Help Me (Alkaline Trio song)

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"Help Me"
The single's cover art was inspired by the artwork of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart".
Single by Alkaline Trio
from the album Agony & Irony
Released April 22, 2008
Format 7" single
Recorded 2008 at Pulse Recording Studio in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, California and Retrophonics Studio in St. Augustine, Florida
Genre Pop punk
Length 6:53
Label Epic
Writer(s) Matt Skiba, Dan Andriano, Derek Grant
Producer(s) Josh Abraham
Alkaline Trio singles chronology
Alkaline Trio / Smoking Popes
"Help Me"
"Love Love, Kiss Kiss"

"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. The song impacted radio on April 22, 2008.[1] It became the highest-charting single of the band's career, reaching #14 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart.[2] The 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.

Lyrics and cover art[edit]

The lyrics of "Help Me" were inspired by Anton Corbijn's 2007 film Control, a biopic of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis.[3] The single's cover art was inspired by 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.[3][4] He explained that Joy Division were a major influence on the writing of "Help Me":

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.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Help Me", directed by Josh Forbes, depicts the band in a steampunk setting driving a locomotive through the Southwestern United States.[5] Singer/bassist 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.[5] The video makes heavy use of computer-generated imagery and is interspersed with footage depicting the band performing the song on a rooftop.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Help Me"   Matt Skiba, Dan Andriano, Derek Grant 3:45
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Wake Up Exhausted" (originally performed by Tegan and Sara) Sara Quin, Tegan Quin 3:08
Total length:





  1. ^ " Alternative eWeekly". AllAccess. April 15, 2008. Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Alkaline Trio Album & Song Chart History: Alternative Songs". Billboard charts. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  3. ^ a b c Ramirez, Carlos (2008-08-21). "Agony and Irony of Alkaline Trio". Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  4. ^ Paul, Aubin (2008-11-25). "Media: Heavens: 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'". Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  5. ^ a b c "Alkaline Trio - 'Help Me'". MTV. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 

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