The band formed and played their first shows in early 2001. The initial practicing lineup consisted of Bitchass McGee (Guitar), Concentration Camp (Vocals), Mustard Gas (Bass Guitar) and Chris Colohan (of Left For Dead/The Swarm fame, and was lead vocalist for now-defunct Cursed). Just prior to recording their demo tape, Concentration Camp moved to guitar and vocal duties were taken over by Pink Eyes (also known as Mr. Damian). Drums are played by Mr. Jo (also credited as G. Beat or J. Falco).
Following the release of the demo, the band embarked on a long series of 7" records. The band released the "No Pasaran" 7" in May 2002. The Police 7" was released on March 2003, quickly followed the Baiting the Public 7" in May 2003. Two more 7"'s followed in 2004, the Dance of Death single, and the Litany 4-song ep. The vinyl releases to this point were collected on 2004s Epics in Minutes CD. The band was the subject of a two-minute 16 mm film showing its links to the Toronto hardcore scene, a local infoshop and punk radio show.
The bands use of imagery and symbolism (notable the use of Sigils) took a decided turn after the release of Epics in Minutes, as it was followed by two limited 12"s, the Looking for Gold 12", and the live Let Likes be Cured by Likes 12". The Looking for Gold 12" contained no liner notes or credits, no song titles, and a hidden track. It was self-released by the band in 2004 in two limited runs of 300 & 400 copies. The title track was 16 minutes long, used 18 guitar tracks, had a three minute drum solo and contained 5 minutes of whistling.
Following an interview in Maximum Rock and Roll, that discussed some of the bands politics and identity, including mind control and allusions to fascism and nazi mysticism. The release of a split 7" in 2004 with the band Haymaker contained a picture of Hitler addressing a Hitler Youth Rally in 1938.
In the summer of 2004 the band released the Generation 7" and 12" eps. After touring for most of 2005 the band took on David Eliade as a quasi-full time manager/promoter. In early 2006 Eliade began shopping demos of songs from the planned Hidden World album to labels, ending with the band signing to Jade Tree Records for an early fall 2006 release of the album. Jade Tree is distributed by Touch & Go which in turn has a distribution agreement with ADA (Warner Music Group). Jade Tree licensed the vinyl version to Deranged Records, which released it as a double album in November 2006.
Several other records, such as Year of the Dog 12" were released, before the band went on the European tour, visiting England, Germany and Spain, among other places. January 16, 2007 marked the band's live television debut on MTV Live, where they were introduced as "Effed Up". During their performance of their song "Baiting The Public", the majority of the audience were moshing and causing damage to the set (also visible was a cut from lead singer Damien's forehead), resulting in a sum of $2000 in damages. This performance sparked controversy and resulted in MTV Canada banning moshing from future MTV Live performances.
On October 9, 2008 the band returned to MTV Live, this time performing in the men's washroom. Once again, the band (and their fans) caused a large amount of damage, destroying the ceiling, spray painting walls and knocking over amps and a motorcycle which was brought into the washroom as a prop. Fans, who were told beforehand to stay out of the washroom and to watch from outside the door, rushed the doors and joined in the destruction the band had already started. The band was supposed to play three songs, but were stopped after the first song as MTV was not aware of the destruction the band had planned and were concerned about the safety of the band, audience and crew. On October 10 Abraham blogged about the performance on the MTV Live website, saying the bathroom performance was fucking out of control terrifying.
In November 2007, the band played a show in New York that was filmed for the movie Burn, directed by Richard Roepnack. The performance was reviewed in the New York Times, although the name of the band was unprintable under the newspaper's editorial standards.
The band signed to Matador Records in Spring of 2008. That summer, Matador reissued the "Year Of The Pig" 12" single. This time it came out with additional formats including a series of three 7"es, for the US, UK and Japan respectively, each with a different edit of the A-side and a new B-side. A CDEP compiled all the versions from the various vinyl versions. The band toured extensively in the UK behind this release, following it with a trip up the West Coast.
On October 7, 2008, Matador released Fucked Up's second album, "The Chemistry Of Common Life." It has received near-universal critical acclaim from publications such as the NME, The New York Times, Blender, Pitchfork, Alternative Press, Q Magazine and many more. The band toured the Eastern US in October, including a much-covered 12-hour long show on the Bowery in New York on October 14. They were joined by musical guests including Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, Moby, John Josephs of the Cro-Mags, members of Endless Boogie, Les Savy Fav, Dinosaur Jr. and others.
