The Foo Fighters have a song called “Cheer Up Boys Your Make Up Is Running.” Some at the time believed it to be written about Fall Out Boy. Keep that it mind as you read about bassist Pete Wentz, who put on his war paint. He wants to be the soundtrack of the gun control movement.
We have just one thing in common: weapons in the form of words.
I take no pride in writing this. The Editor-at-Large and I actually like the band. “Save Rock and Roll” as an album is flawless. But I’ve always thought Wentz was a toolbag. As far #NationalWalkoutDay pandering goes (see Andrew Cuomo Pretends He’s Dead For Gun Control #NationalWalkoutDay and School Shooting Survivor: ‘National Walkout is Disrespectful to Victims’), I give this an eight out of ten.
As gun control again overtakes the national conversation, Fall Out Boy and G-Eazy announced Monday that they will co-headline a Washington, D.C. concert, dubbed Stay Amped, that will benefit the gun-violence prevention groups Giffords and Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund. After seeing how the students of Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have rallied together to create a unified voice against gun violence, Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz tells Rolling Stone that his band wanted to boost their signal.
“I think [the students’] first-person perspective is really powerful,” he says. “This is not a think tank or a lobby group…”
No, it’s just organized by think tanks and lobby groups. Please continue.
“…these are kids who have gone through what we are talking about. It’s powerful. Instead of the nation moving on this time, the kids are saying no. That’s something I want to be the soundtrack to.”
We actually have a list of new songs Wentz is working on.
- “A Little Less Thoughts and Prayers, A Little More Gun Confiscation”
- “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s An Arms Race A Gun Free Zone”
- “I’m Like a Lawyer With All The Ways I’m Trying to Get the Broward County Sheriff’s Department Off.”
- “My Songs Don’t Know What You Did in History Class”
- “Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is David Hogg”
What annoys me the most about this new gun control push isn’t that I think it’s going to be effective. It won’t be. It’s adorbs to see the left believing the key ingredient to gun control’s success is the cast of Glee: Thoughts and Prayers Deez Nuts. What I’m annoyed by is the apparent rush of bands trying to ruin themselves. But the best of us can find happiness in misery.
Some legends are told. Some turn to dust or to gold. But you will remember me, as doucheberries.
Not that I’m saying bands should shut up about politics. They have the same right to speak out on issues they know nothing about as just as much as high school teenyboppers nom nomming on Tide pods. Just that the “art” they “create” is going to suck hard.
Maybe after Fall Out Boy releases “No More Gunz” they can raise from their pitiful ashes like a phoenix.