Guilt Show

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Guilt Show
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 2, 2004
GenreIndie rock,[1] emo
ProducerEd Rose
The Get Up Kids chronology
On a Wire
Guilt Show
iTunes Sessions EP
Singles from Guilt Show
  1. "Sympathy"
    Released: March 2004
  2. "Wouldn't Believe It"
    Released: June 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]
Entertainment Weekly(B) [2]
Melodic3/5 stars [3]
Star Pulse Music4/5 stars [4]
Spin3/5 stars [5]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars [6]

Guilt Show is the fourth studio album by American rock band The Get Up Kids. It was released on Vagrant Records on March 2, 2004.


The album was the first album to be recorded in Black Lodge Studios, the recording studio in Eudora, Kansas renovated and owned by The Get Up Kids and producer Ed Rose. The album was far less collaborative than their previous works, many songs being written and demoed by lead singer Matt Pryor, then fleshed out by the rest of the band.[7] During much of the initial pre-production, guitarist Jim Suptic was on his honeymoon, and pianist James Dewees was far less involved in the initial writing process. However, this gave brothers Rob and Ryan Pope a more substantial role in writing the album than they had previously had. In an interview with AP Magazine, Pryor stated that "[Rob's Divorce] was pretty heavy shit to have gone through. So yeah, it made for good lyrical fodder." It has been confirmed that the song "Never Be Alone" was written by Pope about his divorce.[8]


After the album's release, the band went on a one-month U.S. tour to support the album, as well as appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.[9] In addition to the U.S. tour, the band also embarked on an extensive world tour to promote the album, including dates in England and Japan as well as a supporting spot on the 2004 leg of the Honda Civic Tour with Thrice and Dashboard Confessional. The album sold rather well, reaching #58 on the Billboard 200 chart,[10] and #3 on the Billboard Independent Albums.[11]

While the song "Sympathy" received some significant radio play, the only official single the band released in the United States was "The One You Want", for which they filmed their fourth music video. The video was recorded in Cincinnati, Ohio over the course of a weekend. They also released Wouldn't Believe It as a Japan-Only single.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by The Get Up Kids.

Guilt Show
1."Man of Conviction"1:34
2."The One You Want"3:15
3."Never Be Alone"3:17
4."Wouldn't Believe It"3:47
5."Holy Roman"2:51
6."Martyr Me"3:26
7."How Long Is Too Long"2:25
8."Sick in Her Skin"4:25
9."In Your Sea"3:02
11."The Dark Night of the Soul"3:01
12."Is There a Way Out"6:20


Year Album Chart Position
2004 Guilt Show The Billboard 200 58[12]
Independent Albums 3[13]

iTunes Sessions EP[edit]

iTunes Sessions EP
TGUK ITunes Sessions EP.jpg
EP by
GenreIndie rock, emo
ProducerEd Rose
The Get Up Kids chronology
Guilt Show
iTunes Sessions EP
Live! @ the Granada Theater

After the album's release, the band was asked to record a digital EP for the iTunes Music Store. The release included stripped-down versions of several tracks from Guilt Show, as well as the song "Action & Action" from the band's second album Something to Write Home About and "Better Half" from their debut album Four Minute Mile. The band recorded one version of the EP, but it was rejected because it was "too similar" to the original songs. The band re-recorded the EP, and although the label still felt that it was a bit too similar to the originals, they released it anyway.[14]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by The Get Up Kids.

iTunes Sessions EP
1."The One You Want"3:21
3."Never Be Alone"3:11
4."Holy Roman"3:51
5."Action & Action"4:34
6."Better Half"3:41



  1. ^ a b Loftus, Johnny. Guilt Show at AllMusic
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ Roth, Kaj (August 27, 2004). "The Get Up Kids - Guilt Show". Melodic. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
  4. ^ Star Pulse Music review
  5. ^ SPIN review
  6. ^ Rolling Stone review
  7. ^ AP Magazine Issue #204 "Say Goodnight, Mean Goodbye: The Oral History of 'The Get Up Kids'" Trevor Kelley
  8. ^ Confirmed at the band's final performance at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City on July 2, 2005
  9. ^ Gintowt, Richard (2004-02-27). "Guilty Pleasures". Retrieved 2012-02-20.
  10. ^ [1] Archived August 19, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ [2][dead link]
  12. ^ Archived from the original on April 17, 2009. Retrieved November 3, 2008. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ [3][dead link]
  14. ^ Interview during a live session on KEXP on March 21, 2004

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