I Don't Care ranked at #68 in Rolling Stone's Top 100 Songs of 2008.
Fall Out Boy's fourth album, Folie A Deux, was originally scheduled to be released on November 4, 2008, but due to the controversy and media's opinion of the album being on Election Day, which some believed was the band trying to shove their political beliefs down fans' throats, they pushed it back to December 16, 2008. The band, however, denied that they were trying to spark anything concerning the election.
Fall Out Boy's Beat It video was nominated for a 2008 MTV VMA for Best Rock Video.
Though he was not the first drummer Fall Out Boy had, Andy Hurley was the first to be asked.
Fall Out Boy originally had 5 members; TJ "Racine" Kunoch was the 5th member. He was the 2nd guitarist until Patrick Stump began playing the guitar and singing.
Ben Rose - Original drummer
Mike (Last Name Forgotten) - Second Drummer
John Plamondon - Original Guitarist
TJ "Racine" Kunoch - Longest Running Guitarist
In 2008, Fall Out Boy planned to make it into The Guinness Book Of World Records by playing a show on every continent in nine months, hoping to be the first band to do that, but failed when weather conditions in Antarctica prevented them from doing so.
Legendary director Albert Maysles teamed up with Fall Out Boy to make a documentary that covers a year in the life of the band. And according to the band, working with Maysles "blew" their minds.
Infinity On High was ranked 46th in Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums Of 2007.
Fall Out Boy's video for This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race ranked third in MTV's Top 10 Videos Of 2007.
Rolling Stone ranked Fall Out Boy's song This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race 42nd in the "Top 100 Songs of 2007."
Fall Out Boy was the 19th most searched musical artist in 2007.
Fall Out Boy was honored for their humanitarian work with Invisible Children at Cosmo Girl's 2007 Born To Lead Awards.
Fall Out Boy does not know who the person who named them is; they never discovered their identity.
Fall Out Boy is one of the bands to have an artist-designed guitar faceplate for the game Guitar Hero III.
Fall Out Boy landed three nominations at the 2007 MTV Europe Music Awards: Rock Out, Best Band, and Inter Act.
Fall Out Boy was nomianted for three 2007 Kerrang! Awards: Best Album (Infinity On High), Best Video (This Ain't A Scene, Its An Arms Race), and Best International Band. They won Best Video.
Fall Out Boy got nominated for Best Group and Monster Single Of The Year (Thnks Fr Th Mmrs) at the 2007 MTV VMAs. They won Best Group.
EW magazine gave Fall Out Boy's blog a B+ in the "Best and Worst Celebrity Blogs" in 2007.
Fall Out Boy filmed the video for their song I'm Like a Lawyer With the Way I'm Always Trying To Get Off (Me + You) in Uganda. The band plans to shoot the video on 24p cameras and donate the money that was originally supposed to be used for the video to the Invisible Children Charity.
Fall Out Boy's song "The Take Over, The Break's Over" is written to the beat of The Rolling Stones' song I Can't Get No Satisfaction.
Fall Out Boy toured with Gym Class Heroes, Plain White T's, and Cute Is What We Aim For on the Young Wild Things Tour in fall 2007. The tour started in Columbus, Ohio on October 18. The tour also gave fans a chance to showcase their talent and become stars on the tour by submitting their own videos.
Fall Out Boy's song Thnks Fr Th Mmrs is on the CD Now That's What I Call Music 25.
Fall Out Boy was nominated for and won two 2007 Teen Choice Awards: Favorite Rock Group and Favorite Rock Track (Thnks Fr Th Mmrs).
Fall Out Boy's song Sugar We're Goin' Down is played in an episode of The CW show Supernatural entitled Bloody Mary.
When writing songs, Patrick Stump first writes the music, then Pete Wentz writes the lyrics. Finally, the material is put together by the whole band so everyone contributes to the song.
When deciding what songs the band is going to play on tour, Patrick and Pete write out the basic list, then the whole band decides what they will play, depending on what they feel like playing and which songs they know best.
One of Fall Out Boy's pre-show rituals is high-fiving each other. Pete Wentz has said that they have had weird shows when they have not done this before playing.
