When it comes to indulging nostalgia, 2023 is shaping up to be quite the year. With UK tours planned from the likes of Blur, blink-182, Paramore and S Club 7 there are plenty of shows that will give you that blast from the past.
The latest artist to throw their hats into the nostalgia ring are Chicago alternative heavyweights Fall Out Boy with a UK tour scheduled for October/November. To celebrate their return to live music and a brand new album 'So Much (For) Stardust' on the way we’re turning our attention to their back catalogue, so get ready to Dance Dance (sorry) to some of their best Deep Cuts.
Sending Postcards From A Plane Crash (Wish You Were Here)
Featuring on Fall Out Boy's debut album 'Take This To Your Grave' 'Sending Postcards From A Plane Crash' is the perfect blueprint of a pop-punk song. Catchy and simple. And like many great pop-punk songs that came before it, Sending Postcards (for lack of typing out the full title) was written about a break-up. The lyrics 'I have seen sinking ships go down with more grace than you' indicates it wasn't a particularly clean break. But that just feeds into the catharsis. The youthful, rebellious energy that emanates from the album as a whole is infectious and can be just what you need to tune out on a busy commute.
Grand Theft Autumn / Where Is Your Boy (Acoustic)
You can always rely on an acoustic cover to usher in imagery of a candle-lit singalong, and Fall Out Boy's acoustic cover of 'Grand Theft Autumn / Where Is Your Boy' is no exception. The cover first made an appearance on their 2005 EP 'Your Heart Will Always Be the B-Side to My Tongue' and as much as a hit the full studio version was, it seems an unlikely candidate to receive the acoustic treatment. Fortunately, you can't deny that not only does it work, it works very, very well. The cover builds from a delicate first verse to the chorus, where Patrick Stump's vocals and dual guitars combine beautifully to deliver a stripped back, and arguably more emotive rendition of the original.
Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner
From a Dirty Dancing line to track 5 on 2005 album 'From Under The Cork Tree', 'Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner' is another example of Fall Out Boy's affinity for lengthy titles (see also 'Our Lawyer Made Us Change The Name Of This Song So We Wouldn't Get Sued'). It also ties in with their talent for vivid and evocative lyricism. 'So wear me like a locket around your throat, I'll weigh you down I'll watch you choke, you look so good in blue' repeats in the bridge as the full band swells behind it. The band has also developed a confidence and certainty in themselves since 'Take This To Your Grave' that can be heard in elements such as song structure to the incredible vocal performance by Patrick Stump.
Bang The Doldrums
Coming in at track 11 on 2007 album 'Infinity On High', 'Bang The Doldrums' opens with a sugary sweet guitar riff, echoed once again in the chorus as Patrick Stump chants out stadium style "woah"'s. The verse, complete with bright, palm-muted guitar and triplet drums evokes a darker pop sound showcasing elements of their more alt-scene past. This continues to the bridge with snarled lines delivered by Pete Wentz which builds back to the sing-along nature of the chorus.
Confirmed by drummer Andy Hurley to be short for 'Waitress/Actress/Model/Singer' 'w.a.m.s.' opens with pounding bass and a strangely addictive verse. Producer, Neal Avron makes a return for 'Folie à Deux' after working his magic on Fall Out Boy's previous album 'From Under The Cork Tree' amongst other iconic contributions to the pop-punk scene including Yellowcard's 'Ocean Avenue' and New Found Glory's 'Sticks and Stones'. Pharrell Williams (of 'Happy' fame) also co-produced this track, meshing synth with Patrick Stump's melodies to create a quirky and stand-out addition to Fall Out Boy's discography.
20 Dollar Nose Bleed
The penultimate track of 'Folie à Deux', '20 Dollar Nose Bleed' features a beautiful medley of instruments from piano, to a brass section and wouldn't sound out of place in a West End musical. The broad display of instruments featured in this song is no surprise considering the track was a collaboration with Panic! At The Disco's Brendon Urie, who is no stranger to exploring outside of the box to create a stand-out sound. The track ends with a spoken word delivered by Pete Wentz, slowly building to a scream to usher in the final track 'West Coast Smoker'.
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