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Sum 41

Formed in Ajax, Ontario in 1996, Sum 41 was formed from several formerly rival bands. They all came together 41 days into the summer before their senior year of high school, and formed their own band. Their name came from this 41 day period.All of the band members have an affinity for trouble making, and it's no surprise they fit that right into their image once the band was formed. Most notable is Deryck's criminal record, though all members participate in the band's escapades. Among those activities are: prank calling ex-members, egging houses, and breaking glass at their hotels with BB guns ...read more

Formed in Ajax, Ontario in 1996, Sum 41 was formed from several formerly rival bands. They all came together 41 days into the summer before their senior year of high school, and formed their own band. Their name came from this 41 day period.All of the band members have an affinity for trouble making, and it's no surprise they fit that right into their image once the band was formed. Most notable is Deryck's criminal record, though all members participate in the band's escapades. Among those activities are: prank calling ex-members, egging houses, and breaking glass at their hotels with BB guns. No surprise that all the members have been arrested at least once.Despite that early start, they wouldn't get their first album out until four years later, signing to Island Records in 1999. Half Hour of Power made it abundantly clear this band was in the business to make music and have a blast doing it. From the metal influences of their childhood, to the poppy and sometimes trashy lyrics, the band clearly enjoyed doing what they were doing.It took them four years to get it out, but that album immediately propelled the band into the mainstream. Although it was not as prominent on the radio as their next release, there were a few songs that got some radio play and began to get the band widespread mainstream recognition.The album is occupied by the same post-Green Day sound that would soon bring the band fame, and showcases the sense of humor that's one of Sum 41's trademarks. The band's other asset, a seemingly inexhaustible supply of youthful energy, is present throughout this release as well.With that release showing signs of promise, the band quickly released the pop-punk album All Killer No Filler. "Fat Lip" was rolling out on the airwaves (including MTV and TRL) and propelling the band's career forward at an amazing pace. Even with that behind it, they still put out several other singles off the album, and "In Too Deep" was another popular and successful radio hit.The Green Day influence in this band is almost as prevalent as the metal influences. Deryck is definitely a huge Green Day fan, and at the same time, "Fat Lip" talks about their influences Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, two influential heavy metal bands. This album was a mix of those two influences, though they would soon begin to embrace their metal side more in their later releases.Later that year, the band participated in a tribute to the band Metallica and shocked haters of the band with a what was perceived to be a flawless rendition of "Master of Puppets". Many of the people who had previously dismissed the band as talentless saw Sum 41 in a new light due to that performance.Their next release, in 2002, was Does This Look Infected?. Though the singles "Hell Song" and "Still Waiting" were not recieved as well as "Fat Lip" on the radio, most fans embraced this album and shift in sound. Showcasing the punk tunes like "A.N.I.C." and metal-based songs like "Hyper-Insomnia-Para-Condrioid", this album presented a that was growing its sound. This also began an era of heavy touring, and the band has since played over 200 shows worldwide.The band's next release has quite a story behind it. Sum 41 was in the Congo helping to film a documentary that covered the effects of war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo(which has not yet been released). On the fifth day of the trip, they came under fire when fighting erupted. Bullets flying by their heads, the band was forced to evacuate, and the name of the U.N. worker who saved their lives is Chuck Pelletier, which is where the album gets its name, Chuck.The release is most notable for its shift to an even stronger metal focus. "Though The Bitter End" was criticized in some circles for being a complete Metallica ripoff (of the song "Battery"), but it is described by the band as a tribute to Metallica. Their first single, "We're All To Blame", managed to appealed to many mainstream rockers. This album also alienated many fans who sought the poppier sound of the previous albums, and the band drew some criticism for trying to jump between genres.In May 2006, Lead Guitarist and Backing Vocalist "Dave Baksh" (Brown Sound). Left the Band, to focus on a new project. "Brown Brigade", a classical Heavy Metal band. This was reportedly no surprise to the band members, as he was lacking in creativity in the band since "All Killer No Filler", but came as a huge shock to fans. Dave Baksh was sick of this life, and had changed musically. He insists there is no bad blood between the band members. Despite rumors of Avril Lavigne joining the band, Sum41 have decided not to replace him. Also, Lead Singer Deryck Whibley warns the fans, they are still working on their new album, and will be their best one to date. It has just been released and they weren't lying. It seriously kicks ass. « hide

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LPs
Screaming Bloody Murder
2011

2.6
431 Votes
Underclass Hero
2007

2.6
771 Votes
Chuck
2004

3.6
1,166 Votes
Does This Look Infected?
2002

3.5
1,044 Votes
All Killer No Filler
2001

3.5
1,221 Votes
EPs
Chuck Acoustic
2005

3.5
13 Votes
Does This Look Infected Too?
2003

3.6
14 Votes
Motivation
2002

3.6
45 Votes
Half Hour Of Power
2000

3.1
386 Votes
Live Albums
Go Chuck Yourself
2006

3.6
101 Votes
Compilations
All The Good Shit
2009

3.5
49 Votes

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