A band created in 2004 by childhood friends Ryan Ross (guitarist/main songwriter), Spencer Smith (drummer), and Brent Wilson (bassist), and later, joined by Brendon Urie (lead singer) and Jon Walker (who replaced Brent in 2006). They were discovered by Fall Out Boy's bassist Pete Wentz and signed to his vanity label, Decaydance.Their name comes from a line in the song "Panic" by Name Taken, but due to the relative obscurity of this reference, the band usually cite "Panic" by The Smiths, which contains the line "Burn down the disco" in its chorus and is more well known.They are known for their quirkyfashion sense, rampant stage gay antics, and longer than life song titles. Popular songs include "I Write Sins Not Tragedies", "The Ballad Of Mona Lisa", "But It's Better If You Do", and "Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off".As of July 2009, Ryan Ross and Jon Walker are no longer members and have formed their own band, The Young Veins.As of 2011, the band has two replacement members, Dallon Weekes (bassist, formerly from The Brobecks) and Ian Crawford (guitarist, formerly from The Cab). In 2012, Dallon Weekes has officially joined the band.They're often grouped as part of the "Fueled By Five" (five bands from their label, Fueled By Ramen), which also includes Fall Out Boy, The Academy Is, Gym Class Heroes, and Cobra Starship.
Butt Monkey: Brent Wilson is this among many fans, who are fond of telling jokes about him working at a McDonald's now that he's not with the band and/or various sarcastic comments saying they love him and are big fans.
All There in the Manual: The lyrics that come with "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out" expand on some of the songs, for some reason.
They ended up... well, making love isn't exactly what I'm looking for. But. You. Get. The. Picture.
It's part that and part What Could Have Been. The lyrics booklet for Fever has all the original lyrics that were written for the songs, not what's actually on the album, which results in things like the above.
Continuity Nod: The opening of "The Ballad of Mona Lisa" music video has multiple nods towards the video for "I Write Sins Not Tragedies". This includes the view of church pews, the focus on Brendon's hat, and of course "closing the goddamn door".
The clocks in the same video are all set to nine o'clock.
So is the big one in "Ready To Go".
Emo: Calling them this around fans is considered taking your life into your own hands.
Finger On Lips: For the video to "I Write Sins Not Tragedies", Brendon would cover his mouth for "whore" and "goddamn".
Brendon: Can we fast-forward to go down on me? That means a blowjob!
One of the bonus tracks for Vices and Virtues, "Kaleidoscope Eyes".
I've got an insatiable desire/For your/Insides
Another one of the bonus tracks for Vices and Virtues, "Bittersweet", has this little gold nugget
I've been to Tokyo, and to South Africa; so many places that you may say I've seen it all, but my favorite place is the warm embrace of holding your hair back in a bathroom stall
An alternate interpretation is that this means holding their hair back while they vomit, although the setup, the "warm embrace" line, and Panic's history of subverting cliches implies it might be this.
Long Title: Offenders include "The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage" and "There's a Good Reason These Tables Are Numbered Honey, You Just Haven't Thought of It Yet".
New Sound Album: Pretty. Odd., causing the Broken Base. But with the breakup, there is every indications that Vices & Virtues will be more in line with A Fever You Can't Sweat Out.
Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die is roughly 90% dance pop, with techno and dubstep influences, and a complete departure from anything they did before, barring "New Perspective". The closest song to any of their previous sounds is the piano and string ballad "The End Of All Things".
"Time to Dance" is interesting because if you haven't read Invisible Monsters, it seems like a song about teen pregnancy, and some of the lines that reference it seem to have little meaning in the scheme of the whole song (namely "hiding in estrogen and wearing aubergine dreams"). Brilliantly done double meaning.
"Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off" and "But It's Better If You Do" are references to the movie Closer- spoken in the same breath, no less.
"The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage" comes from Palahniuk's Survivor
"London Beckoned Songs About Money Written by Machines" has a bridge which references lines from Palahnuik's Diary ("just for the record, the weather today..." is a reference to a line the main character often says), and the title references the Douglas Coupland Novel Shampoo Planet("Torrid tunage from London beckoned- songs about money written by machines.")
This one may be unintentional, but the title also references Pink Floyd three times; the band is English, and they have songs titled "Money" and "Welcome to the Machine".
"I Write Sins Not Tragedies" also refers to Shampoo Planet ("I am writing a list of tragic character flaws on my dollar bills with a felt pen. I am thinking of the people in my universe and distilling for each of these people the one flaw in their character that will be their downfall—the flaw that will be their undoing. What I write are not sins; I write tragedies.")