Sticks and Stones (New Found Glory album)

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Sticks and Stones
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Studio album by New Found Glory
Released June 11, 2002
Recorded September 2001 – April 2002
Studio DML Studios; Signature Sound; Larrabee West Studios; and NRG Studios, Los Angeles, California
Genre Pop punk[1]
Length 62:22
Label MCA, Drive-Thru
Producer Neal Avron
New Found Glory chronology
New Found Glory
Sticks and Stones
Singles from Sticks and Stones
  1. "My Friends Over You"
    Released: July 22, 2002
  2. "Head on Collision"
    Released: October 15, 2002
  3. "Understatement"
    Released: 2003

Sticks and Stones is the third studio album by American rock band New Found Glory.


As with its predecessor, their eponymously titled second album, it was again produced by Neal Avron. The opening two snare hits that begin "The Story So Far" were done by bassist Ian Grushka.[2] Similarly, the four bass notes that follow were done by drummer Cyrus Bolooki.[2]


Sticks and Stones was released on June 11, 2002, through MCA Records.[3] Because of the relationship Drive-Thru Records held with MCA, Drive-Thru's more successful acts, including New Found Glory, were "upstreamed" to the major label.[4] Between late June and mid-August, the group went on the 2002 edition of Warped Tour.[5] In October and November, the band went tour across the U.S. alongside Something Corporate, Finch and Further Seems Forever.[6]

The album included the popular singles "My Friends Over You" and "Head on Collision", both of which performed well on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.[7] This coupled with a headline appearance at the 2002 Warped Tour saw the album certified gold by the RIAA in September.[8]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press (8/10)[9]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars[10]
NME (7/10)[11]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[12]


Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
BuzzFeed United States 36 Pop Punk Albums You Need To Hear Before You F——ing Die[13] 2014 11
Rock Sound United Kingdom The 51 Most Essential Pop Punk Albums of All Time[14] 9
Kerrang! 51 Greatest Pop Punk Albums Ever[15] 2015 3

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by New Found Glory.[16]

No. Title Length
1. "Understatement" 3:11
2. "My Friends Over You" 3:40
3. "Sonny" 3:28
4. "Something I Call Personality" 2:40
5. "Head on Collision" 3:47
6. "It's Been a Summer" 3:33
7. "Forget My Name" 3:10
8. "Never Give Up" 3:12
9. "The Great Houdini" 2:47
10. "Singled Out" 3:20
11. "Belated" 3:06
12. "The Story So Far" (includes hidden track "The Toothpick Song") 26:36
Total length: 62:22


The following personnel contributed to Sticks and Stones:[16]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
U.S Billboard 200[17] 4
UK Album Chart[18] 10
Album certifications
Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[19] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[20] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Year Title Peak Chart Position
US Hot 100[21] US Modern Rock[22] UK Singles Chart[18] CA Single Chart
2002 "My Friends Over You" 85 5 30 11
2002 "Head on Collision" 28 64


  1. ^ a b Unterberger, Richie. "Sticks and Stones > Overview". AllMusic. Retrieved 2007-04-17. 
  2. ^ a b McMahon, ed. 2015, p. 19
  3. ^ "New Found Glory > Sticks and Stones". Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  4. ^ Manley, Brendan (March 2010), "2001–2005: The Oral History of New Found Glory", Alternative Press (260), p. 65, ISSN 1065-1667, retrieved 2010-01-31 
  5. ^ D'Angelo, Joe (January 30, 2002). "Warped Tour '02 To Feature Bad Religion, NOFX, New Found Glory, More". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved February 11, 2017. 
  6. ^ Heisel, Scott (August 13, 2002). "New Found Glory/Something Corporate/Finch/Further Seems Forever tour". Aubin Paul. Retrieved February 11, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Modern Rock Chart History New Found Glory". Retrieved 2009-08-18. 
  8. ^ "RIAA Search – New Found Glory". RIAA. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  9. ^ Heisel, Scott (August 2002), "New Found Glory: Sticks and Stones – MCA – Florida pop-punks use major-label budget to make their best disc yet", Alternative Press, p. 77, ISSN 1065-1667 
  10. ^ Griffiths, Mark (June 2002), "New Found Glory: Sticks and Stones (MCA) KKKK – [With] crisp production...[and] some truly brilliant and instantly memorable moments", Kerrang! (885), p. 46 
  11. ^ Chester, Tim (June 2002), "New Found Glory – Sticks and Stones (7) – Endless chainsaw wedgies, snot-colored hair and sugar-rush guitars", New Musical Express, ISSN 0028-6362 
  12. ^ Relic, Peter (2002-07-02). "Sticks And Stones : New Found Glory : Review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-02-06. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  13. ^ Sherman, Maria; Broderick, Ryan (July 2, 2013). "36 Pop Punk Albums You Need To Hear Before You F----ing Die". BuzzFeed. Retrieved July 29, 2015. 
  14. ^ Bird, ed. 2014, p. 74
  15. ^ "51 Greatest Pop Punk Albums Ever". Kerrang! (1586): 18–25. September 16, 2015. 
  16. ^ a b New Found Glory (CD). New Found Glory. Drive-Thru Records (B0030E5NL4). 2000.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Credits" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  17. ^ "New Found Glory > Sticks and Stones". Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  18. ^ a b "Sticks and Stones". Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  19. ^ "British album certifications – New Found Glory – Sticks & Stones". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Sticks & Stones in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  20. ^ "American album certifications – New Found Glory – Sticks & Stones". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  21. ^ "New Found Glory > My Friends Over You". Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  22. ^ "New Found Glory > Chart History". Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  • Bird, Ryan, ed. (September 2014). "The 51 Most Essential Pop Punk Albums of All Time". Rock Sound. London: Freeway Press Inc. (191). ISSN 1465-0185. 
  • McMahon, James, ed. (8 August 2015). "Rock's Biggest Secrets Revealed!". Kerrang!. London: Bauer Media Group (1580). ISSN 0262-6624. 

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