From Under the Cork Tree
“You can't insult us; the music’s too loud so we can't even hear you!” Pete Wentz (of Fall Out Boy)
Formed in early 2001, band Fall Out Boy released their mini album "Fall Out Boy's Evening Out with Your Girlfriend" in 2003, which was followed by their first full-length album, "Take This to Your Grave" (2003). The Grammy Award-nominated band from Wilmette, Illinois, rose to the forefront of emo-pop in the mid-2000s after releasing their double-platinum major label debut, "From Under the Cork Tree," in 2005.
“We're four totally awkward, nerdy guys, with the coolest job in the universe.” Patrick Stump (of Fall Out Boy)
The band, which consists of Patrick Stump (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, primary composer), Pete Wentz (bass guitar, backup vocals, primary lyricist), Joe Trohman (lead guitar), and Andy Hurley (drums, percussion) later released their follow-up albums, "Infinity on High" (2007) and "Folie à Deux" (2008).
Fall Out Boy has released one live album, "**** Live in Phoenix," as well as three EPs, "Project Rocket" (2002), "My Heart Will Always Be the B-Side to My Tongue" (2004), and "Leaked in London" (2007). Their hit singles include "Sugar, We're Goin Down" (2005), "Dance, Dance" (2006), "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" (2007), and "Thnks fr th Mmrs" (2007).
Childhood and Family:
“The band just kind of happened through all [of us] hanging out in the hardcore scene. I randomly bumped into Joe [Trohman], our guitar player, who often said I could sing. I didn't know whether or not I could. Basically, we would have been a hardcore band, but I was just singing, so we made our own band around that. We didn't have a name and someone shouted it out at a show.” Patrick Stump
In Wilmette, Illinois, in early 2001, “Fall Out Boy” was formed by friends Joe Trohman and Pete Wentz, who had played in various hardcore punk bands in the Chicago area. The current members of the band are Wentz (bassist/lyricist), Trohman (guitarist), Patrick Stump (vocalist/guitarist), and Andrew Hurley (drummer).
“It is a weird line to have to balance, but I think when you get to a certain point in a band, especially our band, you have to make sacrifices like that in order to reach more kids. I think we’ve been able to do it in a way where we’ve had the right people working with us and letting us do what we want to do, and letting us bring our vision to fruition.” Andrew Hurley
Originally considering the names “Short Story,” “Unhappy Ending,” and “Forget Me Not,” the band didn't have a name for their first two shows. They stuck to their present name after the band asked a crowd that they were playing to what their name should be and someone yelled out “Fall Out Boy.”
Sugar, We're Going Down
“I actually think a lot of my words aren't eloquent. They're even kind of misogynistic, emotionally stunted. But Patrick's voice makes up for those things. That guy can sing the phone book and people would listen to it.” Pete Wentz (on his lyrics)
Making their debut with a self-released demo, Fall Out Boy released "Split EP," which featured Project Rocket, on May 28, 2002, through Uprising Records. The following year, on March 25, 2003, they released their debut album, "Fall Out Boy's Evening Out with Your Girlfriend," on Uprising Records.
The boys then signed with Fueled by Ramen and released their first full-length album, "Take This to Your Grave," on May 6, 2003. It spawned the singles "Dead on Arrival," "Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy," which managed to peak at #83 on the U.S. Billboard Pop 100, and "Saturday."
On May 18, 2004, Fall Out Boy released an acoustic EP, "My Heart Will Always Be the B-Side to My Tongue," which featuring a total of five tracks. They then released their third full-length album and signed a major label debut with Island Records. "From Under the Cork Tree" was released on May 3, 2005. The album produced three singles: "Sugar, We're Goin Down", which launched the band into the MTV mainstream and became the band's first top 10 single, "Dance, Dance," which rose to #9 in the U.S. (the video won the Viewer's Choice Award at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards), and "A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More Touch Me," which received moderate playtime on both pop and rock stations. The album, which debuted on the Billboard 200 at #9 and sold over 68,000 copies in its first week, received double platinum status.
The band subsequently headlined the Nintendo Fusion Tour in the fall of 2005, joining Panic at the Disco and other punk/rock bands, as well as the Black Clouds and Underdogs Tour, a pop/punk event that featured The All-American Rejects and other bands. Fall Out Boy was then nominated for "Best New Artist" at the 2006 Grammy Awards.