Fall Out Boy's video for the song The Take Over, The Break's Over takes place in Hemingway's (Pete's dog's) dreams.
In the song Thnks Fr Th Mmrs, the line, "He tastes like you, only sweeter" is actually a line said by Julia Roberts in the 2004 movie Closer. However, there is some change made to the line in the song.
To raise awareness for Uganda's homeless street soldiers, Fall Out Boy took part in the "Displace Me" event and slept on the street in cardboard boxes on Saturday April 28, 2007.
Fall Out Boy performed at Al Gore's Live Earth environmental awareness concert as part of the US line-up on July 7, 2007.
Fall Out Boy had to reschedule some of the early dates of their 2007 Honda Civic Tour for personal reasons.
The video for Carpal Tunnel of Love is done Happy Tree Friends style. Fall Out Boy's members actually appear in the video depicted as Happy Tree Friends during the Ice Cream Shop scene.
The video for Thnks Fr Th Mmrs contains some product placement, such as TAG body spray and Nokia.
The Dance, Dance video went into MuchMusic's Combat Zone Hall of Fame.
In Fall Out Boy's video for A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More Touch Me, William Beckett and Mike Carden of The Academy Is..., Travis McCoy from Gym Class Heroes and Brendon Urie and Spencer Smith of Panic! At The Disco were featured as vampires. Beckett also plays the vampire in the video for This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race.
The song Dance, Dance was on Burnout: Revenge.
In the video Thnks Fr Th Mmrs, the part where Pete receives a call while being tended by monkeys is directly connected to The Academy Is...'s video for We've Got A Big Mess In Our Hands, which the singer William Beckett calls Pete.
Fall Out Boy was sued for plagarizing a line of lyrics and concept in the song Our Lawyer Made Us Change The Name Of This Song So We Wouldn't Get Sued. The lyric is as follows: "The ribbon on my wrist says: Do not open before Christmas." Apparently, it was taken from Nicholas Hans, who says they stole the concept and phrase from a T-shirt he designed.
The songs released off Infinity On High were This Ain't a Scene, It's An Arms Race, Carpal Tunnel Of Love, Thnks Fr Th Mmrs, The Take Over The Break's Over, and I'm Like a Lawyer With the Way I'm Always Trying To Get Off (Me + You).
Fall Out Boy are mixing their blood with ink and having prints made of pictures from their album with the blood. This is a promotional thing because they think it will get people to donate blood. Fans will have the chance to own one of the 45 designs, created by Pete Wentz's brother, which will be used as competition prizes on the band's Honda Civic Tour.
From Fall Out Boy's Evening Out With Your Girlfriend only 3 of the songs have the titles in the lyrics. They are Honorable Mention, Switchblades And Infidelity, and Parker Lewis Can't Lose (But I'm Going To Give It My Best Shot).
Fourteen out of their 54 original songs have the titles in the lyrics.
In FOB's album Infinity on High, there are only 4 songs that have the titles in the lyrics: This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race, Hum Halleujah, Golden, and Thnks Fr Th Mmrs.
Fall Out Boy supports the Invisible Children Charity, which raises money to help the children in Uganda.
The Dance, Dance music video was shot at Salesian High School in New Rochelle, New York.
The title of FOB's second album, From Under the Cork Tree, is from a line in The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf.
Fall Out Boy has a song on Timbaland's album Shock Value called One And Only.
FOB recorded a Christmas track entitled Yule Shoot Your Eye Out on Santa Clause - It's A Punk Rock Christmas.
They have remixes of two of their songs on their album From Under the Cork Tree: Dance, Dance, which is a techno-type remix, and Sugar We're Goin' Down, which was remixed by Patrick Stump. They are the last 2 songs on a special edition of the album.
The songs This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race and I've Got All This Ringing In My Ears and None On My Fingers, from Infinity On High, were originally intended to be hip-hop tracks.
FOB drummer Andy Hurley was not on their 2003 release Fall Out Boy's Evening Out With Your Girlfriend.
Fall Out Boy first made the cover of Rolling Stone for the March 8, 2007 issue.
Infinity On High is Fall Out Boy's first album to reach and debut at #1.
EW magazine gave Infinity On High an A-.
