The Fake Sound of Progress

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The Fake Sound of Progress
Studio album by Lostprophets
Released 27 November 2000
8 October 2001 (UK)
1 May 2001
4 December 2001 (US)
Recorded 2000
Genre Nu metal
Length 49:32
Label Visible Noise, Columbia
Producer Dan Sprigg
Lostprophets chronology
The Fake Sound of Progress
Start Something
(2004)Start Something2004
Remaster release cover
Singles from The Fake Sound of Progress
  1. "Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja"
    Released: 26 November 2001
  2. "The Fake Sound of Progress"
    Released: 11 March 2002

The Fake Sound of Progress (stylized as thefakesoundofprogress) is the debut studio album by the Welsh rock band Lostprophets, originally released on 27 November 2000 through Visible Noise. The album would be released in 2001 by Columbia Records and was met with stronger sales numbers around the world. This is the only album to feature DJ Stepzak although he was only in the original version, and the first album to have Jamie Oliver although he was only in the remastered version.

The album peaked at number 186 on the Billboard 200, selling over 120,000 copies in the United States alone, and reached high positions on charts worldwide. Two singles were released from the album: "Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja" and "The Fake Sound of Progress"; these singles helped Lostprophets reach mainstream popularity. In 2010, the album was certified platinum by the BPI in the United Kingdom.


The Fake Sound of Progress is a nu metal album[1] that incorporates elements of heavy metal,[2] hip hop,[2] funk[2] and jazz.[2] The album has been compared to Faith No More,[3] Glassjaw,[2] Incubus[2] and Deftones.[2]


The band began work on the album in 2000, after finding a suitable bass player. Much of the album started as quickly-recorded demos[4] from The Fake Sound of Progress EP. The song "MOAC Supreme" became "A Thousand Apologies", and "Directions" was released as the B-side for the single "Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja". The album was recorded in one week for around £4000, and while originally intended as another demo, went on to be released on Visible Noise Records in late 2000.[5] Because of the album's shortened recording process, the band were unhappy with the end result.[6] The title of their second studio album Start Something refers to this, as they felt it better reflected their music abilities.[6]

When the band signed to Columbia Records in 2001, it was partly re-recorded, remixed, and re-released that same year. The changes to the music, such as merging the interludes between tracks with the ends of songs, was met with chagrin by fans of the earlier release.[5] The title track of the album, in addition to being partially re-recorded, was also sped up significantly. The remastered version of the album was released in 2001 in the UK and US respectively,[7] and was produced by Michael Barbiero.[8]


The album didn't initially receive much attention, but entered the Billboard 200 chart following the release of the first single from the album, "Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja". On Friday 1 March 2002 the album was certified Silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and on Friday 26 April 2002 the album was certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry.[9][10] According to Rolling Stone the album has sold more than 120 thousand copies in the United States and 250 thousand copies in the United Kingdom.[6][11]

At the end of April 2002, The Fake Sound of Progress peaked at 186 on the Billboard 200, 13 on the Top Heatseekers, 9 on the Top Heatseekers West North Central and 8 on the Top Heatseekers Mountain chart in the United States. The album first charted on the UK Albums Chart at 116 in 2001, in 2002 it peaked at its peak position 44 and after the release of Start Something in 2004 the album re-charted and peaked at 166.[12] Two singles were released from the album;"Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja" which peaked at 33 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart, and "The Fake Sound of Progress", which peaked at 21 on the UK Singles chart without charting abroad.[13]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[3]
NME positive[14]
Panorama 4/6 stars[15]

When released, the album was met with mixed reviews by music critics. Allmusic reviewer Brian O'Neil gave the album two out of five stars and said that "the only redeeming quality is the great production by Michael Barbiero, that allows all instruments to be heard perfectly in all their ennui-inducing glory, proving that no matter how much you polish up a turd, it's still a turd."[3] Ben Rayner from Drowned in Sound however gave the album 10 out of 10 stars and quoted "in the world of Lost Prophets it's very easy to find something different with every listen with their non-chaotic but well textured tunes."[2] NME reviewer John Mulvey called the album "weirdly impressive", while no stars were given the album got a positive review.[14]


After the release of the album Lostprophets went on a tour in Europe and America.[7] Before the release of "Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja" the band went on a brief tour with the fellow British rock band Muse. They toured Austria and Germany together from 21–27 October 2001.[16] The band would also tour for the NME Carling Awards Tour which featured dates in the London Astoria among others.[17] They built up a strong live following with support slots to popular acts like Linkin Park, Deftones as well as several headlining stints of their own.[5] They also took part in the successful Nu-Titans tour with Defenestration and other famous British metal bands. The band subsequently toured on the Irish leg of Ozzfest, where they toured with famous acts such as System of a Down, Slayer among others.[18] They had also played at the Glastonbury and the Reading and Leeds Festivals.[5] In 2002 the band headlined the Deconstruction festival in Finsbury Park, London on 3 June 2002, supporting acts was Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Mad Caddies among others well known artists.[19] In October 2002 Lostprophets returned to the UK for a tour visiting big cities such as Glasgow, Manchester and London.[20]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Ian Watkins, all music composed by Lostprophets.

