Light Grenades debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 165,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week; it is the band's first number one album. However, Light Grenades also holds the dubious record of the biggest drop from #1 in chart history, falling from #1 to #37 in its second week on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and breaking the record set by Marilyn Manson's The Golden Age of Grotesque, which fell from #1 to #21 in 2003. The album has since gone gold in the US. As of July 11, 2007, it has sold 645,000 copies in the US.
"A Kiss to Send Us Off" and "Anna Molly" made their live debut on VH1's Decades Rock: Live Tribute to the Pretenders on August 11 2006, even though the songs were not featured in the program. The same two songs were also performed at Edgefest 2006 on September 30 at Tempe Beach Park, Arizona.
The songs "Punch-Drunk" and "Look Alive" were recorded during the Light Grenades sessions, but were originally only available as bonus tracks on the Japanese edition of the album. They have since seen release worldwide on the Look Alive live DVD.
Brandon on success: "On a bad day, I'll be like, 'Yeah, we're probably not relevant any more, whatever. We had a nice run, thank you, how the hell am I going to pay the mortgage now?'," Boyd grins. "Most other days though, I think if anybody likes it then it's a success. In all honesty, the realist in me knows the likelihood of us having a sixth album that did really well on a large scale is astronomically low, and I'm okay with that."
Other songs showcase a new direction for the band. For example, Brandon Boyd describes the curious recording technique behind "Paper Shoes": "There's a song called 'Paper Shoes' where Michael and I mic'd our bodies with ambient mics and did the percussion tracks pounding on our chests and skulls. The galloping rhythm is us pounding on our chests. It was really funny. We were trying so hard not to laugh because we were sitting there like cavemen beating our chests!"
|Year||Chart||First Week Sales||Position|
|2006||Billboard Top 200||165,000||1|
|2006||"Anna Molly"||Billboard Hot 100||66|
|2006||"Anna Molly"||Modern Rock Tracks||1|
|2006||"Anna Molly"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||4|
|2006||"Anna Molly"||Billboard Pop 100||81|
|2007||"Dig"||Billboard Hot 100||94|
|2007||"Dig"||Canadian Hot 100||72|
|2007||"Dig"||Modern Rock Tracks||4|
|2007||"Dig"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||17|
|2007||"Dig"||Adult Top 40||17|
|2007||"Oil and Water"||Modern Rock Tracks||8|
|2007||"Oil and Water"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||38|