Fall Out Boy was nominated for Favorite Music Group at the 2007 Kid's Choice Awards.
To promote the release of the album Infinity On High, Fall Out Boy played three shows in three different cities in one day, starting out in Time Square in New York, then flying on a private jet to play the House of Blues in their hometown of Chicago, and finally, jetting to Los Angeles to play on the roof top of a building. They got the idea from rapper Jay-Z.
Fall Out Boy thinks that the reason their album "Infinity On High" was released before its February 6, 2007 release date was due to a factory worker, making minimum wage, at the manufacturing plant where their album was being produced so they could make a little money off of piracy.
Rapper Kayne West did some remixes on the album Infinity On High.
In an AP readers poll for 2006, Fall Out Boy was named Biggest Sellout In Music.
Patrick, Andy and Joe did not know the title of their album Infinity On High until Pete reported it to MTV News and they read the article.
For the album Infinity On High, each member of the band wrote their own part for the songs. However, Patrick acted as the maestro for it all.
Fall Out Boy has had Alan Furguson direct 6 videos for them: Dance, Dance, A Little Less "Sixteen Candles," A Little More 'Touch Me', This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race, Thnks Fr Th Mmrs, The Take Over, The Breaks Over, and I'm Like A Lawyer With The Way I'm Always Trying To Get You Off (Me + You) .
The video for This Ain't A Scene; It's An Arms Race, thought up by bassist Pete Wentz and director Alan Ferguson, is a parody of all the rumors and scandals the band has been tied too.
Fall Out Boy says that they would love to have a song mocked by Weird Al. They say it'd be an honor, as they grew up listening to him.
FOB was on the Honda Civic Tour 2007, with +44, Paul Wall, Cobra Starship, and The Academy Is . . . as their opening acts. The show was hosted by the band's roadie and good friend Dirty.
The band does not consider 2003's "Fall Out Boy's Evening Out With Your Girlfriend" an album because it didn't have Andy Hurley as the drummer.
Fall Out Boy received several Napster Awards for 2006 for the song Dance, Dance: Most Played Song, Most Played Alternative Song, and Most Played Rock Song.
Fall Out Boy's song Dance, Dance was ranked at # 39 for Rolling Stone's Best 100 Songs of 2006.
Fall Out Boy's first tour of 2007 was the Friends or Enemies Tour, which features New Found Glory, The Early November and Permanent Me, with Lifetime on select dates. The tour starts on January 4, 2007 at the Warfield in San Francisco and wraps up at the Hard Rock Cafe in Orlando on January 20, 2007. The shows are at smaller venues for the fans to preview their new songs from their fourth album "Infinity On High."
Fall Out Boy first performed the first single from their fourth album "Infinity On High," This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race, on the 2006 American Music Awards.
Fall Out Boy would perform their secret shows under the names "Saved Latin" and "Switchblades and Infidelity."
The songs titles in the band's third album "From Under the Cork Tree" have many references to 1980's movies and songs, including Nobody Puts Baby In A Corner from the movie "Dirty Dancing" and A Little Less 'Sixteen Candles,' A Little More 'Touch Me', which is a reference to 1980's film actress Molly Ringwald and 1980's pop singer Samantha Fox.
In the band's first album/second CD Take This To Your Grave, only four songs have the song title in the lyrics: Dead On Arrival, Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy, Saturday, and Calm Before The Storm.
There are two versions of the song Calm Before The Storm. The first appears on the band's first album Fall Out Boy's Evening Out With Your Girlfriend. But that version was edited a bit, and the revamped version appears on their second album Take This To Your Grave.
In the album, "From Under The Cork Tree", there are only three songs which are mentioned in lyrics and titles at the same time. These are Dance Dance, Sugar, We're Going Down and The Music or The Misery. The last song is featured on the special edition of the album.
The band's fourth album, "Infinity On High" was released on February 6, 2007. The album debuted at #1 on the charts.
Fall Out Boy is mentioned in the Gym Class Heroes song Taxi Driver.
FOB has contributed the song What's This? to the soundtrack for "The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D."
Fall Out Boy's video for A Little Less Sixteen Candles A Little More Touch Me was nominated for Best Video Inspired By A Film at the First Annual Fuse Fangoria Chainsaw Awards 2006. The band also helped present the award for Creepiest Kid.
