Broken Home (Papa Roach song)

"Broken Home"
Single by Papa Roach
from the album Infest
Released November 25, 2000
Format CD
Recorded 1999
Genre Nu metal
Length 3:41
Label DreamWorks
Writer(s) Jacoby Shaddix, Tobin Esperance
Producer(s) Jay Baumgardner
Papa Roach singles chronology
"Last Resort"
"Broken Home"
"Between Angels and Insects"

"Broken Home" is the second single from the band Papa Roach's second album, Infest. While "Broken Home" had some popularity, it did not have the same amount of popularity that Papa Roach's debut single "Last Resort" had.

Commercial performance

Although "Broken Home" had some popularity, it did not have the popular that Papa Roach's debut single "Last Resort" had.[1] "Broken Home" peaked at number 9 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart[2] and number 18 on the Mainstream Rock chart.[3] The song was on the Modern Rock Tracks chart for 20 weeks[2] and was on the Mainstream Rock chart for 19 weeks.[3]

Critical reception

According to Chad Childers of Loudwire, Papa Roach vocalist Jacoby Shaddix is "a master at baring his soul in" "Broken Home".[4] According to The Observer, "Broken Home"'s title "says it all".[5] According to Sal Cinquemani of Slant, "Broken Home" is "painfully reductive".[6] According to Scott Seward of Spin, "Broken Home" tries "to pick at teendom's boo-boos with Jonathan Davis' self-lacerating edge".[7]


In an interview with Dan MacIntosh of Songfacts, Papa Roach member Tobin Esperance said that "Broken Home" "started out as a real funky kind of groove - a heavy guitar thing" and continued by saying "I was playing that at rehearsal, and it reminded me of Helmet; we were really into this band, Helmet, from the East Coast, and the riff kind of reminded us of one of their songs. I don't remember the exact song. We all just started jamming on it".[8]

Background and meaning

Papa Roach vocalist Jacoby Shaddix (pictured) said that "Broken Home" is about "divorce and being the kid caught in the middle, feeling it's your fault but finally realizing it isn't".[9]

Esperance also spoke about the what the song is about, saying: "Jacoby chose lyrically to set the topic in divorce, which is something that everybody in the band has dealt with and kids all over deal with. It's another painful subject to bring up, but people just let loose when it came to that song."[8]

Marcos Siega said that the song is "about a broken home and being torn between your parents".[10] Jacoby Shaddix said that the song "Broken Home" is about his family "falling to pieces pretty much and being stuck in the middle of two parents." He also said "One of them was actually not ever there. I had a bed-wetting problem for a lot of years, and I had a problem with my father."[11] Shaddix also said "When he was 18 or so, my biological father went to the Vietnam War to be a killer for the U.S. government, and it really put a tax on his life." Shaddix says angrily. "That war set up a lot of broken homes."[12]

Tobin Esperance said that his parents divorced when he was 6. Esperance said "My dad's cool, but I don't really know him that well". He also said "Coby didn't see his dad for, I think, 13 years."[13]

Music video

Burbank, California, the city where the music video for "Broken Home" was filmed.

Filmed at a house in the middle-class neighborhood of Burbank, California,[9] the music video for "Broken Home" shows the band performing in a house, with clips of a child's life. The music video shows a mother leaving a hospital in a wheelchair with a baby. The music video shows a kid playing with a racing set. It also shows the mother taking pills, police arriving and arresting the father, the father raping his wife (the mother), the father leaving the family and the father cheating on his wife (the mother). In the music video, Papa Roach's vocalist Jacoby Shaddix (who was known as Coby Dick when "Broken Home" was released) is seen hitting dirt with rage. Shaddix said "We wanted the video to be a mind fuck," Shaddix says "Like fuckin' fucked. I broke down during filming, freaked out." A production assistant was reported to have had a nervous breakdown and was reported to have stolen a van, too. The production assistant also was reported to have disappeared for two days. Marcos Siega, the director of the music video for "Broken Home", said "I wanted the actors to lose themselves in the roles," he says. "[The father] really forced himself on the woman playing the mom. I yelled 'cut' not to stop the action but to stop the actress from crying. It was difficult to watch."[13] At the end of the music video, the members of Papa Roach break things inside the house.[9] According to guitarist Jerry Horton, Siega broke down after a take.[14]

