Fall Out Boy Give Their Fans The White Glove Treatment

Apr 29th, 2008 // 15 Comments

Fall Out Boy’s clip for their cover of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” does in fact pay homage to old videos by The Gloved One, with Patrick Stump even getting his own “Dirty Diana” moment near the song’s end. But while watching the video, in which the boys from the band walk around a seedy neighborhood that is populated solely with Michael Jackson-costumed dudes and watch Tony Hale lead a class in the “sexy” martial arts before getting roped into a throwdown, I was reminded of another clip from MJ-era MTV:

I can’t tell if the homage is intentional–and if so, is Pete Wentz the Nikki Sixx of the band?–or if it’s just a case of sets being reused 25 years apart, but either way, I figured that we all could use a little Shout At The Devil-era Crue this morning.

Beat It [icecreamhdaches]
Motley Crue – Too Young To Fall In Love [YouTube]

  1. Anonymous

    Donald Faison! That was a nice surprise. I’ll take Turk anywhere I can get him.

    It’d be even funnier if Buster had his hook hand.

  2. BigRicks

    Is anyone else at least a little disappointed that John Mayer didn’t glam up for this in some way, shape or form? I was hoping for at least a little something. The dude dressed up in a bear suit for a VH-1 show for chrissakes.

  3. Tenno

    I actually feel the Alien Ant Farm cover of ‘Smooth Criminal’ was much funnier and a lot truer to the song than this cover attempt. but I’m not much of a FAB fan…

  4. Janelleyo

    @Tenno: I agree about the AAF video, this feels terribly low budget and the end with Pete “acting” kind of ruined it. There were a lot of great cameos though – I think even a Hal Sparks moment as well!? Atleast thats what I read and think I see.

  5. Oface

    @Janelleyo: I believe that is Mr. Sparks. Although why no Corey Feldman?

    I always liked Fall Out Boy…but I grow weary of Pete Wentz. Every video seems to try to push more and more of his “acting”.

  6. Al Shipley

    I made a Pete Wentz/Nikki Sixx connection in my head a while back (both bassists, their bands’ primary songwriters, and prettier than their lead singer) but I hadn’t gotten around to using it in anything I’d written yet. Mind meld!

  7. ortholomeux

    oh buster…

  8. Anonymous

    @BigRicks: I was counting on Mayer being in the video, at least! But Faison/Sparks/Hall kind of made up for it, mostly because they were such unexpected cameos.

  9. Varina

    @BigRicks: I was counting on Mayer being in the video, at least! But Faison/Sparks/Hall kind of made up for it, mostly because they were such unexpected cameos.

  10. NickEddy

    From the still, I thought John Popper was in the video.

  11. Maura Johnston

    @NickEddy: :(

  12. Anonymous

    pete wentz is a tool… give patrick the spotlight

    oh and uh buster rules

  13. ObtuseIntolerant

    I am not a big fan of the incessantly trilling vocals of this band.

  14. Janelleyo

    @Al Shipley: I think you pretty much just read the crystal ball on Pete’s future. Personally, I’ve always been more of a Patrick girl. Wow, that sounded very NKOTB side-taking (queue my inability to form English sentences)

  15. Janelleyo

    @Oface: I have this weird feeling Corey Feldman was too expensive for this budget :D

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