Fall Out Boy Ends Their Hiatus and Thus Proves Everything We’ve Discussed in Class
Posted by kaboyd93 on February 4, 2013
The popular indie-rock ish weird emo boy band Fall Out Boy is back from a three year old hiatus that has every now grown up 7th grade fan jumping up and down, hyperventilating, and pawing to buy tickets.
Fall Out Boy has a cult following, no doubt about it. Not quite Insane Clown Posse status, but FOB fans know every band member, his wife, children, life story, where he grew up, the whole nine yards. With the release of a new single revealed today, they’ve already hit number two on iTunes best selling charts.
Let me reiterate that. Fall Out Boy’s new song, released this morning, has already hit number two on charts. This band has been “gone” for three years. If this is spreadability at its finest, I don’t know what is.
Do a quick search on YouTube for My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light Em Up) by Fall Out Boy. Good luck finding anything to listen to. Copyright laws and nabbed every audio version available on iTunes, affecting links from Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, you name it, you can’t listen to it. So people are forced to buy it. The kings of long winded song titles have single handedly taken over the iTunes charts in a matter of hours.
Spreadability is about sharing videos, sending links, letting other people watch what we thought was funny, and pictures of cute puppies. It’s the advances technology has made in the past few decades that allow us to be wonderful, involved, lazy fans of anything and everything that comes over the airwaves.
While I believe the FOB fandom had given up on their beloved band returning, the amount of love I’ve seen for them already is phenomenal. The boys made an official statement saying it wasn’t a reunion because they never broke up. They had a concert in Chicago tonight that literally no one knew about.
Some might refer to the uber fast spread of the big news was viral. But like we discussed in class, this claim that a new album is in the works isn’t a bad thing, while the connotation that surrounds “viral” is rather negative. The new song isn’t viral, it’s spreadable, and widely anticipated, loved, and accepted.
Basically, Fall Out Boy is the perfect example for spreadability.