We’re less than one week into 2016, and Fall Out Boy have just dropped one of our favourite videos of the year. We didn’t think the pop punk band could improve upon their first video for the Demi Lovato-duet Irresistible (Doug The Pug FTW), but that was before we saw them recreate one of our favourite *NSYNC videos. We bow down, FOB.
Teaming up with It’s Gonna Be Me director Wayne Isham, Fall Out Boy play on the idea that not all toys are as beloved as the *NSYNC dolls. What would happen it the foursome got their own 8 inch recreations? They may end up in the dollar bin.
The video features Lovato working on the toy factory line alongside *NSYNC’s Chris Kirpatrick, then stocking toy store shelves with Joey Fatone. She’s the first person to see the Fall Out Boy dolls come to life, which is nice that they’re finally noticed. They don’t seem to rank high with the other dolls.
Irresistible featuring Demi Lovato is part of Fall Out Boy’s latest album Make America Psycho Again, a re-release of their 2015 record American Beauty/American Psycho. The new album features guest vocals on each track, including Azealia Banks, Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa and more.
Check out Fall Out Boy’s full message on the new video below, plus *NSYNC’s iconic It’s Gonna Be Me below.
“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 “its 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, offbrand 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 😉 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 😉 ) 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 offbrand 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.”