What Are Some Facts About Fall Out Boy?


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The name of the band Fall Out Boy comes from a reference on “The Simpsons," its first gig was opening for a Black Sabbath cover band, it holds the record for most interviews conducted in 24 hours, and its biggest influence is The Get Up Kids. Fall Out Boy took a hiatus from 2009 to 2012, reemerging in 2013.

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While there are many theories about where the band’s name comes from, Fall Out Boy is actually a reference to the popular TV show “The Simpsons.” On the show, Fall Out Boy serves as the sidekick to the fictional superhero Radioactive Man, one of Bart’s favorite comics. The band got the name from a fan who screamed it at them during an early gig. Fall Out Boy’s first real show was opening for a Black Sabbath cover band in a cafeteria at De Paul University.

The band once gave 72 interviews in 24 hours, setting the record for most interviews conducted in a single day. Band members Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump conducted the interviews over the course of one day in Salt Lake City. The last interviewer they met with antagonized the band, knowing that they needed his interview to break the record.

While Fall Out Boy is commonly seen as a successor to pop punk bands such as Blink 182 and Green Day, the band’s actual influences run a bit deeper underground. They cite Midwestern emo icons The Get Up Kids as the biggest influence on their musical style. The Kansas City band released four albums before disbanding in 2005.

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