Fresh off their chart-topping new album, Infinity On High, Chicago’s emo superstars Fall Out Boy gave EW lists of their own all-time favorite albums and artists. Some of their picks might surprise you…
Patrick Stump, singer
The Time, Pandemonium (1990)
Got into it as a joke, but underneath it you have Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis playing songs written by Prince for Morris Day, Jesse Johnson, and Jerome — so there’s no way it can’t turn out perfect.
Tom Waits, Small Change (1976)
Got into it during my freshman and sophomore years in high school because of ”Step Right Up.” It was clever and funny, but it opens up with the most beautiful songs I’ve heard. Definitely one of my desert-island records.
Anything by Steve Goodman
My dad played in the old Chicago folk scene and used to play with him. He has had a lasting effect on how I think about music.
Marvin Gaye, What’s Going On (1971)
My favorite record during high school; I know it front and back. Rarely do you find a record that says something and means something and is still so good.
Elvis Costello, This Year’s Model (1978)
One of the reasons I wanted to make rock & roll music.
Pete Wentz, bass player
Lifetime, Jersey’s Best Dancers (1997)
This record got me between classes in school without ever having to talk to anyone. Blame all my social disorders on this — and because I had Oscar the Grouch as a role model.
Morrissey, Viva Hate (1988)
Let’s be honest: This is really the last Smiths record ever. I remember being into Slayer and my friend’s older brother saying, ”This thing is way more brutal” — took me like five years to figure that out.
Michael Jackson, Thriller (1982)
It’s like the bible of music. Not much to say.
Metallica, Master of Puppets (1986)
Everyone’s gonna give me s— for putting this instead of …And Justice For All, but you know what? Puppets had a cooler T-shirt. Besides, the laughing at the end of this song smokes anything out there.
Jay-Z, The Blueprint (2001)
This is where we first heard the sped-up soul samples (I mean, us crappy suburban dudes, that is) — the remix of ”Girls, Girls, Girls” with Kanye West doing a verse is disgusting. This record influenced the new FOB record more than almost any other…
Joe Trohman, guitarist
Metallica, …And Justice For All (1988)
One of the first records I ever bought. Extremely triumphant riffs and solos. Intro to ”Blackened” is the tops.
The Smiths, The Queen Is Dead (1986)
”Frankly Mr. Shankly” sums up my feelings about the record industry, plus I back Mr. Morrissey’s bleak views on the world.
Meat Loaf, Bat Out of Hell (1977)
This is the first record I ever bought. We met the Loaf once — he rules!
Shai Hulud, Hearts Once Nourished With Hope & Compassion (1997)
Hey, Chad Gilbert! Congratulations on getting married. Also, thanks for making one of my favorite hardcore records. Plus, a band that uses a Groundhog Day quote in their record is the best band around.
Carcass, Swansong (1996)
Carcass wanted to go a less grind-metal route and do some sweet, home-cooked metal. Results: lots of slow headbanging and bong rips.
Andy Hurley, drummer
Metallica, Master of Puppets (1986)
The first album that feels like it has some secret knowledge of the universe. Just epic. Kind of like the original Star Wars trilogy, in one record.
Slayer, South of Heaven (1988)
This record made me want to play drums. Dave Lombardo is still in my top five drummers of all time.
Queen, News of the World (1977)
The album cover scared me when I was a kid, but it had the most beautiful voice I’ve ever heard. The first record I’ve ever listened to, when I was 4.
Public Enemy, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
The album that got me into politics. Life-changing. And the beats are amazing.
Anything by Jay-Z
My favorite MC of all time. And one of the presidents at our label. He has just one of the most impeccable careers of any artist ever. Every record is perfect, with more hits than a UFC fight.