From ‘Sugar, We’re Going Down’ to ‘I Don’t Care’, ‘Uma Thurman’ to ‘Champion’, Fall Out Boy has undeniably transformed into one of the biggest rock bands of the current era. Throughout the course of their near two-decades long career, the quartet has brought us on the journey through quite a few interesting moments – here are our favourites.
#1 They Actually Have A Guinness World Record To Their Name
You best believe it, the Chicago natives are world record holders! Back in 2008, Patrick and Pete set out on a mission to break the Guinness World Record for most interviews conducted by a duo in a 24-hour period. The number they had to beat was 57, which they did within 10 hours. But ever the overachievers, they decided to carry on for as long as they could and ended up busting out a whopping 74 interviews that were between eight to 20 minutes long, taking breaks only to eat or use the bathroom.
#2 They Ventured Where Our Four-Legged Counterparts Would Only Go
Yup, Joe Trohman once slept in a dog cage – well, it was more like a little cat nap, really. The reason is unknown, but it was documented on an old DVD. In an interview with Rock Sound back in 2013, the guitarist explained: “It wasn’t a night. It was, like, five minutes at the most and then put on a DVD. You can spin that story any way you want when it’s on film, you know? And I was also 17. Do a lot of 17-year-olds spend a lot of time in a dog cage? I think they do!” No, Joe, we’re gonna have to go with “No”.
#3 They Were Victims Of ‘Eating Your Own Feelings’
We are all no strangers to that feeling during award shows when the person we were rooting for didn’t win in their nominated category. For most of us, we’d just shrug it off and move on with our lives. But when you’re Patrick Stump, that doesn’t apply. At their first-ever GRAMMYs, the frontman got so angry over Kanye West’s Late Registration not winning Album of the Year that he stormed out of the ceremony and consoled himself with a Subway sandwich. We’re just glad he didn’t pull a Kanye by going on stage to disrupt U2 during the latter’s acceptance speech…
#4 They Once Gave Fans More Than What They Bargained For
Going back to their early days during the 2007 Honda Civic Tour, the band wanted to raise awareness for blood drives by giving fans a chance to win posters that were signed with a mixture of their blood in the ink. Speaking on their decision in a behind-the-scenes video, Patrick explained: “These disasters don’t last just a year, there are still people living in the aftermath of the tsunami and the aftermath of Katrina. It’s in times of low publicity on blood drives that people really need blood.” We know it was for a good cause, but we can’t help but think that there were other more effective – and less painful – ways to raise awareness for blood drives, but hey, to each their own.
#5 They Proved That Hanging Out At The Arcade Has Its Benefits
so i’m at a q&a with fall out boy and someone just asked them why they chose to collab with namjoon and this is what pete had to say about it omg pic.twitter.com/m6BHaBKAhJ
— fran ♡ (@kihyunie) 8 January 2018
One of the biggest surprises FOB fans got towards the end of 2017 was the release of the ‘Champion’ remix, which was done in collaboration with RM of K-pop boyband BTS. Not surprisingly, the lit track gave rise to questions of how the team-up came to be. Well, it turns out we have Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) to give thanks to! During the birthday party for Pete’s son at an arcade, the bassist was witness to a large group of people who were at the same arcade to watch RM play DDR. Unsure of who RM was, the band got to digging and the rest is history.