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.