Fall Out Boy are a pop-punk band from Illinois, home of Screeching Weasel, Alkaline Trio, the Smoking Popes, and CheapTrick. Whether or not they belong to the "emo" genre depends on your definition of "emo" and that's quite a controversial label to go around slapping upon things these days, so we'll leave it up to you.The band consists of Patrick Stump (vocals, rhythm guitar) Joe Trohman (lead guitar) Pete Wentz (bassist, lyricist) and Andy Hurley (drums).The band is well known for such songs as "Dance, Dance," "Sugar, We're Going Down," "This Ain't a Scene, it's an Arms Race," "I Don't Care,", "Thnks fr th Mmrs" and "America's Suitehearts." They have currently released six albums and have had better than a dozen singles total.They have numerous music videos, including one where they pretended to be vampire hunters that went on for about seven minutes (A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More "Touch Me"), one with Turk from Scrubs and one ridiculous amount of Michael Jackson references (for their cover of "Beat It"). Other notable deeds the band has committed include one of them impregnating Ashlee Simpson, wearing remarkably tight trousers, almost getting a Guinness World Record for playing a live concert on all seven continents in a certain amount of time, getting a Guinness World Record for doing the most press interviews within a 24 hour time span, being loved by MarkHoppus, getting on Top of the Pops with a song about wanting to kill themselves and having some really strange lyrics. They also have a comic called Fall Out Toy Works, a Cyberpunk love story with one big mind screw of an ending. As is to be expected from them.They have nothing to do with the mascot of the Fallout game series, Vault Boy, and are named after Radioactive Man's faithful sidekick. They're often grouped as part of the "Fueled By Five" (five bands from their label, Fueled By Ramen), which also includes Panic! at the Disco, The Academy Is, Gym Class Heroes, and Cobra Starship.The band was on hiatus, (not a breakup, no matter what your friend tells you they've read on the internet that isn't direct Word of God.) During the hiatus, Patrick started a solo musical effort, Pete started a dancehall band turned EDM act called the Black Cards, and Joe and Andy have wrapped up work with rock supergroup The Damned Things (also featuring members of Anthrax and Every Time I Die). Andy did guest drumming with Enabler and Joe started a new band called With Knives (where he does lead vocals).As of February 4, 2013, Fall Out Boy stated the end of their hiatus as they finished their recording of their newest album, "Save Rock And Roll", which came out April 16th, bumped up from its initial May release. Seriously. They then allowed fans to hear the whole album a week early on their Youtube and Soundcloud. They've spent the rest of 2013 touring, releasing a series of often bizarre and disturbing music videos for each song on the record (called "The Youngblood Chronicles", seven out of eleven videos released so far), and releasing an oldschool punk/hardcore/emocore produced by Ryan Adams. As is to be expected of them.
Fall Out Boy's Evening Out with Your Girlfriend (2003)
Take This to Your Grave (2003)
From Under the Cork Tree (2005)
Infinity on High (2007)
Folie à Deux (2008)
Believers Never Die-Greatest Hits (2009)
Save Rock and Roll (2013)
PAX AM Days (2013)
Do tropes apply to them? Why yes.
Adorkable: Each member has their moments, but Patrick takes the cake.
All Just a Dream: The video for "The Take Over, The Break's Over", "This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race" and "Beat It".
An Arm and a Leg: In "The Phoenix" video, Patrick loses his hand. If only they could have left it at limb loss...
Anti-Climax: All of "The Mighty Fall" video qualifies - Big Sean gets killed before really doing anything, everyone spent most of the video running from crazy children, and Patrick's golden-eyed-devil thing is only briefly toyed with.
Anti-Love Song: Many, many of their songs, but "Bang the Doldrums" is a good example:
This is a love song in my own way/Happily ever after, below the waist.
"The Music or the Misery"
It's true, romance is dead, I shot it in the chest and in the head.
"Thnks fr th Mmrs," which tells the story of two people having sex just to get over people they broke up with
A teenage vow in a parking lot, till tonight do us part
"A Little Less 16 Candles..." is another pretty good example.
Anyone Can Die: The Youngblood Chronicles. If the deaths of Big Sean and some of the children perusing him in the video of The Mighty Fall weren't enough to convince you, Patrick killing Joe in Where Did The Party Go will.
Badass Boast: "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark", Depending on interpretation could read as this.
I'm in the de-details with the devil/So now the world can never get me on my level/I just got to get you out of the cage/I'm a young lover's rage/Gonna need a spark to ignite
Break Up Song: It's more which ones aren't technically entirely break up songs.
