Four… favourite Fall Out Boy singles
As some of you may already know, as this post is going live, I am at the Fall Out Boy show in Manchester! FOB are my favourite band and I’ve honestly been so excited for this show since I bought my ticket waaaaay back in January. I went a bit overboard and bought a VIP experience including a meet and greet and photo session too, which has obviously added to the excitement. But I’m typing this a week in advance, and I already feel like I’m on energy drinks thinking about it. Anyway, I digress, I wanted to make a themed post to bookmark the occasion, so here are four of my favourite FOB singles – and no, they’re not in any particular order.
1) My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ‘Em Up)
Favourite lyric: ‘Burn everything you love, then burn the ashes.’
This song has such a special place in my heart because it’s the first new song the band put out after their hiatus from 2009-2013. I remember the band twitter putting out a tweet with a link to a live radio broadcast and I listened to the interview and the new song and I was so ridiculously happy my favourite band were back!
2) A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More “Touch Me”
Favourite lyric: ‘I don’t blame you for being you, but you can’t blame me for hating it.’
This one is from what is technically the band’s breakout album, From Under The Cork Tree, and the video is honestly so weird. So weird. And Brendon Urie from Panic! At The Disco is there for some reason. It’s a great song though! The title is a play around with the movie title Sixteen Candles, starring, amongst others, John Cusack – the band have named a number of songs after Cusack movies, although their favourite movie of his is High Fidelity, which they revealed to me during a Facebook Q&A this one time…
3) Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy
Favourite lyric: ‘You were the last good thing about this part of town.’
We’re going old-school Fall Out Boy right now, all the way back to 2003 when I first got into them! I went to an international school and one of my American friends came back to school with this album and she played it for me, and I fell in love with the band then and there. I didn’t find them again until two years later and Dance, Dance was everywhere, though. When they play Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy live, before the song Pete always says to the crowd, “please stand for your national anthem!” And that makes me so happy. They’ve not been playing the song on tour in the US by the looks of it, but I had a sneaky look at the setlist from the past few shows in the UK and it’s on there, so hopefully I’ll be belting this one out tonight!
4) Uma Thurman
Favourite lyric: ‘I can move mountains, I can work a miracle.’
I love the music video for this song, it’s just all over the place. I love how Pete just wants to do all these adventurous things, Patrick is all cute, Andy is all about working out and Joe is being a massive diva. The song has borrowed a riff from the theme tune for The Munsters, and the title and lyrics reference Uma Thurman’s performance as Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction, particularly the scene where she and John Travolta’s Vincent Vega take part in a dance competition together.