There are actually two versions of the video for the hit song Sugar, We're Goin' Down. The version that is more widely known with the girl who falls in love with the deer boy is version two. Version one consists of various clips of the band that their label put together.
The band loves playing all their shows and the support they get from their fans while they are performing, but they say that the shows in Chicago are the best and the fans their are the greatest because there is a type of energy coming from those kids.
The band, who got Babyface to produce their album after "From Under the Cork Tree," were fans of many of his works, including the soundtrack for the movie "Josie and the Pus*ycats."
Fall Out Boy was hoping that rapper and label owner Jay-Z would appear on their album Infinity On High because he is the person people wouldn't expect to hear. And the guys got their wish. Jay appears on the track Thriller.
Fall Out Boy was nominated for four 2006 Kerrang Awards including Best Single, Best Album, Best Band On The Planet, and Best Video (Sugar, We're Goin' Down). They won the award for Best Video.
The band recorded An Evening Out With Your Girlfriend in Milwaukee, WI from February to September 2002.
Fall Out Boy was nominated in two categories, Best Group Video and Viewer's Choice, for the 2006 MTV VMA's for their song Dance, Dance. They won the award for Viewer's Choice.
Toy manufactorer SOTA released Fall Out Boy action figures in late fall 2006. The dolls were wearing the Sgt. Pepper's inspired costumes the band wore on their Black Clouds and Underdogs Tour. Each doll is approximately 7 inches tall and was available at Hot Topic. The dolls were packaged with special "golden tickets" that give fans a chance to spend a day with FOB. The band also found a charity to donate a portion of the proceeds to.
While the band was hoping to have their album Infinity On High out by the end of 2006, due to shakeups at the label, the album was released a few months after orginally planned.
Fall Out Boy contributed to the soundtrack for the movie Snakes On A Plane. Bassist Pete Wentz is putting the soundtrack together, and the band is adding their song Of All The Gin Joints In All The World (Tommie Sunshine's Brooklyn Fire Retouch).
Fall Out Boy is trying to make peace with rival rock band The Killers. Wentz says that he likes Killers frontman Brandon Flowers from what he's read and likes how Flowers call FOB "dangerous."
Even though Fall Out Boy is sometimes classified as "emo music," they don't like being called that.
FOB won the Much Music's People's Choice 2006 award for People's Choice: Favorite International Group.
On Sunday, June 18, 2006, Fall Out Boy performed at the Much Music Video Music Awards in Toronto, Canada. They performed their hit songs Sugar, We're Goin' Down and Dance, Dance.
Fall Out Boy was nominated for and won 3 Teen Choice Awards 2006: Best Rock Group, Best Rock Song for Dance, Dance, and Best Single for Dance, Dance.
Andy Hurley and Pete Wentz were on Peta2's Sexiest Vegetarians List for 2006.
Bassist Pete Wentz has his own clothing industry (Clandestine Industries), vanity music label (Decaydance), and production company (Bartskull).
Joseph Trohman is the only member of the band who is not straight-laced.
Patrick Stump played drums in bands he was in before FOB.
Pete Wentz and Joseph Trohman are Star Wars fans.
Drummer Andrew Hurley is a vegan.
Bassist Pete Wentz took piano lessons as a child.
Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz worked as a blue carpet interviewer at the 2006 MTV Movie Awards. He said he got to interview everyone he wanted, including Steve Carrell and Hayden Christiansen, and that he "totally geeked out" during it all, still smiling after it was over.
The band's album after From Under the Cork Tree is set for early 2007 release. As of May 2006, over 20 songs have been written for the album, including three love songs. But the album title was kept under secret, and no songs had been released. Though some titles were, which were subjected to change.
The band had to cancel their gig in France (on June 1, 2006) because Patrick got his passport stolen from a club in the U.K, and they couldn't have one issued in time to get him into France.
Fall Out Boy wass nominated for a 2006 MMPC (Much Music's People's Choice) in the category People's Choice: Favorite International Group.
Fall Out Boy is heading to Europe for their European tour for the Black Clouds and Underdogs Tour on May 23, 2006 until June 1, 2006.
