“Take This To Your Grave and I’ll Take This To Mine” are words that every pop-punk fan knows. Ten years ago in a Chicago suburb, four former members of hardcore bands, tired of the culture and politics of the scene, started a pop-punk band Fall Out Boy as a “fun band” not ever expecting the band to last more than a few shows. Playing local shows before Pete Wentz decided he was determined that the band would succeed, they headed to Smart Studios and spent two weeks recording “Take This To Your Grave” a record that’s recording process was described as “going to war” that would turn Fall Out Boy from suburban punks to pop-punk royalty.
What is it about TTTYG that continuously makes top-albums-of-all-time charts, and infuses nostalgia into fans, even after ten years? How did a band of self-described underdogs turn into poster-boys of a growing industry?
One could argue it’s “just luck” more of that “right time, right place” mantra. In reality, it’s much more complex than that. The duo of Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump opposite personalities come together like it’s fate. One melody, one lyrical. TTTYG oozes a feeling of youth and says touches on everything from relationships, jealousy to feeling like a failure. It’s a snapshot in time for not only the band themselves, but listeners using it as a soundtrack for firsts, lasts and every good and bad moment in between. It has that rawness and spark that has turned it into an industry standard that not only the band, but numerous other band’s music has been compared to
Wentz’s goal was to make ” a record that didn’t stop” and the band went way beyond that goal. Ten years later, it’s still golden to both old and new fans. Though the band will never make another “Take This To Your Grave” or do a reunion tour, it’ll remain in all pop-punk fans hearts for life, so they can Take It To Their Grave.