Fall Out Boy's Evening Out with Your Girlfriend

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Fall Out Boy's Evening Out with Your Girlfriend
Demo album by Fall Out Boy
Released March 25, 2003
Recorded Early 2002
Genre Pop punk, punk rock
Length 29:39
Label Uprising
Producer Jared Logan
Fall Out Boy chronology
Project Rocket / Fall Out Boy
Fall Out Boy's Evening Out with Your Girlfriend
Take This to Your Grave
Remastered release cover

Fall Out Boy's Evening Out with Your Girlfriend is the debut mini-LP by American rock band Fall Out Boy. Recorded in two days in early 2002 on a low budget, the rushed schedule left the band discontent and ceasing to call it their debut album. Fall Out Boy's Evening Out with Your Girlfriend was released in 2003 through Uprising Records against the band's wishes. In 2005, Uprising released a remastered reissue as Evening Out with Your Girlfriend, without the band's involvement, following the band's very successful major label debut From Under the Cork Tree. It eventually sold over 127,000 copies in the United States by August 2008, according to Billboard.[1][2] The photograph on the cover of this album was shot by Adeet Deshmukh in Chicago's Pick Me Up Café located at 3408 N. Clark Street.[3] The girl who is pictured on the cover is a waitress at said café, and her name is Lavinia, as noted in the booklet of the album.

Background and development[edit]

Fall Out Boy formed near Chicago, Illinois in 2001.[4] The band debuted with a self-released demo in the same year and released Project Rocket / Fall Out Boy, a split EP with Project Rocket, in 2002, through Uprising Records. The lyrics to the whole album are written by lead vocalist Patrick Stump. On later albums, bassist Pete Wentz wrote the majority of the band's lyrics. The album is also the only Fall Out Boy album not featuring Andy Hurley on drums. Evening Out was not actually recorded with five members, the cover art shows that but it is just an illustration. Members at that time; Patrick Stump (lead vocals), Pete Wentz (bass guitar), Joe Trohman (guitar) and Mike Pariskuwicz (drums) recorded it. Although incorrect, Pariskuwicz and guitarist TJ Racine have been said to be two Chicago musicians the band recruited in their early days, who left after Evening Out was released before Stump picked up guitar and Hurley joined as the full-time drummer to form the band's current lineup. Stump explained that "TJ Racine was already out of the band by the time [Fall Out Boy] tracked [(recorded) the album]" and that TJ "wasn't in the band for that long". Pariskuwicz did indeed handle the drumming duties for the album. After the release, he left the band and Andy Hurley would join as the current drummer and record the follow-up album Take This to Your Grave (2003). Trohman played almost all the guitars on it, with Stump playing a small part on "Moving Pictures". The entire album was recorded in two days and the rushed nature left the band dissatisfied and did not want it released. Stump also stated "I don't consider it a real album." The band was not involved in the 2005 re-release and did not receive royalties for either versions, with Patrick Stump stating "both were a scam on us".[5]

Songs from Evening Out were played by the band in their early shows to a small local audience, before they received mainstream attention. When the band reached mainstream popularity, they did not often mention this album.

"Calm Before the Storm" was later re-recorded with additions to the arrangement, including backing vocals (screaming) from bassist Pete Wentz, for the follow-up album Take This to Your Grave later that year. "Pretty in Punk" is a play on the title of the John Hughes film Pretty in Pink, and "Parker Lewis Can't Lose (But I'm Gunna Give It My Best Shot)" is a reference to the television show Parker Lewis Can't Lose. The songs "Switchblades and Infidelity", "Growing Up" and "Moving Pictures" were originally from their Project Rocket / Fall Out Boy split EP.

A part of the song "Growing Up" is sung by William Beckett of The Academy Is... in Fall Out Boy's later song "What a Catch, Donnie", from their 2008 release Folie à Deux. The song is also included as the last track on the band's 2009 greatest hits album, Believers Never Die – Greatest Hits.


Chart performance[edit]

Fall Out Boy's debut album has had no mainstream attention, and it has not reached any charts. Also, no singles were released from this album. The original release is not featured on the official Fall Out Boy website, rather the remastered edition is. Many reviewers, including Allmusic, consider Take This to Your Grave as Fall Out Boy's first album, possibly due to Evening Out with Your Girlfriend being a mini-LP and not a full-length release, or unknown. Also, in the lyric booklet of Believers Never Die - Greatest Hits, the band start off with the making of Take This to Your Grave, completely omitting Evening Out with Your Girlfriend. However, the track "Growing Up" is included as the last track Believers Never Die – Greatest Hits as a "rarity".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[6]
Punktastic 1.5/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Fall Out Boy. 

No. Title Length
1. "Honorable Mention"   3:25
2. "Calm Before the Storm" (Also on Take This to Your Grave) 4:41
3. "Switchblades and Infidelity" (Also on Project Rocket / Fall Out Boy) 3:13
4. "Pretty in Punk"   3:37
5. "Growing Up" (Also on Project Rocket / Fall Out Boy) 2:56
6. "The World's Not Waiting (For Five Tired Boys in a Broken Down Van)"   2:38
7. "Short, Fast and Loud"   2:16
8. "Moving Pictures" (Also on Project Rocket / Fall Out Boy) 3:33
9. "Parker Lewis Can't Lose (But I'm Gunna Give It My Best Shot)"   3:23



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  2. ^ Billboard Back Issue Volume 120, Issue 37 Billboard. Retrieved February 14, 2015.
  3. ^ Montgomery, James (2008-01-24). "Pete Wentz: The Boy With the Thorn in His Side". MTV News. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  4. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon. "You Hear It First - Fall Out Boy". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Patrick Stump". Twitter. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  6. ^ Loftus, Johnny. Fall Out Boy's Evening Out with Your Girlfriend at AllMusic
  7. ^ Paul (December 27, 2005). "Punktastic CD Reviews: Fall Out Boy - Evening Out With Your Girlfriend". Punktastic. Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  8. ^ Giberti, Jamie (29 September 2011). "Fall Out Boy: Album Guide Rolling Stones". Rock Sins. Retrieved 24 December 2011.