Fall Out Boy reunion to “Save" rock and roll? - Reverb

Will a Fall Out Boy reunion “save” Rock and Roll?

“This isn’t a reunion because we never broke up. We needed to plug back in and make some music that matters to us. The future of Fall Out Boy starts now. Save Rock And Roll…” – Fall Out Boy

Along with teen pregnancy and the state of New Jersey, MTV is also perpetuating a completely warped perception of rock ‘n roll. A recent article published via MTV.com announced the reunion of Illinois pop punk band Fall Out Boy and boasted the headline:  “Fall Out Boy Reunite, Will “Save Rock And Roll”.

It’s not completely MTV’s fault.  “Save Rock and Roll” is actually the title of the new Fall Out Boy album—but the popular music site didn’t exactly argue otherwise.  MTV made its stance on rock music clear last fall when executives killed the network’s only rock-centric show, “Headbangers Ball” (MTV2). But after this recent headline, the music listening public has to dig deep and ask the so-called “tastemakers” at MTV: “Is a bowtie-wearing pop punk band really the future of rock ‘n roll?”

For an industry perspective Reverb got a hold of Los Angeles-based music manager Clay Busch (Escape the Fate, Otherwise) for his take on the MTV article:

“It just proves how disconnected MTV is,” Busch said.  “If they want to support rock ‘n roll, support rock ‘n roll properly—don’t just pick the alternative, popular side. There’s a side called “active” that’s more meaningful and speaks to true, grassroots rock culture. I love Fall Out Boy and Mumford and Sons but they don’t speak to what rock culture really is—just one side of it. MTV is out of touch with what’s rock ‘n roll anymore. That’s the disconnect in music—f#@king right there in front of you. What’s rock? Otherwise is rock culture. Stone Sour, Papa Roach. DIMEFEST in LA—that’s rock ‘n roll.”

With the Grammy Awards coming up on Sunday (Mumford and Sons are nominated for Best Rock Performance) the representation and even definition of “rock” music is a timely, yet sensitive subject. “Everyone is disconnected from music anymore,” Busch said. “With the Grammys, it’s their homie that they’ve known for 30-years saying ‘Hey, I need a vote’. Listen, I appreciate Halestorm, who deserve to get nominated—but they’re the only current rock act on there. Rock is dead because of MTV. No, rock actually isn’t dead—rock is lame because of MTV.”

Fall Out Boy will perform in Denver at the Ogden Theater June 23.

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Paige Montgomery is a Denver-based freelance writer. Check out more of her work on Facebook and Twitter.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.wiener John Wiener

    Pop Punk? What an oxymoron. Pop, maybe. Punk, definitely not. These people are hardly “rock and roll.”