I’m as baffled as anyone that Fall Out Boy has endured for more than a decade. Was there any band that seemed trendier in 2006, more destined to be a bullet point in a “Rememba the Early 2000’s?” listicle in 2018, than Fall Out Boy? That’s certainly what I expected.
Yet they had a Top 10 hit in 2015, and have a major release scheduled for two weeks from now. And it’s getting legitimate buzz. What the hell.
Today’s song doesn’t bring us back to the beginning (a tiny release in 2003), nor to the beginning most people know (“Sugar We’re Going Down” in 2005), but to their funkiest, most ambitious album, Folie à Deux, from 2008 (my favorite rock critic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, compared it to Sgt. Pepper’s with a straight face). It was headlined by this “I Don’t Care,” which has a vicious guitar line, a banging chorus, and deliciously psychotic lyrics. It’s easily my most-listened FOB song, maybe even my favorite.