Monday, January 22, 2007

Fall Out Boy hurt by album falling out online

Pete WentzWe could just about muster some sympathy for Pete Wentz if he said "it's probably going to cost me a few bob, this leaking of the new album onto the internet" - but no, he has to go and claim he's only upset by what it means for his artistic vision:

"This isn't the end of the world, (but) it certainly feels pretty terrible."

Wentz pointed the finger of blame at "vultures" who ruined their artistic vision. He added: "As an artist we have a vision for how we want out record to be presented and this isn't it. It is unfortunate that a couple of vultures in a plant somewhere can ruin this vision so easily."

Don't vultures fall onto dead stuff and rip it to pieces? Is he sure he wanted to compare his new record to a corpse?

Of course, we're sure Wentz had visions of young girls running home with copies of the CD on launch day, turning down the lights, lighting some candles, loosening their clothes a little and sitting, rapt, upon the floor, every last note hung upon.

But it's not going to happen, Pete - regardless of if they get it off the torrents or iTunes, they'll whack it into their iPods and skip through half the tracks and play the others with one earpiece out and most of their attention fixed on their phones.

Wentz is forgiving of his people, though:

"We appreciate those of you who are still waiting but like I said, we understand those who have to sneak a peek at the presents under the tree the night before.

Please remember that as the music industry changes more and more, we only put out record so we can keep touring and travelling. We want to keep this going for as long as possible.

"Obviously your support helps that. Please take this into consideration with whatever decision you make when it comes to downloading the record and buying it when it is released."

Yes, not buying the album might mean Fall Out Boy never play another gig. The good news, of course, is that you don't even have to illegally download a copy - you can help keep Fall Out Boy at home simply by doing nothing at all. Happy endings all round.


Anonymous said...

I don't get it? is he saying that the real fans are the ones who buy the records or the ones who go to gigs. I mean one minute he's complaining people aren't buy his records, the next they're not as important as the tours the fund?? So basically if you should feel obliged to buy the band's record if you go to their gigs or else you're a traitor...

then again i honestly don't even know who this band are so I shouldn't worry.

Anonymous said...

Well, I dislike Fallout Boy as much as anyone, but I don't see how this is any different from the online message that, say Sleater-Kinney put out for their last album. Double standards by any chance?

Anonymous said...

So I can do nothing and hinder Fall Out Boy's "music" career? Count me in.

Anonymous said...

You people are assholes. You obviously dont know Peter and the boys. Perhaps you should pull your heads out of your collective asses and get to know this band and great music, solid sound and love for pop/punk that they produce.

Simon Hayes Budgen said...

2.02 AM Anonymous...

You're right, Sleater-Kinney did put out an almost equally pompous statement when their album leaked. At the time, I gave it a dubious "hmm" but weighed it as "a fair enough plea."

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Which I imagine could be double standards. Indeed, re-reading Sleater-Kinney's letter, I do wish I'd snorted a little more loudly at the time. But, yes, bands which exhibit a little creativity and inspiration do tend to get an easier ride here.

Fall Out Boy and Sleater-Kinney are, clearly, operating at different levels. It's the difference between having your own style and Hot Topic, isn't it? And it's why telling someone the ending of Psycho ruins a great movie, while telling people how the Sixth Sense ends just saves everyone a lot of time.

Simon Hayes Budgen said...

1.14 anonymous:

I have heard Fall Out Boy. I don't detest them because I haven't "got to know" them; I detest them because I

Anonymous said...

That was a rather useless article. Why dont you shove it up your ass? You're bad mouthing a band that could give two shits about the nasty comments you have. If you are all so fucking amazing, then why is it the members of Fall Out Boy are the famous ones, and you're reduced to writing asinine articles, and comments?

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