FOB is a former "You Hear It First" artist on MTV.
Fall Out Boy is the fourth band that bassist Pete Wentz and drummer Andy Hurley have been in together.
Band name is Fall Out Boy, not Fallout Boy. The latter was a cartoon character, and they don't like being called that.
Pete Wentz, primary lyricist for the band, says he gets his inspiration for writing the lyrics at any time. He can be driving, and have to be careful not to crash because something came to him.
The videos for Sugar, We're Goin' Down, Dance, Dance, A Little Less 16 Candles, A Little More Touch Me, and This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race have all reached number one on the TRL countdown.
The band said they wanted to keep ticket prices under $30 dollars for the Black Clouds and Underdogs Tour because when they were younger, they knew how hard it was to want to see a band and not being able to afford it.
Bassist Pete Wentz has been described as the "head hunk" of the band.
Fall Out Boy are headlining the Black Clouds and Undergdogs Tour in Spring 2006. It also includes The All-American Rejects, Hawthorne Heights, From First To Last, The Hush Sound, and October Fall.
Fall Out Boy performed at Bamboozle 2006 with eight other Fueled By Ramen and Decaydance bands including The A.K.A.s, Cute Is What We Aim For, Forgive Durden, The Hush Sound, Lifetime, October Fall, Panic! At The Disco and Paramore.
Bassist Pete Wentz says that the band are good guys who don't smoke or do drugs or mess around with groupies, or any of the other debaucheries that some bands participate in. He says that they are boring guys who read books and watch DVDs.
Fall Out Boy won the TRL Award for Best New Artist. They were also nominated for Best Band That Actually Plays Instruments.
Fall Out Boy have had a number of their tracks, including A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More Touch Me and Dance, Dance performed by the Angry String Orchestra on the album String Quartet Tribute to Fall Out Boy.
The original cover for Take This To Your Grave was believed to have too many copyright infringements, so it was only used on the vinyl.
Original names also considered for Fall Out Boy were: Short Story, Unhappy Ending, and Forget Me Not.
Bassist Pete Wentz wrote the songs on From Under the Cork Tree and Take This To Your Grave for an ex-girlfriend, who is now a bit of a local celebrity in her neighborhood and will brag about it.
As of 2006, in the last 2 years, FOB has played near 500 shows.
The band recorded their third album/fourth CD, Infinity on High in LA from June to November 2006.
On a more negative note, Fall Out Boy was voted Worst New Artist and Worst Band of 2005 in Spin Magazine.
FOB was named Best Breakout 'Boy' Band of 2005 in Entertainment Weekly.
Fall Out Boy won the MTV2 Award at the 2005 VMA's in Miami.
Fall Out Boy was nominated for "Best New Artist" at the 2006 Grammy Awards.
The leader of the band is bassist Pete Wentz.
Fall Out Boy was in People magazine's Hottest breakouts of 2005.
The album, From Under the Cork Tree, went double platinum.
Their first full length album, Take This To Your Grave, went gold.
Fall Out Boy played the Summer Sonic '06 on August 12th and 13th in Osaka and Tokyo.
Fall Out Boy is the first artist to reach 10 million plays on purevolume.com.
Fall Out Boy performed on VH1's Big In '05 awards. They did Sugar, We're Goin' Down.
Fall Out Boy was on the Nintendo Fusion Tour in late 2005.
In Summer of 2005, Fall Out Boy was on the Vans Warped Tour.
The band recorded 2002's Take This To Your Grave at Butch Vig's Smart Studios compound in Madison, WI, with Sean O'Keefe. (Also material was recorded at Gravity Studios in Chicago, IL, and Rosebud Studios in Skokie, IL.)
The band has 4 CD's.
They have a LE version of From Under the Cork Tree called the Black Clouds and Underdogs Edition.
Their CD Infinity on High was released February 6, 2007. This is their current album
Patrick Martin Stump - April 27, 1984
Joseph Mark Trohman - September 1, 1984
Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz III - June 5, 1979
Andrew John Hurley - May 31, 1980
Singer Patrick Stump worked at Borders in Chicago where he met guitarist Joe Trohman.
