“Still Waiting” was a pretty important video for Sum 41 as it managed to showcase the band’s sense of humor, and the song itself helped them shift into a more serious tone with their music.
The video poked fun at a lot of the bands that were getting hot around the time who were using “the” in their band names such as The Strokes, The Hives and others.
Sum 41 decided to have a little fun with the concept in their video, and Deryck Whibley recently talked to MTV about the video’s 15th anniversary.
According to Deryck the jokes were all in good fun, and he actually asked Julian Casablancas of The Strokes for his blessing before shooting the video.
“Everyone else had kinda disappeared, and it’s now like 9 in the morning, so it’s one of those kinda parties,” Whibley said. “Julian and I [were] in the lobby drinking, and I just told him, ‘We got this idea for this video. What do you think? Do we have your blessing or do you hate it?’ And he was dying laughing. He goes, ‘Please do it! You have to do it.’ So we said, alright, cool, we have his blessing.”
“The way we looked at it was how quickly genres can come and go, and you can be the It band of a genre, and all of a sudden, a year later, it’s a whole new thing,” Whibley said. “That’s why the intro was so important to us because it set up that we’re making fun of ourselves. We’re irrelevant now because of all these new bands that are the new cool thing.”