Picks and Pans Review: Sounds Off
Fall Out Boy
The Chicago-based punk-pop band recently landed the Top 10 single "Sugar, We're Goin Down," off the quartet's gold major-label debut, From Under the Cork Tree.
ON THEIR BAND NAME "It comes from a kid yelling it out at a show," says bassist-lyricist Pete Wentz, 26, adding that since then "we've come to find out that [Fall Out Boy] is a lesser-known Simpsons character."
ON MEETING JAY-Z "He came out to one of our shows," says Wentz. [Jay-Z is CEO of Def Jam, which is affiliated with Fall Out Boy's label, Island Records.] Adds guitarist-lead singer Patrick Stump, 21: "That was such a big deal for us. I don't think anything tops that,"
ON GETTING RECOGNIZED IN PUBLIC "The only time I get recognized is at really awkward times," says Wentz. "I was at Best Buy and my credit card got declined. Then a girl came over and got an autograph on the back of the 'declined' receipt. You sell 50,000 records a week and your credit card gets rejected for $50."
ON STILL LIVING WITH THEIR PARENTS "We're the Lost Boys," says Stump. Adds Wentz: "I'll be honest—I have a Peter Pan complex. I'm almost ready for the green tights. My house has always been the same since I lived there. My room's the same. And it's nice to have one place in the world that's like that."
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