By G.W. Schulz
It's tough to come up with your own musical concepts and ideas when your schedule is loaded with photo sessions and magazine interviews inquiring about your sex life on behalf of thousands of barely legal teenage girls.
How does Fall Out Boy have time to write music these days? They’re everywhere ‘cept behind their instruments. They're on the cover of Rolling Stone. They're on the cover of Spin. Shit, the New Yorker even ran a piece on them, dutifully highlighting in the photo that one guy who insists on liberally applying mascara and not wearing a shirt. You're no Iggy Pop, douchebag. Who is their publicist fellating to get all this good press, by the way? Do people still buy this trash? Most of all, why is Microsoft Word telling me not to use “fellatio” as a verb, or even “douchbag” as a noun? Perhaps the new Word version in Microsoft Vista will list “Fall Out Boy” among the alternatives for “douchebags.”
Anyway, it looks like Nicholas Hans of the now-defunct Knives Out is considering legal action against Fall Out Douche for ripping off the image that appeared on a shirt Knives Out was selling a few years ago in 2001 while on tour.
The shirt depicts a hand with a ribbon tied around the wrist and a caption reading "Don't open until after X-Mas." An almost identical phrase and overall concept appears in the lyrics of a Fall Out Boy song.
It's not the first time Fall Out Boy has been accused of ripping off someone else. The band settled with former American Nightmare vocalist (and revered lyricist/poet) Wesley Eisold after allegedly lifting some material from published poetry and American Nightmare lyrics belonging to Eisold.
American Nightmare played mostly straight-ahead East Coast hardcore and broke up a few years ago shortly after switching their name to Give up the Ghost. These days, Eisold is performing with Some Girls, featuring members of the Locust and Unbroken (even further back, some of you may remember the Swing Kids and Crimson Curse; this crew – stretching from SoCal to Massachusetts – has history all over the place). Apparently, Weisold even received published credit for three songs on Fall Out Boy's new record, "Infinity on High." These dudes can't even write their own lyrics, and we're still giving them loads of good press? Cruel world.
Fall Out Boy’s unfortunate connections to the more obscure elements of hardcore are well-documented. Decaydance, the label of Fall Out Douche bassist Pete Wentz, recently signed the reformed and hugely influential ‘90s New Jersey band Lifetime, a fact that’s apparently weirding out everyone.