Memory (Sugarcult song)

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Single by Sugarcult
from the album Palm Trees and Power Lines
Released March 16, 2004
Recorded Full Kilt Studio & Third Stone Recordings
Genre Pop punk[1]
Length 3:47
Label Fearless
Writer(s) Marko DeSantis, Ken Livingston, Airin Older, Tim Pagnotta
Producer(s) Gavin MacKillop

"Memory" is a single by the band Sugarcult released in 2004. "Memory" was released to radio on March 16, 2004.[2] The song is featured on their fourth studio album, Palm Trees and Power Lines. An acoustic version of the song was released on Punk Goes Acoustic. The single is seen as the band's signature song.[3]

Music video[edit]

There are two versions of the music video. One is an animated version while one is non-animated.

The non-animated version shows Tim Pagnotta falling out of love at the start, and he decides to go back in time to put things right, using a time machine. He goes back to one week before. He then drives a car up to the girl's house but sees his past self quarreling with the girl. Pagnotta then uses the time machine to go back to two weeks before. He sees his past self kissing the girl on the beach. He is then discovered by them and gets into a fight with his past self. The girl gets upset and leaves. They then go back in time to three weeks before and kidnaps his past self and Pagnotta locks both his past selves inside the garage. He then gets back together with the girl. It is noticed that the chorus is always played while Pagnotta is going back in time in the non-animated version of the video.

The animated version begins with a stick version of Pagnotta singing the first verse on a page in a book as a plane with a banner labeled "SUGARCULT" passes behind him. Then the entire band, in stick form, plays the chorus and frequently does so in the video. During the second verse there are images of many stick figures dancing next to the lyrics of the song as well as images of people with Pagnotta and his girlfriend's head. After Marko DeSantis performs the guitar solo Pagnotta is seen begging a girl for her love back on his knees, as he pulls his heart out (mirroring the lyric "tearing out my heart") to show her how sad he is. During the last chorus the stick version of the band is playing in a mash-up of all the different scenes. The video ends with the animated Pagnotta closing the book (which is labeled "Memories") and shedding a single tear before walking away.

Live performances[edit]

When the band plays this song during live performances, Tim sings a lower key of the chorus, while Airin Older, the bassist and backing vocals, sings a higher key of the chorus.


Japanese singer hitomi sang a Japanese cover of "Memory" on her 2009 album Love Life 2. hitomi wrote her own lyrics in Japanese for the song.


  1. ^ Pauker, Lance (January 22, 2014). "49 Phenomenally Angsty Pop-Punk Songs From The 2000s You Forgot Existed". Thought Catalog. Retrieved June 12, 2016. 
  2. ^ "FMQB Airplay Archive: Modern Rock". Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Incorporated. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  3. ^ Houston Press-Sep 30, 2016 In Defense of Cheesy Pop-Punk "Sugarcult never rose to a Fall Out Boy or My Chemical Romance level, but every ... That includes their best single, the catchy-as-hell “Memory.""