Patrick Stump Feels 'Ridiculously Lucky' Over Fall Out Boy's Longevity

Exploring the enduring success of Fall Out Boy

by Zain ul Abedin
Patrick Stump Feels 'Ridiculously Lucky' Over Fall Out Boy's Longevity
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Patrick Stump, the illustrious lead singer of Fall Out Boy, shares an insightful reflection on his uncommonly prosperous music career with PEOPLE, expressing a profound sense of fortune and gratitude. Stump, who recently celebrated his 40th birthday, recounts his humble beginnings working at a used record store.

This pivotal experience offered him a realistic glimpse into the often fleeting nature of musical success. "That was one of my first jobs, and it was there I realized that most music careers don't pan out like mine," Stump explains.

At the record store, Stump observed a stark reality: many artists achieve transient success, often remembered only for a song or two, merely marking an "era." This insight underscores the rarity of Fall Out Boy's enduring appeal, a band that has not only survived but thrived in the volatile music industry.

"I'm so ridiculously lucky," he admits, acknowledging the exceptional longevity and continuous fan support that Fall Out Boy enjoys. The band's journey, from their debut album Take This to Your Grave in 2003 to their latest release in 2023, So Much (for) Stardust, spans over two decades of chart-topping hits and critical acclaim.

Fall Out Boy's Rise

Fall Out Boy's breakthrough came with their 2005 album From Under the Cork Tree, featuring the hit "Sugar, We're Going Down." This track catapulted them into the limelight, achieving a peak position of No.

9 on the Billboard 200 and securing a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. Following this success, the band continued to release a series of fan-favorite, critically acclaimed albums, including Infinity on High (2007), Folie à Deux (2008), Save Rock and Roll (2013), American Beauty/American Psycho (2015), Mania (2018), and their most recent, So Much (for) Stardust (2023).

Reflecting on his career, Stump views his achievements not as a series of accolades but as a gift. "It's crazy that I get to do this," he shares, emphasizing his gratitude for the opportunity to live out his dreams. Currently, Stump is also lending his talents to the Disney+ and Disney Jr.

series, Marvel's Spidey and His Amazing Friends, further diversifying his impressive career. His story is a testament to the power of resilience and the unexpected paths success can take - a narrative not just of celebrity but of genuine, hard-earned fulfillment in the notoriously tough music industry.