Great Romances of the 21st Century: Roots, Rock, Ruin, Redemption". Alternative Press 276: 92. 
  3. ^ "Taking Back Bamboozle - News Article". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  4. ^ Andrew Sacher (2012-08-06). "Taking Back Sunday playing 'Tell All Your Friends' on 10th anniversary tour (dates)". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ AbsolutePunk review
  6. ^ Allmusic review
  7. ^ Brendan Manley (2010-06-14). "Taking Back Sunday - Tell All Your Friends". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  8. ^ BBC Music review
  9. ^ Punknews.org review
  10. ^ Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived November 30, 2007)
  11. ^ Sputnikmusic review
  12. ^ http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=1381931
  13. ^ http://www.altpress.com/reviews/entry/tellallyourfriends
  14. ^ "CMJ TV: Taking Back Sunday". YouTube. 2011-06-22. Retrieved 2012-03-11.