The late 90’s and early 2000’s were fueled by the glitz and glam of mainstream boy bands and pop princesses, but fourteen miles north of Chicago’s downtown district a man by the name of Pete Wentz began to gain recognition in the underground punk scene. In 2001, he decided to break away from the hardcore punk scene and form a band with his friend, Joe Trohman. Trohman later met Patrick Stump, who had intended to audition to as a drummer but was later convinced that his soulful alternative voice was the direction that band needed to take. The band name alone proved to be a difficult decision between Stump and Wentz; after their second performance together the name became consolidated as an audience member yelled out ” F*** that, no, you are Fall Out Boy!” not realizing that this would be a household name to every pop-rock/ alternative teenager in the world.
After drummer, Andy Hurley, joined this pop-punk band their slow but steady rise to fame broke through charts in 2005 when their single, Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down, hit number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100. Fall Out Boy’s first album released under a major label, From Under the Cork Tree, was a milestone as it won them several awards and a nomination in the Grammy’s 2006 Best New Artist category. Infinity on High proved to be an even bigger success when its debut was No.1 on the US Billboard 200. Fame proved to be a culture shock to FOB and they decided to take a hiatus between 2010 and 2012.
Defying the odds, Fall Out Boy’s reunion in 2013 proved that their fan-base had been patiently waiting as their single My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark(Light Em’ Up) was number thirteen on the US Billboard 100. The Save Rock and Roll arena tour included opening acts like Panic At The Disco and Twenty One Pilots and ended in headlining the Riot Fest in Chicago. As their comeback was well-received, 2014 would bring them greater prosperity. Fall Out Boy’s third No.1 album, American Beauty/ American Psycho, premiered on BBC Radio as they had done with their single Centuries. This propelled them into every mainstream alternative and Top 40 radio station. With six full length albums, the members of Fall Out Boy have created a legacy for themselves and became icons in the pop-punk and alternative culture including the notorious FOB logo.
The Fall Out Boy Logo
Fall Out Boy’s logos are variations of each album, the top banner from the artwork for From Under the Cork Tree is a portion of an image of an all-seeing eye in the middle of a key whole encircled by a roped border with a crown on top.
There are variations of designs created by Brandon Rike who has also designed merchandise for Bruno Mars, Rage Against the Machine, Taking Back Sunday, and Wiz Khalifa, to name a few. Rike is rumored to have hand drawn the most notorious logo for Fall Out Boy which hails from the 2013 album Save Rock and Roll. The emblem is speculated to be inspired by their song Young Volcanoes. The initials FOB are inside of what resembles a volcano but the top has a crown that is a trademark to late artist Jean- Micheal Basquiat.
The most recent logo incorporates a minimalist design of four right angles positioned into a cross. Fan sites have theories that each of the four angles represents each member of the band but only together the pieces create a complete symbol. The cross has been connected to the single Centuries, in an interview with Kerrang!, Pete Wentz explains that Centuries “is the idea that you’ve got to get back up… that anyone can become a legend.” A song whose lyrics sing of poisoned youth rising to gold and being remembered for centuries, the logo represents that for all fans.
Future Fall Out Boy Logo
No matter the logo that Fall Out Boy creates it is a symbol that is identifiable to both the dedicated fan base and those who listen to the Top 40 radio. It is more than an image that can be printed on posters and t-shirts but an icon that represents their success and legacy and can be kept alive through Fall Out Boy fans (whether they have been fans since 2003 or post-hiatus). Based on their current success it won’t be a surprise if more Fall Out Boy albums and logos become evident in the pop and alternative culture.
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