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Fall Out Boy formed as an emo/pop-punk band around 2000 and features four members: Vocalist and guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Peter Wentz, Drummer Andrew Hurley and Guitarist Joseph Trohman. All members were common faces in Chicago’s underground hardcore scene. The band was named after Radioactive Man's sidekick Fallout Boy that appears on the animated TV show The Simpsons and, it was given by an audience member while the band was still unnamed.

Fall Out Boy debuted with a self-released demo in 2001 which was followed in 2002 by a split LP on Uprising that also featured Project Rocket. The band returned on the label in January with the mini-LP Fall Out Boy's Evening Out With Your Girl. It was in 2003 when the band landed its first big success with the album Take This to Your Grave, released under John Janick and Less Than Jake’s drummer Vinnie Fiorello’s label Fueled By Ramen. This record, which sold over 200,000 copies, features singles such as "Grand Theft Autumn (Where Is Your Boy?)" and "Saturday," which received airplay on FUSE and mtvU.

That same year, Fall Out Boy signed with Island Records that financed the recording of Take This to Your Grave, which took place at Butch Vig's Smart Studios compound in Madison, Wisconsin, with Sean O'Keefe (Lucky Boys Confusion, Motion City Soundtrack). Fall Out Boy garnered positive reviews for its performances and numerous tour appearances. On May 3, 2005, From Under The Cork Tree, Fall Out Boy’s first record with a major label, was released (the name for the record was inspired by Wentz’s favorite children’s book “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf). From Under The Cork Tree debuted on the Billboard charts at number 9. Taken from that album, the single “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down” got to number 8 in the Billboard Hot 100 charts, reached first place on MTV’s Total Request Live and won the MTV2 Award at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards. The band was nominated for "Best New Artist" at the 2006 Grammy Awards. Fall Out Boy have had a number of their tracks performed by the Angry String Orchestra on the album String Quartet Tribute to Fall Out Boy.


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