In what is either a frank confessional or the most meta-performance art song ever written by an emo band, producer and Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump took to his blog yesterday to discuss the failure of his solo album Soul Punk and call himself a "27-year-old has-been."
The singer was reacting to one writer's editorial on music site underthegunreview.net, which discussed how FOB's third album From Under the Cork Tree changed his life. In response, Stump posted a lengthy screed on his website, detailing his career both with and after Fall Out Boy and his dramatic weight loss.
"The barrage of 'We liked you better fat,' the threatening letters to my home, the kids that paid for tickets to my solo shows to tell me how much I sucked without Fall Out Boy, that wasn’t something I suppose I was or ever will be ready for," wrote Stump. "That’s dedication. That’s real palpable anger. Add into that the economic risk I had taken [In short: I blew my nest egg on that record and touring in support of it] the hate really crushed me."
Because Fall Out Boy sold more than seven million albums worldwide, Stump claimed that he "can’t even go back to playing basement shows" and that "it’s as though I’ve received some big cosmic sign that says I should disappear."
Sounds pretty... emo, right? Read the whole thing over at Stump's blog. So what do you think: is Stump a has-been at just 27 years old? Tell us in the comments below.