Fall Out Boy bassist/heartthrob Pete Wentz told MTV that the video for “America’s Suitehearts” is inspired by the 1988 toonsploitation flick Who Framed Roger Rabbit? This is ultimately good news because, duh, Roger Rabbit is awesome. But… We know you have kids now, but boys, we ask you in a Roger Rabbit voice, p-p-p-p-p-p-lease watch something aimed for grownups. Here’s a quick career retrospective that might provide some insight into their DVD collection:
The Nightmare Before Christmas: Not only does Pete Wentz have an (admittedly sweet) Jack Skellington tattoo, but they covered “What’s This?”
Sixteen Candles: One of their mad long song titles is “A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More ‘Touch Me’” and the Hughes flick was a strong influence on the “Dance Dance” video. Well, sort of, anyway: “I would like to say that the ‘Dance, Dance’ video is now like that Usher video from a couple of years ago that was kind of like ‘Thriller’ ['Caught Up'] meets ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ meets Sixteen Candles, ” Wentz once told MTV.
At least Anthony Michael Hall has a way to connect with his kids.
The Lost Boys: The video for “Sixteen Candles” borrows from this Cory-saturated vampire classic. And also Blade, which is rated R but we can’t imagine anyone over 15 watching it.
Dirty Dancing: Oh yeah, there’s a song on Cork Tree called “Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner.”
And there’s probably more, which folks can hip us to in the comments section. I’m not saying FOB should be writing songs about Syriana and shit, but between this and the Animal Collective, I’m starting to wonder if there are going to be any grown-up rock stars to help usher us all sadly into middle age.
Ah, who am I kidding. I’m just trying to trick you guys into seeing Frost/Nixon with us.