In January 2008, Fucked Up, along with Xiu Xiu, filed a lawsuit against Rolling Stone Magazine and Camel Cigarettes for an advertisement that included both bands in an Indie Rock Universe special. The advertisement apparently portrayed the bands as supporters of Camel.
- The fact that Fucked Up was mentioned in there wasn't some great coincidence. This isn't a case of subliminal advertising, where we're claiming that there were penises in the shadows — our name is right there. Maybe they thought we were too stupid to know what was going on.
On May 10, 2009 Fucked Up won their joint appeal with Xiu Xiu, and claimed an undisclosed compensation.
Fucked Up has collaborated extensively with other artists on record and during live performances. Hidden World features guest instrumentation from Owen Pallett of Final Fantasy, and guest vocals by Ben Cook of No Warning, George Pettit of Alexisonfire, Chris Colohan of Cursed, and Heidi Hazelton. Year of the Pig was written in part with Max Mccabe-Locos of The Deadly Snakes, who plays piano and organ on the record, and a lead vocal by Jennifer Castle of Castlemusic. Most recently the holiday charity single David Christmas purports to have guest vocals from Nelly Furtado, Davey Havok, David Cross, Shenae Grimes of Degrassi: The Next Generation and Faris Badwan of The Horrors, among others. On March 15, 2008 at the Mess With Texas Fest in Austin Tx, Circle Jerks singer Keith Morris joined Fucked Up on stage and sang Backed Against the Wall, Beverly Hills, and Nervous Breakdown
This is the list of all known appearances of Fucked Up or their songs on mainstream television.
- MTV Live Canada - 2 live performances
- "Baiting The Public" (from Hidden World) is used in The Bad Girls Club episode 30.
- "Son The Father" (from The Chemistry of Common Life) is used in Friday Night Lights. and Skins.
- Red Eye host Greg Gutfeld declared The Chemistry of Common Life the best album of 2008 and interviewed Abraham.
Father Damian / Pink Eyes (Damian Abraham) - vocals. Abraham works as a producer in the film industry under his birth name, which fact he has so far managed to keep secret so that his participation in Fucked Up will not negatively affect his career. He has a wife, Lauren. On Saturday, February 14, 2009 at the early Chicago AV-aerie show Damian let the audience know that he and Lauren are expecting a child. The couple appeared on a reality television show called Newly Wed, Nearly Dead.
Slumpy / Laundry / Mustard Gas (Sandy Miranda) - Bass guitar. Occupation unknown.
Concentration Camp / Gulag (Josh Zucker) - Rhythm guitar. Zucker is a transient who was chosen as the original frontman for Fucked Up due to his confrontational manner. Zucker was replaced as frontman after missing several crucial shows while in jail for punching a Toronto police officer who had stolen a ham sandwich from him. In order to remain active in the band after the arrival of new singer Damian, Zucker learned to play the guitar.
Guinea Beat / Mr. Jo (Jonah Falco) - drums. Falco splits his time between playing drums for Fucked Up and playing guitar for Career Suicide, as well as being a full time student. He has had to keep the existence of Fucked Up a secret from his family, with whom he lives, after his father declared the band's name "made him want to vomit."
Young Governor / Bad Kid / Lil' Bitey (Ben Cook) During the last half of 2007, Cook played many of Fucked Up's concerts as a third guitar player, and has done some songwriting, contributing to the "David Christmas" single. He plays on The Chemistry of Common Life and has toured with the band all of 2008. He provides backing vocals during live sets in addition to his guitar work. Ben previously sang for the hardcore band No Warning and later power pop outfit, Marvelous Darlings. Ben currently releases solo material under his Young Governor alias and is a member of The Bitters. He once appeared in a remake of "The Taking of Pelham 123" with Donnie Wahlberg from New Kids On The Block.
David Eliade - Visuals, spiritual and political guidance. Eliade is the "fifth Beatle", so to speak, and manages Fucked Up from behind the scenes. He has designed their logo, records, and influenced most of their lyrics. Eliade has coordinated most of their interviews, except for those conducted live on the road. He has begun taking a more visible role, acting as management for the band of late and working with them in the studio on the production of their forthcoming LP. He is the one who taught Haliechuk to garden and Camp to hop trains. He is the only person involved with the band who knows how to tune a guitar. Unfortunately he has never attended one of Fucked Up's live shows. It has been stated that David's name is a pseudonym. He shares his last taken name with Romanian writer Mircea Eliade, who is mentioned in the Hidden World booklet.
