My Favourite Albums: Panic! At The Disco – A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out

Panic! At The Disco
A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out
Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen

‘A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out’ is the debut album from Las Vegas alternative four piece Panic! At The Disco. The album was recorded in College Park, Maryland, produced by Matt Squire and released in the UK on September 27th, 2005. It was an album that saw the band achieve huge fame and success straight away with critical acclaim and fans coming easily making them not only posterboys for the emo scene but icons for a generation. The singles taken from the album were ‘The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is The Press Coverage’, ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’, ‘But It’s Better If You Do’, ‘Lying Is The Most Fun…’ and ‘Build God, Then We’ll Talk’.

The story of the album: The album is split into two halves; the first is mostly electronic with a dance edge to the pop punk tracks while the second half is more piano, strings and classical sounds based with grand moments and their theatrical qualities coming to the fore. Chuck Palahnuik’s work has also been noted as a big influence throughout the album with sing title ‘The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is The Press Coverage’ a quote from his book ‘Survivor’ and quotes of his littered throughout the lyrical content.


1. Introduction
2. The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage
3. London Beckoned Songs About Money Written by Machines
4. Nails for Breakfast, Tacks for Snacks
5. Camisado
6. Time to Dance
7. Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off
8. Intermission
9. But It’s Better If You Do
10. I Write Sins Not Tragedies
11. I Constantly Thank God for Esteban
12. There’s a Good Reason These Tables Are Numbered Honey, You Just Haven’t Thought of It Yet
13. Build God, Then We’ll Talk

As I mentioned earlier the album is split into two parts and for a debut it is pretty well thought out and put together with a clear vision from the band of how they wanted the album to sound and the aesthetic they wanted to create. I think that is why they applied to so many teenagers, not only were they young and attractive but they had a catchy sound, different to a lot of other stuff out there at the time and they were not scared of theatrics and creating a look for themselves.

I’m pretty sure as soon as I heard ‘I Write Sins’ for the first time then that was it, it was love towards that band and it is a love that has never really waned over the years. Through break up’s, line up changes and slight changes in musical direction; a part of my emo loving heart has always belonged to Panic!

The album itself was one of those obsessive listens that I had when I was a teenager, it was constantly on repeat and I could sing you every word and I’d know every chord change. We are all like that with the albums we love as a teenager and Panic! just summed up a generation by coming out at the right time when the emo scene was at its height. They may not have the same influence or gravitas as someone like Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance, the bands that will forever be remembered as the leaders of the scene, but Panic! had a very important role to play.

As a band that became so famous so quickly, it could easily have gone pretty badly for them after the initial hype, madness and interest in these teenagers lives. They may have had their problems over the years which has obviously been well documented online and in certain music presses but they have managed to put out 4 albums and tour relentlessly around many countries over their time together. The band’s future may be in doubt at the moment but when it comes down to it we always have this standout album to come back to. A killer and very impressive debut from a band who were so young when they recorded it and had no idea just how much the release of this would change and impact their lives for better and worse.

From the dancey beginnings with synth fuelled moments, catchy rhythms and beats just made to dance along to through to the more refined and classical sounding ending of the album with violins, saxophone and faint 1920’s jazz elements to their pop punk sound, they created an album with a story that showcased not only their vast array of influences but also their talents. If there is one Panic! album you should most definitely check out in your lifetime then it really is this one.

Below are the singles that were taken from the album:


Album Cover

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