Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes

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Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes
AFI - Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes cover.jpg
Studio album by AFI
Released November 11, 1997
Recorded Art of Ears, Hayward, California
Genre Hardcore punk
Length 28:26 (CD)
30:26 (Vinyl)
Label Nitro
Producer AFI
AFI chronology
Very Proud of Ya
Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes
A Fire Inside EP

Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes is the third studio album by American rock band AFI. It was released on November 11, 1997 through Nitro Records.


This is the first album to feature bassist Hunter Burgan, although he was not a permanent member at the time as well as the final album to feature founding guitarist Mark Stopholese. Future band member Jade Puget performed backing vocals for the album as well, making Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes the first AFI album the band's current members collaborated in.[1] Nick 13 from American rock band Tiger Army is featured in the track "A Single Second", performing vocals in the chorus of the song.

A music video directed by Darren Doane and Ken Daurio was made for the track "Third Season." It features the band themselves sitting in a suburban town while a slew of children chase an ice cream truck.

The inner-edge of the album's CD case reveals the hidden message "A Fire Inside", a lyric from the introductory track "Keeping Out of Direct Sunlight". This is the first album to quote the phrase, which eventually became AFI's permanent acronym.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Keeping Out of Direct Sunlight (An Introduction)" 0:58
2. "Three Reasons" 1:33
3. "A Single Second" 2:12
4. "pH Low" 1:42
5. "Let It Be Broke" 2:06
6. "Third Season" 2:48
7. "Lower Your Head and Take It in the Body" 1:46
8. "Coin Return" 2:33
9. "The New Patron Saints and Angels" 2:17
10. "Three Seconds Notice" 1:35
11. "Salt for Your Wounds" 2:24
12. "Today's Lesson" (Filth cover) 2:14
13. "The Devil Loves You" 1:30
14. "Triple Zero" 2:50


  • Davey Havok - lead vocals, lyrics
  • Adam Carson - drums, percussion
  • Hunter Burgan - bass, programming, keyboard, piano, backing vocals
  • Mark Stopholese - guitars, backing vocals
  • Nick 13 - guitars, vocals
  • Geoff Kregse - additional guitar, programming, vocals
  • Engineered By: "The Recording Ninja" Andy Ernst
  • Produced By: AFI
  • Drums Tech By: Mike Fasano
  • Mastered At: Oasis by Eddy Shreyer