Skip School, Start Fights

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Skip School, Start Fights
Studio album by Hit the Lights
Released July 8, 2008
Studio Pilot Studios, New Jersey
Genre Pop punk[1]
Length 40:36
Label Triple Crown
Producer Rob Freeman
Hit the Lights chronology
This Is a Stick Up... Don't Make It a Murder
Skip School, Start Fights
Coast to Coast

Skip School, Start Fights is the second studio album from the American pop punk band Hit the Lights.


On June 28, 2007, it was announced that vocalist Colin Ross had left the group. Ross explained that he "decided I would like to take a different direction with my life and not live this lifestyle any longer." The band intended to continue and find a new vocalist.[2] Subsequently, the band's guitarist Nick Thompson became their vocalist.[3]

Demo versions of the songs "Drop the Girl", "Stay Out", and "Don't Wait" were released on the internet before the album's release featuring Colin Ross before he left the band. It is unknown if Ross demoed other songs for the record.


The album was produced by Rob Freeman, with recording taking place at Pilot Studios in New Jersey. It was mixed by Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount.[3] The album features guest vocals from Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low on the song "Don't Wait" and Shane Henderson of Valencia on the song "Drop the Girl".


Skip School, Start Fights was released on July 8, 2008 through Triple Crown Records.[3] On January 21, 2009, a music video for "Drop the Girl" premiered on[4] In March 2009, the band supported The Maine and 3OH!3 on the Alternative Press Tour.[5]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 70%[6]
Ultimate Guitar 7.4/10[1]

The album peaked at number 97 on the Billboard 200 and number 11 on the Independent Albums chart.[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Count It!" - 1:02
  2. "Breathe In" - 3:07
  3. "Stay Out" - 3:47
  4. "Drop the Girl" (feat. Shane Henderson from Valencia) - 3:21
  5. "Tell Me Where You Are" - 4:02
  6. "Hangs 'Em High" - 2:54
  7. "Back Breaker" - 3:25
  8. "Don't Wait" (feat. Alex Gaskarth from All Time Low) - 3:36
  9. "Cry Your Eyes Out" - 3:07
  10. "Statues" - 3:04
  11. "Say What You Wanna Say" - 3:11
  12. "Winding Down" - 3:12
  13. "On and On" - 2:56
iTunes bonus tracks
  1. "How Will I Know?" (Whitney Houston cover) – 3:54
  2. "Drop the Girl" (Rowdy Boiz remix) – 3:12


  1. ^ a b UG Team (July 23, 2005). "Skip School, Start Fights | Hit The Lights | Compact Discs | Reviews". Ultimate Guitar. Retrieved December 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Hit The Lights frontman quits band". Alternative Press. June 28, 2007. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Wippsson, Johan (July 7, 2008). "Hit The Lights "Skip School, Start Fights" In Stores Tomorrow Tuesday". Melodic. Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
  4. ^ Wippsson, Johan (January 21, 2009). "Hit The Lights "Drop The Girl" Video Debut On". Melodic. Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
  5. ^ Wippsson, Johan (December 30, 2008). "The Maine: Alternative Press Acoustic Session!". Melodic. Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
  6. ^ Fallon, Chris. "Hit the Lights - Skip School, Start Fights". AbsolutePunk. Archived from the original on July 12, 2008. Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
  7. ^ allmusic ((( Skip School, Start Fights > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))

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