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Who are Fall Out Boy?

Who are Fall Out Boy? -- The emo quartet talk about their new album ''From Under the Cork Tree''

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.

Originally posted Jul 08, 2005 Published in issue #829 Jul 15, 2005 Order article reprints
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