Untitled (How Could This Happen to Me?)
|"Untitled (How Could This Happen to Me?)"|
|Single by Simple Plan|
|from the album Still Not Getting Any...|
|Released||April 1, 2005|
|Simple Plan singles chronology|
The song's official title, when the CD was released, was "Untitled", however, when it was released as a single, it was given the parenthetical, perhaps to distinguish it from other songs named "Untitled" or else for the convenience of DJs. The song is notable as one of the group's more serious songs, and for the salient vocals and piano.
The music video of this song tells a story of a car accident on a rainy evening where a young male drunk driver crashed his sedan head-on into a trans am driven by a female who's considered the exact age as him which results in her death. The drunk driver however stayed alive relatively uninjured, and ended up captured by the FBI and BATF. It was filmed near the famous tunnel in Griffith Park .
The video shows a family doing things such as; a high school student is seen playing video games in his bedroom, another high school student is doing her homework in her bedroom, the mom is in her house's kitchen washing dishes and the dad is working in his office. Then abruptly, the entire family is violently thrown into the walls surrounding them as the boy falls out of his bedroom window and the dad lands on his computer just as the two vehicles collide. In a joint letter with MADD, Simple Plan explained the events in the video:
|“||This song is a very personal look at what happens when tragedy hits close to home and we wanted to make a video that was as powerful and as special as the song was to the five of us.
Over the last few years, a lot of people we know have been involved in tragic accidents caused by drinking and driving. One of the students at our high-school crashed his car driving back from a weekend trip and killed his best friend. It was a very sad time that none of us will ever forget.
This is the story we wanted to tell with this video: the story of all the innocent victims caused by drinking and driving. We hope you will take the time to watch the video. Thanks for all your support.
In other media
When performed live, the guitar solo in the middle of the song is performed by Bouvier. Lead guitarist Jeff Stinco plays a semi-acoustic guitar until the end of the solo, while rhythm guitarist Sébastien Lefebvre and drummer Chuck Comeau come in at the beginning of the solo. Bassist Desrosiers' main role in this song is backing vocals, with his bass easing back a bit.
- "How Could This Happen to Me?" - 3:28
- "Welcome to My Life" (Live) - 4:13
- "Jump" (Live) - 3:48
|Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)||3|
|Czech Republic (IFPI)||52|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||36|
|New Zealand (RIANZ)||20|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||7|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||49|
- Simple Plan Fight Drunk Driving With MADD
- Simple Plan Team Up With MADD For Anti-Drunk Driving Campaign
- #9 in Australia
- "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200626 into search.
- #36 in the Netherlands (Top 40)
- #20 in New Zealand
- #3 in Sweden
- #7 in Switzerland
- #49 in the US