Does This Look Infected?

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Does This Look Infected?
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Studio album by Sum 41
Released November 26, 2002
Recorded Summer 2002 at Avatar Studios, New York City, NY and Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, Ontario
Genre Punk rock, pop punk, melodic hardcore
Length 31:14
39:18 (UK Edition)
Label Aquarius (Canada)
Island/Mercury (US)
Producer Greig Nori
Sum 41 chronology
All Killer No Filler
Does This Look Infected?
Singles from Does This Look Infected?
  1. "Still Waiting"
    Released: November 18, 2002
  2. "The Hell Song"
    Released: February 10, 2003
  3. "Over My Head (Better Off Dead)"
    Released: June 23, 2003

Does This Look Infected? is the second studio album by Sum 41. It was released on November 26, 2002 on Island Records. Even though there is relatively little profanity on the album, it is the only Sum 41 album with a parental advisory sticker on it. Both an explicit version and a clean version were released.

Background and release[edit]

The unedited version includes a bonus DVD which is entitled Cross The T's and Gouge Your I's. The DVD has footage of Sum 41's alter ego band, Pain for Pleasure, titled "Reign In Pain", as well as various humorous segments like "Going Going Gonorrhea", "Campus Invasion", and "Pizza Heist and Other Crap". Also included in the DVD are the Pain for Pleasure tracks "Reign In Pain" and "WWVII Parts 1 & 2", the Autopilot Off songs "Long Way to Fall" and "Nothing Frequency", the No Warning songs "Short Fuse" and "Ill Blood", and some weblinks.

Vocalist Deryck Whibley stated on the band's DVD Sake Bombs And Happy Endings that the song "A.N.I.C." is a special "love song" dedicated to Anna Nicole Smith. According to him, A.N.I.C. stands for "Anna Nicole is a Cunt." The band stopped including the song in their live performances after Smith died of an overdose in 2007.[1] However, they put "A.N.I.C" back to their setlist during the 2012 summer European leg of the Screaming Bloody Murder Tour.

Style and lyrics[edit]

The album is a lot more aggressive and heavier than the band's previous studio album, All Killer, No Filler.[2] The album has been described as punk rock,[2] pop punk,[3][4] and melodic hardcore,[3] and contains elements from heavy metal.[3] The album's lyrical topics include suicide, insomnia, and HIV.[4][5]

Cover and title[edit]

The cover for Does This Look Infected? features drummer Steve Jocz dressed up as a zombie. It was chosen months before the title was. The album was almost delayed by the label because the band members did not have a name for it on time until Whibley thought of the name Does This Look Infected?. The whole band laughed at the idea and chose it as their album title. The same thing is also used on the band's EP Does This Look Infected Too?, except Jocz was replaced with Whibley, also dressed as a zombie.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 75/100[6]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[7]
Entertainment Weekly (B-)[2]
NME 7/10[4] 4.5/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[9]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[10]

Does This Look Infected? has received positive reviews from music critics. On Metacritic, the album has a 75 out of 100. E! Online said that it "has a clutch of songs that mix chord-y abandon with raging rock riffs--and a heck of a lot of good times." Blender also gave it a positive review, saying "So Sum 41 have grown up... a little.... It's all relative, and, crucially, it still rocks." The album has been acclaimed by the fanbase, and has been considered a fan favorite. The album was included at number 28 on Rock Sound‍ '​s "The 51 Most Essential Pop Punk Albums of All Time" list.[11]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album gained commercial success, with singles "The Hell Song" and "Still Waiting" mainly gaining success on the modern rock charts. The album has sold over 860,000 copies worldwide, but the album didn't gain quite as much success as the band's previous album "All Killer, No Filler".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Sum 41. 

No. Title Length
1. "The Hell Song"   3:18
2. "Over My Head (Better Off Dead)"   2:29
3. "My Direction"   2:02
4. "Still Waiting"   2:38
5. "A.N.I.C."   0:37
6. "No Brains"   2:46
7. "All Messed Up"   2:44
8. "Mr. Amsterdam"   2:56
9. "Thanks for Nothing"   3:04
10. "Hyper-Insomnia-Para-Condroid"   2:32
11. "Billy Spleen"   2:32
12. "Hooch"   3:28
Total length:




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  2. ^ a b c Sinclair, Tom (2002-11-29). "Does This Look Infected? Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  3. ^ a b c "All Messed Up: A Look Back At Sum 41's 'Does This Look Infected?'". The Carouser. 
  4. ^ a b c "NME album reviews - Sum 41: Does This Look Infected?". Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  5. ^ Hell Song by Sum 41 Songfacts
  6. ^ "Does This Look Infected? Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  7. ^ Does This Look Infected? - Sum 41 | AllMusic
  8. ^ review
  9. ^ Sum 41 Does This Look Infected? at the Wayback Machine (archived October 13, 2007) Rolling Stone KELEFA SANNEH (RS 911 – December 12, 2002)
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  11. ^ Bird, ed. 2014, p. 71
  12. ^ Morning Breath Inc
  13. ^ "Gold & Platinum Certification - December 2002". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  14. ^ "GOLD ALBUM 他認定作品 2003年3月度" [Gold Albums, and other certified works. March 2003 Edition] (PDF). The Record (Bulletin) (in Japanese) (Chūō, Tokyo: Recording Industry Association of Japan) 522: 13. May 10, 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 29, 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Certified Awards Search" (To access, enter the search parameter "Sum 41" and select "Search by Artist"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved December 25, 2013. 
  16. ^ "RIAA Gold & Platinum Certification". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2013-12-25. 
  • Bird, Ryan, ed. (September 2014). "The 51 Most Essential Pop Punk Albums of All Time". Rock Sound (London: Freeway Press Inc.) (191). ISSN 1465-0185. 

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