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Quick quiz: Name a predominantly male rock band in the last few years that has cracked the top 40 by way of their unabashed and straightforward pop sensibilities. It’s hard to do. Fall Out Boy was one such band — they operated at a very unique intersection of punk, rock and pop, which became particularly pronounced in the second half of their career.
Leaving aside the nitty gritty of gender politics for now, it’s fairly uncontroversial to say that pop music is generally thought of as female in its aesthetic, and rock music as male. Fall Out Boy was one of those rare bands that managed to keep a foot on each side of that line of scrimmage.
Rather than steal her words, I’ll leave it to the Village Voice’s inimitable Maura Johnston to synthesize these thoughts, as she did in this excellent interview with NPR in 2009 on the overlooked music of the year. Give it a listen.
RAZ: It seems like, Maura - and I hate to crash your party here because you’re calling this one of your favorite albums of the decade - but these guys are sort of trying to be an alternative, indie version of a boy band.
JOHNSTON: No, I don’t think that at all. I don’t think that at all. I think they’re a really good rock band that’s sort of in a weird place for bands that are rock but that have pop sensibilities. I mean, if you look at the rock charts right now, Alice in Chains, you know, who are one of the…
RAZ: The Seattle grunge…
JOHNSTON: Seattle grunge bands, like, they’re still topping the modern rock chart, and a lot of bands operating in that idiom are still controlling the rock charts.
And, you know, it’s just a weird sort of glitch of the system right now, like women sing pop and men do rock. And for any man to sort of bridge that gap on radio right now is a tough haul.
Taylor Swift || Sugar We’re Going Down (Live Cover)
I think this video is a good, if indirect, real-world example of what I talked about in my previous post.
Sending Postcards From A Plane Crash (Wish You Were Here)Artist
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Take This To Your Grave
Fall Out Boy || Beat It (Cover)
Homages to M.J. abound in this very, very well-produced video that aired on MTV a few years ago. (It even includes a cameo by Tony Hale, Arrested Development’s Buster Bluth!) It’s pretty entertaining how well Patrick Stump’s vocals match Jackson’s, and the melody lends itself perfectly to the major-chord progressions that are Fall Out Boy’s home turf.
Shortly after the release of Fall Out Boy’s 2007 LP, Infinity on High, Patrick Stump and Pete Wentz conducted this interview with Popworld. It’s mostly fluff, right up until the 2:20 moment, where they’re asked what “emo” is, and why noone wants to be associated with that label. They both give pretty good answers, and Wentz finds a convincing way to work a Lil Wayne namecheck into the conversation.
“No one wants to be the label that they’re called.”
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Infinity On High
Shortly after I began working for the (now-magazine-less) Paste, my managing editor Nick Marino posted a quickie listicle to the website, which would end up becoming one of the site’s most-commented articles. The topic? Fall Out Boy, natch. More specifically, it was hot on the heels of the release of their last studio album, Folie à Deux, and gave some excellent layman’s reasons why Fall Out Boy is such a great band.
Presented in full, “Six Reasons Why Fall Out Boy Does Not Suck as Much as You Think:”
One of the most unfairly maligned bands in all the land, Fall Out Boy is despised for such sins as getting really popular and having a glammy showboat playing bass. At least one reviewer pouted that the band’s addictive new album, Folie a Deux, is too ambitious.
Oh, please. Does anyone say that about Radiohead or Animal Collective, or any of the sanctified indie saints? Ambition is good. Ambition means you’re trying. Ambition means you have ideas and want them to get a public airing (which is pretty much the essence of the creative impulse), so let’s all take a deep breath and stop slapping around a band that’s smarter and more fun than a lot of people are willing to admit.
Fall Out Boy deserves a break from the hateration for the following reasons:
1) Folie a Deux is outstanding. It has 13 songs, 10 of which are keepers. Two of the other three tracks (the late-album filler “W.A.M.S.” and “West Coast Smoker”) have interesting moments. The only song I really hate is the single, “I Don’t Care,” which says more about the state of the rock-singles market than it does about the state of this album. Top to bottom, it’s loaded with smart, hooky anthems. If you, the rock ‘n’ roll fan, can’t get behind “Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes,” “Closers” or “20 Dollar Nose Bleed,” something is wrong.
2) They have great taste in collaborators. Would Lil Wayne and Elvis Costello have agreed to guest on Folie a Deux if the band was so awful?
3) They’re funny. They have a song called “Coffee’s for Closers,” a Glengarry Glen Ross reference that shouldn’t be lost on the sanctimonious pop culture priests that worship David Mamet but think Pete Wentz is juvenile. Their new album cover features a picture of a boy in a bear suit carrying an actual bear on his back.
4) Bass-playing lyricist Wentz, whom we are supposed to hate because he’s in love with lip-syncher Ashlee Simpson, is a charismatic guy, which is not as cool as being a sulky shoegazing tortured genius.
5) They’re fair to their fans. When Folie a Deux came out, they made it available as a $3.99 download on their MySpace page. So much for major-label bands being slaves to their corporate masters. It’s hard to think of Fall Out Boy as profiteering sellouts when they’re selling their new album at a cut-rate price. (Yeah, they were probably selling it so cheap because that’s what it’s worth! Good one!)
6) They’re an increasingly rare breed—that is, a massively popular rock band. Quick: Name three other American rock bands with members under 30 years old that can headline arenas. Can’t do it? Try naming two. How about one?