Taking Back Sunday: The Story Behind Tell All Your Friends
Taking Back Sunday is a pop punk/alt rock band that released their debut album Tell All Your Friends in 2002. The album is considered a landmark in the '00s emo genre, with catchy melodies, emotional lyrics, and energetic performances. The album features some of the band's most popular songs, such as \"Cute Without the 'E' (Cut from the Team)\", \"You're So Last Summer\", and \"There's No 'I' in Team\".
The title of the album comes from the lyrics in \"Cute Without the 'E' (Cut from the Team)\", where vocalist Adam Lazzara sings \"And will you tell all your friends / You've got your gun to my head\". The album reflects the band's personal experiences with relationships, betrayal, and growing up. The band members were influenced by bands like Saves the Day, Lifetime, and Sunny Day Real Estate.
The album was recorded in December of 2001 at Big Blue Meenie studio in New Jersey, with producer Sal Villanueva. The band also had some guest vocalists on some tracks, such as Neil Rubenstein from Crime In Stereo and Michelle DaRosa from Straylight Run. The album was released on March 26, 2002 by Victory Records, and received positive reviews from critics and fans. The album sold over 500,000 copies and was certified gold by the RIAA.
The album also marked the beginning of a turbulent period for the band, as guitarist and co-vocalist John Nolan and bassist Shaun Cooper left the band in 2003 due to personal and creative differences. They formed Straylight Run, while Taking Back Sunday continued with new members Fred Mascherino and Matt Rubano. The original lineup reunited in 2010 and released two more albums together.
Tell All Your Friends is a classic album that defined a generation of emo fans and inspired many bands to follow. It showcases Taking Back Sunday's raw talent, passion, and honesty. It is an album that deserves to be heard by anyone who loves music.
The album also spawned several singles and music videos, which helped the band gain more exposure and fans. The first single was \"Cute Without the 'E' (Cut from the Team)\", which was released in July 2002. The song is about a cheating ex-girlfriend and features a catchy chorus and a dual vocal interplay between Lazzara and Nolan. The music video, directed by Christian Winters, shows the band performing in a basement while a girl breaks up with her boyfriend over the phone. The video also features some references to the movie Fight Club.
The second single was \"You're So Last Summer\", which was released in October 2002. The song is about a failed relationship and features a memorable line \"The truth is you could slit my throat / And with my one last gasping breath / I'd apologize for bleeding on your shirt\". The music video, directed by Marc Klasfeld, shows the band performing on a rooftop while various people fall from the sky. The video also features some cameo appearances by members of Thursday, My Chemical Romance, and Midtown.
The third single was \"Great Romances of the 20th Century\", which was released in February 2003. The song is about a romantic encounter and features a melodic guitar riff and a soaring chorus. The music video, directed by Christian Winters, shows the band performing in a warehouse while a couple dances and kisses. The video also features some footage of the band's live shows.
The fourth and final single was \"There's No 'I' in Team\", which was released in June 2003. The song is about a friendship that turned sour and features a call-and-response vocal exchange between Lazzara and Nolan. The music video, directed by Christian Winters, shows the band performing in a dark room while two friends fight and reconcile. The video also features some scenes of the band's tour bus and backstage antics. aa16f39245