For those of you that don’t know, I was an internet radio DJ for over 3 years on a worldwide rock/alternative station. I had a show a few days a week for 3 hours at a time called “The Amanda LePore Show.” (Yeah… not a very creative name, I know, but whatever!)
I had a lot of fun doing it and it helped me be able to share my love of music with the world, so I decided to try a music post out.
So I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but Fall Out Boy just released their music video yesterday for their song “Irresistible” off their album “American Beauty / American Psycho.” I just watched the first video they had out of the song today featuring Doug the Pug so it instantly got the cute points. I’m so surprised that dog put up with all the different costumes!
Here’s the link to that video if adorable pugs make you happy.
But the video that really has the Internet talking was their new one, which you can see for yourselves here.
For this music video, Fall Out Boy decided to channel an old-school boy band that we all knew and loved in the late 90’s/early 2000’s… oh, what am I saying, we STILL love N’Sync!
Do any of you remember “It’s Gonna Be Me”? Flashback time! Yep, the good ol’ action figures/dolls coming out of their boxes and dancing with the choreographed boy band routine. I love it. I think it was a super creative music video that went over really well in the early 2000’s. I have memories of kissing the TV screen every time Justin Timberlake came on screen… I loved him, ramen hair and all. (But oh honey, just look at him now! He is a very handsome man… just sayin’!)
Going back to Fall Out Boy now… They were so inspired by this music video that they decided to base THEIR music video off of it! No no no, this wasn’t a case of the artist not being creative enough to come up with their own stuff. This was a blatant homage to N’Sync. They got the original director for the N’Sync video Wayne Isham to direct their music video, PLUS even got Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick (two of the original N’Sync members) to make cameos in the music video as well (Kirkpatrick playing the factory manufacturer alongside Demi Lovato, Fatone playing the store employee also alongside Lovato).
Knowing this background information, viewers begin to appreciate the music video even more. Both Fatone and Kirkpatrick made references to N’Sync and their love for them by showing affection to the dolls, while the FOB dolls get thrown aside.
Now when I first watched the video, I admit that I’m a disgrace and didn’t catch all of the references. Looking back (and reading interviews), I was able to catch a lot more of them. I was distracted by Demi Lovato (girl crush alert! She is super talented and GORGEOUS.) I was not surprised to see that they did sexualize the video a bit by having Lovato’s bra showing in her various outfits, but hey, ain’t nothing wrong with that! More power to her for being confident! (Slight pun to her newest single!)
Overall, I thought the music video was very cute and well-done! Fans of N’Sync, Fall Out Boy and Demi Lovato alike will enjoy it.
My review of the song? I love the lyrics, as I do with many Fall Out Boy songs. I think that’s one of their strengths as a band. They do very well with coming up with clever lyrics and melodies that get stuck in your head. I do feel that Lovato’s powerful vocals and harmonies perfectly accent the song. It adds extra pizzazz to the song that I feel is missing in the original. I did listen to this version before the original first, so I admit that could cloud my judgment.
If for some CRAZY reason you can’t stand Demi Lovato’s vocals, check out this music video which is the original version of the song without her addition. It also is a pretty entertaining music video, also having to do with basketball (which makes sense as to why they had Doug the Pug playing basketball in the first music video I linked.)
I am SO GLAD that Fall Out Boy got back together after a few years of a hiatus. I was extremely bummed during that break because I have been a fan since “From Under the Cork Tree.” (I didn’t listen to their first album, so I caught up with their catchy songs like “Dance, Dance” and “Sugar, We’re Going Down.”) I have never gotten to see Fall Out Boy live, but they are on my list! I did get to see Patrick Stump when he played his solo work at the Rock N’ Roll Hotel in DC. That was a fun show AND I got to meet him!
Yes, that’s totally him with bleached blonde hair. He didn’t look anything like the Patrick Stump we’ve come to know and love, but according to these music videos, he seems to be getting back to his old self (not that there was anything wrong with this self!) I was shaking so much during these photos. Ignore his look of concern, he loves me, OK?!
Now… What does the song itself MEAN? Well, according to this Rolling Stone article written a year ago yesterday, Pete Wentz wrote on the official band website that the song is about the “fatal attraction of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen.” Wentz was quoted saying ‘When I think of ‘Irresistible,’ it brings this image to my head, whether it’s fictional or real, of Sid and Nancy in an alley, garbage raining down on them in an eternal spiral of romance and poison. Sometimes it [sic] hard not to love what can hurt us the most.”
True words, Pete Wentz!
The TL;DR version of all this: Check out new FOB music video with Demi Lovato. Homage to N’Sync’s “It’s Gonna Be Me.” Very good.