The Used is originally from Orem, a mid-sized valley town in Utah. Several of the songs on the band's 2002 self-titled album are about the frustrations of living in the town and wanting to break out, including "The Taste Of Ink" and "Maybe Memories."
"Maybe Memories" was the first song The Used ever wrote as a band. Before lead singer Bert McCracken joined the band, The Used held auditions for a singer at bassist Jeph Howard's house. The group called the auditions "terrible" until guitarist Quinn Allman asked his friend Bert McCracken if he wanted to audition. McCracken was impressed by the material The Used had written, so he went home and wrote the lyrics that would become "Maybe Memories."
The Used lead singer Bert McCracken dropped out of high school at age 16. McCracken was raised in Mormon family and even edited a straight edge magazine called Drugs Suck prior to his departure him school. At age 12, he played trumpet in a school band called I'm With Stupid. At 19, he joined The Used, who began under the name Dumb Luck.
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