- 2004 Epics in Minutes CD (Deranged Records)
- 2004 Let Likes be Cured by Likes 12" (Schizophrenic Records)
- 2004 Looking for Gold 12" (self-released)
- 2005 Generation 12" (Slasher Records)
- 2005 Litany + 1 12" (Test Pattern)
- 2006 Hidden World 2xLP (Deranged Records) /CD (Jade Tree Records)
- 2006 Year of the Dog 12" (Blocks Recording Club)
- 2008 Year Of The Pig 12" (Vice Records - UK Edition)
- 2008 Year of the Pig + B-Sides CD (Matador Records)
- 2008 The Chemistry of Common Life 2xLP/CD (10/07/08, Matador Records)
- 2008 The Chemistry of Common Life Reel-to-reel Audio Tape (10/12/08, Welfare Records)
- 2009 Year of the Rat 12" (What's Your Rupture?)
Compilations, Demos, Mixtapes, Splits, Tapes and 7" EPs
- 2002 Demo tape (self-released)
- 2002 No Pasaran 7" (Deranged Records)
- 2003 Police 7" (Deranged Records)
- 2003 Baiting the Public 7" (Deranged Records)
- 2004 Dance of Death 7" (Deranged Records)
- 2004 Litany 7" EP (Test Pattern Records, repressed on Havoc in 2006)
- 2004 Split with Haymaker 7" (Deep Six Records)
- 2005 Dangerous Fumes 7" (fake version, self-released)
- 2005 Generation 7" (Slasher Records)
- 2005 Mix Tape Volume One cassette tape (Hidden World/Deranged Records)
- 2005 Black Cross 7" (Burning Sensation)
- 2005 Black Army 7" (Burning Sensation)
- 2005 "Dropout" from Generations: A Hardcore Compilation CD (Revelation Records)
- 2006 Fucked Up Tape cassette tape (Harsh Brutal Cold Productions - reissued by Trujaca Fala Records in 2007)
- 2006 Triumph of Life 7" (Peter Bower Records / Vice Records UK)
- 2006 Triumph of Life 3 song CD (Go Down Fighting Records / Vice Records UK)
- 2006 Dangerous Fumes 7" (Deranged Records)
- 2006 Dangerous Fumes 7" (Hate Records; German Edition)
- 2006 Mix Tape Volume II cassette tape (Deranged Records)
- 2006 Dolly Mixture 7" (Fucked Up Records) - two covers of Dolly Mixture
- 2006 Shop Assistants 7" (Fucked Up Records) - two covers of The Shop Assistants
- 2006 Humos Peligrosos 7" (La Vida es un Mus) - actually a different version of Dangerous Fumes 7"
- 2006 Hoxton Cunts 7" ("A techno 7" that has fake cover and labels on it done to make fun of the band/Vice.")
- 2006 Two Snakes 7" (Fucked Up Records)
- 2006 Since You've Been Gone 10" (bootleg)
- 2007 Hidden World 8 Track (Welfare Records)
- 2007 Toronto FC 7" Split with Hard Skin (No Future)
- 2007 Year of the Pig 12" (What's Your Rupture?)
- 2007 David Christmas 7" (Hidden World Records)
- 2008 Split with Think I Care 7" (Eating Rat Records)
- 2008 2007 halloween weekend dvd
- 2008 Year of the Pig American Edit 7" (Matador Records / What's Your Rupture)
- 2008 Year of the Pig UK Edit 7" (Matador Records / What's Your Rupture)
- 2008 Year of the Pig Japanese Edit 7" (Matador Records / What's Your Rupture)
- 2008 Crooked Head/I Hate Summer 7" (Matador Records)
- 2008 Split with Katie Stelmanis 7" (Matador Records)
- 2008 Royal Swan 7"
- 2008 Two Snakes 7" (HG Fact)
- 2009 Mixtape #3 (self-released)
- 2009 No Epiphany 7" (Matador Records)
- 2009 Singles Collection compilation (singles 2003-2006)
- 2009? David Comes to Life musical
- Fucked Up Blog
- Alternative Fucked Up Blog (by Damian)
- Unofficial Fucked Up Myspace
- Fucked Up on Jade Tree
- Interview with 10,000 Marbles
- Interview with 10,000 Marbles on Late Night Wallflower
- Fucked Up Live and Interview Video
- Fucked Up photo archive on Formertransformer
- Fucked Up in SPIN!
- Bathroom Session with 'They Shoot Music - Don't They'
- Interview with Damien Abraham about their first China Tour
- Fucked Up on Five Tunes
Biography from Wikipedia