“This was a fun song to write. originally, when we came up with the idea, and there was this sample in it, which is a sample from The Munsters TV show, people kept saying “oh cool, like Quentin Tarantino, cool” when we played it. We decided why don’t we kind of create this world around that?” says Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz
Wentz continues, “To me, Uma Thurman and Winona Ryder, they were these women in pop culture who were quirky, but that made me only crush on them harder. and rather than going with the traditional Uma Thurman role, we thought a lot about Kill Bill and who her character was in that, and this kind of resilience and this violence, but there’s something that’s authentic about it (like a woman taking revenge or being empowered). so that’s what the chorus of the song’s about, and the verses are what you would do to try and capture this woman’s affection.”
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Pre-orders for American Beauty/American Psycho, which include instant downloads of “Centuries,” “American Beauty/American Psycho” and “The Kids Aren't Alright,” are available for purchase in the U.S. through iTunes, as well as the band's online merch store. FOB also recently streamed another single, “Irresistible.”
American Beauty/American Psycho comes out on January 20, worldwide, via DCD2/Island Records.