Turns Out Brendon Urie's First Studio Session Was With Fall Out Boy

By Eliot Hill

May 12, 2020

With six albums under his belt, Panic! At The Disco frontman Brendon Urie is a seasoned pro when it comes to recording hits in a studio. 

But, as it turns out, Urie first stepped into a studio thanks to Fall Out Boy in the early 2000s. The “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” singer was called into the studio to record backing vocals on FOB's “7 Minutes in Heaven” off From Under The Cork Tree.

A bit of a history lesson sidebar for those unfamiliar with the bands' relationship: while FOB was recording From Under The Cork Tree, Pete Wentz was sent demos from Urie. After liking what he heard, Wentz wanted to sign Panic! to his Fueled By Ramen imprint, Decaydance Records — which he later did.

In a new interview with Rock Sound, Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz recalled the recording session while discussing the album's 15th anniversary. 

“He had done Panic! demos but he had never been in a real studio. Patrick [Stump] and Neil Avron were both kind of producing him and goofing around with him,” he explained. “He had a really raw electric talent. He would be screwing around and sing something and you would be like ‘Wow, was that the idea? Because that's even better than the idea we thought we had.’”

Wentz went on to explain how cool it was to see Urie's talent basically before the world was introduced to his — as Panic!'s debut album, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, hadn't been released yet.

“It was a weird thing watching someone who was so naturally good at what they do that they don’t actually know it and the world doesn’t know it. Seeing it all before it happens was so odd at the time,” he said.

Watch the whole interview above. 

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