All Killer, No Filler

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For the Jerry Lee Lewis album of similar name, see All Killer, No Filler: The Anthology.
All Killer, No Filler
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Studio album by Sum 41
Released May 8, 2001
Recorded September 2000 – March 2001
Studio Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada and Cello Studios in Los Angeles, California
Genre Pop punk, skate punk
Length 32:14
Label Aquarius (Canada)
Island (US)
Producer Jerry Finn
Sum 41 chronology
Half Hour of Power
All Killer No Filler
Does This Look Infected?
Singles from All Killer, No Filler
  1. "Fat Lip"
    Released: April 22, 2001
  2. "In Too Deep"
    Released: September 2001
  3. "Motivation"
    Released: January 2002
  4. "Handle This"
    Released: June 17, 2002 (Germany and Japan only)

All Killer, No Filler is the debut studio album by Canadian rock band Sum 41, released on May 7, 2001. It was certified platinum in the United States, Canada and in the UK.[1]

Despite mixed reviews, the album was a commercial success, peaking at No. 13 on the Billboard 200. The single, "Fat Lip" peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Rock Tracks. In recent years, the album has received highly positive reviews, and has been praised as the album that gained the band success. The album has been considered by critics and fans as a pop punk classic.

As of September 2011, the album has sold over 1.9 million copies in the U.S.[2]


All Killer No Filler, which was Sum 41's first full-length album, was released on May 7, 2001.[3] The album's name is taken from a Jerry Lee Lewis compilation.[3]

"Fat Lip", the album's first single, achieved significant chart and commercial success; it topped the U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart as well as many other charts around the world. The song remains the band's most successful song to date. After "Fat Lip", two more singles, entitled "In Too Deep" and "Motivation", were released from the album. "In Too Deep" peaked at #10 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, while "Motivation" peaked at #24 on the same chart. Though not singles, music videos were made for the tracks "Pain For Pleasure" and "Nothing on My Back". The album peaked at #13 on the Billboard 200 chart and at #9 on the Top Canadian Albums chart.

Two of the album's songs, namely "Fat Lip" and "In Too Deep", were featured in the film American Pie 2. The song "Summer" was originally released on Half Hour of Power, but was re-recorded for All Killer No Filler.

On April 6, 2011 a special edition of the album was released to celebrate the 10th anniversary of All Killer No Filler, exclusive to Japan.[4]

Composition, music and influences[edit]

The album's style has been described as pop punk[8][9][10] and skate punk.[7] NOFX's album Punk in Drublic was a considerable influence on the album.[11] Sum 41 vocalist Deryck Whibley cites Rancid, Elvis Costello, The Beatles and Pennywise as influences on All Killer, No Filler.[12] The band has mentioned Green Day as their main influence for the album. "I was about 14 when ‘Dookie’ came out," Sum 41 vocalist Deryck Whibley says. "I remember seeing the video for 'Basket Case' for the first time... It had so much energy and it was so different. I'd never seen anything like it before. From then I was instant fan."[13]

Absolutepunk described the album as "the album that your parents don't want you to discover at age 11 when you're just starting to think that school is bullshit and the only thing that really matters is that ridiculously cute girl who honestly treats you like shit", as well as adding "The lyrics are broad enough that everyone can relate to them, but specific enough that each song makes you think of a certain person or situation in your life. The perfect balance".[14]

Steve Jocz wrote "Pain for Pleasure" in 10 minutes while he was on the toilet.[15]

Reception and legacy[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 81%[14]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[9]
Entertainment Weekly (C+)[16]
Rolling Stone (3/5)[17]

Despite initially receiving mixed reviews in 2001, the album has received retrospective acclaim. The album's change in critical response has been believed to be because of the band's success following the album's release. Allmusic said "It would be a mistake to view Sum 41 as just another second-rate band cashing in on the early-'00s punk-pop boom, even if it did recruit Jerry Finn to produce All Killer No Filler." ranked the album as the 9th greatest pop punk album of all time. The album was included in Rock Sound's 101 Modern Classics list at number 46.[18] The album was included at number 11 on Rock Sound's "The 51 Most Essential Pop Punk Albums of All Time" list.[19] BuzzFeed included the album at number 4 on their "36 Pop Punk Albums You Need To Hear Before You F——ing Die" list.[20]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Deryck Whibley and Greig Nori, except when noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Introduction to Destruction" (Jocz) 0:37
2. "Nothing on My Back"   3:01
3. "Never Wake Up"   0:49
4. "Fat Lip" (Whibley/Baksh/Jocz) 2:58
5. "Rhythms"   2:58
6. "Motivation"   2:50
7. "In Too Deep"   3:26
8. "Summer" (re-recorded version) (originally appears on Half Hour of Power) 2:49
9. "Handle This"   3:37
10. "Crazy Amanda Bunkface"   2:15
11. "All She's Got"   2:21
12. "Heart Attack"   2:49
13. "Pain for Pleasure" (Jocz) 1:42
Total length: 32:21


Sum 41
Additional musicians
  • Greig Nori – backing vocals on "Motivation", guitar on "Handle This" and "Pain for Pleasure"
  • Kerry King – guitar solo on "It's What We're All About"
  • Tommy Lee – drums on "It's What We're All About" (live)
  • Chris Wahl – inner inlay photo
  • Jonathan Mannion – outer inlay & interior group photo design
  • Kiim Kinakin – album design
  • Jerry Finnproducer
  • Tom Lord-Algemixing
  • Joe McGrath – engineer
  • Sean O'Dwyer – engineer
  • Ari Martin, & Nettwerk Management – management
  • Brian Gardner – mastering
  • Gizelle Galang – business affairs
  • Rob Mitchell – A&R coordination
  • Robert Steveson & Lewis Largent – A&R
  • Joel Kazmi – assistant
  • Robert Read – assistant
  • Alan Sanderson – assistant
  • Katie Teasdale – assistant

Chart history[edit]


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  9. ^ a b All Killer, No Filler at AllMusic
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  11. ^ Sayce 2014, p. 38
  12. ^ Pesselnick, Jill (May 19, 2001). "THE MODERN AGE". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 113 (20): 80. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  13. ^ Al Horner (January 31, 2014). "10 Albums That Wouldn't Exist Without Green Day's 'Dookie'". NME. 
  14. ^ a b "Sum 41 - All Killer No Filler - Album Review -". Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  15. ^ McMahon, ed. 2015, p. 20
  16. ^ Sinclair, Tom (2001-06-15). "All Killer No Filler Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
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  18. ^ "Rock Sound's 101 Modern Classics: 49 - 25". Rock Sound Magazine. July 4, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2015. 
  19. ^ Bird, ed. 2014, p. 73
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