|Album:||Tell All Your Friends|
|Tabs on UG:||Cute Without The E|
Taking Back Sunday - Cute Without the 'E' (Cut from the Team)
"Cute Without the 'E' (Cut from the Team)" is a song from the Taking Back Sunday's debut album "Tell All Your Friends," released in 2002.
- 1 Story behind the song
- 2 Music videos
- 2.1 Official music video
- 2.2 Live version
- 2.3 Notable covers
- 3 Gear and settings
- 3.1 Guitars
- 3.1.1 John Nolan
- 3.1.2 Eddie Reyes
- 3.1.3 Shaun Cooper
- 3.2 Amps and effects
- 3.2.1 John Nolan
- 3.2.2 Shaun Cooper
- 3.3 Amp settings
- 4 Tuning
- 5 Song key
- 6 Techniques
- 6.1 Song breakdown
- 7 Recommended lessons
- 7.1 Guitar cover
- 7.2 Bass cover
Story behind the song
This is a song about a boy who finds out his girlfriend is cheating on him and is confronting her about it. He tells her that he already knows and tells her that he'll kill himself for her. He says he knows he should hate her but he doesn't. 
John Nolan admitted, that drummer Mark O'Connell came up with the musical concept for the song: "Mark came up with that intro part and chord progression, and possibly the chorus too... he was definitely the one who came and got the ball rolling with the music." 
Lead singer Adam Lazzara and John Nolan were responsible for the lyrics of the song. Adam explained, "It speaks a lot to where we were emotionally. We were young at the time, so it was our take on the relationships we had experienced." 
In late 2001, Taking Back Sunday hardly planned this song to end up as a single. John Nolan stated, "I don't think we had any concept that any song we wrote for that record would ever be a single at all when we were writing, or even after the record was done." 
Later, Adam Lazzara changed the line "all of this was all your fault" to "all of this was all my fault" because "it became hard to just be pointing the finger at somebody so openly and blatantly." 
Official music video
The video was inspired by the movie Fight Club. John Nolan and Adam Lazzara shared a room at the time. They and their roommates didn't have cable television, they had only 2 or 3 movies, so they got to the point, where Fight Club was always on, even if no one was watching it. 
So at some point, their director Christian Winters came with the idea of making a video based on it. 
Adam Lazzara recalled, "Our buddy Christian Winters was doing videos. At that time, it was a less of an 'Oh, this one will be the single' and more of a 'Hey, do you want to make a video?' kind of thing. And it just happened to be that song." 
Live version from Atticus Dragging the Lake DVD (2003) at the Ventura Theater.
Live performance in 2002.
Acoustic version of the song performed in 2009.
There are several piano covers of the song on Youtube.
Piano cover from "justinnovak06" Youtube channel.
Gear and settings
John Nolan used Guild M-75 Aristocrat.
He also used Gibson SG in live performances.
Hard to say for sure, which guitar was used during the recording, as he uses a rather wide variety of guitars. But in the official video, he plays on black Fender American Elite Stratocaster.
Shaun Cooper is a user of Fender Jazz Bass.
Amps and effects
Marshall JCM800 100W head with Marshall 1960A angled cabinet loaded with Celestion 30W speakers.
Shaun Cooper used Ampeg SVT-CL Bass Amp Head with Ampeg cab.
- Gain - 4-5
- Treble - 3-4
- Mids - 7
- Bass - 7
Guitars: standard tuning (E A D G B E).
Bass: standard tuning (E A D G).
The song is written in the key D flat minor.
The song has the following structure:
The intro of the song starts with several chord strums, supported with Adam Lazzara's vocals. Then the main riff is played. It consists of two palm-muted guitar lines: the lead guitar plays arpeggios, while the rhythm guitar - power chords. This pattern continues in verses.
The interlude and the following bridge contain a notable bass line, while the lead guitar performs arpeggios with hammer-on/pull-off combinations. In the middle of the bridge, this pattern breaks and the lead guitar plays power chords, followed by palm-muted arpeggio line.
The song ends with three power chords.
Note, that this bass cover is performed on the 5-string bass guitar, though the 5th string isn't used.