A girl runs away from her oppressive home and finds temporary catharsis at a Fall Out Boy show before falling into a psychedelic meltdown. Oh, did I mention her parents are gigantic Llama-like creatures?
If you're gonna parody '00s pop and especially NSync's "It's Gonna Be Me" video, then who better to make it happen than that video's original director, Wayne Isham? Also along for the ride are guest singer Demi Lovato, NSync members Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick, plus some old marionette toys of the band inspired by their "Bye Bye Bye" video (which was also directed by Isham).
Now, when do those Fall Out Boy toys hit the shelves?
Fall Out Boy slam their way through another pretty-cool video, letting an “assistant” (read: contest winner) party and parlay her way through a day with the guys. A little paintball, a little karaoke, and, finally, letting a tank slam through Alabama’s anti-same sex marriage law. Rock!
Not many bands can go from sampling Suzanne Vega to sampling Motley Crue, but so it goes with pop crossover stars Fall Out Boy. In keeping with the schismatic song title, the video has an American boy intrigued by ballerina beauty, even as she fights back at some uglier elements...
There's an easy press win to be had by being the first to make a music video with whatever is the video app of the moment. In this case we have Hyperlapse — an ingenius iPhone app which doesn't quite realize that the killer app part of the equation is not the timelapses, but the way it uses the device's gyroscope and other sensors to digitally stabilize your footage — and Fall Out Boy deliver a tour of Chicago, using the app and some anaglyph effects to serve the same purpose that a lyric video or other teaser would.
So, consider this a win — if it's not the first hyperlapse video, it's certainly the first by a band of international stature — even though there's honestly not all that much to hold your interest unless you a) really love Fall Out Boy b) really love Chicago and c) really love hyperlapse.
As with many finales, there's just enough recapping in "Save Rock and Roll" so that anyone who's missed the previous 10 parts of this undeniably epic series. No spoilers, except to let you know that there's still rock N in Heaven, and Elton John is God.
Also, blood stains are a bitch to get out of white clothing.
Behold part 9 of Fall Out Boy's epic movie/video series Save Rock And Roll — The Youngblood Chronicles. Even if you lost track of the narrative thread, "Rat-A-Tat" is especially of note thanks to a a sweet Courtney Love feature which hs the visual vibe of "Express Yourself" and the vocal style of "Popular" — an odd combo, that works.