We're All to Blame

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"We're All to Blame"
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Single by Sum 41
from the album Chuck
ReleasedAugust 31, 2004
FormatCD, 7"
Recorded2004
GenreHeavy metal[1]
Length3:38
LabelIsland
Songwriter(s)Deryck Whibley
Producer(s)Greig Nori
Sum 41 singles chronology
"Over My Head (Better Off Dead)"
(2003)
"We're All to Blame"
(2004)
"Pieces"
(2005)

"We're All to Blame" is a song by Canadian rock band Sum 41. "We're All to Blame" was released to radio on August 31, 2004[2] as first single from Chuck.

Content[edit]

The band has stated that the song is about the "state of the world due to war, people dying, people living in fear, and the power of corporations, amongst other concerns." It was written after their trip to the Congo, making it the last song written for Chuck ("Noots" was originally going to be track 3 on the album, but was cut right after "We're All To Blame" was recorded).

Music video[edit]

The video, directed by Marc Klasfeld, is a spoof of Solid Gold and features the Solid Gold dancers. At the end of the video, the announcer says that the next guest is Pain For Pleasure, Sum 41's heavy metal alter ego band.

Reception[edit]

The song has received universal critical acclaim. Fox83 of Sputnikmusic called the song an "impressive approach lyrically" and said "If System of a Down's "Chop Suey!" had never been released then this could be leaning on originality. Aside from these irritations, 'We're All to Blame' is a great effort, and deserves its place on 'Chuck.'"[3] Entertainment Weekly said "It may sound heinous on paper, but trust us, the first single, 'We're All To Blame,' is far better than it has a right to be."[4] IGN gave a very positive recommendation of the song, saying "'We're All To Blame' is, bar none, the single best song Sum 41 has ever written and performed. A hard-hitting metal ballad that comments on global greed and its horrible consequences, the song not only stands out on Chuck, but it stands out as the high point of Sum 41's entire catalogue."[5]

In popular media[edit]

"We're All to Blame" was used in Toho's Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) during a brief fight scene between Godzilla and Zilla in Sydney.[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. We're All to Blame
  2. Noots

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
Canadian Singles Chart 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 10
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 36

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SUM 41 - CHUCK REVIEW". IGN. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  2. ^ "FMQB Airplay Archive: Modern Rock". Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Incorporated. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  3. ^ Fox83 (May 3, 2005). "Sum 41 – Chuck". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  4. ^ Endelman, Michael (October 4, 2004). "Chuck". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  5. ^ JR (October 20, 2004). "Sum 41 - Chuck Review". IGN. Retrieved October 12, 2015.
  6. ^ Barr 2016, p. 104.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Barr, Jason (2016). The Kaiju Film: A Critical Study of Cinema's Biggest Monsters. McFarland. ISBN 1476623953.

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