Thrash Unreal

Last updated
"Thrash Unreal"
Against Me! - Thrash Unreal cover.jpg
Single by Against Me!
from the album New Wave
ReleasedOctober 10, 2007
Genre Punk rock
Label Sire
Songwriter(s) Laura Jane Grace
Producer(s) Butch Vig
Against Me! singles chronology
"White People For Peace"
"Thrash Unreal"

"Thrash Unreal" is a single by punk group Against Me!. It is the second single from their album New Wave . It was their first single to chart in the United States, hitting #11 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart, [1] becoming their highest charting song as of 2018. The title of the song was coined by the album's producer, Butch Vig. It was also released as a downloadable track for the Rock Band video game series on March 17, 2009.

Single (music) Type of music release usually containing one or two tracks

In the music industry, a single is a type of release, typically a song recording of fewer tracks than an LP record or an album. This can be released for sale to the public in a variety of different formats. In most cases, a single is a song that is released separately from an album, although it usually also appears on an album. Typically, these are the songs from albums that are released separately for promotional uses such as digital download or commercial radio airplay and are expected to be the most popular. In other cases a recording released as a single may not appear on an album.

Punk rock is a rock music genre that emerged in the mid-1970s in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Rooted in 1960s garage rock and other forms of what is now known as "proto-punk" music, punk rock bands rejected perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock. They typically produced short, fast-paced songs with hard-edged melodies and singing styles, stripped-down instrumentation, and often political, anti-establishment lyrics. Punk embraces a DIY ethic; many bands self-produce recordings and distribute them through independent record labels.

Against Me! American punk rock band

Against Me! is an American punk rock band formed in 1997 in Gainesville, Florida, by singer and guitarist Laura Jane Grace. Since 2001, the band's lineup has also included guitarist James Bowman. After releasing three studio albums through independent record labels, Against Me! moved to Sire Records for 2007's New Wave, which reached no. 57 on the Billboard 200. In 2011, the band launched their own record label, Total Treble Music, through which to release future albums.


Vinyl single

The single was made for sale on 7" single on July 10, 2007 as a limited edition bonus for preordering New Wave. It was distributed through Interpunk, Smartpunk and No Idea Records. It was pressed on black and red vinyl with 6,500 and 500 copies printed for each color, respectively.

No Idea Records is an American independent record label based in Gainesville, Florida which focuses on punk rock and its sub-styles and produces both vinyl records and compact discs. The label also organizes The Fest, an independently operated annual festival known for featuring over 250 punk, pop punk, country, heavy metal, indie rock, avant-garde and other musical acts across many venues for 3 days in Gainesville each fall.

Track listing

  1. "Thrash Unreal" - 4:14
  2. "You Must Be Willing" - 4:25

CD single

The CD version of the "Thrash Unreal" single was released in October, 2007, on Sire Records and contains a different track 2 from the vinyl release.

Sire Records is an American record label that is owned by Warner Music Group and distributed by Warner Records.

Track listing

  1. "Thrash Unreal" - 4:14
  2. "New Wave" (acoustic) - 3:23

Lyrical connection

The lyric, "She can still hear that rebel yell just as loud as it was in 1983", refers to the Billy Idol song, "Rebel Yell", which was released in 1983.

Billy Idol English rock musician

William Michael Albert Broad, known professionally as Billy Idol, is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and actor. He first achieved fame in the 1970s emerging from the London punk rock scene as a member of Generation X. Subsequently, he embarked on a solo career which led to international recognition and made Idol a lead artist during the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" in the United States. The name "Billy Idol" was inspired by a schoolteacher's description of him as "idle".

Rebel Yell (song) song by Billy Idol

"Rebel Yell" is a song by English rock musician Billy Idol. The title track of his 1983 album of the same name, it was first released as the album's lead single on 24 October 1983. It charted outside the UK Top 40, but a re-issue of the single in 1985 reached No. 6. In the US, it peaked at No. 46. The song was named the 79th best hard rock song of all time by VH1 based on a public voting in 2009, although the song did not show up in a revised list from 2013.

Music video

The video portrays a girl who seems distressed during a party while the band is found playing in the basement under the room the party is taking place in. When she drops her glass of wine after a man starts touching her, the wine seeps through a small drain in the floor upstairs and spills onto the band downstairs. The girl then isolates herself from the party and releases her anger by stomping on the floor, breaking some plaster that falls on the band as well. Around the same time, a few of the partygoers (New Wave producer Butch Vig being one of them) dump a huge vat of wine over the floor, showering the band in both plaster and wine. The atmosphere of the party also intensifies shortly afterward. Eventually, the girl hits the floor hard enough to break through it and she falls into the basement. She lands on her feet where the band is playing, seemingly elated to be away from the chaos upstairs. The video ends with a final scene that simply shows the empty, wine-drenched basement with only the band's equipment displayed.

Butch Vig American musician and record producer

Bryan David "Butch" Vig, nicknamed the Nevermind Man, is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer, best known as the drummer and co-producer of the alternative rock band Garbage and the producer of diamond-selling album Nevermind by Nirvana.


Chart (2007)Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) [2] 51
US Alternative Songs ( Billboard ) [3] 11

Related Research Articles

Garbage (band) rock band from the United States

Garbage is an American rock band formed in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1993. The band consists of Scottish musician and lead singer Shirley Manson and American musicians Duke Erikson, Steve Marker, and Butch Vig. All four members are involved in songwriting and production. Garbage has sold over 17 million albums worldwide.

