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Pete Wentz Talks Fame, New Fall Out Boy Songs and One Hilarious Emo Gag

September 14, 2007 3:18 PM ET

Earlier this week, Rolling Stone caught up with Pete Wentz during a stop in New York, hoping just to see what was brewing in the mind of the Fall Out Boy bassist. Among Wentz's insights: Fame means watching where you put your fingers. "I can't pick my nose at stoplights -- which I do anyway," he says. "That's what window tints are for." And while despite his growing stardom, he's feeling pretty tame these days ("In a weird way, I've become domestic. I don't feel the need for everybody to know everything about me"), he's been somewhat inspired by the self-destructive impulses of the Lohans and Spears of the world. The band's upcoming Young Wild Things tour takes its name from a classic kids' book, but "There's also a play on words of the young wild thing idea that everybody has with Hollywood and starlets right now."

Also, Fall Out Boy are working on some "folky sounding" material for their next album. "We just wrote those songs in the back of the bus with an acoustic guitar. I'm not really sure what will happen with them," Wentz says. "There's one about some friends who ended up in crazy strip club in France, which is a cool song." When the subject turned to emo, Wentz, amazingly, didn't challenge us to a fight -- in fact, he sounded pretty good-natured about it. “I get what people are saying with the eyeliner and the girl pants and this and that. Hopefully, [emo] is more than just a T-shirt slogan. Hopefully some of us bands are able to grow and become bigger than emo," the bassist said. Wentz also talked about a visual gag we seriously hope that FOB will still put into play sometime: "For a long time, we talked about playing in front of a giant banner that said 'EMO'. If you're emo, you might as well be in on the joke."

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