Fall Out Boy has won several awards for its major label debut album From Under the Cork Tree. Released in 2005, the album has achieved double platinum status after selling more than 2.5 million albums in the United States alone. In support of the album, Fall Out Boy headlined tours in 2005 and 2006 playing in the US, Canada, Japan, and Europe.
In February 2007, the band released Infinity on High to major chart success, selling 260,000 copies its first week. The lead single, "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race", reached #1 on the Pop 100 and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. To promote the album, the band is headlining the Honda Civic Tour through the summer of 2007 and performing at the Live Earth concerts July 7, 2007.
The band was nameless for their first two shows. At the end of their second show, they asked the audience to yell out their ideas for a name. One audience member suggested "Fallout Boy", a reference to the sidekick of the Simpsons cartoon character Radioactive Man.
1.1 2001–2002: Early years
1.2 2003–2004: Independent success
1.3 2005–2006: Commercial debut
1.4 2007: Continuing prosperity
2 Musical style
5 Singles and music videos
6 Awards and nominations
7 External links
2001–2002: Early years
Fall Out Boy was formed in early 2001 after good friends Joe Trohman and Pete Wentz met high schooler Patrick Stump. Joe was working at Borders Bookstore when Stump introduced himself. Stump soon became the lead singer and two other unknown members, a guitar player and a drummer, were brought on. The following year, the band debuted with a self-released demo and followed it up with the May 28, 2002 release of Split EP, which featured Project Rocket, on Uprising Records. The group released a mini-LP, Fall Out Boy's Evening Out with Your Girlfriend, also on Uprising Records, in 2003.
2003–2004: Independent success
Fall Out Boy's first full-length album, Take This to Your Grave, which was released in 2003.After the release of their mini-album, Fall Out Boy built a large cult following playing in the Chicago area and drummer Andy Hurley, formerly of Racetraitor, joined the band while the two other members left. During this time, they played many local shows at the The Knights of Columbus Hall in Arlington Heights, Illinois, also the site of their first video: "Dead on Arrival". The same year, after signing to Fueled by Ramen, they released their first full-length album, Take This to Your Grave, on May 6, 2003. The band received an advance from Island Records to record their proper debut, but the advance came with a right of first refusal for Island on Fall Out Boy's next album. With major financing in place, the recording of Take This to Your Grave took place at the Butch Vig owned Smart Studios in Madison, Wisconsin, with Sean O'Keefe producing.
With singles "Grand Theft Autumn / Where Is Your Boy" and "Saturday" receiving video airplay on FUSE and mtvU and radio airplay on alternative stations across the country, the band soon gained a cult following. With positive reviews at the South by Southwest Music Festival and an extensive tour schedule, Fall Out Boy's popularity continued to grow. The album sold very well and eventually achieved Gold status, but only after the success of their next album, From Under the Cork Tree.
In mid-2003, the band signed with Island Records which is apart of the super label The Island Def Jam Music Group, along with Def Jam Records. This was after they picked up the option for their next album. In the meantime of recording their mainstream debut, they released the acoustic EP My Heart Will Always Be the B-Side to My Tongue on Fueled by Ramen, May 18, 2004. It debuted at #153 on the Billboard Top 200, their first such entry on the chart. The two-disc set included a DVD with videos, more acoustic performances and a fan photo gallery.
2005–2006: Commercial debut
On May 3, 2005, Fall Out Boy released their major label debut, From Under the Cork Tree, which debuted on the Billboard 200 at #9, selling over 68,000 copies in its first week. The album achieved double platinum status and has sold over 2.5 million albums in the US alone. Earlier that year, the band's stability was threatened when Wentz overdosed on the sedative Ativan in a failed suicide attempt. The track "7 Minutes in Heaven (Atavan Halen)" from their album From Under the Cork Tree is based upon Wentz's attempted suicide.
Their first single, "Sugar We're Goin' Down", peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, #6 on the Pop 100 and #3 on the Modern Rock Charts. The video reached #1 on MTV's TRL, where it was retired on August 26, 2005. The video also won the MTV2 Award at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards, prompting a huge new interest and surge in sales. The band was also nominated for "Best New Artist" at the 2006 Grammy Awards.
The second single off the album, "Dance, Dance", became their second Top 10 Single when it peaked at #9 on the Hot 100. It also reached #6 on the Pop 100 and became the bands top charted hit when it reached #2 on the Modern Rock Charts. The video for the song premiered on TRL on October 11, 2005; it soon reached #1 and was later retired on January 17, 2006. The third single off the album, "A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More 'Touch Me'", was much less popular than both prior singles but still managed to peak at #65 on the Hot 100 and hit #1 twice on TRL, retiring on June 6, 2006.
The band headlined the Nintendo Fusion Tour in the fall of 2005, joining The Starting Line, Motion City Soundtrack, Boys Night Out, and Panic! At the Disco on a 31 city tour. Due to their increased success from their MTV Video Music Award, they headlined the Black Clouds and Underdogs Tour--an pop/punk event that featured All-American Rejects, Hawthorne Heights, From First to Last. The tour also featured The Hush Sound for half of the tour and October Fall for half. They played to 53 dates in the US, Canada, and the UK.
