Still Waiting (Sum 41 song)

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"Still Waiting"
Single by Sum 41
from the album Does This Look Infected?
Released November 18, 2002
Format CD
Recorded 2002
Genre Melodic hardcore, punk rock
Length 2:38
Label Island
Producer(s) Greig Nori
Sum 41 singles chronology
"What We're All About"
"Still Waiting"
"The Hell Song"

"Still Waiting" is a song recorded by the Canadian punk rock group Sum 41. It was released in November 2002 as the lead single from the album Does This Look Infected?.

Background and writing[edit]

Whibley wrote the song after the September 11 attacks.[1] In an interview with, he said

It's not directly about 9/11 or the war on terrorism. It's about the war on everything.

It's about the world as we know it. It's no secret that the world doesn't get along and there's all this hatred. It's everything to do with how this world functions.

—Deryck Wibley[2]

Music video[edit]

The video, directed by Marc Klasfeld, starts with the boys entering the office of a record executive (played by Will Sasso). The executive is on the phone and ends his call by saying "I gotta go, I think I'm about to get mugged." (a joke concerning the band's ragged appearance). After Sum 41 enters his office, the band asks him if he liked the new album. He says he has not heard it yet but he guesses it is all sort of songs about skateboarding and getting dumped (possibly referring to the band's change in sound with the new album). He said he called them in because the "number band thing" is out and lists examples Blink-182 and "Green Day 75" (mocking the supposed lack of knowledge record executives have of music and musicians) and says "The" is the new thing (probably mocking the garage rock revival of the early 2000s) and changes their name to "The Sums" and the members' individual names (Deryck is "Sven", Cone is "Thurston", Dave is "Holmes" and Stevo is "Sergio"). He then throws Stevo a pack of cigarettes, because drinking and smoking is the "in" thing. The set is a spoof of The Strokes and The Vines and includes random images of arcade games. At the start of the last chorus, Deryck breaks the choreography and starts trashing his equipment and Dave, Cone and Steve do the same thing. The video ends with the four band members pushing down The Sums' name behind them.

Apart from the introduction, the performance was recorded at 30 frames per second as if it was a live performance.

Track listing[edit]

CD single
  1. Still Waiting
  2. All Messed Up (Demo)
  3. Motivation (Live at the Astoria)
  4. Still Waiting (Demo) (Absent on some versions)
  5. Still Waiting (CD ROM Video)
CD Single 2
  1. Still Waiting
  2. In Too Deep (live from Astoria)
  3. Fat Lip (live from Astoria)
CD Single 3
  1. Still Waiting
  2. All Messed Up (Demo)


Chart (2002-2003) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 43
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 49
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan) 1
Germany (Media Control AG)[5] 90
Ireland (IRMA)[6] 20
Italy (FIMI)[7] 22
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 33
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[9] 97
UK Rock (The Official Charts Company) 1
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 16
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks[10] 7
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 6

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"No One Knows" by Queens Of The Stone Age
UK Rock Chart number-one single
November 24, 2002 - February 2, 2003
Succeeded by
"Shut Up" by Kelly Osbourne


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