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Joe Trohman


Lead guitarist for the Chicago-based pop-punk band Fall Out Boy.
Joe Trohman
If [music] has that tag on it, regardless if it sounds like that or not theyíll never go and find out what it really sounds like. To be labeled ďemoĒ is sometimes very apropos, because there are a bunch of bands that actually sound like carbon copies of each other. But again, thatís music, so.
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Those chimps and orangutans [in our music video] get treated better than the ones in zoos. Theyíre loved, and theyíre taken care of much better and cleaned much better. And theyíre only allowed to work a certain amount of time every day. Plus, we had someone from Animal Protection there the entire time, making sure everything was cool. Itís really weird that people got pissed off about that. Those animals were treated quite well, probably better than most humans, and definitely better than animals in the zoo.
Trohman
Patrickís a very prolific writer. Heís a one-of-a-kind kind of guy. Youíve got to let him do his thing. You donít want to get too up in his grill, sort of speak.




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I don't even know why you film me. I don't say anything. I just sit here and blush. It's fucking ridiculous.
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The thing that fucks up bands a lot is when everybody wants to do everything. We were never like "Youíre designated this position and youíre designated that." Weíve designated ourselves certain general positions, like I write a tiny bit, but my best thing is getting out there and putting on the best live show possible. Thatís been my number one goal personally.
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When I was getting into punk rock and hardcore when I was younger, "emo" was like Fugazi. It was these weird bands that were almost like post hardcore or post punk bands. Many were really political. Emo had to do with how they would vocalize, not the way in which it refers to our music.
Joe Trohman
(sings) 80 Bucks I want my 80 bucks!
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The moment you meet him you're like 'this dude's famous,' whether a million people know it or no one knows it. The first time I met him, when I was like 16, I was like, 'This is a dude I want to know.' He just has a magnetic personality. And I think there's something kind of cool about the front man of our band being the bassist who doesn't sing.
Trohman
I thought this was a candy dispenser! Fucking candy!
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I definitely got initiated on that tour; they would rip my underwear off me everyday. I hated it, dude. I should have stopped wearing underwear.
Joe Trohman
The other day I went to a Japanese restaurant and then to Target, and I got bugged. But just last night, I went to a jazz bar. Nobody bugged me there. So it all depends upon where I go to hang out. Itís never that bad. Honestly, most people are like super cool, and theyíll just come up to me and shake hands, and thatíll be it. But it rarely gets out of control.




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I really like Morrissey. I really wanna kiss Morrissey.
Joe Trohman
I was born without muscles in my mouth, so I can't smile. But, I'm real happy. I'm super happy right now. I'm ecstatic.
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So many different styles of music have influenced us individually and as a band. I think heavy metal is there. Itís not always the most predominant factor in Fall Out Boy, but itís definitely there. Andy and I are huge metal heads.
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If people want to call us emo, thatís totally cool. We started out as a pop punk band, because we were very much interested in giving the band a sound like Green Day or The Descendents, but I think weíve turned into a rock band. Some of our lyrics are definitely emotional, but some Zeppelin lyrics are pretty emotional, too. You could call them an emo band as well.
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When I was a kid, my parents got me into piano, viola, and trombone. They were the three instruments I went through. The moment I started playing trombone, which was the last one before guitar, I knew I wanted to play guitar really badly. I was a huge Metallica fan, and Iím really into Slash. Iíve always thought he was the coolest dude, and like the greatest guitar player. Heís awesome, and I love the fact that he did everything himself. He made the world of guitar fit around him, rather than him fitting around the world of guitar, which I think is really cool.
Joe Trohman
Iím gonna feel guilty about this for a while. Itís the Jew in me Ė like, 'Oh, no, you spent money!'
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Iíve tried to make myself comfortable with most of the fretboard as possible. I like pentatonic scales because Iíve always been a big Tony Iommi fan. I play along with those a lot. I grew up playing a lot of heavy metal; Iím probably better at that than playing Fall Out Boy.
Joe Trohman
Iíve tried to make myself someone who can play a decent variety of stuff. Iíve even made myself learn things that I didnít want to learn, a kind of picking or playing that I just never wouldíve gotten into otherwise. Itís made me an all-around better player.
Trohman Joe
We mean a lot to each other as musicians and people, but sometimes we start believing what people write about us: The band is just one guy or two guys. That can be harsh for the soul.


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