2007: Continuing prosperity
Fall Out Boy performing in December 2006. From left (counter clockwise): Trohman, Stump, and Wentz, with Hurley in the background behind the drums.Fall Out Boy's latest album is titled Infinity on High and was released on February 6, 2007. The lead single, "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race", debuted at the 2006 American Music Awards. The video debuted on MTV on Tuesday, December 19, 2006. In the album's opening week, Infinity on High reached #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 260,000 copies.
"This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" peaked at #2 on the UK Singles Chart on February 4, 2007, making it their most successful song in the UK to date. The single also peaked on the U.S. Hot 100 at #2 and the U.S. Pop 100 at #1. "The Carpal Tunnel of Love" (the second single released from the album) reached #81 on the U.S. Hot 100 by way of digital sales alone. "Thnks fr th Mmrs" was released on April 9, 2007 and is currently at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at #12 on the UK Singles chart.
Currently, Fall Out Boy is the headlining act of the Honda Civic Tour, along with +44, The Academy Is..., Paul Wall and Cobra Starship. The tour was originally scheduled to start April 18 and end on June 11. However, due to personal issues, the tour was postponed until May 11, where the first show was played in Denver, Colorado. The tour is now scheduled to end July 2 in Anaheim, California in the United States and continue on in the United Kingdom and then in Africa to support Invisible Children. The next Fall Out Boy tour is going to be in the fall and they will be touring with Gym Class Heroes
Showing their versatility, Fall Out Boy has collaborated with rappers Kanye West and Timbaland and are currently touring with Paul Wall. West produced and is featured on the remix of "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race". They also worked with Timbaland on his new album Timbaland Presents Shock Value, where they are featured on the track "One & Only", for which Stump and Wentz both contributed in writing. Stump was also featured on two songs with Gym Class Heroes (also signed with Fueled by Ramen), including their hit single "Cupid's Chokehold". He also was a guest vocalist on Motion City Soundtrack's single, "Everything is Alright".
The band has been confirmed as one of the acts playing in the US portion of the Live Earth concerts on July 7, 2007. The band is scheduled to perform at the event, which takes place at New Jersey's Giants Stadium, along with AFI, Akon, Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, John Mayer, Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson, KT Tunstall, Ludacris, Melissa Etheridge, The Police, Rihanna, Roger Waters, and the reunited Smashing Pumpkins.
While widely considered to be an alternative rock band, Fall Out Boy is often described as pop punk and emo. Take This To Your Grave and From Under The Cork Tree are both said to have pop punk as well as hardcore punk sounds and influences, and their latest work, Infinity On High, features a wide range of styles and instrumentation, including an orchestra and choir ("Thnks fr th Mmrs", "You're Crashing, But You're No Wave") and a slower piano ballad (Golden). Moreover, a central part of Fall Out Boy's sound is rooted in the band's lyrics, mainly penned by bassist Pete Wentz. He commonly uses irony along with other literal devices to detail personal experiences and stories. 
Honda Civic Tour with +44, Paul Wall, Cobra Starship, and The Academy Is...
Friends or Enemies Tour with New Found Glory and Early November
Main article: Fall Out Boy discography
Date of Release Title U.S. sales
January 28, 2002 Fall Out Boy's Evening Out with Your Girlfriend
May 6, 2003 Take This to Your Grave Gold
May 3, 2005 From Under the Cork Tree 3x Platinum
February 5, 2007 Infinity on High Platinum
Singles and music videos
Year Single Album
2003 "Dead on Arrival" Take This to Your Grave
"Grand Theft Autumn / Where Is Your Boy"
2005 "Sugar, We're Goin Down" From Under the Cork Tree
2006 "A Little Less Sixteen Candles, a Little More 'Touch Me'"
2007 "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" Infinity on High
"The Carpal Tunnel of Love" (Digital single)
"Thnks fr th Mmrs"
""The Take Over, the Breaks Over""
"I'm Like a Lawyer with the Way I'm Always Trying to Get You Off (Me + You)"
Awards and nominations
MuchMusic Video Award - People's Choice: Favorite International Group for "Dance, Dance"
Kerrang! Award - Best Video for "Sugar, We're Goin Down"
Choice Music - Rock Track for "Dance, Dance"
Choice Music - Single for "Dance, Dance"
Choice Music - Rock Group
MTV Video Music Award - Viewer's Choice
MTV Video Music Award - MTV2 Award for "Sugar, We're Goin Down"
MuchMusic Video Award - nomination for Best International Group for "Dance, Dance"
MTV Video Music Awards Latin America - nomination for Best New Artist (International)
Kerrang! Award - nomination for Best Single for "Sugar We're Going Down"
Kerrang! Award - nomination for Best Album for "From Under the Cork Tree"
Kerrang! Award - nomination for Best Band on the Planet
Grammy Award - nomination for Best New Artist
MTV Video Music Award - nomination for Best Group Video for "Dance, Dance"
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