Sum 41
Motivation


4.5
superb

Review

by ReturnToRock USER (303 Reviews)
June 7th, 2005 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


Yeah, i know what you’re thinking...«why the hell is he reviewing a single"» But the fact is that with Motivation, Sum 41 have strived to give their fans something more than just the average single. They achieved this by adding three previously unreleased live tracks to the studio track. And these live tracks are actually what makes this such a good buy.

Motivation itself is one of the best tracks off All Killer no Filler, Sum 41’s sophomore outing. It features a totally awesome drum intro before the bass kicks in, then the guitars, playing a riff that reminds you of fellow punk-poppers Blink 182. The song is standard pop-punk fare up until halfway through the song, when a purely Clashian riff kicks in and makes classic punk fans smile. Of course, the throwback only lasts a few seconds, but it helps validate Sum 41 as a truly punk-influenced band rather than just another bunch of posers. All in all, a very good track. (3,5/5)

As good as the title track is, however, it is all but put to shame by the live portion of this EP. The first of the live songs featured is Sum 41’s old hit Machine Gun. It is subject to a fast and furious delivery, complete with short, punky solo. During the breakdown, Deryck and the so-called Brown Sugar trade jokes, burp and interact with the audience, asking them to sing the next part of the song. In Deryck’s own words «it’s really f***ing easy, all ya gotta do is say ‘na’». Simply hilarious. Then they finish it off in a very «metallic» crescendo. (5/5)

Machine Gun segues straight into Crazy Amanda Bunkface. This song is slightly inferior to the one that preceded it, but it’s still very enjoyable, especially due to Deryck and Brown Sugar’s comments at the beginning («My message…I dunno, I’ll think of one later….it’s very meaningful though, I’ll tell you that!») This is a faster-paced song that sometimes comes close to early Offspring, and it’s once again very enjoyable. (4/5)

Once again segueing straight from the previous track comes the jewel of the Sum 41 crown, Pain for Pleasure. This hilarious NWOBHM spoof lasts less than a minute, yet it is one of the best true-metal songs ever written. Listen to it and try NOT to mistake it for an Iron Maiden song. Deryck uses a lower register and Brown Sugar helps with «demonic» backing vocals. This song showcases the group’s early metal influences and manages to sound goofy without sounding jeering or sarcastic. Props to them for pulling it off. (5/5)

All in all, then , something more than just a mere single, and highly worth the buy, even if you’re not that much of a Sum 41 fan.



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NiGht/maRe
June 8th 2005


6 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

One of the best songs by Sum 41 ever!This Message Edited On 06.08.05

SpecialBoy
June 8th 2005


47 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Oh dear.

ReturnToRock
June 8th 2005


3446 Comments


hey can anybody explain something to me?

ok, so the album cover on the picture up there is purple. but mine's actually blue....?

francesfarmer
July 21st 2005


1477 Comments


because yours is STUPID!

ReturnToRock
July 22nd 2005


3446 Comments


thanks a lot, very helpful.

«now let's hear it from someone who isn't a complete retard» - mr. garrison

NEDM
July 22nd 2005


1113 Comments


maybe they re-released it in a different color. My best guess.

masada
July 22nd 2005


2733 Comments


Or they released it in several colors, to make more money?

That's mine.

TheBassicBassist
February 25th 2006


12 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

They released it 3 different ways, some are purple, some are blue, and some are in a tin can with the Introduction to Destruction's Skeleton's skull on it, I have the tin can one, that's the only reason

Hunter555
March 12th 2006


424 Comments


Pain for pleasure is a masterpiece


Guitar_King_666
June 30th 2006


13 Comments


"Pain for pleasure is a masterpiece"

damn straight

spoon_of_grimbo
October 11th 2006


2241 Comments


haha, they should play pain for pleasure and grab the devil by the horns one after the other, itd be great live!!!

what happened to the alter-ego pain for pleasure band album they were gonna record? i take it thats gone outta the window now that dave's left?

chips85
May 16th 2010


136 Comments


Motivation is fucking BEAST SONG the best Sum 41 tune, anyone who doesn't like this song has a mental illness.

Asiatic667
May 16th 2010


4651 Comments


Or just doesn't like Sum 41 and would prefer to listen to something different

chips85
May 16th 2010


136 Comments


How can you NOT love this band ? Ugh whatever theres dumb shits everywhere in the world who will complain about them, sure now they aren't as good but in the All Killer period they were the best.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
April 9th 2011


22486 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Don't worry about what color the EP cover is, I have different tracks on mine... And Wikipedia backs it up that track 2 is actually 'All She's Got (live)' & track 4 is 'What We're All About (live)' with Tommy Lee on drums. Either way, this is a pretty cool little release with the banter entertaining enough on the live tracks. I prefer 'What We're All About' to 'Pain For Pleasure', but I'm unsure why they would have included 'Crazy Amanda Bunkface' either way.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
April 9th 2011


7504 Comments


Can anything be done about them black diamonds?

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
April 9th 2011


22486 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think the reviewer has to edit their review... Mods would probably be able to do that too though.

kris.
April 9th 2011


15029 Comments


i thought singles aren't allowed in the database

Irving
Staff Reviewer
April 9th 2011


7504 Comments


Okay this is embarrassing. For some reason I thought you were mod Dave. Even though I know you're DaveyBoy.

I should not be allowed online after 4 am.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
April 9th 2011


22486 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Kris, I think enough of an argument could be made that this is an EP.



Don't start this Dave / Davey thing again... Or else Dave would have to change his name. ;-) And FFS go to sleep Irving.



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