Something Fishy Is Going On With Fall Out Boy’s New Video

Fall Out Boy debuted their video for “I Don’t Care” today, complete with cameos by Mark Hoppus, Spencer Pratt and Cobra Starship’s Gabe Saporta. Except Pete Wentz, on his blog, said that it’s not the exact version of the video they made:

this will probably end up deleted either by me or someone else but the version of the video that we worked on night after night is not the version that aired. yet somehow a cut full of glorious camera phone shots did. just to let you know. it doesnt make any sense to us. that bag of money is being donated straight to a cause far more worthy.

imagine seeing this edit only after you buy the video off of i-tunes and realizing that noone even had the balls to call you and tell you they were changing the video and cutting parts.

id recommend viewing the video on a site that it doesnt cost you any money as this is NOT the edit the band approved.

sorry to let you down.

Of course, the post did end up deleted and UMG is pulling uploads of the clip left and right from YouTube. The comments on the blog post were rife with talk of conspiracy and label-tampering, and I have to say… I’m with them on this. There’s some hanky panky going on here. I watched the video (yeah, I bought it), and the cell phone shots Wentz is talking about seem way out of place, almost like the film stock is different. What brand is that phone again? Ah, it’s a Nokia, perfectly placed in the shot for all to read. I call “shenanigans,” which I believe is as sacrosanct as calling “shotgun.”

As for the video itself, it’s typically well-filmed, half-plotted, good-natured Fall Out Boy affair. It makes no sense really, but it’s fun and harmless. The song’s catchy if you’re into that sort of thing.

UPDATE: Right as I was about to hit save, Wentz posted this to his blog:

The plot thickens!

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  • Al Shipley

    OK, so to review: 18 months ago, Fall Out Boy release a video for “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs” that features prominent product placement of TAG Body Spray, with full compliance and participation from Pete Wentz. Then, their next video, “The Take Over, The Break’s Over,” addresses the backlash by featuring a bunch of fans yelling at Pete that he’s a sell out, and a talking dog rushes to his defense. Now, over a year later, they make a video to which their label adds product placement without the band’s knowledge or consent and Pete makes a big stink about it? I’ll say it’s fishy.

  • Poubelle

    @Al Shipley: Not just any talking dog, but Pete’s talking dog, who I think is named Hemingway.

    (I don’t know why I know this and not something useful, or at least semi-cool.)

  • Anonymous

    @Al Shipley: It’s very fishy indeed because it’s such blatant product placement. I feel like maybe there were supposed to be one or two small shots of the phone that were integrated into the video but instead we got several very distracting shots.

    I’m also surprised because I figured FOB had a good relationship with their label being that they actually sell records and get buzz and all of that.

  • Maura Johnston

    gabe saporta as the chronic flasher/naked guy? I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE FALL OUT BOY LULZ

  • CapnCalamity

    I don’t care how many Nokia phones they show. The song is still fantastic!

  • Lucas Jensen

    @Maura Johnston: I didn’t know that was him. I’m GLAD I didn’t

  • Lax Danja House

    I love you, Peter.

  • Halfwit

    @Lax Danja House: Wow… ranting against the label AND a Popeye visual reference?

    I may have to listen to a FOB album.