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Sum 41 is a Canadian pop punk band from Ajax, Ontario. The current members are Deryck Whibley (lead vocals, guitar, keyboards), Cone McCaslin (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Steve Jocz (drums, percussion, and backing vocals). The band's "classic" line-up is the same, except with Dave Baksh on lead guitar and backing vocals.

In 1999, the band signed an international record deal with Island Records. Since then, the band has released four studio albums, all of which have been certified platinum in Canada.

The band often perform more than 300 times in a single year and hold long global tours, most of which last more than a year. They have also been nominated for a Kerrang! Award in 2003 for "Best Live Act".


Beginnings and Half Hour of Power (1996–2000)

Sum 41 was formed on July 31, 1996 or forty-one days into the summer, hence the name (Summer 41 Days). The band was originally a NOFX cover band named Kaspir; they changed their name to Sum 41 for a Supernova show on September 28, 1996.

In 1998 the band recorded a demo tape on Compact Cassette which they sent to record companies in hope of getting a recording contract. These demo tapes are rare and are the only recordings known with the original bassist Richard "Twitch" Roy.

From 1999 to 2000, the band recorded several of their antics. The Introduction to Destruction and later the Cross The T's and Gouge Your I's DVDs both contained the self-recorded footage, among which were robbing a Kelly's Pizza with water guns and performing a dance to "Makes No Difference" in front of a theater.

Sum 41 released the EP Half Hour of Power on June 27, 2000. The first single released by the band was "Makes No Difference", which had two different music videos. The first video was put together using the video clips sent to the record label and the second showed the band performing at a house party.


All Killer No Filler and Does This Look Infected? (2001–2003)

Sum 41's first full-length album, All Killer No Filler, was released on May 8, 2001. "Fat Lip", the album's first single, achieved notable commercial success; it topped the U.S. Billboard modern rock chart as well as other charts around the world.

On November 26, 2002, Sum 41 released their second full-length album, Does This Look Infected?. The first single released was "Still Waiting", which was followed by "The Hell Song". "The Hell Song"'s music video depicted the band using dolls with their pictures on them and others, such as Ozzy Osbourne and Pamela Anderson. Their next single, "Over My Head (Better Off Dead)", had a video released exclusively in Canada and on their website, featuring live shots of the band. The video also appeared on their live DVD, Sake Bombs And Happy Endings (2003), as a bonus feature.


Chuck and the Congo (2004–2006)

Bullets were coming through windows and everyone was just lying on the ground with their hands on their heads.One bomb came too close, hit the hotel and the hotel just started shaking. Everyone dove and was lying on the ground. Things were falling off the walls, mirrors were breaking. That's when we all kind of realized that this was really going bad, and we're probably not going to make it out.

In late May 2004, the band traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo with War Child Canada, a branch of the British charity organization War Child, to document the civil war in the country. Days after arriving, fighting broke out in Bukavu near the hotel the band was staying at. The band waited for the firing to die down, but it did not during that time. A U.N. peacekeeper, Charles "Chuck" Pelletier, called for armored carriers to take the hotel's occupants out of the hot zone. After nearly six hours, the carriers arrived, and the band and the forty other civilians were taken to safety. Whibley later recalled the incident: "Bullets were coming through windows and everyone was just lying on the ground with their hands on their heads. One bomb came too close, hit the hotel and the hotel just started shaking. Everyone dove and was lying on the ground. Things were falling off the walls, mirrors were breaking. That's when we all kind of realized that this was really going bad, and we're probably not going to make it out."

In honor of Pelletier, Sum 41 named their next album Chuck; it was released on October 12, 2004. A documentary of their experience was made into a film called Rocked: Sum 41 in Congo and later aired on MTV. War Child released it on DVD on November 29, 2005, in the United States and Canada. The first single from the album was "We're All To Blame"; it was followed by "Pieces", a relatively soft song which reached the top of the charts in Canada. The next single was "Some Say", released only in Canada and Japan. The last single off the record was "No Reason", released at the same time as "Some Say", but with no music video and was only released in Europe and the USA, where it reached the sixteenth position on the Billboard Modern Rock charts in the USA.

On December 21, 2005, Sum 41 released a live album, Happy Live Surprise, in Japan. The CD contained a full concert recorded live from London, Ontario and was produced by Deryck. The same CD was released March 7, 2006, in Canada under the name Go Chuck Yourself.