Or which ones aren't break up songs at all, but are written in a way that reads as one.
Cassandra Truth: During the filming of the video for "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark", 2Chainz posted a picture of him with Pete mentioning working on something with Fall Out Boy. Thing is, while Fall Out Boy was active as a band then, they had been working in secret and hadn't made an official comeback announcement yet. Despite Fall Out Boy being a band that has a long history of being surprisingly chummy with rappers note Fall Out Boy had Jay-Z and Lil Wayne on their albums, remixes featuring Kanye West, and Lupe Fiasco among other rappers. They even had 50 Cent of all people on their last headlining tour before hiatus., the band has claimed that somehow no FOB fan believed that 2Chainz was telling the truth about the collaboration.
This might have been less due to fans being collectively ignorant about Fall Out Boy's rap crossover background and more due to fans being fed up with the countless comeback rumors floating around during the band's hiatus. With various gossip websites and jokers like Beau Bokan setting off the fandom BS detector, the fans were bound to get it wrong at some point when someone actually told the truth.
Darker and Edgier: The accompanying music videos for each track on Save Rock and Roll take on a much different tone than their previous videos. The second video, for "The Phoenix", features each member of the band being kidnapped by strange masked women and Patrick getting tortured with his hand cut off and sent to Pete's door in a plastic bag. Owwwwwwwwwwwwwww! Not for the squeamish. "Young Volcanoes" takes this Up to Eleven. There is a warning on the video. Probably because of the topless woman wearing a pig mask. And the forced drug use. And the forced cannibalism. And then, Up To TWELVE with "Alone Together." Where all four guys are captured and tortured, Pete kills one of the girls, and Patrick gets turned evil. God only knows what the rest of the series holds.
Downer Ending: For the video for "A Little Less Sixteen Candles". Pete's arrested, the cops turn out to be vampires, it's implied Patrick, Andy, and Joe all got turned (or only Patrick got turned but all three of them still got arrested), William Beckett gets away, the Dandies have turned more people (or just outright killed them), and god only knows exactly what happened to the vampire faction that was there when the Dandies showed up.
The Youngblood Chronicles so far has been one set of downer endings after another.
The video for "The Mighty Fall" had a huge Hope Spot and settled for a Bittersweet Ending with the band being set free from a fiery van by Big Sean and Andy, Joe and Pete narrowly escaping being bludgeoned to death while Patrick reverts to normal after momentarily going evil. The bitter part is that the person who helped set them free got axed to death in the process of saving them, leaving the band all separated and alone in the dark woods.
Eye Colour Change: In the "Alone Together" video, Patrick's eyes are turned to a golden yellow through mysterious methods. It's unknown if they're now Supernatural Gold Eyes, but that machine next to him showing "Evil-Meter" ratings makes one wonder...
Such as simulating oral sex on Brendon Urie, kissing Patrick on the neck during live shows, and being just affectionate towards guys. Maybe not so faux after all, he claims to be bisexual but "isn't a fan of penises".
Freudian Excuse: A line from "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light 'Em Up)" invokes this.
In the end, everything collides. My childhood/spat back out the monster that you see.
Hell Is That Noise / Brown Note: In-Universe in "The Mighty Fall" video. Patrick has a case of this when the little kid who helped kidnap him starts chasing him with an old-school boombox, implying that Patrick knows what it's for. The kid turns it on, which plays something the audience doesn't hear but Patrick does and he turns evil as a result before Big Sean comes in, snaps the kid's neck and turns the boombox off, turning Patrick back to normal and leaving him confused.
Hidden Depths: "You're Crashing, But You're No Wave" was written about a man who, having allegedly committed arson, was gunned down by police in his home without a proper trial.
I'm a Humanitarian: In the "Young Volcanoes" video, the band (under the influence of drugs), eats human organs. PATRICK'S organs.
Incredibly Long Note: Patrick has "range like no motherfucker knows" and it shines through every other song. The Mighty Fall may be one of the most amazing range showing songs.
Incompatible Orientation: "Sugar, We're Goin Down" is said by some to have originally been about this, as the lyrics in the liner notes say "Wishing to be the friction in his jeans" instead of "in your jeans"; the song also includes references to "watching [a couple making love] from the closet" and "sleeping for the wrong team."
Just for Pun: Patrick's hand gets cut off in the music video for "The Phoenix". All he's left with is a Stump.
