Apr 07

Focus Group 11 – FALL OUT BOY

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FALL OUT BOY – “This ain’t a scene, it’s an arms race” – Score: 3.48 (18th) – Controversy: 3.23 (2nd)

(Females: 17th. Males: 16th. Under 30s: 17th. Over 30s: 19th.)

Most like: Just Jack. Most unlike: Kaiser Chiefs.

  • “This is appalling.” (0) 
  • “Doesn’t know what it is” (0) 
  • “Great title, shame about song.” (2)
  • “Important for young people” (5)
  • “Offspring + ELO” (5)
  • “Love when it kicks in” (8)

If you dislike Fall Out Boy…

  • …you are much more likely to mostly listen to complete albums
  • …you are less likely to describe yourself as indie.

If you like Fall Out Boy…

  • …you are a bit more likely to pay attention to lyrics.
  • …you are less likely to hate ballads
  • …you are less likely to think dance music sounds better on drugs.


  1. 1
    jel on 11 Apr 2007 #

    It’s the bass player, he just annoys me.

  2. 2
    Alan on 11 Apr 2007 #

    they LOOK really old. esp singer man – like a fat-headed older (shoutier) mcfly dude

  3. 3
    mitya on 11 Apr 2007 #

    “interesting” things about FOB, in terms of the classic Rock Artiste model:
    – lyrics not written by singer (shades of daltrey-townshend) but by aforementioned annoying bass player

    ok, well, maybe that’s it.

  4. 4
    Tim on 11 Apr 2007 #

    Annoying Bass Player turns up a few times in season 3 of “One Tree Hill” (and is annoying) playing the annoying bass player out of a band called Fall Out Boy.

    But it’s “One Tree Hill” and therefore it’s very interesting.

  5. 5
    Mark M on 11 Apr 2007 #

    One Tree Hill is pretty emo, no?

  6. 6
    lex on 11 Apr 2007 #

    One Tree Hill is SO BORING. It’s so boring that, even though the main actor is really really really REALLY fit, and also gets his clothes off a reasonable amount, I still couldn’t be bothered to watch it for more than half of one episode. SO BORING.

  7. 7
    lex on 11 Apr 2007 #

    Fall Out Boy = like One Tree Hill except without anyone really really &c &c fit.

  8. 8
    Tim on 11 Apr 2007 #

    One Tree Hill = totally emo, which is a tremendous thing as far as teen telly goes, though a v bad thing wrt bands obv. I feel sad (in an emo way) that that you feel bored by it, the Lex.

  9. 9
    Izzy on 11 Apr 2007 #

    I love this. Great tune, great title, interesting lyrics, great fun to shout along to too. It seems to be what the kids are into, and the kids are always right, no? My instinct also tells me that one day it will be a stone-cold classic.

    But no-one else likes it. What’s up?

  10. 10
    edward o on 13 Apr 2007 #

    It’s OK, but I can’t understand why “Hum Hallelujah” wasn’t the first single. It’s 50 times better.

  11. 11
    cis on 16 Apr 2007 #

    I seriously don’t understand why people don’t like this: the shouty high-speed bit is ridic energising, it seems directly attuned to the ‘want to jump around and possibly bash into other people in a comradely way’ chord in my soul.

    Very glad it got a nice high controversy score!

  12. 12
    Andrew Farrell on 18 Apr 2007 #

    Bah, they cut my incisive comment (that this is the Dancing Demon from Buffy’s musica episode, givena band to front)

  13. 13
    Mark M on 18 Apr 2007 #

    Some of us are very old indeed and jumping around might prompt the need for hip replacements…

  14. 14
    bonnie on 23 Apr 2007 #

    hi can u tell pete from fall out boys that i love him and that i think he is well fit and i am 16 years old from england and i am his bands biggest fan i love pete love bonnie x x x add me [email removed c/o Freaky Trigger foolishness protection scheme]

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