Original version
No. Title Length
1. "Obscure Intro" 0:25
2. "Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja" 2:47
3. "The Fake Sound of Progress" 6:19
4. "Interlude" 0:47
5. "Five Is a Four Letter Word" 4:26
6. "...And She Told Me to Leave" 5:05
7. "Interlude" 0:59
8. "Kobrakai" 5:33
9. "The Handsome Life of Swing" 2:40
10. "Interlude" 1:13
11. "A Thousand Apologies" 4:06
12. "Still Laughing" 4:13
13. "Interlude" 1:35
14. "For Sure" 4:20
15. "Awkward" 4:24
16. "Ode to Summer" 3:20
Total length: 49:32
Remastered version
No. Title Length
1. "Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja" 2:47
2. "The Fake Sound of Progress" 5:32
3. "Five Is a Four Letter Word" 4:24
4. "...And She Told Me to Leave" 5:55
5. "Kobrakai" 5:33
6. "The Handsome Life of Swing" 3:49
7. "A Thousand Apologies" 4:06
8. "Still Laughing" 5:43
9. "For Sure" 4:20
10. "Awkward" 4:24
11. "Ode to Summer" 3:15
Total length: 47:48


Chart positions[edit]


Year Chart Position
2001 US Top Heatseekers (West North Central)[21] 8
US Top Heatseekers (Mountain)[22] 9
US Top Heatseekers[23] 13
US Billboard 200[24] 186
UK Album Charts[12] 44
2002 UK Album Charts[12] 116
2004 UK Album Charts[12] 166


Year Name Chart Peak
2001 "Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja" Modern Rock Tracks[25] 33
UK Singles Chart[12][26] 41
2002 "The Fake Sound of Progress" 21

Release history[edit]

Year Region Date Format Label Catalogue # Notes
2000 United Kingdom 13 November CD Visible Noise TORMENT5CD Promo copies list track 1 as "Intro" and list the tracks in the wrong order.[27] [28]
2001 United Kingdom 8 October CD Visible Noise TORMENT10CD Re-release; available in two colours. Standard clear jewel case cover and limited edition blue jewel case cover. [29]
2001 United States 4 December CD Columbia CK 85955 Re-release [30]
2002 Japan 22 January CD Epic 30 Re-release version, features the two bonus tracks. [31]
2003 United Kingdom 23 February 12" Vinyl Visible Noise TORMENT10LP Track listing features shorter titles. [32]


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  3. ^ a b c Brian O'Neil. "The Fake Sound of Progress". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  4. ^ Robert Cherry. "New Faces: Lostprophets". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  5. ^ a b c d David Jeffries. "Lostprophets biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  6. ^ a b c Joe D'Angelo (25 February 2004). "Lostprophets Ready To Start Something Orchestral With Second LP". MTV. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  7. ^ a b "Lostprophets". NME. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  8. ^ Inner liner notes, The Fake Sound of Progress, UK release from Visible Noise
  9. ^ "BPI - FAKE SOUND OF PROGRESS (Silver)". BPI. Retrieved 2009-02-17. [dead link]
  10. ^ "BPI - FAKE SOUND OF PROGRESS (Gold)". BPI. Archived from the original on 19 January 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  11. ^ James McLaren. "About rock music". BBC Wales. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
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  13. ^ "UK Top 40 Chart Archive, British Singles & Album Charts". Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  14. ^ a b John Mulvey. "Lostprophets: The Fake Sound Of Progress". NME. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  15. ^ Panorama review Archived 5 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
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  17. ^ "A View To a Hit". NME. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  18. ^ "Fest of Fun". NME. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  19. ^ "'Prophet Take Top Billing". NME. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  20. ^ "The Lost Boys Return!". NME. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  21. ^ "Heatseekers (West North Central) – The Fake Sound of Progress". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-02-17. [dead link]
  22. ^ "Heatseekers (Mountain) – The Fake Sound of Progress". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-02-17. [dead link]
  23. ^ "Heatseekers – The Fake Sound of Progress". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-02-17. [dead link]
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  25. ^ "Lostprophets Charts & Awards Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  26. ^ "Chart Stats - Lostprophets". Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
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  28. ^ "Lostprophets – The Fake Sound of Progress (T5CD)". Discogs. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  29. ^ "Lostprophets – The Fake Sound of Progress (T10CD)". Discogs. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  30. ^ "Lostprophets – The Fake Sound of Progress (CK 85955)". Discogs. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  31. ^ "The Fake Sound of Progress [Japan Bonus Track] - Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  32. ^ "Lostprophets – The Fake Sound of Progress (T10LP)". Discogs. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 

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