In March of 2006, private photos of bassist Pete Wentz were taken from his Sidekick and leaked onto the Internet.
While many credits say that the band is from the suburbs of Chicago, drummer Andy Hurley is actually from Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.
Videos include: Dead On Arrival, Grand Theft Autumn (Where Is Your Boy), Saturday, Sugar, We're Goin' Down, Dance, Dance, A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More "Touch Me", This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arm's Race, Carpal Tunnel Of Love, Thnks Fr Th Mmrs, "The Take Over, The Breaks Over", I'm Like a Lawyer With the Way I'm Always Trying To Get Off (Me + You), Beat It, I Don't Care, America's Suitehearts, and What A Catch, Donnie.
Their song Dance, Dance is on "Madden 06".
Some of their most popular songs include Dance, Dance and Sugar, We're Goin' Down.
Pete Wentz: You can't insult us; the musics too loud so we can't even hear you!
Pete Wentz: (on their trip to Uganda in 2007) There was one moment when I really feared for our lives. We were riding motorcycles and these local guys used barricades to lock us in this little patch of ground. They saw that we were American and thought that we should give them money for being on their ground. When they locked us in, I actually thought, 'We're going to die, right now.' Luckily we had our guide Kenny to bail us out and pay them off but that was really, really terrifying, living through something like that. It was a real Hotel Rwanda moment. The whole experience brought our band closer together and that's a great thing.
Pete Wentz: (On playing Live Earth) Yeah you know festivals are real crazy but this one in particular is really insane... We're very low on the totem pole as far as that goes so we feel honored to even just get a chance to be involved in it at all. I don't think that the global temperature will lower due to rock bands playing or whatever but I think that more than anything that it kind of sometimes will electrify your fans and kind of get them interested in things that are bigger than just your songs, or your bands t-shirts and that's really an important thing to do.
Pete Wentz: We stumbled upon this organization called Invisible Children, and they kind of bring the plight of children to the foreground, like impoverished children around the world but specifically focusing on Uganda where there is like a crazy situation with child soldiers. There's a civil war that's like one of the longest running civil wars in Africa right now and you can actually get a great back story on it if you just watch The Last King of Scotland which is a really great film that has like kind of the back story on Uganda. But we're actually going over there with Invisible Children and we're going to shoot our next video for our song Me and You over there and we're going to shoot it on 24p cameras and donate the money that we were going to use in the video for the film or the video to a project over there.
Pete Wentz: (On his lyrics) I actually think a lot of my words aren't eloquent. They're even kind of misogynistic, emotionally stunted. But Patrick's voice makes up for those things. That guy can sing the phone book and people would listen to it.
Patrick Stump: (On being fed up about how much publicity "The Nude Pictures" get) I'll open up a review, and they'll talk about Pete's d***, and I'm like, 'Awesome. So you're telling me I basically cut off myself from friends, family, and the world at large to have my entire work pared down to Pete's genitals.' Awesome.
Patrick Stump: (On the name Fall Out Boy) Sure, it was a Simpsons thing, though it was a two-part story, and not that interesting a story. When we started, we played a bunch of shows without a name. Somebody in the crowd — actually 'crowd' would be a strong word for 10 people — shouted it out in the middle of a show. Some things in the peanut gallery never change.
Andrew Hurley: It is a weird line to have to balance, but I think when you get to a certain point in a band, especially our band, you have to make sacrifices like that in order to reach more kids. I think we've been able to do it in a way where we've had the right people working with us and letting us do what we want to do, and letting us bring our vision to fruition.
Pete Wentz: (When asked when he thought the moment was that they realized Fall Out Boy had made it big) Uh… We got pulled over by New York Police because we were driving with like ten people in an SUV, and they were like, "Roll down all your windows!' and they came over to the car, and they were like 'Where are you guys coming from?' We were like 'We just played a show,' they were like "Oh, what band are you in?' We were like 'Fall Out Boy', and they were like 'Oh, seriously? F**k you guys!' And they got back in their car and they pulled up singing Dance, Dance and drove away.
Patrick Stump: The band just kind of happened through all [of us] hanging out in the hardcore scene. I randomly bumped into Joe [Trohman], our guitar player, who often said I could sing. I didn't know whether or not I could. Basically, we would have been a hardcore band, but I was just singing, so we made our own band around that. We didn't have a name, and someone shouted it out at a show.
