If you were an alternative kid back in 2005 (probably being picked on in school for being “emo” even though no one, not even you, really knew what that meant, and taking overexposed black-and-white MySpace selfies whilst promoting your latest favourite band from the short-lived social media site) there’s NO WAY Fall Out Boy managed to slip under your radar.
Get ready to feel old, because one of the best albums of that era is turning twelve today. Today marks the anniversary of Fall Out Boy’s sophomore studio album From Under the Cork Tree hitting the shelves for the first time. Sure, it might seem unrealistic now given the dubstep and Britney Spears references in new single ‘Young and Menace‘ (yes, they really are singing “Oops, I did it again“…) but back in the day, the release of this album cemented Fall Out Boy as one of the most exciting pop-punk bands around, and Pete Wentz as the most desirable eyeliner-clad alternative poster boy imaginable.
To mark the occasion, we’d like to take you on a lovely little trip down memory lane to look back at some of Fall Out Boy’s best music videos over the past twelve years. So sit back, relax and get ready to reminisce…
Dance, Dance (2005)
Kicking things off with one of the aforementioned album’s biggest singles, ‘Dance, Dance’ has an awesome video to match. Not only does it encapsulate the high school experience for those of us who, let’s say, weren’t exactly the cool kids, but it manages to do it with a little tongue-in-cheek humour and American chic-geek style. And hey, if you end up in a band as great as Fall Out Boy, who cares if you were a bit of a dork in school?!
Thnks fr th Mmrs (2007)
Completely ripping the music industry to shreds, ‘Thnks fr th Mmrs‘ showed us that even though Fall Out Boy were a pretty big deal by this time, they weren’t afraid to send up this shiny new showbiz world they found themselves in. Not to mention it features a glimpse of socialite Kim Kardashian before, you know, Kimye happened.
Irresistible ft. Demi Lovato (2016)
Jumping forward a few years to something a little fresher in our memories now, we take a look at the video for ‘Irresistible’ featuring popstar Demi Lovato. Aside from the ‘90s boyband flashbacks we get with the Fall Out Boy action figures, we love how bright and colourful this video is, showing off the band’s more recent pop-fuelled sound. Again, it’s another one with a great sense of humour – something Fall Out Boy haven’t lost over the years!
Sugar, We’re Going Down (2005)
Many of us first found ourselves introduced to Fall Out Boy with the video for ‘Sugar, We’re Going On’, portraying themselves as social outcasts through the music video’s main character. They sent a message that it’s okay to be a little different and, if you aren’t afraid to be yourself, people will love you for who you are. It’s something that Fall Out Boy have gone onto prove through the years since this breakout single, and it won over our hearts right from the start.
I Don’t Care (2008)
‘I Don’t Care’ is a great tune, but the cherry on top of the icing is the fantastic music video that goes along with it. If Fall Out Boy haven’t already shown us that they’re more than happy to laugh at themselves and the music industry, this video pretty much sends the message with a neon sign and flashing arrows pointing towards it. Featuring caricatures, fancy dress, “candid” video moments and some brilliant cameos from the likes of Pharrell and Mark Hoppus, it’s one of the band’s best videos to date.