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11 Things You Didn't Know About Fall Out Boy

From pop-punk prodigies to arena headliners, Fall Out Boy have had a stunning career—and it's time to learn a little more about the "Centuries" rockers

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Their name is a 'Simpsons' reference


Bands are always getting asked where their name came from. The secret is that most have no real meaning, that it just "sounded right." Fall Out Boy's story is a little bit more interesting—they were accidentally christened by a fan! The tale goes like this: The guys played a show without completely agreeing on a name. Legend has it their original moniker was something verbose, and maybe even a Tom Waits reference. The Illinois act went through a list of possible names at an early performance and a fan yelled out, "F*ck that! No! You're Fall Out Boy!" The rest is history.

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They hold the record for most interviews conducted in 24 hours

Frontmen Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump hold the record for the most interviews completed in a 24-hour period, when they busted out a whopping 72 chats. A weird—and difficult—accomplishment, but one the guys hold dear to their heart. "I remember there was one interview in Salt Lake where the guy kind of had us by the balls because we needed him to conduct the interview to break the record," Stump told the English publication Rocksound. "He was a dick. He knew it, too. We had to talk to him for five minutes and it was five minutes of hell, because he was a total jerk." At the end of the day, Fall Out Boy had the final laugh.

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Pete Wentz was once mistaken for author E. L. James

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Yup. A fan once mistook the FOB bassist for E. L. James, the mega-successful author of Fifty Shades of Grey. Wentz described the mishap to Rocksound thusly: "A woman walked through the Barnes and Noble or whatever was like, 'Are they doing a signing for Fifty Shades of Grey?' [I was] like, 'This is wild.' If you explained this to me like 12 years ago...I wish I wrote that book!" If the band thing somehow peters out, Pete could always try his hand at erotic lit. 

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Joe Trohman once slept in a dog cage

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Guitarist Joe Trohman took a little cat nap in a dog cage. The reason is kinda unknown. "It's documented on an old DVD," Trohman explained. "It wasn't a night. It was, like, five minutes at the most and then put on a DVD. You can spin that story anyway you want when it's on film, you know? I was also 17. Do a lot of 17-year-olds spend a lot of time in a dog cage? I think they do!" We're gonna go with "no."

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Fall Out Boy's first gig? Opening for a Black Sabbath cover band

Black Sabbath, 1970: Bill Ward, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler in , (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage)
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A band's first concert is always terrible. Great, too, because it's the real deal. You're on a stage, hopefully there are people in a crowd to watch you...but that's about it. Fall Out Boy's debut show was just like that, in a cafeteria at De Paul University, when they opened for a Black Sabbath cover band. Bonus trivia: The Sabbath pretenders decided to play the legendary metal band's self-titled record in its entirety.

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Fall Out Boy cites the Get Up Kids as their biggest influence

Fall Out Boy formed after pop-punk proved, with acts like Green Day and Blink-182, that it could reach universal fame. You'd think FOB's main influences might come from the Southern California icons, but no! The band look to their fellow Midwestern acts and found heroes in the beloved emo artists the Get Up Kids. Their band names even share a similar flavor, huh?

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Pete Wentz guest starred on 'One Tree Hill'

At one point in the mid-2000s, One Tree Hill was the teen dream (move over Gilmore Girls, The O.C., all that crap). When One Tree Hill started getting some real traction, they invited Fall Out Boy heartthrob Pete Wentz onto the show as a love interest for leading lady Peyton Sawyer (Hilarie Burton). Wentz played himself (not well, we might add), and took a few jokes at his expense. Moira Kelly's character, Karen Roe, couldn't get homeboy's band name down to save her life, incorrectly calling 'em Fall Down Boy and Freak Out Boy. Check out the clip here.

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Andy Hurley identifies as an "anarcho-primitivist"

EVERETT, WA - DECEMBER 08: Drummer Andy Hurley of Fall Out Boy performs onstage during 106.1 KISS FM's Jingle Ball 2013, at C
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A quick glance at drummer Andy Hurley and you can tell the dude is the most hardcore fellow in Fall Out Boy—those neck tattoos and full sleeves don't lie. In addition to being a totally gnarly looking guy, Hurley has (or, we should say, had) some gnarly political beliefs. Hurley used to identify as an "anarcho-primitivist," which, the internet tells us, describes someone who believes people should behave as they did 10,000 years ago. Judging by Hurley's strict vegan/straight-edge lifestyle, it sort of makes sense.

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FOB and Bill Murray share a hometown

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While Fall Out Boy maintain a strict Chicago band identity, truth be told, they hail from a suburb...you know, like all emo and pop-punk bands ever? FOB HQ is Wilmette, Illinois, the very same place actor Bill Murray calls home. Cool, huh?

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Fall Out Boy's idea to release a video for every song on 'Save Rock and Roll' was inspired by Daft Punk

Save Rock and Roll was Fall Out Boy's 2013 return from a lengthy hiatus, plus their statement as a reformed crew. The album marked their move from the straightforward pop-punk tunes of their youth to something more complicated, with genre-bending sounds and new verve. It turns out FOB's move towards more complex music also had an impact on their overall art; the band decided to give Save Rock and Roll an accompanying video series dubbed The Young Blood Chronicles. Their inspiration? Robots! French robots! Daft Punk's Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem, the all-out video component to their 2001 record Discovery, was Fall Out Boy's blueprint.

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The band has a long-standing relationship with hip-hop

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Casual Fall Out Boy listeners and non-fanatics probably don't know that the band has a long-standing relationship with hip-hop. The guys have been buds with Gym Class Heroes forever, with the band eventually signing to Pete Wentz's record label, Decaydance (now known as DCD2). When Fall Out Boy ended their three-year hiatus, their big single was 2013's "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light 'Em Up)" featuring the one and only 2 Chainz. Last year FOB took it one step further and recorded a song with Lupe Fiasco for the Chicago Bulls. This year, Fall Out Boy will embark on a co-headlining tour alongside Wiz Khalifa. All together now: that sh*t cray.

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