Jared Leto and Pals

One of my favorite bands is Thirty Seconds to Mars. If you’ve never listened to them before, what have you been doing with your life?!?

I’d describe their music as grand, sweeping, very ambitious haha. IDK they just seem to always want to do something really big and make a statement with their songs. I think really reflects the personality of their lead singer, Jared Leto. There’s a reason why I called this post Jared Leto and Pals, let’s be honest here, no one really knows who the other members of the band are, except for maybe hardcore fans. For those that don’t know him, Jared is also a well-known actor who’s had some really memorable roles in the past. Some of my favorite:

  • Steve Prefontaine in “Prefontaine”: good movie but not as good as “Without Limits”, which was great
  • Super-blond guy in “Fight Club”
  • And most recently, the cross-dressing/transgender character Rayon in “Dallas Buyer’s Club”, for which I believe he won an Academy Award

The point is, he’s had some really notable roles and he can definitely hold his own as an actor. Actually, I’d say he’s an actor first and a musician second. But, as the lead singer, he brings some serious heat – it’s hard to imagine a singer bringing more energy to their performances on a consistent basis then Jared Leto. He’s frenetic, borderline crazy during shows and he does a great job amping up the crowd’s energy accordingly. He’s always super entertaining, routinely coming out in crazy flamboyant outfits, some of which look like he’s wearing a rug 🙂 Who knows maybe it’s cause I just had the carpets cleaned at my apartments by these guys… It’s clear he’s really embracing the rockstar persona and plays it up all the way. Continue reading

The Ubiquity of Fall Out Boy

It seems like everywhere you look now, Fall Out Boy’s music is being used in some sort of licensed agreement. Commercials, TV shows, and seemingly EVERYWHERE especially with sports broadcasts.

Catchy as it may be, I eventually wanted to bash my head against a wall after the 844,563 times I heard “Light Em’ Up” during the 2014 NHL Playoffs on, especially on NBCSN. I mean honestly, NBC couldn’t spring for a second song, for goodness sakes???

I will say, there’s no denying that these guys are some serious hitmakers. From what I can tell, pretty much anything they put out there is a smash hit. If you’re playing the game “Hit or Hurting” (a game created by the Sports Junkies out of Washington, D.C. and a radio show that I listen to on a daily basis), these guys are nothing but “hit”. And even more, some of their best songs IMO aren’t even the popular ones you hear all the time on the radio.

Check out “Phoenix”, good stuff:

Not embarrassed to say that this song gets me nodding my head lol.

For some reason, people always seem to think that Pete Wentz is the frontman, but he’s actually the bass player. Probably just because he’s done some high-profile dating and so he has a higher Q rating. Patrick Stump is actually the lead singer, and he’s a good fit for that type of music. But not exactly the choice I’d make for the National Anthem, which he sang at a Chicago Bears game last year.

Right now, the song du jour that loves to get stuck in my head incessantly is “Uma Thurman.” Ugh. Not that it’s not a good song, but I guess I just HATE when songs get suck in my head hahaha…