Dead on Arrival (song)

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"Dead on Arrival"
Single by Fall Out Boy
from the album Take This to Your Grave
B-side Dead on Arrival (Acoustic Session)[1]
Released April 4, 2003 (2003)
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 2003 (2003)
Genre Pop punk[2]
Length 3:14
Label Fueled by Ramen
Producer(s) Sean O'Keefe
Fall Out Boy singles chronology
"Dead on Arrival"
"Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy"

"Dead on Arrival" is a song by American rock band Fall Out Boy and the first single from their debut full-length album Take This to Your Grave (2003). It was released on blue 7" vinyl by Fueled by Ramen. The song is among the band's earliest compositions, dating to before drummer Andy Hurley joined the band.[3] It was regularly played in concert up until 2013.

"Dead on Arrival" was also included on a Kerrang! compilation CD. It is the first track on Fall Out Boy's first greatest hits album, Believers Never Die – Greatest Hits (2009). The song is playable in the game Rock Band.[4]


The band wrote three songs, including "Dead on Arrival", intended for release on a split album with 504 Plan, but the release fell through and the songs were included on Take This to Your Grave instead. While bassist Pete Wentz would become the band's primary lyricist, frontman Patrick Stump wrote the lyrics for "Dead on Arrival". Stump, who then viewed himself as an "artsy fartsy dude who didn't want to be in a pop-punk band," had composed much of the band's lyrics for the first songs of Take This To Your Grave, as he recalled in a ten-year album anniversary interview for Take This to Your Grave with Alternative Press.[5]

Music video[edit]

The music video was made up from various clips of the band performing live and travelling around the U.S. to small venue shows. The band said that the video was supposed to show that they were homesick. Jack Marin (former Cute Is What We Aim For bassist) can be seen for a short period of time in the crowd. The police in the video were The Arlington Heights Police Department and had the show shut down, but Fall Out Boy apologized to them, and thanked them for being in their video. One of the venues in the video is the Knights of Columbus Hall in Arlington Heights, Illinois, where the band regularly played to a small local audience in their early days.


  1. ^ Fall Out Boy – Dead On Arrival. Discogs. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
  2. ^ And the best Fall Out Boy album of all time is…. Alternative Press. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  3. ^ Patrick Stump, Pete Wentz (2004). Take This to Your Grave: The Directors Cut (Enhanced CD). 
  4. ^ "Harmonix". 
  5. ^ Downey, Ryan (October 2013). "Chicago Is So 10 Years Ago". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. (303). ISSN 1065-1667. 

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