Dave's departure and Underclass Hero (2006–present)

On, May 11, 2006, Dave Baksh announced in a statement through his management company that he was leaving Sum 41 to work with his new band, Brown Brigade, which features a more "classic metal" sound. Baksh's departure from the band was cited as "creative differences"

Recording of the band's fourth studio album, Underclass Hero, began on November 8, 2006 and finished on March 14, 2007. The album, backed by the first single and title track, "Underclass Hero", was released on July 24, 2007. It debuted at number-seven in the United States, making it the band's highest U.S. chart position.

On April 17, 2007, the band released a song on iTunes, "March of the Dogs". Although not a single, the band released it early because, according to Whibley, "the record Two more singles were released from the album, "Walking Disaster" and "With Me".

The band began a co-tour in October 2007 across Canada with Canadian band Finger Eleven and Die Mannequin opened each of Sum 41's shows. During the tour, Whibley sustained a herniated disk; as a result, they canceled the rest of their shows on the Strength In Numbers Tour with Finger Eleven.

On August 7, 2008, Cone announced in a journal entry on the band's official site that the band was currently taking time off from touring to do other things. Afterward, they would begin working on the band's next studio album. McCaslin is working on the second album by his side-project, The Operation M.D.. Jocz continued to tour as a drummer for The Vandals, and Whibley is touring with his wife, Avril Lavigne.


Other projects

Internet videos

Cone during a show

Touring in support of Chuck, Sum 41 played videos before their set which were deemed "unsuitable for children". Controversy arose over some of the videos' violent content. They have made several other videos, including Basketball Butcher and 1-800-Justice, which were originally available exclusively on Sum 41's now-defunct fan club, the Goon Platoon.

Sum 41's most recent internet video project is a "weekly" series, SUM 41 - Road to Ruin. The trailer was posted on January 8, 2007 on the Sum 41 web page. The first episode debuted on January 21; it followed their exploits on their Singapore 2003 tour. Since then, their episodes have included footage of drunkenness in New Orleans, setting off a fire alarm in a hotel, and a feature about their first tour manager. So far, they have released nine episodes. They also created a series of cartoons based on superhero "Stickman moss" who saved the world from anti-punk figures who endangered the world of punk rock.


Side projects and collaborations

Sum 41 has collaborated with many other artists, both live and in the studio, among whom are Tenacious D, and Ja Rule.

Shortly after touring for Does This Look Infected?, Iggy Pop recruited the band for his new album, Skull Ring. Following their September 11, 2005 show in Quebec City, Quebec, the band went on a touring hiatus, although on April 17, 2006, Sum 41 played at a tribute to Iggy Pop, joining Iggy on stage for "Little Know It All" and "Lust For Life".

During the band's 2006 touring hiatus, Whibley focused on his producing career; he wrote and produced two songs for Avril Lavigne's album The Best Damn Thing; Jocz recorded his first video as director for a Canadian band, The Midway State; and McCaslin started a side project with Todd Morse of H2O and Juliette and the Licks. McCaslin's two-person band, named The Operation M.D., released their debut album, We Have an Emergency, in early 2007. As well as playing bass, keyboards, and acoustic guitar, Cone contributed backing vocals as well as leading vocals on three songs. The Operation album was co-produced and mixed by Whibley. Their first single video, "Sayonara", was directed by Jocz.

In December 2007, McCaslin interviewed Slash of Velvet Revolver. They talked about Slash's experiences while in Guns N' Roses and his part in Velvet Revolver. The interview was done as part of a MySpace project and was posted on the site in three parts.


Music style and influences

Sum 41 in concert at Metropolis in Montreal.

Early influence on their music included the Beastie Boys and NOFX, especially in their All Killer No Filler rap rock music found in the "Fat Lip" and "What We're All About" singles. Their later music in the album Does This Look Infected? had heavy influence from The Offspring, as the band itself commented. Also, some metal influence coming from bands like Iron Maiden & Metallica is noted.