Lead Bassist: Pete exemplified this pre-hiatus (to the point where interviewers sometimes thought he was the singer), but post-hiatus, Patrick gets a fairer share of attention.
Long Title: Many of their songs, some of which are parodies.
Lyrical Dissonance: 7 Minutes in Heaven (Atavan Halen), which is about Wentz's suicide attempt, is written to happy, fun music. It's quite misleading. Most of the lyrics on Infinity On High gets this treatment too.
Word of God stated that I Don't Care was "Like the chorus says, 'I don't care what you think as long as it's about me.' It's that pop culture thing again, where people don't care about anything but the superficial, and I think there's something so tragic about that. I also thought there was something so ironically anthemic about the chorus, where it's not something you want to sing along to, because it's vacuous and empty. So I wanted something really anthemic underneath it, like something you'd hear at sports games or whatever, because I wanted people to hear it and be confronted with how empty that is. I didn't want anything to be superficial on this record unless the point was to point out superficiality".
Lyrics/Video Mismatch: Constantly appearing in their music videos, ever since the Take This To Your Grave days. And it's only gotten more ridiculous from there.
And if anyone can see the connection between the lyricsof "Sugar We're Going Down" and human-deer hybrids, that would seriously en-deer him/her to us. (The band originally kept getting video concepts that made just as much sense but were woefully generic, including one involving a pool party, so when the video treatment with good ol' Deer Boy came along, they leapt at it.)
Most Writers Are Male: Some of Wentz's lyrics are uncomfortably unsporting and spiteful regarding ex-girlfriends, but aren't necessarily aimed at women in general. This is toned down on later albums, though.
Fan consensus assumes that was due to his getting married to Ashlee Simpson, his chilling out as a result, and it generally not being acceptable for a newlywed to publicly bitch about exes anymore. His being divorced hasn't changed this: only one of the songs on "Save Rock and Roll" is about the divorce and he's stated as writing it from a more adult perspective rather than simply lashing out.
Non-Appearing Title: It would be easier to list their songs that don't do this. As a general rule, the longer the title, the less likely it is to appear in the song; a notable exception is "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)", in which both the title and subtitle appear.
Some other exceptions: "This Ain't A Scene It's an Arms Race", "Dance, Dance", "Sugar We're Going Down", "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs", "Dead On Arrival", "I Don't Care", "America' Suitehearts", "Hum Hallelujah", "Calm Before the Storm", "Saturday", "The Music or the Misery", "Honorable Mention", and "Parker Lewis Can't Lose". The last half of "Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy" appears, but not the first half. There are a few others, but that's most of the exceptions. It's probably no coincidence that this looks like a list of their most popular songs.
The entirety of Save Rock and Roll averts this. Every song title appears in its song.
Of Corpse He's Alive: The entire premise of the video for "Headfirst Slide Into Cooperstown On A Bad Bet". Brendon and Spencer of Panic! at the Disco discover Pete's body and decide to take him out for a day of fun and then dump him back on the beach where they found him...minus Pete's effects.
Our Lawyers Advised This Trope: The title of the first track on From Under The Cork Tree is a parody of this. (Though it is rumored that their lawyers actually did make them change the name of the song, from "My Name is David Ruffin...and These are The Temptations.")
Real Person Fic: Scores of slash on Livejournal. Patrick/Pete is the OTP of many, and much of it shockingly well written.
Shout-Out: Their name came from a literal shout-out when they asked a crowd what their name should be, which in of itself was a shoutout to The Simpsons character, Fallout Boy.
Some song titles are shoutouts as well. For example, "Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner" and "Tell That Mick He Just Made My List Of Things To Do Today" double as lines from Dirty Dancing and Rushmore, and "Grand Theft Autumn" and "Pretty In Punk" are pun-based shoutouts to Grand Theft Auto and Pretty in Pink.
"Thnks fr th Mmrs" has a line in the chorus, "he tastes like you, only sweeter," which is from the film Closer.
Supporting Leader: Pete. Although Patrick is the lead singer, Pete gets the most credit for being the songwriter and face of the band and is even sometimes miscredited as the singer. They're getting on a more equal level after the hiatus, however.
Less so after the hiatus, although Pete and Patrick still gain most of the attention.
Up to Eleven: All 11 songs on Save Rock and Roll will have their own video, part of an entire narrative. Seven have been released so far for "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark", "The Phoenix", "Young Volcanoes", "Alone Together", "The Mighty Fall", "Just One Yesterday", and "Where Did the Party Go", each weirder than the last.