Patrick Stump: First off, we came from hardcore bands, and, in a lot of ways, we still see ourselves as a hardcore band. That said, that's just how we play. I don't know how else to play when you're in a rock band. If you're in a rock band, that's how you're going to do it.
Patrick Stump: (When asked if he think the punk/pop thing is "organic") True. ... there's you. What is naturally you. And then there's what you're trying for. What's 'you' is always going to overpower what you're trying for. Really early on, when we were first starting, I figured I was above the whole pop-punk thing. Pete told me nine of the 10 people in pop-punk bands think they're above it. There's nothing special about thinking that. He said be content with the music you're making. There's no sense in trying to sound like your heroes, no sense trying to be what you aren't. The influence of Tom Waits or Randy Newman isn't necessarily heavy in my music, you'll hear elements if you peek in closely.
Patrick Stump: Our fans are pretty loyal. In the beginning, we had to play a lot of shows to, like, one kid at a time. Those kids stuck with us and have been incredibly supportive. They have a lot more ownership of us than other bands, they can have Fall Out Boy. That's how we feel.
Patrick Stump: I don't think we care anymore about what we're gonna do. We're just gonna be our own band and we're not gonna pretend to be any more rock or any less whatever than we are. We're kinda hardcore kids, we're kinda a metal band in this weird way, we're kinda into soul, we're kinda into folk. We're kinda into a lot of stuff, and we're just gonna do whatever we do.
Patrick Stump: (On being called an "image band") Because we do care about our image. I wasn't put on this earth to be handsome, or cool, or whatever, (but) unfortunately a great amount of the way people interpret music depends on how it's being presented to them. A painting's not going to look as good in a crappy frame. (That') not necessarily what I believe, but it is what a lot of people believe. As an artist, you try to at least (remove) your image from it as much as possible, to make sure that people are hearing the music in the context that you want them to hear it in. If you take it seriously, if you really want your music heard at all, you do care about how it sounds. Ironically, how it looks has something to do with how it sounds.
Patrick Stump: (Emo is) something that other people have called us. I don't really mind if someone calls us that, but we never have and never will consciously sit down and do anything to be more emo. It's not like I finish writing a song and go 'Is that emo enough?' I don't really care. I think I expel most of my emo-ness answering questions about emo.
Patrick Stump: We spent so much time playing inches from kids and setting up our own equipment and playing seedy bars we weren't old enough to drink in. Hopefully this carries over to us playing arenas. Hopefully the legacy of our scene and bands like us or Panic! At The Disco or My Chemical Romance is that we get some of that seedy bar energy into the arena.
Patrick Stump: It's frustrating that people are resistant to us trying new sounds. It would be much more contrived of us to try and sound more punk.
Patrick Stump: People go through an awkward stage and when they get older, they then finally get to a point of acceptance. Bands go through that. Some things we do are decidedly not hip but they are decidedly us. We are fine with that.
Patrick Stump: Every time we've made a record, there's been this feeling that this record might be our last one. That's been going on for four records now.
Patrick Stump: (on inviting rapper Paul Wall on the Honda Civic Tour) We were playing a radio-station festival and he was on the bill. He was easily the heaviest-sounding of all the artists that performed that day, even the rock artists. So when it came time to put together this tour, we knew it would fit.
Patrick Stump: (on the Honda Civic Tour, in 2007) We've been working really hard to make this show look and sound the best it's ever been for Fall Out Boy. There's so many things going on with this show and so much could go wrong — it is a Fall Out Boy show, after all. But if even two of these things go right on any night, it'll be a really entertaining show.
Patrick Stump: It's kind of flattering so many people spend so much time and energy to be the first to hear your music before anybody else.
Pete Wentz: (On the postponement of the Honda Civic Tour) No one has left the band, no one is dead, and no one is going to rehab. I need that as a big pull-quote, man, because everyone thinks that. It's the danger of language and the danger of the times we're in. It's a health issue, but not a health issue that anyone needs to worry about. It's not life-threatening, it's more about being overworked and worn down. I know a lot of kids were freaking out when we said it, but I wanna say as loud as I can that it's nothing serious.