The genre of Sum 41's music has been disputed among fans because of the complex combination of different musical styles and the much more mature, serious, and heavy sound in later albums. Most fans and critics agree that Half Hour of Power and All Killer No Filler were purely pop punk, but Does This Look Infected? started moving toward heavier styles, such as alternative rock and alternative metal,



Sum 41 has been nominated for seven Juno Awards (the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy); they won twice. In 2001, they were nominated for "Best New Group" at the Juno awards, but lost to Nickelback. They were nominated for "Best Group" in the Juno Awards of 2002 but again lost to Nickelback. Also in 2002, The album All Killer No Filler was nominated for "Best Album; however, it lost to The Look of Love by Diana Krall. In 2003, Sum 41 won a Juno Award for "Group Of The Year". They were also nominated for a Kerrang! Award in 2003 for "Best Live Act".


  • Deryck Whibley - Lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Marc Costanzo - Lead guitar
  • Richard Roy - Bass, backing vocals
  • Steve Jocz - Drums, backing vocals
  • Deryck Whibley - Lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Dave Baksh - Lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Mark Spicoluk - Bass, backing vocals
  • Steve Jocz - Drums, backing vocals
Classic (best-selling) lineup
  • Deryck Whibley - Lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano/keyboard
  • Dave Baksh - Lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Cone McCaslin - Bass, backing vocals
  • Steve Jocz - Drums, backing vocals
  • Deryck Whibley - Lead vocals, guitar, piano/keyboard
  • Cone McCaslin - Bass, backing vocals
  • Steve Jocz - Drums, backing vocals





Studio albums

Release date Title Label U.S. UK CAN U.S. sales
May 8, 2001 All Killer No Filler Island/Aquarius 13 7 9 33 3x Platinum Platinum
November 26, 2002 Does This Look Infected? Island/Aquarius 32 34 8 56 2x Platinum Gold
October 12, 2004 Chuck Island/Aquarius 10 59 2 13 2x Platinum Gold
July 24, 2007 Underclass Hero Island/Aquarius 7 46 1 22 Platinum Gold


Live, bonus and compilation albums

Release date Title Label Other information
1998 1998 demo tape Self released Rare self released/unreleased Demo tape, the first ever to be released by the band, referred to by fans as "Rock Out With Your Cock Out".
November 26, 2002 Does This Look Infected Too? Universal/Aquarius Bonus Live CD on Japan version of DTLI?, sold as separate live EP worldwide.
December 21, 2005
March 7, 2006
Go Chuck Yourself Universal/Aquarius Live album recorded in London, Ontario in April 2005. Released as Happy Live Surprise in Japan and as Go Chuck Yourself in Canada, U.S. and Europe.



Release date Title Label U.S. UK CAN
June 27, 2000 Half Hour of Power Island/Aquarius 176 143
2005(Japan) Chuck Acoustic EP (Tour Edition Promo) Universal Records - - -
2002 Motivation EP Island Records - - -



Release date Title Label Other information
2001 Introduction To Destruction Island/Aquarius First DVD of Sum 41, contains a sold-out concert in the London Astonia plus bonus material.
November 26, 2002 Cross The T's and Gouge Your I's Island Bonus DVD on USA and UK versions of DTLI?. released as separate DVD worldwide.
2004 Sake Bombs and Happy Endings Island/Aquarius DVD Filmed in Bay NK Hall in Tokyo, Japan on May 17, 2003 of the promotional tour following DTLI?, include two videos of bonus material.
2005 Rocked: Sum 41 in Congo War Child Canada/MTV Documentary DVD of a trip of the band to the Congo, about poverty and the war.
2008 DeeVeeDee It includes various Road to Ruin episodes, performances, and short films.



Year Title Chart Position Album
2000 "Makes No Difference" - - - 32 - - Half Hour of Power
2001 "Fat Lip" 66 - - 1 8 - All Killer No Filler
"In Too Deep" - - - 10 13 8
2002 "Motivation" - - - 24 21 -
"'Handle This" (Europe/Japan) - - - - - -
"What We're All About" - - - - 32 - Music from and Inspired by Spider-Man
"Still Waiting" 106 - - 7 16 1 Does This Look Infected?
2003 "The Hell Song" - - - 13 35 -
"Over My Head (Better Off Dead)" - - - - - 12
"Little Know It All" (with Iggy Pop) - - - 35 - - Skull Ring
2004 "We're All to Blame" - - 36 10 - 25 Chuck
2005 "Pieces" 107 - - 14 - 1
"Some Say" (Canada/Japan) - - - - - 10
"No Reason" (USA/Europa) - - - - - -
2007 "Underclass Hero" 116 86 - 34 188 13 Underclass Hero
"Walking Disaster" - - - 26 - 100
2008 "With Me" - 91 - - - 37*


