Way back in 2001, a newly formed Fall Out Boy released their first demo recordings. Self-titled as Fallout Boy – yes, two words instead of three – the demo appeared on cassette, CD, and vinyl. Last week, one of those lucky fans who got this early demo uploaded its three songs online. First we get older versions of “Switchblades And Infidelity” and “Growing Up,” both of which appeared on Fall Out Boy’s 2003 demo album Evening Out With Your Girlfriend. But we also got “A Nice Myth,” a previously unheard song. The uploader’s description said the song was labeled as “Moving Pictures,” but lyrics and music are too different to hear much resemblance to that song later included on Evening Out With Your Girlfriend.
“A Nice Myth” – uploaded from cassette – starts with Pete Wentz’s bass before guitar and drums come in. Patrick Stump croons the verse calmly, but the song starts to accumulate energy as we near the chorus. It’s a simple but fun recording that matches the band’s early style.
The uploader included its official lyrics, as printed in the cassette’s insert:
It’s a clever thing to say
And it’s a nice myth
That fall can never stay
It’s a nice myth
She said to me “Don’t close a door without cracking a window”
Well I’ve locked you up inside my heart
Did you say nothing is over while you’re crying your eyes out.
I’m sorry I’m still here Forget the door, we’ll build a wall, Jericho
Listen to the 2001 demo of “A Nice Myth” below:
You can also hear the 2001 demos of “Growing Up” (starting with an audio clip from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) and “Switchblades And Infidelity” below:
Fall Out Boy Today
Last November, Fall Out Boy released their second greatest hits compilation, Believers Never Die: Volume Two. It picks up where its predecessor, 2009’s Believers Never Die, left off, highlighting some of Fall Out Boy’s standout hits from Save Rock And Roll, American Beauty/American Psycho, and M A N I A. It also features two new songs: “Dear Future Self (Hands Up)” and “Bob Dylan.”
Pete Wentz recently revealed that Believers Never Die: Volume Two is Fall Out Boy’s last album with their Island Records contract. It’s unclear what label they’ll be on in the future when it’s time to release another record.
This year, Fall Out Boy will join Green Day and Weezer on their huge Hella Mega Tour. The European leg of the co-headlining tour will officially kick off on June 13th in Paris and end in Dublin on June 29th. Then it’ll pick up in North America, starting in Seattle on July 17th and finishing in Philadelphia on August 29th. Finally, the tour will go to Australia and New Zealand in November.
Tickets for the Hella Mega Tour are on sale now. Be sure to get tickets before it’s too late! Some dates have already sold out, so don’t wait!
Enjoy the newly unearthed “A Nice Myth” demo, and maybe revisit some early Fall Out Boy while you’re at it. Get ready to see the band with Green Day and Weezer later this year! (Assuming coronavirus doesn’t derail the tour…)
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