Fall Out Boy, ‚”This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race”
Weezer, ‚”Buddy Holly”
Ultragrrl got in big trouble last year for calling My Chemical Romance this generation’s Nirvana, and I’m sure I’m going to make some enemies by declaring that Fall Out Boy are Weezer for today’s teenagers. Both bands embody the teenage girl crush aesthetic of the time: in my day, girls liked brainy indie nerds, and teenage girls nowadays apparently like assholes with ridiculous haircuts. Visuals aside, both bands are so incredibly, painfully catchy that it almost hurts to listen to them. Rivers Cuomo from Weezer once told an interviewer he was trying to come up with a formula for the perfect pop song, and then Pete Wentz beat him to the punch.