Music / The Used
"Call me a traitor for changing my mind
Call me a criminal if thinking's a crime
Call me an animal, it's hard to define
I don't care what you say I came to defy."
An American rock band from Orem, Utah. Since their formation in 2001, they have released seven studio albums.
The Used are known for having a highly versatile sound that has been said to fall under many genres, tones and moods, often switching over the course of a single song. While Post-Hardcore
and Alternative Rock
are perhaps the best fitting, the terms "emo
" and "Post-Punk
" tend to get thrown into the mix, despite the band's neglect to consider themselves by those genres. Says frontman Bert Mc Cracken, "We're a rock band. That's all we've ever been."Members:
- Bert Mc Cracken - Lead vocals, piano, keyboards.
- Quinn Allman - Lead guitar, backing vocals.
- Jeph Howard - Bass guitar, backing vocals.
- Dan Whitesides - Drums, percussion (as of 2006, as a replacement for former member Branden Steineckert).
- The Used (2002)
- In Love And Death (2004)
- Lies for the Liars (2007)
- Artwork (2009)
- Vulnerable (2012)
- Imaginary Enemy (2014)
- The Canyon (2017)
- Maybe Memories (2003) - compilation of live songs from their debut, demos, and unreleased material.
- Berth (2007) - live album.
- Shallow Believer (2008) - EP consisting of B-sides from their first three albums.
- The Ocean of the Sky - Includes the cynical punk song "Iddy Biddy" and the fast-paced ear worm "Quixotica".
Tropes featured by The Used:
- Album Title Drop: "Leave the lies to the liars" is repeated multiple times in "Hospital".
- Animated Music Video: Portions of "All That I've Got".
- Careful with That Axe: One of their signatures.
- Cluster F-Bomb: "Liar Liar (Burn In Hell)". Considering that it's about Pedophile Priests, it's justified.
- Subverted in the bonus track-like thing at the end of "Force Without Violence", where Bert lists more creative, articulate things to say, including "treacherous, hideous, ridiculous phallus" and "hyper-banal intellectual syphilis".
- Cover Version: Queen and David Bowie's "Under Pressure", with help from My Chemical Romance.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Everyone but Quinn.
- Epic Rocking: "Men Are All The Same", which clocks in just under 6 minutes, considering the band mostly performs songs around 3 minutes in length.
- To a slightly lesser extent, a couple of songs from The Canyon clock in a little over 5 minutes, such as "Upper Falls" and "Over and Over Again".
- Fanservice: The occasional makeout session between Bert and Quinn during live shows.
- Grief Song: "Hard to Say".
- Ho Yay: Invoked. Again, Bert and Quinn.
- Hidden Track: A 30 second remix at the end of "Smother Me" from Lies for the Liars, preceded by 2 minutes of silence.
- Last Note Nightmare: Everybody sing it with me: It's getting, it's getting, it's getting kinda hectic!
- Lighter and Softer: Despite featuring plenty of topical sociopolitical themes, Imaginary Enemy is this musically.
- Love Is a Drug: "Overdose" says this directly.
- Lyrical Dissonance: Largely avoided. They really make a point of being direct with the attitude of their songs.
- There are several examples of the trope played straight, though, such as "The Ripper", featuring sad lyrics about how people don't live for the moment (the titular ripper being time itself) sung to a happy tune.
- Metal Scream: Used in some of their harder songs.
I found a box of sharp objects, what a beautiful THING!!!!!!!
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Due to their changing of styles and experimentation, their music ranges from from a 1 ("All That I've Got", "Overdose") all the way up to a 9 ("Sound Effects and Overdramatics"), with everything and anything in between, sometimes fluctuating over the course of the same song.
- Mood Whiplash: "Earthquake", a softer song, is placed between the nightmare-fuel-filled "The Bird And The Worm" and fast, catchy "Hospital" on Lies For The Liars.
- The same album has another example - the angry "Liar Liar (Burn In Hell)" is placed between the two gentlest songs on the record, "Find A Way" and "Smother Me".
- Mr. Fanservice: Depending on who you ask, any member of the band applies.
- Non-Appearing Title: Rarely. "Noise And Kisses" is an example.
- Ode to Intoxication: "Sound Effects And Overdramatics" is partly about crystal meth, but is far from an ode. Bert has had troubles with addiction in his past, although he's been clean for several years now.
- Precision F-Strike: Featured in "Hands and Faces", "The Taste of Ink", "All That I've Got" and "I'm a Fake", among others.
- Religion Is Wrong: A subject of several of their songs, especially atheist anthem "On The Cross".
- Religion Rant Song: And how.
- Self-Titled Album: Their debut.
- Shout-Out: The music video for "All That I've Got" has the band wear garb with a slight Clockwork Orange influence.
- Take That!: Many fans insist "Pretty Handsome Awkward" is one toward Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance. All the band has said, however, was that it's about "someone with short blonde hair" (which Gerard had at the time of the song's release).
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Jeph in the "Pretty Handsome Awkward" music video.