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Why you should start listening to Fall Out Boy again


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“In 2015, “American Beauty/ American Psycho” was released, but to a much less appreciative crowd.”

In their heyday, Fall Out Boy brought us brilliant singles such as “Sugar, We’re Going Down”, “Thnks fr th Mmrs”, and “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race”. Somewhere along the way, they lost their fan base and ended up taking a few years to regroup. In 2013, Fall Out Boy came out with their first album in ages– “Save Rock and Roll”.

“Save Rock and Roll” came with not only amazing new music, but also a slew of collaborations with other immensely talented artists such as Elton John and Big Sean.

Hits like “Our Songs Know What You Did In The Dark” played repeatedly on the radio, topping charts everywhere, while also bringing us lesser known, but still terrific songs such as “Just One Yesterday”.

In 2015, “American Beauty/ American Psycho” was released, but to a much less appreciative crowd. While “Save Rock and Roll” received rave reviews, “American Beauty/ American Psycho” barely got any mention at all.

This is ludacris, in my humble opinion, as “American Beauty/ American Psycho” is one of Fall Out Boy’s best albums, if not the best.

So many former fans say the same thing over and over when asked why they dislike the band’s newest music- they prefer their old sound. But let’s review, Fall Out Boy left the spotlight around 2008 after their dud of an album, “Folie a Deux”. Five years is a long time.

Back in the 2005-2008 time frame, Fall Out Boy’s music was marketed to a younger crowd. During their sabbatical, it’s obvious that they grew as musicians’. While their sound is less “emo” and edgy, it’s still maintained an alternative/ rock vibe, but with far more mature lyrics.

If none of this convinces you, here is a list of Fall Out Boy’s ten best songs since returning to the music scene:

1) “Jet Pack Blues” from American Beauty/ American Psycho

2) “Just One Yesterday” from Save Rock and Roll

3) “Fourth of July” from American Beauty/ American Psycho

4) “Favorite Record” from American Beauty/ American Psycho

5) “Alone Together” from Save Rock and Roll

6) “Miss Missing You” from Save Rock and Roll

7) “Twin Skeleton’s (Hotel In NYC)” from American Beauty/ American Psycho

8) “Death Valley” from Save Rock and Roll

9) “American Beauty/ American Psycho” from American Beauty/ American Psycho

10) “Novocaine” from American Beauty/ American Psycho

If you were a Fall Out Boy in the past and gave up on them, be prepared to fall in love again. If you never liked Fall Out Boy, give their new work a listen.

The sound may be different, but the meaning and the heart is still there.


These are a few of Whim’s favorite things

Here at Whim, we decided to list our favorite things to help those who are still fighting through finals week.

“The bendy straws at Papa John’s in Dalton make my day.

Watching Netflix on my phone between classes really relaxes me.

The mural of an old guy in Porterfield by the side entrance never fails to inspire me.”

-Danika Padin

“It’s a beautiful place to live and study. I feel like I’m walking through a postcard every time I go to class.

You can do whatever you want to do academically, because there are resources to support you work and professors who care about your success.

People who want to be here love it here, and their passion shows in their work. It’s infectious, and it’s inspiring.”

-Rachel Klein

banquet selfies“The professors are incredibly knowledgeable and only want the best for you.

The diversity of students here is amazing (and it’s not too hard to get accepted), so there are all types of people here.

I love how close everything is in Radford. Being from NOVA, it’s nice to be able to walk everywhere!”

-Erin Cafferty

“Smaller class sizes with one-on-one time with your professor.

Every type of student.

All the opportunities are available to you if you look.

Highlander rolls!”

-Rebecca Lynch

“Moffett quad, Highlander rolls, and all the opportunities outside of class.”

Whimmers a the banquet. Graphic from Danika Padin
Whimmers a the banquet. Graphic from Danika Padin

-Sydney Crawson

“My three favorite things about Radford….the small class sizes, the number of resources available to students on campus and Starbucks.”

-McKenzie Gibbons

“The professors, the community and the campus itself!”

-Janie Maitland

“I love the community. We’re always looking for an excuse to get united under a common flag and they’ve always been there for eachother when times are tough. It’s unlike anything I’ve seen anywhere else.

I love student media because you’ll never meet a more cohesive group of people that will put aside their differences to make an amazing product and I love the experience of growing from a helpless lost Freshman to feeling like you have an important role to play in the community as a senior.”

-Julian Guerra