In Bloom song by Nirvana

"In Bloom" is a song by American rock band Nirvana. Written by frontman Kurt Cobain, the song addresses people outside the underground music community who did not understand the band's message.

Stupid Girl (Garbage song) Garbage song

"Stupid Girl" is a song recorded by alternative rock band Garbage for the band's self-titled debut studio album. The song was composed and produced by bandmembers Duke Erikson, Shirley Manson, Steve Marker, and Butch Vig. "Stupid Girl" features lyrics about a young woman's ambivalence, and a musical arrangement centered on both a repetitive bassline and a drum sample from The Clash's 1980 hit "Train in Vain".

Vow (song) single by Garbage

"Vow" is a song by alternative rock band Garbage. It was released as their debut single in early 1995 by Discordant, a label set up by Mushroom Records to launch the group, and Almo Sounds in North America.

Sex Is Not the Enemy 2005 single by Garbage

"Sex Is Not the Enemy" was a single released from Garbage's fourth album Bleed Like Me in June 2005 in United Kingdom. It was released as joint-second single from the album—around the same time the song "Bleed Like Me" was released in the U.S. and there was a parallel release for "Run Baby Run" in Australia and Europe. The release of "Sex Is Not the Enemy" followed later that summer in Australia.

Bleed Like Me (song) 2005 single by Garbage

"Bleed Like Me" is a song by American alternative rock band Garbage. It was released as an airplay-only single from their fourth album, Bleed Like Me, in May 2005. Following on from the Billboard Hot 100 success of lead single "Why Do You Love Me", "Bleed Like Me" was released by Geffen Records imprint Almo Sounds as the second North American single from the album.

Breaking Up the Girl single

"Breaking Up the Girl" is a 2001 alternative rock song written, recorded and produced by Garbage for their third studio album Beautiful Garbage.

Queer (song) 1995 single by Garbage

"Queer" is a song written and produced by alternative rock band Garbage for the band's self-titled debut album. The song started as a demo during sessions between band members Butch Vig, Duke Erikson, and Steve Marker, and had its composition finished after singer Shirley Manson joined the band. Manson rewrote the sexualized lyrics to be more ambiguous, and rearranged the song into a subdued trip hop and rock crossover structure.

"Supervixen" is a song by alternative rock band Garbage from their self-titled debut studio album (1995). The song was titled after Russ Meyer's 1975 sexploitation film Supervixens.

<i>New Wave</i> (Against Me! album) 2007 studio album by Against Me!

New Wave is Against Me!'s fourth full-length studio album and their debut album on Sire Records. Produced by Butch Vig of Nevermind fame, it was released on July 10, 2007. The album debuted at #57 on the Billboard 200 on the week of its release. The album's first single, "White People for Peace", was released in May 2007, prior to the album's release. A second single, "Thrash Unreal", followed in July 2007.

She Sells Sanctuary song by The Cult

"She Sells Sanctuary" is a song by the British rock band the Cult. It is from their 1985 album Love and was released as a single in May of that year, peaking at number 15 on the UK Singles Chart.

Stop! (Against Me! song) 2008 single by Against Me!

"Stop!" is a single by punk group Against Me!. It is the third single from their album New Wave. The video game, Rock Band, features this song as downloadable content.

Against Me! discography

The discography of Against Me!, a Gainesville, Florida-based punk rock band, consists of seven studio albums, four EPs, two live albums, two DVDs, fifteen singles, five demos, and sixteen music videos.

Last of the American Girls 2010 single by Green Day

"Last of the American Girls" is a song written and recorded by the American punk rock band Green Day and is the fifth and last single from their eighth studio album 21st Century Breakdown. It peaked at number 26 on the US alternative rock chart. The song impacted radio on May 11, 2010.

<i>I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart</i> 2010 studio album by Butch Walker

I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart is the fifth full-length studio album by Butch Walker, and the first released under the name Butch Walker and the Black Widows. On January 5, 2010 Walker released "Trash Day" as the first single, backed with the track "She Likes Hair Bands". The complete track list was made available on Butch's website in February 2010. The vinyl release was February 2, 2010, with the CD/digital release following on February 23, 2010. The album landed at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and #125 on the Billboard Hot 200.

Girls Talk (Garbage song) 2014 song performed by Garbage

"Girls Talk" is a stand-alone single released by alternative rock band Garbage for Record Store Day 2014. Developed from a long gestating song idea, written by the band for inclusion on their 2007 greatest hits set Absolute Garbage, "Girls Talk" features Brody Dalle. Butch Vig described the original sessions for the song as "pretty cool sounding, lots of fast pizzicato guitars and cellos". The newly recorded take of "Girls Talk" features Eric Avery on bass guitar and was engineered and mixed by Billy Bush.

The Chemicals single by Garbage

"The Chemicals" is a stand-alone single released by alternative rock band Garbage for Record Store Day 2015. The song is the first track recorded by the band during sessions for their sixth album to be released. "The Chemicals" features Brian Aubert on co-vocals. Drummer Butch Vig described "The Chemicals" as "a very dense Garbage track".

<i>Strange Little Birds</i> 2016 studio album by Garbage

Strange Little Birds is the sixth studio album by American rock band Garbage. It was released on June 10, 2016, through the band's own record label, Stunvolume. It is their second independent album release, and follows 2012's Not Your Kind of People. The album's press release describes Strange Little Birds as "a sweeping, cinematic record of a unified mood: darkness".