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"[...The ribbon on my wrist says do not open before Christmas...]"
|Rolling Stone Review: Folie a Deux - 3 1/2 stars||12/29/08|
|Fall Out Boy have become the kings of emo ? without actually showing much emotion. Sure, they make all the signature emo moves: Singer Patrick Stump bellows cries of hurt, catalogs of grievances and confessions of inadequacy over guitars that hurtle toward big choruses. The group's fourth album, Folie � Deux, begins in high-angst mode, with him crooning "I'm coming apart at the seams" over a funereal organ.|
But behind the melodrama there is a smirk. In the galloping "Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes," Stump sings about nervous breakdowns and detox stints before delivering a jokey self-critique: "Nobody wants to hear you sing about tragedy." The title of "The (Shipped) Gold Standard" is an in-joke about record sales, and the chorus rises to winking couplet: "You can only blame your problems on the world for so long/Before it all becomes the same old song." In Fall Out Boy's world, tongue-in-cheek always trumps heart-on-sleeve.
That's certainly the case on Folie � Deux, their most exuberantly cheeky release yet. It's also their most rock-star-ish. The guest list boasts names that only an A-list band could corral, from emo homeboys (Gym Class Heroes' Travis McCoy) to rappers (Lil Wayne, Pharrell) to eminences (Elvis Costello, Debbie Harry). The music suggests that Fall Out Boy, now firmly established as leading Gen Y rock torchbearers, are starting to think about their place in history. In "Headfirst Slide Into Cooperstown on a Bad Bet," Stump sings, "I don't just want to be a footnote." This heightened historical self-consciousness registers most strongly in the music itself, which mashes up the band's staples ? caffeine-injected punk pop and bursts of prog-rock pomp ? with more old-school sounds: Beatlesque backing vocals in "America's Suitehearts," string-swathed soul balladeering in the glorious "What a Catch, Donnie." Fall Out Boy began dabbling with R&B on 2007's Infinity on High, and they further explore their funky side here: Stump is emerging as one of the world's most unlikely blue-eyed-soul stars, breathing life into classic R&B chord progressions and flaunting his agile voice. (He seems determined to give Robin Thicke a run for the Best White Boy Falsetto prize.)
The musical mix on Folie � Deux suggests a band with an advanced case of ADD, ricocheting between genres and eras, tempos and time signatures, often several times in a given song. But there is monomaniacal focus in the lyrics of Pete Wentz, FOB's bassist, pin-up and poet/jester. Wentz is, as always, hyperverbose and infatuated by puns. (The wordplay is sometimes not quite as clever as Wentz thinks: "The mad key's tripping/Singing vows/Before we exchange smoke rings.") Above all, Fall Out Boy remain obsessed with Fall Out Boy. "Throw your cameras in the air/And wave them like you just don't care," Stump bellows in "(Coffee's for Closers)." Rock stars have been making records about rock stardom for decades, but few have had such fun singing about the absurdities, the narcissism ? and, as the album title suggests, the follies ? of a life lived in fame's strobelit glare. "I don't care what you think/As long as it's about me," sings Stump in "I Don't Care," adding what could be FOB's credo, a summary of their trickster-ish approach to the emo game: "The best of us can find happiness in misery."
(Posted: Dec 15, 200
|Update on the World Record...||6/2/08|
|You may have heard already that, sadly, the boys were not able to achieve the world record, due to bad weather conditions in Antarctica, they couldn't land. The boys are gutted that they weren't able to play in Antarctica. Pete said:|
'It's an utter f---ing disappointment. ... It's so insane. We had this idea, and then to not be able to fulfill it is just disappointing, especially when you put it out there. But what are you gonna do, wait until winter's over?'
On the plus side, does this mean they will be playing it all over again?
|Fall Out Boy are attempting to set a Guinness World Record for the first band to play a concert in all seven continents, in a time frame under 9 months. The band kicked off the record in Johannesburg, South Africa late last summer, then toured through Europe, Asia, Australia and North America last fall. The South American show will take place in Santiago Chile on March 23, followed up by King George Island in Antarctica on March 25, where they hope to receive the Guinness World Record. Fall Out Boy is working with Greenpeace for the concert in Antarctica, in hopes of raising awareness about global warming, one of the most serious crises facing the world today. The proceeds from this concert will help Greenpeace's work to solve this urgent problem.|
---taken from bulletin on Myspace
|Whats your fave ever Fall Out Boy song ?||2/3/08|
|Leave a comment sayin ur fave song by them (:|
|Fall Out Boy Gigs...||10/3/07|
|A place to talk about your FOB gig experiences...|
So, have you been lucky enough to see FOB live?
If so, what was it like?
How many times have you seen them?
More than once? Which one was better and why?
Have you ever met anyone from FOB?
Have you met Dirty?
Have you ever met the support bands?
Have you ever caught anything from the stage?
Have you touched Pete when he jumps into the crowd?
Add more if I've missed something out! Lol
|Why are some beboers so silly??||10/3/07|
|Ah spam does my head in! Lol.|
I can assure you right now, that:
1. NO ghosts called Lauren/Jack/Bob/Joe or whoever, is going to come and haunt you, kill you, etc, just because you didn't pass on a comment to 5 people....I don't think they can access the internet, and if they could I'm sure they wouldn't be pestering you!
2. You WILL NOT kill anyone just because you didn't repost the silly comment that says you will if you don't repost.
I can't believe I'm even writing this. But sorry, I'm sick of the page getting filled up with this rubbish. Sorry to sound nasty but those of you who posts it...GROW UP!
Love Fall Out Boy, don't spam!
|Edinburgh Gig was AWESOME!!!||8/26/07|
|Yes, it was actually amazing! And OMG I met Pete Wentz [through the gates in the queue] but OMG!!! I can't believe it! Got an amazing picture of him - my camera was in his face...literally! Lol. And I got his autograph! Yey! Finally, after 3 gigs I finally met a member of Fall Out Boy and it was PETE!!!!!! |
|If you post a comment about a fake cheat that's supposedly in your blog, you will be reported for spamming. This can get you blocked from commenting anyone for up to 3 days!|
|I'd really like to add some more fans pictures to the site. If you want to be put in, leave a comment here. Please have something to do with Fall Out Boy in your picture! |
|Who's lucky enough to be going to the decaydance fest in London then?|