Ian in Your Ear: Fall Out Boy Fallout!

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Just a few short years ago, Fall Out Boy were the rock band at a time when people were still saying, "Kings of Leon who?" They became the face of a pop-emo-R&B hybrid sound, went multi-platinum, sold out arenas everywhere, graced the cover of Rolling Stone, spawned promising proteges like Gym Class Heroes and Tiga and even had their own leaked Internet nude pics that further expanded their popularity when bassist Pete Wentz showed off his woo hoo — and made the outfit one of the only bands on Earth whose main star was the non-singing bassist.

Then Wentz went a step further by marrying Ashlee Simpson and — yes, I'm about to say it — their popularity started waning. The Simpson curse? Perhaps, but it was surprising how many people were not affected when the band announced they were going on hiatus in November after releasing their Greatest Hits LP. "I think the world needs a little less Pete Wentz," Wentz conceded, while also admitting the Ashlee Effect was a not-so-slight factor.

On Wednesday, the band's remaining fans' worst fears were confirmed when he blogged again that the band may never get back together because they "grew apart." Lead singer Patrick Stump confessed on his own to Spin.com, "Whether we play again or not, I don't know. If we do, it will be for the right reasons. If we don't, it will also be for the right reasons."

Perhaps the Chicago boys do need a break. Frankly, I too thought they were rock's great white hope and their last studio disc, 2008's clever Folie a Deux, showed a real progression and lyrics that delved deeper with a bigger wink than ever before. But I have to agree with Wentz that his personal life overshadowed his original mission and perhaps we all need the breather Mariah Carey should have taken years ago to remind us of their greatness. Personally, I think it will be more than welcome in time — and perhaps, dare I say, after the divorce? C'mon, someone had to…

In the meantime, revisit one of the band's finest moments, their video for 2005's "Sugar, We're Goin Down," and may there be many, many more to come.

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