“I love the way you hurt me,” Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump sings on “Irresistible,” an arena-pop anthem about deadly love. The horn-driven track – included on the band’s upcoming sixth LP, American Beauty/American Psycho, out January 20th – hit the Internet on Monday and is available to stream below.
On the band’s website, bassist-lyricist Pete Wentz explained that the song was inspired by the fatal attraction of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. “When I think of ‘Irresistible,’ it brings this image to my head, whether it’s fictional or real, of Sid and Nancy in an alley, garbage raining down on them in an eternal spiral of romance and poison,” he wrote. “Sometimes it [sic] hard not to love what can hurt us the most.”
“Irresistible” is the fifth track shared from American Beauty/American Psycho, following “Immortals” (which was featured on the soundtrack to the animated Disney film Big Hero 6), the Suzanne Vega-sampling hit “Centuries,” “The Kids Aren’t Alright” and “American Beauty/American Psycho.”
Following a five-year hiatus – and the release of Stump’s debut solo album, Soul Punk – Fall Out Boy reunited for 2013’s Save Rock and Roll. While touring behind the album, the band started experimenting with the music for “Centuries,” prompting the quartet to hit the studio and knock out American Beauty/American Psycho in a brisk three weeks.
The band recently spoke to Rolling Stone about the winding road toward the LP and their place in the rock world. “We aren’t the last rock band,” Stump said. “But we’re the last rock band that doesn’t think that pop is a four-letter word.”