Fake It

Album: Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces (2007)
Charted: 56

Songfacts®:

  • Bassist Dale Stewart told theywillrockyou.com that originally the band weren't sure if this song was going to make the album: "Yeah, we weren't sure because it was very much trying to see if there was a song in a weird kind of swing beat, if there was a Rock song in there somewhere. It was definitely a tongue-in-cheek kind of thing. I don't know if it was initially intended to be taken seriously but when we started recording it and Shaun started singing on it, we thought it sounded good and we thought it could be a single. It was a song that got stuck in your head after a day of recording and we thought that was a really good sign that it could get stuck in some other people's heads too."
  • In the same interview Stewart elaborated how "Fake It" came to be chosen as the band's first single off the album: "It was kind of a collaborative effort with us, the label and management team. We started recording a few tracks for potential singles and 'Fake It' was one of them and when we sat down to listen to them, that's what popped out as what should be the single. We had a conference call and everyone chimed in and everyone was pretty much unanimous that 'Fake It' would be the best lead off single for the album."
  • The band shot the video for the new single in Los Angeles. Drummer John Humphrey told CHCH about it: "It's shot with a hip-hop video vibe; we're in the jet and we're partying, and then there is this big epic scenic set where we're jamming, and it's snowing on us for no reason, and there are lots of girls, and then the backdrop falls and shows how it's just a set. It's hilarious. The point is to show how fake and pretentious it all is. How shallow [the industry] can be."
  • This became the South African band's first ever #1 on the American Modern Rock Tracks chart. In the first week of 2008 it replaced the Foo Fighters' "The Pretender," whose 18 week hold on first place had broken the record for the longest-running #1 in the history of the American Modern Rock Tracks chart.
  • This topped the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for 14 weeks and the Modern Rock Tracks chart for 7 weeks. On the latter survey "Fake It" spent 6 consecutive weeks at #2 behind the Foo Fighters "The Pretender" before climbing to the top. It was then unseated by another Foo Fighters track, "Long Road to Ruin."
  • This like the rest of the album, this was produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Daughtry, Puddle of Mudd). Frontman Shaun Morgan discussed working with the producer on his band's website: "I love working with Howard Benson. He's amazing at what he does. It's the first time in my life that I allowed myself to trust a producer. In the past, we've had some that seemed to have an ulterior motive, whereas with Howard he'd tell me what his motive was at the outset. He's an honest guy from Philadelphia. When he takes the raw material away and he comes back with it and it's polished, I almost always think he's done an amazing job. Of course the songs start with me. But its very much teamwork. And he can bring a song to a different place."

Comments: 14

  • Tiffany Lashea from Alabama#Fake it# f--k attempting to fit in to society. The lies and twisted fake masks. Fake it with a smile on your face. Whoever doesn't like seether are simply losers XD
  • Justin from MichiganThe lyrics on the album are "Fake it if you feel like infection". However, in a live show, Shaun Morgan actually sings "Fake it if you've got an erection".
  • Daniel from Winchester, OhioLOL @ my comment from like 7 years ago.
  • Roach from Nowhere, GermanyThis song is about the media that's faking everything.
  • Daniel from Winchester, OhThis song pretains to my life and the stupid religous freaks who try to shove christianity down my throat..
  • Charles from Burnet, Txthis song reminds me of my mom... the b***h
  • Sheyla from Yourmom, CaThis was the them for WWE's No Way Out 2008
  • Caitlyn from Naples, FlIt has nothing to do with Amy!!!!
  • Caitlyn from Naples, FlThis song was originally written as a joke.
  • Brooke from Radcliff, KyThis song f-n rox my f-n sox!
  • Cora from Wausau, Wi"Fake it if you dont belong, yeah fake it if your out of direction ohhhhhhh you "something" fu*** hypocrite" sry just rockn out lol.
    loveeeee ittt
  • Hunter from Greensburg, Lathe video makes this song even better.
  • Danny from Atlantic City, NjThis song rules period. Rock on Seether.
  • George from Waynesburg, Kyi like the video for this song
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