"Help Me" is a song by the Chicago-based punk rock band Alkaline Trio, released as the first single from their 2008 album Agony & Irony. It became the highest-charting single of the band's career, reaching #14 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart. The [1 ] B-side of the single is a cover version of Tegan and Sara's "Wake Up Exhausted", recorded with Jim Devito at Retrophonics Studio in St. Augustine, Florida in a separate session from Agony & Irony.
The lyrics of "Help Me" were inspired by
Anton Corbijn's 2007 film , a Control biopic of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis. The single's cover art was inspired by [2 ] Peter Saville's artwork for Joy Division's 1980 single " Love Will Tear Us Apart", a song that Alkaline Trio singer and guitarist Matt Skiba covered in November 2008 with his side project Heavens. [2 ] He explained that Joy Division were a major influence on the writing of "Help Me": [3 ]
I've always been a big Joy Division fan and I was quite touched by the film. I thought it captured Joy Division and Ian Curtis' life beautifully. The sincerity of their music combined with their imagery and art is like nothing else. Everything about them was artistic and unique. Our artwork and song is a tribute to a melancholic beauty that can never be replicated.
music video for "Help Me", directed by Josh Forbes, depicts the band in a steampunk setting driving a locomotive through the Southwestern United States. Singer/bassist [4 ] Dan Andriano notices another locomotive approaching on a collision course, driven by a villain and with a damsel in distress (played by Kat Von D) tied to its pilot. Drummer Derek Grant pilots a monowheel device to activate a railroad switch, causing the two locomotives to run parallel. The battle takes to the sky as Skiba rescues the damsel with the aid of a jet pack while the villain's locomotive becomes an airplane and the band's becomes an airship emblazoned with their logo. Skiba evades the villain by flying through a narrow opening in a canyon wall which the villain's aircraft crashes into. The video makes heavy use of [4 ] computer-generated imagery and is interspersed with footage depicting the band performing the song on a rooftop. [4 ]
Track listing [ edit ]
"Wake Up Exhausted"
(originally performed by Tegan and Sara) Sara Quin, Tegan Quin
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