Siega said "I grew up in a broken home, my parents got divorced, and we touched on that in this video. And Coby [Dick], the singer, and I had a lot in common. I didn't talk to my dad for years, and he didn't talk to his dad for years."[10] At the end of the "Broken Home" shoot, the members of Papa Roach showed Siega their appreciation by presenting him with an autographed guitar.[9] The music video for "Broken Home" was in regular rotation on MTV.[15] Shaddix said that the music video for "Broken Home" was very personal for him.[16] The music video for "Broken Home" was nominated for the Short Form Music Video category at the 43rd Grammy Awards.[17]

Track listing

CD Maxi
No. Title Length
1. "Broken Home" (Album Version) 3:41
2. "Broken Home" (Revised Version) 3:28
3. "Last Resort" (Album Version) 3:19
CD Single
No. Title Length
1. "Broken Home" (Album Version) 3:45
2. "Broken Home" (Radio Version) 3:30
3. "Never Enough" (Live) 3:29
4. "Broken Home" (Enhanced Video)  

Chart performance

Chart (2000–2001) Peak
Austrian Singles Chart[18] 42
German Singles Chart 34
Swiss Singles Chart[19] 96
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[2] 9
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[3] 18


  1. Childers, Chad (April 25, 2016). "16 Years Ago: Papa Roach Break Out With 'Infest' Album". Loudwire.
  2. 1 2 3 "Papa Roach - Chart history (Alternative Songs)". Billboard.
  3. 1 2 3 "Papa Roach - Chart history (Mainstream Rock Songs)". Billboard.
  4. Childers, Chad (October 2, 2012). "Papa Roach, 'The Connection' - Album Review". Loudwire.
  5. Shaw, William (November 24, 2002). "Breaking up is hard to do: divorce is the new teen angst". The Observer.
  6. Cinquemani, Sal (June 22, 2002). "Papa Roach Lovehatetragedy". Slant.
  7. Seward, Scott (June 2000). "Reviews". Spin. Vol. 16 no. 6. SPIN Media LLC. ISSN 0886-3032. Combining digitally enhanced metal riffage with MC Skat Kat-level rhyming skills, songs like "Broken Home" and "Blood Brothers" try to pick at teendom's boo-boos with Jonathan Davis' self-lacerating edge.
  8. 1 2 "TOBIN ESPERANCE OF PAPA ROACH". Songfacts.
  9. 1 2 3 4 "Papa Roach Return to Director Marcos Siega for 'Broken Home' Video". NY Rock. September 1, 2000.
  10. 1 2 Rob Mancini (September 1, 2000). "Papa Roach, Blink-182 Return To Siega For New Videos". MTV.
  11. Jill Pesselnick (November 25, 2000). "THE MODERN AGE". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 112 (48): 95. ISSN 0006-2510.
  12. Sacha Jenkins (2000). "NO WAY HOME". 16 (12). SPIN: 130. ISSN 0886-3032.
  13. 1 2 Sacha Jenkins (2000). "NO WAY HOME". 16 (12). SPIN: 129. ISSN 0886-3032.
  14. Kitts & Tolinski 2002, p. 43.
  15. Kitts & Tolinski 2002, p. 38.
  16. Bryant, Tom (October 1, 2015). "The 10 best Papa Roach videos, by Jacoby Shaddix". TeamRock.
  17. "43rd Grammy Awards". CNN. February 21, 2001.
  18. Austria Singles Chart Archived November 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved January 5, 2010)
  19. Switzerland Singles Chart Archived November 10, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved January 5, 2010)


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