Where have all the pop-punks gone? With blink-182’s demise and members of Good Charlotte and Sum 41 falling for Hilary and Avril, there’s a Top 40 opening for the next hungry, hook-happy rock group. Enter Fall Out Boy, the Chicago four-piece who surprised everyone with a top 10 debut for their hummable From Under the Cork Tree. First single ”Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down” just hit No. 1 on TRL, coinciding with a coheadlining stint on the Vans Warped Tour (through Aug. 15). Says singer-guitarist Patrick Stump, ”[We’ve never] been about goals, so this is a bit bizarre.”
Formed in 2001 from the remains of several Chi-town hardcore bands, the college dropouts exhibited their laissez-faire attitude when settling on a moniker — a character from The Simpsons — after a fan shouted it out at a gig. ”Maybe you shouldn’t put that in there,” says Stump. ”If Matt Groening’s reading anything, [it’s] EW.” But more than their name, the band is infamous for their never-ending song titles. So what’s the writer of tunes like ”I’ve Got a Dark Alley and a Bad Idea That Says You Should Shut Your Mouth (Summer Song)” have to say for himself? Responds bassist-lyricist Pete Wentz: ”We write titles that fit the songs, whether it’s one word or 87 words.” Alert the Verbosity Police! We have another Fiona Apple on our hands.