Patrick Stump: The only thing I don't want us to become is a joke, because people keep the joke in the spotlight so they can laugh at it. I would much prefer us to disappear off the face of the planet than cling to our position as a joke.
Patrick Stump: (on not being the front man in FOB, even though he is the vocalist) They make it sound like it's this thing that's never been seen before: a rock band where the singer's not necessarily the front man. That's crazy! And I'm like, Come on, dude. As if nobody's ever heard of AC/DC.
Patrick Stump: (on Andy Hurley) Andy is a musician, he's the instrumentalist of the band.
Patrick Stump: (on Joe Trohman) Joe wants to put on a good show. There's a dichotomy there: He wants to be the guitar player where people stand back and say, "Wow, he's good," but at the same time, he can't help but go ape s*** on stage.
Patrick Stump: I don't consider it Fall Out Boy until Andy joined.
Pete Wentz: I want to be the biggest band on the planet.
Patrick Stump: (On his role of writing music for FOB) I don't know if my contribution is recognized, and I don't care. I know what I do, and I'm busy doing it. I'm not one of these guys who sets out to take charge of things. That's how Pete is: he's a born leader.
Patrick Stump: I think technology is forcing pretty much anybody in entertainment to end up being better, cause every little demo you do, every time you ever play an instrument ever, someone's gonna see it. Every time you flip out at anybody someone's gonna see it. But then at the same time, there's plenty of awesome things you can do with it. There's plenty of ways that we're able to have kids interact with us so we talk with our kids to see what they want to see.
Pete Wentz: (on being FOB's spoke's person) Being the focus of the band can get too much for me at times. Sometimes I enjoy it like when everyone's patting you on the back. But when they're not it feels like you're carrying the world on your shoulders.
Patrick Stump: (when at the TRL studios for their 3 city promotion of "Infinity On High") I'm not tired yet. It's all about the body-clock management.
Pete Wentz: (on the album "Infinity On High" being leaked on the Internet) This could be the worst leak in the history in music. If you think that every year computers, iPod, internet music grows exponentially, and we're probably one of the biggest bands in rock music on the internet.
Patrick Stump: (on if the band would go out on top with the album "Infinity On High") I think this band could go on forever - but it could very well be the last record because I could die in a plane crash. I'm happy enough with this record that if it was the last and that plane goes down, I'm not f***ing missing anything.
Patrick Stump: I think too many bands mistake sounding like greatness for "being great," and being great is something that happens without anyone knowing it. I just want to be the best band we can be. I kind of have this cognitive feeling that this is the best I'm going to do. The height of myself as a writer, and I'm very lucky to have Pete, Andy, and Joe to play off of right now and to make it better.
Pete Wentz: (on "Infinity On High") This record wasn't written with the intent of it being the last Fall Out Boy record. [But] no one can live this life this long, this fast.
Patrick Stump: (on Jay-Z) We're awesome with Jay - there's just a lot of mutual respect there.
Joe Trohman: (on working with Jay-Z) He's a hard man to lock down. No matter how good friends you are with someone, if they're really busy (you) let them go do their thing and if they have the time to come and make a cameo, that's awesome. (And) we know the guy is real busy, especially with his new record being out and stuff.
Patrick Stump: (on the band's 4th release and 3rd album "Infinity On High") There's the slightest bit of doubt over how people are gonna take it. I'm just hoping people don't hate it.
Patrick Stump: It's like, we're not in bands because we want the MTV. We're in bands because we enjoy doing it.
Patrick Stump: With Pete, I get to be the anti-frontman
Pete Wentz: (on winning worst new artist of 2005 by Spin magazine) I guess we're just one of those bands that just polarizes people. Some people worship the ground we walk on, and some people say we are ruining music and should shut our mouths. If you want to keep either of those opinions, you should try not to engage us in a real conversation.
Pete Wentz: (on how he thinks FOB and the Killers first encountered each other) I think they (The Killers) maybe tried to order drinks from us at the MTV Video Music Awards, because they thought we were waiters.
Patrick Stump: We're four totally awkward, nerdy guys, with the coolest job in the universe.
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