A day after hinting at a new, toy store-centric music video, Fall Out Boy has now released the clip. On Tuesday (Jan. 5), the Chicago-based band released the music video for the remixed version of “Irresistible.” The new version of the song, which originally debuted last October and features Demi Lovato, was previously given a music video that starred internet sensation, Doug the Pug. The previous video followed Doug as he parodied several of Fall Out Boy’s past music videos, but none of the members, or Lovato, were featured in it.
This time, the band members, Lovato, and several guests are the primary stars. In a letter to fans, the band reveal that the inspiration for the video came from watching *NSYNC’s “It’s Gonna Be Me.” They thought about the former boy band’s music video and discovered that there is some kind of analog in the three-minute clip. “I was looking back at the video for ‘It’s Gonna Be Me’ — where they come to life as dolls – and we thought was there an analog to this story,” the letter explains. “Like somewhere in that same store was there a dollar bin full of toy that no one really wanted? That would band together like the misfit, off-brand little outsiders they were. The toys no one ever wanted come to life. Where would our band have fit in that story?”
Find out where exactly Fall Out Boy’s dollar bin toys would fit in that store below. Also keep a close eye out because you might find a couple of cameos (not including Lovato) in the clip.
“Remember in the 90’s that one boy band- the biggest of them all- *NSYNC was omnipresent. I think they could have made any throw away video and it would’ve worked because the songs were just that big. As an outsider looking in at the culture the *NSYNC videos often seemed artistic and cinematic- every thing I had loved about all those videos I had taped on VHS (years before DVR or YouTube was a thing). I was looking back at the video for “It’s Gonna Be Me” — where they come to life as dolls – and we thought was there an analog to this story? Like somewhere in that same store was there a dollar bin full of toy that no one really wanted? That would band together like the misfit, off-brand little outsiders they were. The toys no one ever wanted come to life. Where would our band have fit in that story? We called up Wayne Isham, the director who did the original video (as well as some of our other favorite Mötley Crüe and Metallica videos), and pitched ideas back and forth… before long we came with the treatment – and were lucky enough to get a few cameos from the original source wink emoticon as well as our partner in crime on the song, Demi Lovato.
I know you don’t have a VHS tape (probably, though there is something about all the screenshots and memes made from our videos that feels pretty close to a modern version of that VHS tape wink emoticon) to record this. But, I hope this video hits you in the same way – that you know we wanted to create something special for everyone that has ever loved an off-brand dollar bin toy, or has felt like one…
Believe it or not, we still believe in the magic of making these things – thank you for being a part of that with us.”
“Irresistible” is featured on Fall Out Boy’s 2014 release, American Beauty/ American Psycho. Late last year, they released a remixed version of the album featuring several rappers titled Make American Psycho Again. Instead of taking a break after their hectic 2014, the band will be hitting the road, once again, for their “Wintour” which will begin in late February. The complete list of tour dates can be seen here.