Fall Out Boy emerged out of the Chicago suburbs to define the genre known as post-hardcore. It wasn't long before they were crashing mainstream pop radio and hitting the top of the album chart. Then things seemed to self-destruct only to have the band return as strong as ever.
Fall Out Boy patiently generated buzz with their first full-length album Take This To Your Grave. When they followed it with their major label debut Under the Cork Tree, the group were determined to plow their way into the mainstream. "Sugar We're Goin Down" is filled with punk energy and a romantic edge. The song landed inside the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.
This song followed "Sugar We're Goin Down" and quickly returned Fall Out Boy to the top 10. The accompanying video is one of the group's best and won the Viewer's Choice Award at the MTV Video Music Awards. Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes, soon to become a star in his own right, appears in the music video.
At the peak of their commercial powers, Fall Out Boy kicked off the Infinity On High album with a funkier feel and a message for the fans. The group addressed the oversaturation of their music scene with bands elbowing each other for mainstream attention. The song was an international success peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK pop singles chart.
When Fall Out Boy announced a hiatus beginning in November 2009, many thought the band was gone for good. However, after solo efforts met with middling success, the group reunited and released "My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light Em Up)" as the first single from an upcoming album Fall Out Boy Save Rock and Roll. It explodes with a huge rock sound and quickly moved up digital sales charts.
"Thnks Fr th Mmrs" is one of the most loose and effortless sounding of Fall Out Boy's singles. It was produced by R&B artist and producer Babyface. Pete Wentz stated in interviews that the song is about a romantic couple for whom the initial attraction is gone, but they continue to sleep together. The big budget music video features chimpanzees. The song landed at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified gold for sales.
This single was released from Fall Out Boy's first full-length studio album Take This To Your Grave. It quickly became a fan favorite and generated consistent digital sales as the band's popularity increased following the release of the album Under the Cork Tree. It may be a bit rougher than the group's major label releases, but all of the ingredients of their later success are here.
Fall Out Boy's first single from the album Folie a Deux is a commentary on the superficiality of pop culture. While the lyrics maintain much of the band's traditional tongue in cheek humor and wordplay, some of the energy seemed to be missing. "I Don't Care" peaked at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Fall Out Boy bass player Pete Wentz has made no secret of his obsession with the music of Michael Jackson. The band never intended to record "Beat It" much less release it as a single. However, they were convinced to cover the song for the Live In Phoenix album and they chose John Mayer to recreate the Eddie Van Halen guitar solo from the original version of "Beat It." It became a top 20 hit for the group.
The references here in the title are the classic teen movie Sixteen Candles and the hit single "Touch Me" by Samantha Fox. Consequently the song indicates a desire for a little less wholesomeness and a little more sexuality. "A Little Less Sixteen Candles..." became Fall Out Boy's third consecutive top 40 pop hit in the UK.
This song is known for being the closest Fall Out Boy comes to a straightforward tender love song. Patrick Stump's vocals are in R&B mode here. The song was the fourth single from the album Infinity On High. The production by Babyface insured the song had an R&B lean.