From Under the Cork Tree is the third full-length album from Fall Out Boy and their major label debut on Island Records. It was released on May 3, 2005.
The title is taken from a line in the book The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf. The album cover features a van with a trailer in a slump of snow. This is a reference to the car accident the band was in while they were driving to New York to film the video for "Grand Theft Autumn / Where Is Your Boy" from their album Take This to Your Grave.
Three singles were released from this album: "Sugar, We're Goin Down", "Dance, Dance" and "A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More "Touch Me"".
Critical reaction to From Under the Cork Tree
has overall been favorable. In an extremely positive review of the album, Johnny Loftus of Allmusic
Musically, Cork Tree's first five tracks are relentless, with razor-sharp melodies that seem familiar but sound totally unique at the same time. The "Oh! Oh!"s and punchy chords of "Of All the Gin Joints in All the World" are a thrill greater than any Jimmy Eat World album ever; "Sugar, We're Goin Down"'s half-time shifts are triumphs of tumbling words; and the opening track meditates wryly on all-ages shows' fame. Further, when Fall Out Boy rip into "Sophomore Slump or Comeback of the Year," summer 2005 will not be able to ignore them. "We're the therapists pumping through your speakers/Delivering just what you need," they sing. It's obviously time to embrace our inner mall kid.
Punknews.org gave the album 3 stars out of 5, saying:
With all the Internet s***-talking you’d think they were the anti-Christ (or the return of Christ, depending on your particular belief), but they’re not. They’re a pop-punk band from Chicago. And for those expecting anything else out of the boys, you’re looking too closely at their music. IGN
was very negative towards the album, giving it a 3.6 out of 10(though they would later give the followup album, "Infinity on High
" an 8.3 rating).
In Rolling Stone's review, they gave it 3 stars out of 5 saying "[T]hanks to a lot of taut grooves and dense hooks, these Chicago kids' near-emo is always kind of charming."
All music by Patrick Stump and Fall Out Boy
. All lyrics by Pete Wentz and Wes Eisold.
- "Our Lawyer Made Us Change the Name of This Song So We Wouldn't Get Sued" – 3:08
- "Of All the Gin Joints in All the World" – 3:11
- "Dance, Dance" – 3:00
- "Sugar, We're Goin Down" – 3:49
- "Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner" – 3:20
- "I've Got a Dark Alley and a Bad Idea That Says You Should Shut Your Mouth (Summer Song)" – 3:11
- "7 Minutes in Heaven (Atavan Halen)" – 3:02
- "Sophomore Slump or Comeback of the Year" – 3:23
- "Champagne for My Real Friends, Real Pain for My Sham Friends" – 3:23
- "I Slept with Someone in Fall Out Boy and All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me" – 3:30
- "A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More "Touch Me"" – 2:49
- "Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying (Do Your Part to Save the Scene and Stop Going to Shows)" – 3:27
- "XO" – 3:40
iTunes later released a limited edition version of From Under the Cork Tree. It was almost exactly the same, but it included the "Patrick Stump Secret Agent Remix" of "Dance, Dance". This was also released as the B-side of "Sugar, We're Goin Down".
Limited "Black Clouds and Underdogs" Edition
On March 14
, a separate version of the album was released entitled From Under the Cork Tree (Limited "Black Clouds and Underdogs" Edition)
. This consisted of a total 18 tracks, the first 13 being the first release of From Under the Cork Tree
The 3 new songs and 2 dance remixes are as follows and in this order:
- "Snitches and Talkers Get Stitches and Walkers"
- "The Music or the Misery"
- "My Heart Is the Worst Kind of Weapon (Demo)"
- "Sugar We're Goin Down (Patrick Stump Remix)"
- "Dance, Dance (Lindbergh Palace Remix)"
The iTunes Store released a similar From Under the Cork Tree (Limited "Black Clouds and Underdogs" Edition) - EP consisting of 8 tracks: the above 5 as well as the music videos for "Sugar We're Goin Down" and "Dance, Dance". It also contains a live performance of "Sugar, We're Goin Down".
- "Our Lawyer Made Us Change the Name of This Song So We Wouldn't Get Sued" - It has been reported that the song was originally called "My Name is David Ruffin... and These are The Temptations" before Fall Out Boy's lawyers intervened and made them change the title.
- "Of All the Gin Joints in All the World" - The title is a reference to a quote by Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca.
- "Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner" - The title is taken from a Dirty Dancing quote spoken by Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze).
- "Champagne for My Real Friends, Real Pain for My Sham Friends" - This title is taken from a quote by Edward Norton in the film, 25th Hour; however, the saying was also attributed to Francis Bacon, the line is spoken by actor Derek Jacobi in John Maybury's Love is the Devil (1998).
- "A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More "Touch Me"" - Originally titled "A Little Less Molly Ringwald, a Little More Samantha Fox".
- "Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying (Do Your Part to Save the Scene and Stop Going to Shows)" - This refers to a quote from The Shawshank Redemption. The title was referred to as "Your A Concrete Boy Now (Do Your Part to Save the Scene and Stop Going to Shows)" in an issue of AP magazine prior to the albums release.
- "XO" - Titled in reference to American singer-songwriter Elliott Smith's fourth album of the same name.
- "The Music or the Misery" - The title is from a quote by Rob Fleming in the 1995 novel, High Fidelity by Nick Hornby.
- "7 Minutes in Heaven (Atavan Halen)" - The title, and parts of the song, may refer to bassist Pete Wentz's suicide attempt a couple of years ago, by way of an Ativan overdose. . The reference to guitarist Van Halen stems from the similarity of the songs intro riff to a popular chord progression used by Eddie Van Halen in songs such as "Panama" and "Dance the Night Away".
The following songs were recorded during the From Under the Cork Tree
sessions, but were not included on the album nor officially released otherwise in audio format.
- "Star 67" (Leaked online)
- "Austin, We Have a Problem" (Leaked online)
- "Hand of God" (can be heard on the Clandestine Industries DVD Release the Bats)
- "I Liked You a Lot Better Before You Became a Fucking MySpace Whore" (Played live a handful of times around this era.)
- "We Don't Take Hits, We Write Them" (Played live a handful of times around this era.)
- "You Can't Spell 'Star' Without A & R" (Now This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race)
Charts and certifications
|| 2x Platinum
|| 200,000 |
|| 2x Platinum
|| 2,600,000+ |