The Hell Song

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"The Hell Song"
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Single by Sum 41
from the album Does This Look Infected?
Released February 10, 2003
Format CD
Recorded 2002
Genre Pop punk[1]
Length 3:21
Label Aquarius (Canada)
Island (United States)
Sum 41 singles chronology
"Still Waiting"
(2002)
"The Hell Song"
(2003)
"Over My Head (Better Off Dead)"
(2003)

"The Hell Song" is a song by Canadian rock band Sum 41. The song was released in February 2003 as the second single of the band's album Does This Look Infected?. "The Hell Song" was released to radio on February 18, 2003.[2] The song was featured in the films American Wedding and Punk's Not Dead and in the video game Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home. "The Hell Song" was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on May 29, 2015.[3]

Background[edit]

Deryck Whibley, the lead vocalist of Sum 41, wrote "The Hell Song" after learning that one of his friends had contracted HIV.[4] He said, "That song just came out in, like, half an hour when I just found out," Whibley said. "I wasn't even meaning to write about it, but for some reason that just came out right away".[5]

Music video[edit]

The music video was of a concert with dolls and action figures, with Sum 41's faces on those "performing" in front of a Lite-Brite screen. They were joined with other action figures such as those of Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Ozzy Osbourne with his family, Marilyn Manson, Korn, Metallica, Eddie the Head, Gene Simmons, Spice Girls, Angus Young, Jesus Christ, Tuck Turner Willison, Alice Cooper and Ludacris. The dolls' obscene finger gestures and nudity are comically censored, which parodies real life. The video was directed by Marc Klasfeld.

Track listing[edit]

UK release[edit]

  1. The Hell Song (album version)
  2. The Hell Song (radio edit)

US release[edit]

  1. The Hell Song (No-spit Intro)
  2. The Hell Song (Spit Intro)

Part 1[edit]

  1. "The Hell Song"
  2. "Over My Head (Better Off Dead)" (demo)
  3. "My Direction" (demo)
  4. "The Hell Song" (video)

Part 2[edit]

  1. "The Hell Song" (live)
  2. "Still Waiting" (live)
  3. "Rhthyms" (live)
  4. "The Hell Song" (live) (video)

All live tracks (on this CD) from Sound, London.

7"[edit]

A :

  1. "The Hell Song"

B :

  1. "Still Waiting" (Live from Sound, London)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003-04) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 76
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 59
UK Singles Chart 35
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 13
Canadian Singles Chart 2

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[3] Golddagger 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

dagger Since May 2013 RIAA certifications for digital singles include on-demand audio and/or video song streams in addition to downloads.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sum 41 - The Hell Song". AllMusic. 
  2. ^ "FMQB Airplay Archive: Modern Rock". Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Incorporated. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "American single certifications – Sum 41 – The Hell Song". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  4. ^ "Sum 41 Sober Up On Does This Look Infected?". MTV. 
  5. ^ Whitmire, Margo (2002). "Sum 41 Spreads 'Infected'". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 114 (48): 11. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  6. ^ "RIAA Adds Digital Streams To Historic Gold & Platinum Awards". Recording Industry Association of America. May 9, 2013. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 

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