What was the first ever AFI song you heard and when?

Oh thank you, I really appreciate that coming from you! :grin::grin::metal:t5:


Strength Through Wounding in 2001. I was on a choir trip and Black Sails in the Sunset called to me from the sale bin in a Hot Topic (as our choir teacher brought us to a mall to burn a few hours). Got on the bus, put it in my discman…hooked. I was like ‘where are the people who listen to this? I need to find them, they are my people’

The rest of my jazz choir mostly decided I was weirder than they already thought I was :grin:


To this I say, “Fuck you, AFI for closing the DF boards!” :slight_smile:

Shit, it only took me till 2017 to make these forums. :frowning:

But yeah, THIS is how I felt when I saw AFI again in February, 2017.

Great story!


Said this on Twitter…but I guess I need to reply here as well :slight_smile: “Girls not grey”…around 2003 on MTV…still one of my favorite songs of all times…

Funny enough…It wasn’t until a couple years ago that I watched the video on YouTube and started digging deeper into AFI…after that…I became a fan for life :slight_smile:


“Malleus Maleficarum.”

I was 11. My “uncle” is really into music and knew how much I like the occult and how I had actually read the Malleus Maleficarum at that point and decided that I needed to listen to this song. He played it for me, and I was hooked (partially because there was someone out there in the world who knew what the Malleus is…LOL).


when I started to read your response, the song came on😋

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Ha, you’ve gotta be in like, <1% of AFI fans who knew the book before the song.

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I’m a weird person and was an equally weird kid. I mean, I was nine when I read Malleus the first time. And then 10 when I read the accompanying demonology book. Fun fact: guy who wrote Malleus and the demonology book was the King who commissioned the Bible most people read- the King James Bible. That Demonology book is allegedly the inspiration for a lot of the supernatural elements of Macbeth.


First song I heard was love like winter, it was on 2008 :heart_eyes:


“The Boy Who Destroyed the World”. February 2006. (Or maybe even 2005.) On Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3. Didn’t know that song was by AFI. That is to say, I knew AFI had a song called “The Boy Who Destroyed the World” but I didn’t know which one on the soundtrack it was, but when it came on, I’d loved it.

More embarrassingly, I’d misapplied the title to the similarly titled Guttermouth song, “I’m Destroying the World”, which was on the same soundtrack. And that one made it into my iTunes library before AFI’s song did. Yes, men who thought it funny to put meat in Davey’s food got my attention before Davey himself did.

It wasn’t until I’d bought Art of Drowning well into fandom that I learned that AFI also did that song on Tony Hawk. Yes, I know it’s an All Hallows’ EP song. A lot of their stuff at that time was similar enough for me to recognize it as a consistent style. For someone who had only known Sing the Sorrow and Decemberunderground, the pleasant surprise was real.


I miss playing those games! That and Dave Mirra’s BMX.

SAME! I was 16. I bought Go Ahead Punk… because Guttermouth was on it…and it was a time when comps were good and that is pretty much how I went about finding new music.

I went and bought Very Proud of Ya a few weeks later when I scrounged together enough money.



I had both “The Boy Who Destroyed the World” and “I’m Destroying the World” on my first mp3 player. In fact, most of the music I had on there came from the Tony Hawk video games. THPS3 was my introduction to AFI as well.


One of my associates at work randomly stopped me yesterday and asked me about AFI. He heard me talk of them before and asked about their music. He asked me if I ever saw them live. Of course I started telling him stories and could probably talk about AFI for hours, but I asked him if he had any of their music and I don’t think he did.

I recommended “Art of Drowning” as a first listen, first album to get. AOD is a centerpiece time-wise and I feel a great intro album. It’s hard for anyone to pick a favorite from that album.


This is exactly the same way I found AFI! I always scored highest and had the most fun when this song came out. Oldish school game systems and music. I miss those days.
And now I have the 20th anniversary on picture disc. I’m a happy boy.

We should revive old topics. Things have been getting slightly stale and slow.

“Girl’s Not Grey”. I saw the video on MTV. I know that some people were mad at them for signing to a major and whatnot at the time, but hey, I might not have heard of them if I hadn’t seen that video on TV, so I’m kinda glad they got a bit of mainstream attention in the early 00s. “Sing the Sorrow” opened the door to more underground music for me (like punk & hardcore) so uh…yeah.

When I was 14 (sooo… 2001?) my first ever boyfriend mailed me a mix CD and a bracelet he’d made, and one of the tracks on it was “Wester” and I just thought it was the most romantic thing anyone could ever send anyone else. I still LOVE that track. Bought AOD shortly after :slight_smile:


Days of the Phoenix on an episode of Daria! I was around 8.


Wayyyy back in 2003 or early 2004 my brother downloaded a bunch of songs off of Limewire when it was still a thing and I remember burning a bunch of the ones I liked onto a CD to listen to. I don’t remember which song I listened to first but I do remember that the AFI songs that made it onto the CD were; The Boy Who Destroyed the World, Morningstar, and Silver and Cold. I should have known it would lead to something more because I wound up listening to those 3 songs the most.

The first song I most likey listened to first is The Boy Who Destroyed The World, as I was a fan of the Tony Hawk games when I was a teenager, however I have no memories of actually listening to it.

My first memory of listening to AFI was when I saw the GNG video on the Mexican version of MTV, it was when they were in the blue alley painted in black, I changed the channel, then a few days later caught it again, and all is history XD