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A black album cover is divided into three horizontal portions: The upper portion displays the band's name, "Alkaline Trio", in stylized letters. The lower portion displays the album's title, "Goddamnit", in the same lettering. The center area displays three identical photographs of an analog alarm clock with the hands at 6:00. The clocks have been tinted red.
Studio album by Alkaline Trio
Released October 13, 1998
Recorded Summer of 1998 at Atlas Studios, Chicago
Genre Punk rock,[1] pop punk[1]
Length 32:42
Label Asian Man
Producer Matt Allison, Alkaline Trio
Alkaline Trio chronology
For Your Lungs Only
(1998)For Your Lungs Only1998
I Lied My Face Off
(1999)I Lied My Face Off1999
"Redux" version cover
The cover of the 2008 "Redux" re-release.
The cover of the 2008 "Redux" re-release.

Goddamnit is the debut album by the Chicago-based punk rock band Alkaline Trio, released October 13, 1998 through Asian Man Records.

Artwork and title[edit]

The band wanted a "satanic vibe" to the record, due to Matt Skiba's interest in Anton Lavey and The Church of Satan, but also "campy at the same time".[2]

The album cover has 3 red alarm clocks, each set at 6:00, representing 666. "I used to set my alarm clock when I was a bike messenger to 6 o'clock in the morning, and when the alarm clock would go off, the first word out of my mouth was always 'Goddamnit!'", says Matt Skiba.[2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

By August 2008, the album sold 94,000 copies.[3] Mike DaRonco of Allmusic called Goddamnit "hands down the perfect listening in the wake of a broken heart" and remarked that "It's rare that a band such as Alkaline Trio can make love songs appealing without being labeled as 'wimpy' or 'generic', and Goddamnit is the record to erase those labels."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Matt Skiba, Dan Andriano, and Glenn Porter, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Cringe" 2:24
2. "Cop" 2:18
3. "San Francisco" 3:52
4. "Nose Over Tail" (Skiba, Rob Doran, Porter) 2:37
5. "As You Were" 2:11
6. "Enjoy Your Day" 2:17
7. "Clavicle" 2:28
8. "My Little Needle" 3:00
9. "Southern Rock" 3:05
10. "Message from Kathlene" 3:22
11. "Trouble Breathing" 3:55
12. "Sorry About That" 3:23
Total length: 34:52



  1. ^ a b c d DaRonco, Mike. "Goddamnit Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  2. ^ a b Stefanie M (2013-03-10), Alkaline Trio-Original Sin:The Story of Goddamnit Part 2, retrieved 2018-01-04 
  3. ^ Caulfield, Keith (August 1, 2008). "Ask Billboard: Robin Sparkles, Garbage, Alkaline Trio, Bayside". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on May 16, 2016. Retrieved January 30, 2018. 

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