Busted (2002 Busted album)

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Busted cover with logo.jpg
Cover of the 2003 edition. The original cover is identical but without the Busted or enhanced CD logos. (Band members left to right) Matt Willis, Charlie Simpson and James Bourne.
Studio album by
Released30 September 2002 (2002-09-30)
GenrePop rock, pop punk
LabelUniversal Island Records
ProducerSteve Robson, James Bourne
Busted chronology
A Present for Everyone
Singles from Busted
  1. "What I Go to School For"
    Released: 16 September 2002
  2. "Year 3000"
    Released: 13 January 2003
  3. "You Said No (a.k.a. Crash and Burn)"
    Released: 21 April 2003
  4. "Hurra Hurra Die Schule Brennt"
    Released: 27 June 2003
  5. "Sleeping with the Light On"
    Released: 11 August 2003
Alternative cover
Japanese artwork for Busted
Japanese artwork for Busted

Busted is the self-titled debut studio album by English pop punk band Busted. It was released in the UK in September 2002 and peaked at #2 the following January after the success of second single "Year 3000", which reached #2 on the UK Singles Chart.


The first single released from the album was "What I Go to School For", which reached #3; this was followed by "Year 3000", which reached #2, "You Said No" and "Sleeping with the Light On". "You Said No" peaked at #1 and "Sleeping with the Light On" peaked at #3. A European only single, "Hurra, hurra, die Schule brennt", was released on the same date as "You Said No" was released in the UK.

Busted was the 8th best-selling album of 2003 in the UK; the album has sold over 1.2 million copies and been certified as 4× Platinum in the UK.[1] The album spent 77 weeks on the UK Top 75 Albums chart.[2] Six tracks were co-written with John McLaughlin and Steve Robson; the other remaining songs were written by the band themselves.[3] who often collaborate with each other.[4] Both "What I Go to School For" and "Year 3000" were covered by the Jonas Brothers, and released on their 2006 album It's About Time.

On the cassette release of the album, "Losing You" is advertised as a single. However, the song never was released as a single, and it is unknown whether it was planned to be or if this was a mistake. In 2018, bassist Matt Willis said that they would never play the song live, stating 'We've never played that song. For a very good reason – we don't like it'. [5]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.0/5 stars[6]
Melodic2/5 stars[7]

AllMusic states: "[Busted] slide smoothly between... dull teen pop ballads with the sickeningly overwrought vocals typical of the genre... and relatively more creative stuff that punches up the formula with pop-ternative production and smirking, yet still squeaky clean lyrical witticisms. At best it's BBMak with better cheekbones; at worst, Busted is a neutered Sum 41".[3] On bbc.co.uk, Jacqueline Hodges wrote: "Think a younger, British Wheatus or Blink-182 junior and you will be along the right lines. Their cheeky and geeky Green Day-type lyrics... are endearingly refreshing in these days of Gareth Gates and Ronan Keating mush".[8] Q was more positive, Dan Stubbs writing: "Tales of copping off, time travel and a five-fingered fantasy about a schoolteacher with a nice bottom are delivered through inspired one-liners and clever gimmicks".[9]


Busted recorded a number of B-sides for their album campaign, including a number of classic covers, including cover versions of "Brown Eyed Girl", "Fun Fun Fun" and "Mrs Robinson", as well as new tracks including "Late Night Sauna", "My Good Friend" and "Last Summer", as well as the demo versions of "Dawson's Geek" and "Year 3000"; the version of "Year 3000" which appears as the B-side is the version which the band presented to Universal Music before they were signed by the label. "My Good Friend" has never been released on CD, and only appears on the cassette release of "You Said No", becoming one of the rarest Busted tracks around. The demo versions were also only released on cassette, meaning they are also very rare and hard to find; the band also recorded a collaboration with fellow pop rock band McFly, a cover of The Kinks' "Lola", which appears as the B-side to the band's debut single "5 Colours in Her Hair".

Track listing[edit]

A Present for EveryoneStandard edition
1."What I Go to School For"
Steve Robson3:30
2."You Said No"
  • Bourne
  • Simpson
  • Willis
  • McLaughlin
  • Robson
  • Richard Mark Rashman
  • Bourne
  • McLaughlin
  • Robson
4."Losing You"
  • Bourne
  • Simpson
  • Willis
  • McLaughlin
  • Robson
5."Year 3000"
  • Bourne
  • Simpson
  • Willis
  • Robson
  • Matthew Fletcher
6."Pshyco Girl"
  • Bourne
  • Rashman
7."All the Way"
  • Simpson
  • Bourne
8."Sleeping with the Light On"
  • Bourne
  • Willis
9."Dawsons’s Geek"
  • Bourne
  • Simpson
  • Willis
10."Without You"
  • Bourne
  • Simpson
11."Loser Kid"
  • Bourne
  • Simpson
  • Willis
Total length:45:57
  • "You Said No" was originally titled "Crash and Burn" prior to the album's re-issue.


Charts and certifications[edit]


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  4. ^ "John McLaughlin: Songwriter". The Writers. windsweptpacific.com. Archived from the original on 14 June 2002.
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  6. ^ AllMusic Review
  7. ^ Roth, Kaj (28 October 2003). "Busted - s/t". Melodic. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  8. ^ Hodges, Jacqueline (20 November 2002). "Busted Review". BBC Music. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  9. ^ Stubbs, Dan, Busted, review, Q, December 2002.
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