Fall Out Boy already have a hit single and video, an LP in the upper echelons of the Billboard albums chart, an MTV Video Music Award nomination and a headlining slot on the Warped Tour. So what more could they possibly want?
Well, for starters, they’d like R. Kelly to get off his lazy butt.
“Oh, man. Seriously, the thing that gets me through each day is the promise of ’Trapped in the Closet, Parts 6-10′ from R. Kelly. He needs to do it soon, because I cannot wait for that,” Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz laughed. “We have [parts 1-5] on DVD and we watch them at least once a day on our bus. R. Kelly is an absolute madman and an absolute genius. I think it’s brilliant, it’s like a train wreck, you can’t stop watching it. It’s very inspiring, I’m like, ’Wow, we should totally do something like this!’ ”
And he’s only half joking. With their video for “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down” firmly entrenched in the “TRL” countdown (see “Bizarre Fall Out Boy Video Gives New Meaning To The Term ’Young Buck’ “ ), the band has begun to think up video concepts for “Dance, Dance,” the second single off its From Under the Cork Tree album. And while the group is not planning on going to the, um, heights R. Kelly has, there are plans for an expanded, long-form clip.
“We’ve been talking about doing a prologue and epilogue for the ’Dance, Dance’ video, and releasing them on our Web site,” Wentz said. “I mean, ever since [Michael Jackson’s] ’Thriller’ was made, people have been trying to top that, and I don’t know if anyone has, or if they ever will. And I don’t know if Fall Out Boy are ready to do that, but maybe we’ll try.”
The band will work with director Alan Ferguson, who’s helmed clips for Jay-Z and 112, and as previously hinted at, the “Dance” video will pay homage to some of Fall Out Boy’s 1980s favorites. The video is tentatively scheduled to be shot next month, though according to Wentz, “tentatively” is the operative word.
“We do have some ideas for the video, and it’ll definitely be a nod to a lot of the things we’re into. I’d love to see us in mustaches and ’Miami Vice’ suits, but I don’t think it’ll happen,” he laughed. “But who knows. We’re so busy these days, it could all change within the hour.”
One thing that’s definitely not tentative is Fall Out Boy’s plans for the fall. They’ve already been announced as the headlining act on the third annual Nintendo Fusion Tour (see “Fall Out Boy Making Their Own Magic On Fall Headlining Tour” ). It’s the band’s first shot at a proper tour in support of Cork Tree, and Wentz is plenty excited. Plus, there’s the promise of plenty of free Nintendo swag.
“It’s our first big headlining tour, and you can’t really find a better sponsor as far as Nintendo is concerned. They pretty much just stay out of the way and let us do whatever we want,” Wentz said. “Plus, I have a Nintendo emulator on my computer, so I’m always playing, like, ’Excitebike’ and ’Ghosts ’n Goblins’ every four seconds, but I’m not really into new games. So maybe they can dust off some old games for me.”