The band Fall Out Boy is currently(2005-06) very popular. However, they give what is quite possibly the worst live performance of any major record label band currently out.
The guitarist and bassist insist on being in constant motion while on stage, including jumping in 360's, getting on top of amps, and jumping off of stage platforms, even though they are physically incapable of continuing to play correctly while doing so. The lead singer/second guitarist can neither sing, nor play guitar well, much less perform both tasks at the same time. This produces a stage sound and presence which is highly unnatractive, and very unpleasant to the ear.
Their songs are pop-driven, somewhat simple, yet varied, and feature many catch phrases that will be branded all over your friends' AIM profiles and Myspaces for the next few months.
"Drop a heart, break a name"
"I'm just a notch in your bedpost, but you're just a line in this song"
"Sugar, we're going down"
"We'r always siffee ee eida sefehh fodah roongg teeee"
As the last quote demonstrates, most of their lyrics, even on the studio tracks, are indiscernible to the common person's ear. But not the 8th and 9th grade girls. They can mysteriously hear all of the lyrics and find great, deep meanings in them.
Guy: "I think we need to break up"
Girl: *sad face* "I'm just a notch in your bedpost, aren't i?"
Guy: "Yeah, seriously, we're not even going to be friends anymore."
person 2: Shut the fuck up, all you ever talk about is how much Fall Out Boy "sucks" Gosh, they're just a fucking band, Why waste your life complaining about it, Quit being so bigoted!!!!!!!!!!!!
Me:"No, not quite."
Homophobic Asshat:"Fuck Fag Out Boy! Emo faggots and they're gay ass shitty emo music!!"
Me:"Have you even heard 1 Fall Out Boy's of songs?"
Asshat:"Fuck no! I'm not listening to that queer fag crap."
Me:"So, how do you know they suck? Is it because most of their fans are girls? So, just because something is liked by girls it's worthless? Wow, a homophobe AND a misogynst!"
Asshat:"Miso-what? Whatever. Fuck emo fags."
Me: "Define emo."
Asshat:"...It's....those whiny little fags in girls' pants and makeup who.."
Me: "Wrong, tool. Why don't you go learn stuff for yourself instead of accpeting what MTV tells ou it is. I thought you didn't watch MTV?"
2: A fact that is NOT known to many people, is that Fall Out Boy actually had a LIFE before MTV. And It was not up to the band to have hundreds of stupid airheaded girls constantly asking for their music videos to be played on MTV due to the fact that "Peter is so HAWT!!!" If you are going to blame somebody in that situation, blame MTV. Or better, the stupid airheaded girls.
Sugar We're Going Down: (AFTER your ears get cleaned out) We're going down, down, in an earlier round. Sugar, we're goin down swingin.
2: Bimbo: OmmGzz! Petah from Fall Out Boy is So0o0o HawwwTT!
Sensible human being: Stop checking out the members, and listen to the fucking music, you dumbass. And by the way, its PETER!!!
Fall Out Boy differs from similar bands in that their bassist acts as (or tries to act as) the frontman of the group, without singing or adequately playing his instrument. Though he ranks as the least talented member of the band, Pete Wentz garners most of the group's media attention, being the only 6 while surrounded by 3's and 4's. Pete also writes the "brilliant lyrics" indecipherably crooned by singer Patrick Stump. In an attempt to appear quirky and clever, titles of Fall Out Boy songs are usually a sentence long. The exposure of Wentz' genitalia is irrelevent and was likely brought to the media forefront by the band itself as a failed publicity stunt.
Taking note of the band's lack of... everything, it is a mystery how Fall Out Boy is successfully marketed. There are no timeless hooks, no particularly attractive band members to get the teenyboppers riled up, nothing instrumentally impressive or innovative, and nothing that hasn't been done before several times (and with less ego) by Blink 182 or even Simple Plan. The success of Fall Out Boy remains an enigma, as well as a trademark of the tastelessness of teenage youth and anyone who refers to themself as emo.
FOB did exist before MTV. 13 year old poser girls did not listen to them before MTV. they're not emo. they're not hot. but their music is beast. so go pop in an older cd and listen to them. REALLY listen to them, don't just hear the crapass poser shit on the radio.