To celebrate the return of Fall Out Boy with Save Rock And Roll, Mind Equals Blown has a slew of new content today, ranging from retrospective reviews of the band’s discography to 6-Word Reviews of the new album. Keeping up with the theme, this week’s 3 Of The Week focuses on some of my personal favorite Fall Out Boy songs. If you can manage to stop spinning the new record, these songs should keep your buzz going.
1. “I’m Like A Lawyer With The Way I’m Always Trying To Get You Off (Me & You)” from Infinity On High
There’s something about the way that Patrick Stump sings the verses on this song that gets me every time. It seriously just feels good. The guitar parts are spot-on, and that prechorus is perfect. While the chorus itself doesn’t quite meet the level they’ve reached in other songs, it isn’t bad by any means. The bridge is among the band’s best, with the lyrics “the best way to make it through with hearts and wrists intact is to realize that two out of three ain’t bad” standing out as some of the best ever penned by Pete Wentz. It took me a while to get into Infinity On High when it was released, but this song played a big part in helping to remedy that wrong.
2. “My Heart Is The Worst Kind Of Weapon” from My Heart Will Always Be The B-Side To My Tongue
It might seem a little strange to pick the acoustic version of a B-side as one of your favorite songs by a band, but a single listen should be enough to make the choice seem completely justified. This version takes a good song and raises it to the next level. Stump’s voice is flawless throughout, and the guitar parts simply work better in this setting. The instrumental ending is spectacular on acoustics, particularly when it gets to the point where the chords are held out. I have a feeling that next to no one really knows this song as much as they should, so hopefully this helps right that wrong. Also, this band needs to record more acoustic versions of its songs.
3. “Headfirst Slide Into Cooperstown On A Bad Bet” from Folie à Deux
This is the most-played Fall Out Boy song in my library, and the race isn’t even close. From the first notes to the very ending, I love every bit of the aesthetic of this track. With lyrics like “I don’t just want to be a footnote in someone else’s happiness” and “what if you peaked early,” there’s an abundance of great lines in this song – and that’s not even taking into account the tremendous chorus. The piano and string parts help make for the exact right atmosphere, and accent the core elements of the band’s sound perfectly. It’s easy to see why this is the song chosen from Folie à Deux for inclusion in the retrospective section of “What A Catch, Donnie” – it’s simply the best the band’s ever done.