Half Hour of Power

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Half Hour of Power
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EP by Sum 41
Released June 27, 2000[1]
Recorded 1998–2000 at Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, Ontario
Genre Punk rock, skate punk, pop punk
Length 30:00
Label Aquarius, Big Rig, The Island Def Jam Music Group
Producer Greig Nori, Deryck Whibley
Sum 41 chronology
Demo
(1998)
Half Hour of Power
(2000)
All Killer No Filler
(2001)
Singles from Half Hour of Power
  1. "Makes No Difference"
    Released: June 12, 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Half Hour of Power is an EP by Canadian rock band Sum 41. It was released on June 27, 2000 on Big Rig Records, a subsidiary of Island Records (United States), and Aquarius Records (Canada). Some consider the album to be the band's first studio album. However the band claims that their next release, All Killer No Filler, is their first debut album. The cover features a man (Steve Jocz) without pants who is pointing a machine gun up in the air and is standing in front of an explosion in the background.

Music[edit]

Considered punk rock,[1] skate punk[2][3][4] and pop punk,[5][3][4][1] the EP also uses elements of other genres as well. Elements of heavy metal music are featured in the songs "Grab the Devil by the Horns and Fuck Him Up the Ass" and "Ride the Chariot to the Devil", which were both compared to the band Iron Maiden.[3][1] While "Another Time Around" was described as punk rock, the song's intro was described as "dirge-metal".[5] The song "Second Chance for Max Headroom" sounds like the band NOFX[4] and is known for having a ska part.[5][3] The song "Dave's Possessed Hair/It's What We're All About" is known for having a part with elements of hip hop music.[5][3] Elements of hardcore punk[3] are also featured on the EP. Described as Oi!,[5] the track "T.H.T." is considered the most punk rock track on the EP.[4]

On the iTunes edition of this EP, "Another Time Around," is only 3:22, unlike the physical copy which is 6:52.

Inclusion on other records[edit]

The song "Makes No Difference" was released as a bonus track on All Killer No Filler in the UK only. And a re-recorded low-pitched version is featured on All The Good Shit.

The song "Dave's Possessed Hair/It's What We're All About" was redone as "What We're All About" for the Spider-Man soundtrack.

The song "Summer" was re-recorded for All Killer No Filler in 2001.

The album's first track, "Grab the Devil by the Horns and Fuck Him Up the Ass", was renamed to "Grab the Devil" on the band's 2006 live album, Go Chuck Yourself (released under the title Happy Live Surprise in Japan).

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Grab the Devil by the Horns and Fuck Him Up the Ass" (Instrumental, renamed to "Grab the Devil" on Go Chuck Yourself) 1:07
2. "Machine Gun" 2:29
3. "What I Believe" 2:49
4. "T.H.T." 0:43
5. "Makes No Difference" 3:10
6. "Summer" 2:40
7. "32 Ways to Die" (Instrumental) 1:29
8. "Second Chance for Max Headroom" 3:51
9. "Dave's Possessed Hair/It's What We're All About" (Reworked version of the song is called simply "What We're All About" and appears on Music from and Inspired by Spider-Man.) 3:47
10. "Ride the Chariot to the Devil" (Instrumental) 0:54
11. "Another Time Around" (Actual song ends at 3:22 with added silence afterwards bringing the EP's length to 30 minutes) 6:52
Total length: 30:00

Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Sarah McElcheran, Steven Donald - horns on "Second Chance for Max Headroom"
  • MC Shan - vocals on "It's What We're All About"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Half Hour of Power - Sum 41". AllMusic. 
  2. ^ Rousseau, Rob (February 23, 2016). "The 13 best albums from the emo/pop-punk boom". Aux. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Behrman, Lorne (2000). "SUM 41 Half Hour of Power". CMJ New Music Monthly (85): 61. ISSN 1074-6978. 
  4. ^ a b c d "SUM 41 – HALF HOUR OF POWER". Punktastic. July 30, 2004. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Ewan Wadharmi. "SUM 41 - HALF HOUR OF POWER". Hybridmagazine.com. 

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