Soundtrack appearances

"Makes No Difference":

  • Bring It On (2000)
  • Summer Catch (2001)
  • Out Cold (2001)
  • Van Wilder (2002)
  • Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku (2002)

"What I Believe"

  • Dude, Where's My Car? (2000)

"Fat Lip":

  • American Pie 2 (2001)

"32 Ways to Die":

  • Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)

"In Too Deep":

  • American Pie 2 (2001)
  • Cheaper By The Dozen (2003)

"What We're All About":

  • Spider-man (2002)

"The Hell Song":

  • American Wedding (2003)

"We're All to Blame":

  • Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)

"No Reason":

  • Dirty Love (2005)

"Open Your Eyes":

  • Going the Distance (2004)


  • Fantastic Four (2005)


Featurings, Covers & B-Sides

  • "Astronaut" - Recorded before "Half Hour of Power", appears on Rock out with your Cock Out.
  • "Reign in Pain" - A song found on some versions of "Does This Look Infected?" Done by Sum 41's alter ego band "Pain for Pleasure"
  • "WWVII Parts 1 and 2" - A song found on some versions of "Does This Look Infected?" Done by Sum 41's alter ego band "Pain for Pleasure". Holds the record for being the longest Sum 41 song to date.
  • "Moron" - Appeared on Rock Against Bush, Vol. 1, some versions of "Chuck" (both releases had two different versions however), and in "Go chuck yourself" (live).
  • "Noots" - Appeared on the soundtrack to Fantastic Four and a song on some versions of "Chuck".
  • "Rock You" - from the movie soundtrack FUBAR: The Album
  • "Subject to Change" - Appeared as secret track on "Chuck" on Japanese and European versions (New song Underclass Hero of Sum 41's new album of the same name has the same exact chorus, which says that this is an original demo of the new song)
  • "Things I Want" - featured in the Swallow My Eggnog disk from Tenacious D
  • "Unwritten Christmas" - guest artist on a recording with Unwritten Law
  • "Rock Medley" - A live song mix for the MTV 20 years anniversary that include owns Fat Lip, No Sleep 'Till Brooklyn (From Beastie Boys), Shout at the Devil (from Mötley Crüe), You've Got Another Thing Comin' (From Judas Priest), featuring Tommy Lee and Rob Halford
  • "How You Remind Me" - Nickelback cover performed live at the MTV 2002 New Year's Eve
  • "Walk This Way" - Aerosmith cover recorded with Nelly, Ja Rule and DJ Clue for the Aerosmith's MTV Icon
  • "The Trooper" - Iron Maiden cover performed at MTV and numerous concerts
  • "Metallica Medley" - Metallica mix cover that include For Whom the Bell Tolls, Enter Sandman and Master of Puppets, performed live at the Metallica's MTV Icon opening
  • "Little Know It All" - guest performance with Iggy Pop, later released as a single for the record Skull Ring.
  • "Lust for Life" - guest performance with Iggy Pop on the Skull Ring Tour and the 2003 MTV Latin Music Awards.
  • "Get Back" - Premiered on Saturday Night Live, a recorded "Rock Remix" version with Ludacris for the iTunes version of Chuck and The Red Light District albums.
  • "Killer Queen" - Recorded for the Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen album.
  • "Attitude" - A Misfits cover which is featured on their MySpace.
  • "Still Waiting" - Appeared in the 2005 Survival Horror Video Game "Obscure" as main theme.
  • "Fat Lip" and "Makes No Difference" were featured in ice-hockey video game NHL 2002 by EA Sports.
  • "Underclass Hero" was featured in football video game Madden NFL 08.
  • "Pla" is a song that was recorded for the Underclass Hero album that didn't make the final cut. Currently unreleased, confirmed on the band's official Q&A.



Release date Title Label Information
August, 2002 Detox VIK Deryck and Stevo provide guest vocals, guitar and drums on the entire album, appearance of the four band members in the video "Hundred Million"
February 11, 2003 Maximum Sum 41 Chrome Dreams An unofficial biography and Interview CD
2003 Vans Warped Tour 2003 DVD Image Entertaiment Appearance of their performance on the tour.
N/A Bring The Noize N/A Unofficial DVD biography of Sum 41.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sum 41
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