Music / Sum 41

I don't want to waste my time,
Become another casualty of society,
I'll never fall in line,
Become another victim of your conformity,
And back down.
"Fat Lip"

Sum 41 is a pop punk rock band from Ontario, Canada, formed in 1996 by vocalist/guitarist Deryck Whibley and drummer Steve Jocz. They were soon joined by lead guitarist Dave Baksh and after a set of bass guitarist they finally settled on Jason "Cone" McCaslin in 1999. The band's name reflects on how they formed "some 41 days into the summer." Their first album (All Killer, No Filler) was released in 2001 and spawned their most successful single, "Fat Lip".

Their follow-up album Does This Look Infected? was released in 2002. It featured a darker sound and also more serious lyrical themes. This continued onto their third album Chuck, released in 2004. In 2006, Baksh left the band to focus on his own band Brown Brigade. He was replaced by Tom Thacker, who was initially only a live member, while their 2007 album Underclass Hero was recorded as a trio. Thacker became an official member in 2009 and helped to co-write title track for (but did not record on) their fifth studio album Screaming Bloody Murder, released in 2011.

The band’s music is primarily pop punk and punk rock, though they have diversified over the years. They moved from pop punk (with some rap rock) on All Killer, No Filler, to melodic hardcore on Does This Look Infected? and Chuck (with the latter having alternative metal influences and lighter alternative rock), back to pop punk with Underclass Hero, and back to melodic hardcore with Screaming Bloody Murder.

Sum 41 currently consists of Whibley on vocals and rhythm guitar, Tom Thacker on lead guitar and backing vocals and Cone on bass and backing vocals. Drummer Steve Jocz left the band in April of 2013, leaving Deryck as the sole remaining founding member. Frank Zummo is said to perform on the upcoming album and is now a full time member. The new album also marks the return of lead guitarist Dave Baksh, making Sum 41 a 5 piece.


  • "Half Hour of Power" (2000, EP)
  • "All Killer, No Filler" (2001)
  • "Does This Look Infected?" (2002)
  • "Chuck" (2004)
  • "Go Chuck Yourself" (2005, released in Japan as Happy Live Surprise)
  • "Underclass Hero" (2007)
  • "All the Good Shit" (2008)
  • "Screaming Bloody Murder" (2011)
  • "Thirteen Voices" (2016)

They provide examples of the following tropes:

