Now you may be thinking to yourself, “fall out boy stinks” or “they were so 2005″, but that’s exactly why I love them. They are so 2005, but that was a magical year. Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey were married, HIMYM had its series premier, Carrie Underwood won American Idol (long live Bo Bice) and Kristin Wiig made her debut on SNL.
Above all, ‘Sugar, We’re Going Down’ hit the airwaves and captured my 5th grade heart. How could you resist the sweet sound of Patrick Stump’s voice or the opportunity to let your air guitar skills flourish with countless guitar riffs.
Not only did ‘Sugar, We’re Going Down’ blast through the headphones of my iPod mini, but it prompted me to purchase the entire From Under The Cork Tree album. To my mother’s despair, $11.99 was charged to her credit card, but this album fueled my happiness for years to come.
Flash forward to 2007, Thnks fr th Mmrs brought a smile to my face the way F.O.B’s previous hit did, but this time it had a little more angst. Infinity on High rocked my world. ‘This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race’ made for an incredible music video and ‘Hum Hallelujah’ showed the softer side of the band. I was in full seventh grade pop-punk mode and nothing would stop me from continuing on this path.
And nothing did stop me from seeing F.O.B Live in the summer of 2015. ‘Dance, Dance’, ‘Uma Thurman’, ‘Centuries’, ‘Sugar, We’re Going Down’, and even ‘I Don’t Care’ made me scream like a Justin Bieber fan. While critics may say that the most recent addition to the Fall Out Boy repertoire was a lame excuse for a come-back, I disagree. American Beauty/American Psycho was perfect. While it didn’t make me want to dance like Uma Thurman, it did make me want to dig up my iPod mini and download any album I didn’t already have. I still get excited when Fall Out Boy comes on the radio, or I see it on one of my friend’s playlist. If you know me well you know that ‘Sugar, We’re Going Down’ is my favorite air guitar song, that ‘Thnks fr th Mmrs’ will forever be my favorite farewell, and that Patrick Stump’s solo career will never be forgotten.
So thank you Fall Out Boy, for making me flex my vocal chords, tap into my inner punk super star, and for sticking around even 11 years after your chart topping hit. But most of all thanks for teaching me that “the best of us can find happiness in misery”.