A Poet's Life

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A Poet's Life
Studio album & DVD by
  • May 21, 2007 (2007-05-21) (EU)

  • May 22, 2007 (2007-05-22) (US)
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A Poet's Life is the debut solo studio album by American musician Tim Armstrong. It was recorded with The Aggrolites in Los Angeles, California and released on May 22, 2007 via Hellcat Records.[1][2]

The album was initially released for free as downloads on the internet. Later it was announced that it would be a physical product as well. The album comes with a DVD featuring a video for every song on the album.[3]


On August 29, 2006, Armstrong sent out a bulletin over MySpace, the text of which later appeared on Epitaph Records' site (Hellcat Records is a subsidiary of Epitaph) that explained his decision to release a solo LP. Unlike most albums, Armstrong said that it would be free and downloadable over the internet, with one song being released at a time. That same day, the first track, "Hold On", appeared as an MP3 and music video on Epitaph's site. Almost two months later, on October 11, 2006, the second track, "Wake Up", was released in the same manner. No more tracks have been released in this manner, but in March 2007, "Into Action" was played on KROQ-FM.

At some point, Epitaph's site listed a release date of February 6, 2007 but it was later changed to June 7. When KROQ started playing the single Into Action the release date was pushed up to May 22.[4] Despite little promotion Into Action peaked on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks at number 39 and stayed on the chart for 2 weeks.

In Epitaph's last newsletter, it was said that they will be releasing the last eight tracks of the album (including the video to the track) in the coming weeks before it is released. However, they also mentioned that, they won't be telling listeners where. Those wishing to download the album have to find the songs on various websites.

Commercial performance[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[5]
Sputnikmusic2.5/5 stars[6]

A Poet's Life peaked at number 59 on the US Billboard 200,[7] number 18 on the Top Rock Albums,[8] number 2 on the Independent Albums,[9] number 7 on the Tastemakers,[10] and number 196 on the Top 200 Albums France.[11] Its lead single, "Into Action", peaked at number 39 on the Alternative Songs.[12]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Tim Armstrong.

1."Wake Up"2:59
2."Hold On"3:52
3."Into Action" (featuring Skye Sweetnam)3:39
5."Take This City"3:14
6."Inner City Violence"3:48
7."Oh No"3:07
8."Lady Demeter"2:24
9."Among The Dead"3:32
10."Cold Blooded"2:45
Total length:33:44


  • Song "The Dark" was once listed to be on the album, but were removed or renamed for the final release
  • Song "Translator" was previously titled "Girl, I Only Want What's Best For You", but was renamed for the final release
  • Song "Lady Demeter" was previously titled "Burning Angel", but was renamed for the final release


  • Tim Armstrong – lead vocals, guitar, mixing, producer, engineer, artwork, photography, video director, video editor
  • Jesse Wagner – guitar, backing vocals
  • Brian Dixon – guitar, engineer
  • Jason A. Bonner – bass guitar
  • Roger Rivas – organ & piano
  • Korey Horn – drums
  • Scott Abels – drums
  • Saliva Cano – percussion
  • Ritchie Stites – backing vocals (track 2, 6)
  • Skye Sweetnam – backing vocals (track 3)
  • Daphna Dove – backing vocals (track 10)
  • John Morrical – additional guitar (tracks: 2, 4), piano (track 3), harmonica (track 8), mixing, engineer, producer
  • Belinda "Bibi" McGill – additional guitar (track 5, 6, 10)
  • Hunter Perrin – additional guitar (track 4)
  • Jubal Jones – saxophone (track 1, 3, 4, 9)
  • Ethan Avineri – trumpet (tracks: 1, 3, 4, 9)
  • Tom Cook – trombone (tracksL 1, 4, 9)
  • DJ Odie – scratches (track 6)
  • Gene Grimaldi – mastering
  • Rachel Tejada – artwork, photography, video editor, video director, dvd producer
  • Shaun Otsuka – assistant video editor/film technician
  • Steven S. Friedman – assistant video editor/film technician
  • Matt Ferguson – film technician
  • Kali Niemann – film technician
  • Nazeli Kodjoian – film technician
  • Mando Gonzalez – additional cameraman (DVD tracks: 3, 4, 7, 9)
  • Cameron "The Lens" Glendenning – additional cameraman (DVD track 2)
  • Tom D. Klime – layout
  • Chris Lasalle – A&R
  • Abe Baruck – management
  • Camden Lock – wardrobe
  • Chelsea Rebelle – wardrobe




Peak position
France Top 200 Albums 196[11]
US Billboard 200 59[7]
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard) 18[8]
US Independent Albums (Billboard) 2[9]
US Tastemakers (Billboard) 7[10]


  1. ^ "Hellcat Records - Artist - Armstrong, Tim". Hellcat Records. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  2. ^ "A Poet's Life by Tim Armstrong on Apple Music". itunes. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  3. ^ Aubin, Paul. "Tim Armstrong details upcoming solo album". www.punknews.org. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  4. ^ "Tim Armstrong - A Poet's Life". www.interpunk.com. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  5. ^ Sendra, Tim. "A Poet's Life - Tim Armstrong". Allmusic. Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  6. ^ Cruz, John. "Tim Armstrong - A Poet's Life (album review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  7. ^ a b "Tim Armstrong A Poet's Life Chart History". Billboard 200. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  8. ^ a b "Tim Armstrong A Poet's Life Chart History". Top Rock Albums. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  9. ^ a b "Tim Armstrong A Poet's Life Chart History". Independent Albums. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  10. ^ a b "Tim Armstrong A Poet's Life Chart History". Tastemakers. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  11. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "lescharts.com - Tim Armstrong - A Poets Life". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 2017-10-27.
  12. ^ "Tim Armstrong Into Action Chart History". Alternative Songs.

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