"Infinity on High," Fall Out Boy's fourth studio album, hit the music stores in 2007. The album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and has since been certified platinum by RIAA. The album produced the singles "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race," which officially debuted on November 21 at the American Music Awards and was #42 on Rolling Stone's list of the “100 Best Songs of 2007” "The Carpal Tunnel of Love," and "Thnks fr th Mmrs,” which peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also spun off the singles "The Take Over, the Breaks Over," which found its greatest success in Australia where it peaked at #17 on the singles chart and won a People's Choice Award for Best Video, and "I'm Like a Lawyer with the Way I'm Always Trying to Get You Off (Me & You).”
“I don't think we care anymore about what we're gonna do. We're just gonna be our own band and we're not gonna pretend to be any more rock or any less whatever than we are. We're kinda hardcore kids. We're kinda a metal band in this weird way. We're kinda into soul. We’re kinda into folk. We're kinda into a lot of stuff and we're just gonna do whatever we do.” Patrick Stump
Fall Out Boy subsequently became the headlining act of the Honda Civic Tour, which was to end in Africa and supported Invisible Children Inc. Their touring in 2007 took them to Uganda, South Africa, Indonesia, Philippines, and Russia.
About their trip to Uganda in 2007, Wentz recalled, “There was one moment when I really feared for our lives. We were riding motorcycles and these local guys used barricades to lock us in this little patch of ground. They saw that we were American and thought that we should give them money for being on their ground. When they locked us in, I actually thought, 'We're going to die, right now.' Luckily we had our guide Kenny to bail us out and pay them off but that was really, really terrifying, living through something like that. It was a real Hotel Rwanda moment. The whole experience brought our band closer together and that's a great thing.”
Wentz also explained about Invisible Children Inc., “We stumbled upon this organization called Invisible Children and they kind of bring the plight of children to the foreground, like impoverished children around the world but specifically focusing on Uganda where there is like a crazy situation with child soldiers. There's a civil war that's like one of the longest running civil wars in Africa right now and you can actually get a great back story on it if you just watch ‘The Last King of Scotland,’ which is a really great film that has like kind of the back story on Uganda. But we're actually going over there with Invisible Children and we're going to shoot our next video for our song ‘Me and You’ over there and we're going to shoot it on 24p cameras and donate the money that we were going to use in the video for the film or the video to a project over there.”
Meanwhile, the band released the live EP "Leaked in London," because their album "Infinity on High" was leaked onto the internet on January 19, 2007, three weeks before the album's release. Fall Out Boy also performed on the American leg of Live Earth on July 7, 2007.
After releasing a live recording of the Honda Civic Tour, "**** Live in Phoenix" (April 1, 2008), which featuring a cover version of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" (with John Mayer), Wentz launched "Welcome To The New Administration," to promote Fall Out Boy's fourth studio album, "Folie à Deux."
“Every time we've made a record, there's been this feeling that this record might be our last one. That's been going on for four records now.” Patrick Stump
Released on December 13, 2008, "Folie à Deux" sold over 150,000 copies in its debut week and placed at #8 on the Billboard 200. It yielded the singles "I Don't Care," which debuted at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100, "Headfirst Slide into Cooperstown on a Bad Bet," "What a Catch, Donnie," and "America's Suitehearts."
MuchMusic Video Award - People's Choice: Favorite International Video, "The Take Over, the Breaks Over," 2008
TMF: Best Live International, 2008
TMF: Best Rock International, 2008
TMF: Best Alternative International, 2008
Kerrang!: Best Video, "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race," 2007
Teen Choice: Single, "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs," 2007
Teen Choice: Rock Group, 2007
MTV Video Music: Best Group, 2007
Nickelodeon Kids Choice: Single, "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs," 2007
MuchMusic Video Award - People's Choice: Favorite International Group, "Dance, Dance," 2006
Kerrang!: Best Video, "Sugar, We're Going Down," 2006
Teen Choice: Rock Track, "Dance, Dance," 2006
Teen Choice: Single, "Dance, Dance," 2006
Teen Choice: Rock Group, 2006
MTV Video Music: Viewer's Choice, 2006
MTV Video Music: MTV2 Award, "Sugar, We're Going Down," 2005