POZ Decade: Fall Out Boy - Take This To Your Grave

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 30, 2013


Today PropertyOfZack is launching our sixth Decade feature in honor Fall Out Boy's Take This To Your Grave, which will be celebrating its ten year anniversary next week. Though the band has confirmed that we will not be getting a ten year tour for their debut full-length album, there’s no reason we can’t look back on the record together. We have commentary on the album via team members Deanna Chapman, Michael Sheffey, Adrienne Fisher, and Brittany Oblak. Enjoy and reblog to let us know your thoughts on Take This To Your Grave ten years later! 

How did Take This To Your Grave change FOB’s future
Take This To Your Grave was the first full-length album Fall Out Boy recorded in the studio. This album created a significant fan base for them and then they began to tour, playing in small venues. They had been the opening act for bands such as Yellowcard, Taking Back Sunday, and blink-182. Performing with bands like that, how could Fall Out Boy not gain some recognition? Although the album didn’t make the Billboard charts when it first came out, it definitely had a positive impact on the band’s future. A media buzz surrounded the album and TV stations such as FUSE and mtvU began airing their videos for “Saturday” and “Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy.” That exposure gave them the recognition they needed to be picked up for their next album, From Under The Cork Tree. TTTYG proved that Stump and Wentz were capable of writing great songs and catching people’s attention. For this being their first full-length effort, the band started with high standards. The album ultimately launched the band forward and allowed them to continue with their music career. – Deanna Chapman 

Most important song on Take This To Your Grave
There’s no doubt that TTTYG is hailed as one of the albums, if not the album, that made Fall Out Boy. And as far as important song goes, there are two obvious contenders: The quintessential pop-punk anthem “Saturday,” with Stump’s pensive vocal reflection (written by Wentz) on potential thrills in a standstill life and Wentz’s belting screams that project a sense of urgency and chaos; and the catchy, if less heavy, “Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy” with an a cappella intro that grabs the audience from the start and keeps them chanting throughout. Despite my longing for pop-punk heritage, the clear winner has to be “Grand Theft Autumn.” This song and video put Fall Out Boy on the track to stardom and was on FUSE and Target’s in-store video/radio broadcasts all across the country in a matter of months.  It’s more catchy and poppy feel grabbed anyone from show-going fanboys to random radio listeners shopping for groceries. Though the success of this song was not truly felt until the album’s follow up, From Under The Cork Tree,which surged TTTYG sales dramatically, it’s clear that “Grand Theft Autumn” was the audience frontrunner. Everyone and their mother knows and loves this song. – Mike Sheffey

Fall Out Boy follow up to Take This To Your Grave 
We’re all pretty familiar with the trajectory of Fall Out Boy’s career - rocketeering mainstream success, some interesting stylistic departures, inevitable fame-weary hiatus, and the recent resurrection marked by the glory-hallelujahs of fans all over the world. But following immediately the release of Take This to Your Grave was the underground takeover of the pop-punk scene of the early 2000s, one that at the time was largely dominated by the sterling roster of Drive-Thru Records darlings. FOB followed up its soon-to-be-beloved full-length with relentless touring, supporting bands like Mest and Less Than Jake before amping up enough momentum to start headlining the clubs themselves.

By then, those guitar swings that Pete and Joe had been perfecting at every show had become nothing short of their trademark. In May 2004, they released an often-overlooked acoustic EP titled (deep breath) My Heart Will Always Be the B-Side To My Tongue, featuring some gouging emo acoustic tunes. Included was an unplugged “Grand Theft Autumn,” one very uncomfortable Joy Division cover, and most notably, the demo version of “Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner,” which was the world’s first glimpse into what was to come in From Under the Cork Tree. In the year to follow, the full-band version of that song appeared on Purevolume, “Sugar, We’re Going Down” materialized onto Top 40 radio airwaves everywhere, Pete Wentz survived a suicide attempt and miraculously FUTCTemerged to the world, courtesy of major label Island Records.

The album was received with ravenous approval by fans and critics alike, featuring the same, sharp-tongued attitude as TTTYG that drew discontented emo fans in in the first place. Yet, it newly reeked of a more developed self-awareness that was easily traceable via the satirical commentary on their success or the thinly veiled sexual innuendo that found its way onto nearly every track. Such ideas were ones that no one was seeing as addressed by any other pop-punk contemporary of the time, and it’s no surprise that with Cork Tree, FOB began to break away from the underground and create the new craze. – Adrienne Ray Fisher

How does Take This To Your Grave hold up in 2013
Take This To Your Grave may not have been the album that made Chicago soft-core outfit Fall Out Boy blow up the popular music charts, but in the world of pop-punk and alternative music, it was the shot heard ‘round the world.  An album inspired by the it’s predecessors like Taking Back Sunday’s Tell All Your Friends (there are choruses on these albums that are literally identical in sound) and Brand New’s Deja Entendu now stands in the same immortality.

For many people (myself included) this was one of those ever so crucial “gateway drug” albums that open your little New Found Glory-loving brain to a whole new world of music. My friend and I bought some Midtown albums because Pete Wentz wore their hoodie; I started listening to Joy Division because of their “Love Will Tear Us Apart” cover.  The influence of this album on the scene as well as many kid’s personal music collections is invaluable and undeniable.  Even the younger crowd who might’ve missed that whole 2003-2003 period of amazing albums can appreciate this, thanks to their permanent mark and constantly praised releases.

This album was created with and for spite, angst, being completely lovesick. From the start with that infamous dial tone, this delivers a little under an hour of non-stop one-liners and perfect group shouts. Let’s face it: just because you leave your teens doesn’t mean your angst does. With lines like “Let’s play this game called when you catch fire / I wouldn’t piss to put you out” and “If I could move I’m sure it would only be to crawl back to you / I must’ve dragged my guts a block but I’m sure they were gone by the time we talked” these quips at relationships gone awry can’t go wrong. 

With their recent “comeback”, I’ve been giving this youngest child album more attention and I’m sure everyone else has too. This album started with you, grew up with you, and still stands the test of time because it is flawless. It can be a Band-Aid, a source of nostalgia, or a new exploration, and it always serves its purpose. Unlike Winona Ryder, your teen-angst bullshit never had a body count because it has Take This To Your Grave– Brittany Oblak 

Take This To Your Grave's legacy
Patrick Stump said that Fall Out Boy didn’t want to come back for the wrong reasons. He said the band wouldn’t tour solely on the merit of Take This To Your Grave, solely because they didn’t want to turn those songs into a commodity; “It’d cheapen everything that you and I feel about that album.” And that bottles how fans feel about Take This To Your Grave ten years after we stopped being able to sleep in the wake of Saturday, or learned why that Mick made our list of things to do today: the memories behind the record are just about tangible. 

The straight-up pop punk behind Take This To Your Grave paved the radio-friendly pop rock of From Under the Cork Tree, but that’s not why we remember it. Heck, Evening Out With Your Girlfriend influenced TTTYG, and we’ve spent years trying to forget that. So why has Take This To Your Grave stuck? 

It’s timeless. The power chord guitar solo on “Dead On Arrival” kicked ass ten years ago, and it kicks ass now. So do the short-fast-and-loud ballsiness of “Reinventing the Wheel (To Run Myself Over)” and Stump and Motion City Soundtrack’s Justin Pierre harmonizing toe-to-toe on “Chicago Is So Two Years Ago.” And much like the music, the themes of the album — heartbreak, nostalgia, and youthful optimism — never go out of style. — Erik van Rheenen

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    Reading this has made me even MORE excited to see FOB next weekend, if that’s even possible.
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