Proof That the Youth Are Revolting

Proof That the Youth Are Revolting
Live album by Five Iron Frenzy
Released November, 1999
Recorded Various concerts from 1998 to 1999.
Genre Christian ska
Length 71:38
Label Five Minute Walk/Warner Bros. Records
Producer Frank Tate
Five Iron Frenzy chronology
Quantity Is Job 1
Proof That the Youth Are Revolting
All the Hype That Money Can Buy
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Proof That The Youth Are Revolting is Five Iron Frenzy's first live album, released November, 1999 by Sarabellum Records and Five Minute Walk, with distribution by Warner Bros. Records. It was recorded at eleven shows[2] throughout 1998 and 1999, including Cornerstone 1999.[3] The cover art was made by Douglas TenNapel.

In Five Iron's typical fashion Proof contains the band's humour. "A New Hope" ends with the song "Kingdom of the Dinosaurs", the hidden track after the end of "Every New Day" features various slip-ups recorded over the tour, and the title itself has a double meaning.[4] The word "Revolting" is used to mean "disgusting", or "starting a revolution". The revolution referred to, however, is one of the heart. According to Keith Hoerig this is "... a personal revolution that each individual partakes in the choices they make and the way they live their lives."[4]

The album contains a number of cover songs and references to other bands. The band fully covers Tom Jones "It's Not Unusual"[4] and "Receive Him" by the Christian metal group Vengeance Rising. The introductory track makes a reference to Stryper's album To Hell with the Devil. "Superpowers" integrates The Cure's "Close to Me" in the lead,[4] and "One Girl Army" begins with a cover of Europe's "The Final Countdown".[4]

While Proof was designed to consist of fan favorites, it also marks the first appearance of "A New Hope." "A New Hope" was written about the Columbine High School massacre, which affected some members of the band on a personal level.[4] The band often practiced at Micah Ortega's house, about a five-minute walk from the school, and his sister attended there at the time of the shootings.[4]

For those who attended any of the concerts which were recorded to be potentially used as this live album, the band had pieces of paper at their merch booth where one could sign up to be registered as a "backup singer." While the final album used cuts from a variety of shows, all the people who filled out their names were mentioned in a large fold-out booklet that went with the album, listed under the title "backup singers." In total about 7,000 names were listed.[2]

Track listing

  1. "Introduction" – 0:54
  2. "One Girl Army" – 3:38
  3. "Oh, Canada" – 3:02
  4. "A Flowery Song" – 4:10
  5. "Handbook For the Sellout" – 4:05
  6. "Receive Him" – 0:20
  7. "All That Is Good" – 3:21
  8. "Dandelions" – 3:20
  9. "Suckerpunch" – 4:04
  10. "It's Not Unusual" – 2:12
  11. "Anthem" – 3:27
  12. "New Hope" – 3:45
    • Ends with the song "Kingdom of the Dinosaurs"
  13. "Arnold, Willis & Mr. Drummond" – 2:30
  14. "Ugly Day" – 4:39
  15. "Where Zero Meets 15" – 4:48
  16. "Superpowers" – 3:46
  17. "Blue Comb '78" – 4:02
  18. "Every New Day" – 4:58

-Hidden Track-

  1. "Messups"


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1999 The Billboard 200 190


  1. Pogge, David M. (January–February 2000). "Album Reviews: FIVE IRON FRENZY, Live: Proof That the Youth are Revolting". HM Magazine (81): 61.
  2. 1 2 Martin, Rachel L. (January–February 2000). "Holy Rollin'". 7ball (28). Archived from the original on June 16, 2002. Retrieved 2007-05-14.
  3. Bastian, Tom. Interview with Brad Dunham. (1999). From
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 McGovern, Brian Vincent (July–August 1999). "Five Iron Frenzy: Still Nuts After All These Years". HM Magazine (80): 36.
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