Riff: Fall Out Boy – “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up)”

Feb 18, 2013

I’ve got the scars from tomorrow and I wish you could see/That you’re the antidote to everything except for me

After a four-year hiatus, FOB return with a late 90s teen horror-inspired fantasy about bumping off all the main rivals for an unrequited love. Quite where this unexpected fusion of squealing hair metal and emphatic hip-hop beats fits in with their mission to “save rock and roll” is anyone’s guess; [LISTEN].

  • Shannon

    I’m having such an issue with people and their inability to accept that a band or single artist goes outside their normal genre and creates a song outside the box fans, critics and more have created for them. Since when was it written in stone that if you’re a metal band you can only create metal music? The same for country, rap, hip-hop, r&b, punk, pop, grunge etc… Music is about inspiration, creativity, experimentation and a lot more! Society continues to put restrictions and assassin ideals on everything and if anyone decides to try or walk a different path, they end-up freaking out, criticizing or going to the extreme of having nothing to do with it at all. I say THANK YOU FOR BEING AN INDIVIDUAL AND TRYING SOMETHING NEW/DIFFERENT AND F*** WHAT ANYONE THINKS!!! I really like the song and give them props for trying something different. We all have our opinions and that’s what makes the world go round but lets base them on facts, reality and logical reasoning.

    • Karl

      To back up mista O’Brien

      The problem here is that FOB is not actually trying anything new, risky, different, or exciting – they’re taking several cliches from various genres (namely radio-pop, hair metal, and some hip hop) and mixing them together, even though these elements fuse together about as well as oil and water and sound about as good as that mix would taste.

      My two cents.

Riff by Jon O'Brien

Jon O'Brien is a UK-based staff writer for SONGLYRICS. He holds a journalism degree from the University of Central Lancashire and has written thousands of biographies and reviews for Allmusic.com, among several other pieces for established music publications.

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