Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Fall Out Boy: The New Dylan?

Today, the folks over at Idolator discuss an article from The New York Post about the management company that works for both Fall Out Boy and Panic! At the Disco along with others. The article calls them the hair metal of the 2000's. I would generally agree with this sentiment. The music is uncreative, uninteresting, and uninspired like hair metal. But, unlike hair metal, I don't like this emo/punk-pop crap that is playing on the radio all of the time, but angsty teenage girls love it. Anyway, regardless of my loathing for the issue, I have to call Poppycock to the following paragraph:

To [Fall Out Boy Bassist Pete] Wentz, it's all just white noise. He sees himself as one in a long line of great artists who, in their prime, were profoundly misunderstood: "You know, Bob Dylan plugged in and everyone started booing," he says. "Thirty years later, he's hailed as one of the greatest artists of all time. There are plenty of ways to get rich. It's very easy. But if you want to be involved in this, you want to be involved for the legacy of your art.
After I stopped laughing out loud, I have to wonder what the hell Pete Wentz was smoking/drinking before he decided to give this gem of a quote. Firstly, for clarification, before he plugged in, Bob Dylan was already considered one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time, representing the sound and spirit of an entire era. People were mad at him going electric because they felt that he was going to abandon his folk roots and lose his political edge. Secondly, this dream requires a lot of hope on Pete Wentz's part. A two component hope in fact. Firstly, he has to hope that people remember his music thirty years from now, a lofty goal seeing as they only have four albums in the last five years. Additionally, if they are remembered by that point in time, Fall Out Boy has to hope that they stand out from the cacophony of other boy bands that wear too much eye makeup and cry such as My Chemical Romance and the aforementioned Panic. If he really believes that quote to be true, I can only say one thing to him: good luck because that's the only way his musical legacy will extend for more than 10 years and that's only because of music nerds like me who remember flashes in the pan from our youths such as Believe by Dig.

In my mind, this will be Fall Out Boy because I'm confident many of you read that last sentence and went who the hell is Dig.