  • The Alcoholic: Deryck admitted, that he used to drink very excessively. He eventually stopped after he collapsed and doctors told him, that if he had one more drink, he would probably die.
  • All Drummers Are Animals: Steve.
  • Alter Ego Acting: As Pain for Pleasure (see below). Also in music video for Still Waiting, they performed as The Sums and were renamed. Deryck was Sven, Dave was Holmes, Steve was Sergio and Cone was Thurston.
  • Ascended Extra: Tom, as of 2009.
  • Breakup Song: “Pieces”, “Time for You to Go”, “What Am I to Say”, “Blood in My Eyes” and “Baby, You Don’t Wanna Know”. Note that 4 of these 5 songs were recorded after the divorce from Avril Lavigne
  • Call Back: Bridge to the song Subject to Change (found on japanese version of Chuck) is the same as at the end of No Reason (another, earlier song from the same album). And of course, chorus of the former song was later re-used as chorus to Underclass Hero.
  • Careful with That Axe: “Mr. Amsterdam”
  • Celebrity Song: “A.N.I.C.”
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Half Hour of Power and All Killer, No Filler were both very upbeat, MTV-friendly pop-punk albums. They were followed by the hardcore/horror punk inspired Does This Look Infected? and, after that, the very sombre Chuck and equally so Screaming Bloody Murder, making the much lighter Underclass Hero a Breather Episode. Judging by "Fake My Own Death," Thirteen Voices will continue this.
  • Country Matters: A.N.I.C., which stands for Anna Nicole Is (a) Cunt.
    • Concerts take this a step further with Deryck introducing the song as "Anna Nicole Is A Fucking Stupid Cunt!"
    • Also in "Ma Poubelle". The song contains a line "Tu sais tu es ma petite fleur, avec une plotte qui est comme du beurre", which translates to "You know you are my little flower, with a cunt that's like butter".
  • Darker and Edgier: Does This Look Infected? was this to All Killer, No Filler and Chuck was this to Does This Look Infected and finally Screaming Bloody Murder is this to Underclass Hero.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In Basketball Butcher, Stevo murders (and later cooks and eats) Cone simply because he beat him in a basketball match.
  • Drugs Are Bad: “Angels With Dirty Faces”
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Half Hour of Power, although it's actually slightly shorter, with the 30 minutes length being only done with added silence after the last song.
  • Fading into the Next Song: They use this a lot. "Grab the Devil by the Horns" to "Machine Gun", "Summer" to "32 Ways to Die" to "Second Chance for Max Headroom", "Dave's Possessed Hair" to "Ride the Chariot to the Devil", almost entire All Killer No Filler, "Thanks for Nothing" to "Hyper-Insomnia-Para-Condroid" to "Billy Spleen", “Intro” to “No Reason” to "We're All to Blame", and all three parts of “A Dark Road Out of Hell”.
  • Genre Shift / New Sound Album: See above.
  • Gratuitous French: "Ma Poubelle". Although the song is entirely in French, Deryck uses English accent.
  • Greatest Hits Album: ‘’All the Good Shit’’
  • Heavy Metal: They had an Alter Ego Acting band named Pain for Pleasure, where they performed in wigs and costumes and used nicknames - Steve (who was lead vocalist here) was Pain, Deryck (drummer) was Gunner, Dave was Pleasure and Cone was Sniper. They recorded three songs under this monicker: Pain for Pleasure, Reign in Pain and WWVII Parts 1 & 2. They also appeared as this in two of their music videos: Fat Lip (where they performed their self-titled song) and We're All to Blame (where they were announced as next band to perform on Solid Gold). Incidentally, Deryck is shown as guitarist in both of those appearances, although he actually played drums in this band.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: In one of their web videos, Basketball Butcher, after losing against Cone in basketball match, Steve kills him and then cooks him. Later, Deryck and Dave come in. They ask him what is for the dinner. Steve replies with "You!".
  • Incredibly Long Note: Dave has one near the end of “How You Remind Me”.
  • Insult Backfire: Noel Gallagher once called them "the worst band in the world". They liked it enough to use it as a slogan for a while.
  • Lighter and Softer: While darker than All Killer No Filler, Underclass Hero was this to the album previous album Chuck and sounds closer to Does This Look Infected.
  • Metal Scream: Once again, “Mr. Amsterdam”
  • Mood Whiplash: Chuck is especially made of this. Not only does it put relatively softer songs ("Some Say", "Pieces" and "Slipping Away") between fast and aggresive songs, but even some of the heavier songs on the album have slower, melodic parts such as on "We're All to Blame" (aggresive verses, calm choruses) or "88" (which has calmer first verse and the outro, but is otherwise fast and heavy).
  • Nobody Loves the Bassist: Cone is the only one to not rap on both “Fat Lip” and “What We’re All About”.
  • Non-Appearing Title: Sorted by albums, excluding some partial examples and istrumentals.
    • Half Hour of Power: "Machine Gun", "Summer" (also on All Killer, No Filler), "Second Chance for Max Headroom" and "Dave's Possessed Hair".
    • All Killer No Filler: "Introduction to Destruction", "Fat Lip", "Crazy Amanda Bunkface" and "Heart Attack".
    • Does This Look Infected?: "The Hell Song", "A.N.I.C.", "No Brains", "Mr. Amsterdam", "Hyper-Insomnia-Para-Condriod", "Billy Spleen" and "Hooch",
    • Chuck: "Angels with Dirty Faces", "Welcome to Hell", "88", "Moron", "Noots" and "Subject to Change".
    • Underclass Hero: "Underclass Hero", "Speak of the Devil", "With Me", and "Confusion and Frustration in Modern Times".
    • Screaming Bloody Murder: "Screaming Bloody Murder", "Jessica Kill", "Crash" and "Exit Song",
  • Perishing Alt Rock Voice: In the outro to “Skumfuk”
  • Power Ballad: “Slipping Away”, “Pieces”, “With Me”, and “What Am I To Say”
  • Protest Song: “Still Waiting”, “Underclass Hero”, and the majority of ‘’Chuck’’.
  • Pun-Based Title: The band's name comes from the fact that they formed "some 41 days into the summer."
  • Punk Rock
  • Put on a Bus / The Bus Came Back: Dave Baksh.
  • Rap Rock: "Fat Lip" and "What We're All About". They also collaborated with Ludacris for a rock version of "Get Back."
  • Rock Trio: During Underclass Hero era they officially consisted only of Deryck, Cone and Steve (Tom was a live member only and as such did not play on the album, nor did he appear in music videos). Screaming Bloody Murder was also recorded in three piece despite Tom Thacker already being a member of the band at that point (he did get a co-writing credit for title track, though).
  • Special Guest: Kerry King on What We're All About.
    • Sum 41 themselves performed on Little Know It All by Iggy Pop and Get Back by Ludacris.
  • Start My Own: Dave Baksh, who left to form Brown Brigade. Although he only recorded one album with that band, then it seemed to fade.
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Aside from singing on Pain for Pleasure songs, Steve also rapped on Fat Lip, What We're All About and Thanks for Nothing (along with Deryck and in case of first two, Dave).
  • Studio Chatter: At the beginning of “We’re All to Blame”.
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: “Slipping Away”, “Pieces”, “With Me”, “What Am I To Say”, bits of “Happiness Machine”, and “Crash”
  • The Something Song: The Hell Song, Exit Song
  • Title Track: Underclass Hero and Screaming Bloody Murder.
  • Trash the Set: The end of Still Waiting video. Also in Walking Disaster.
  • War Is Hell: Still Waiting..
    • Does This Look Infected?: