Why Fall Out Boy Removed a Line About Britney Spears From a Song

by Jeremy Spirogis
Britney Spears with a python on her sholders

Fall Out Boy references popular culture on a regular basis of their music. Their lyrics point out every thing from Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” to Sixteen Candles to Pulp Fiction. They also have a single which features a Britney Spears shout-out. How many rock bands can say that?

The tune, “Young and Menace,” features a temporary reference to Spears’ “Oops!… I Did It Again.” However, it was initially going to incorporate a reference to Spears’ private life. Here’s why Pete Wentz determined to take away that lyric from the tune. 

Britney Spears with a python on her sholders
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The Fall Out Boy tune that references a Britney Spears tune

In an interview with Nylon, Wentz opened up about his views on Spears. “To me, Britney Spears is a mirror we hold up to pop culture: We build her up, tear her down, root for her or against her. I think it says so much more about us as a culture than it does about Britney herself.”

The tune “Young and Menace” works within the title of “Oops!… I Did It Again.” Interestingly, it doesn’t sound very similar to any Spears tune nor does it lyrical name again to the cheeky, sadistic lyrics of “Oops!… I Did It Again.” The connection between Spears and “Young and Menace” was initially stronger.

The lyric that made Pete Wentz uncomfortable

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“Young and Menace” by Fall Out Boy

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He revealed the Spears reference within the tune was initially extra in depth “That line was, ‘Oops I did it again/ I’ve got my head shaved and my umbrella out/ I just forgot what I was talking about.’ The idea is that everybody feels mad or out of their minds at one point, and I think it’s interesting to watch someone be a human being in public for 15 years or longer. But I took it out because I don’t feel comfortable talking about what someone else has been through, and it was more-so that we all feel that way, but some people have to do that in a public way.”

The authentic line was clearly a reference to the notorious incident the place Spears shaved her head and bludgeoned a automobile along with her umbrella. This incident garnered Spears extra dangerous publicity than absolutely anything else she ever did. It is sensible why Wentz may really feel uncomfortable drawing extra consideration to that episode.

The different superstar referenced within the tune

Nikki Sixx’s tweet about “Young and Menace”

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Spears just isn’t the one superstar who will get a shout-out within the lyrics of the tune. Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe is referenced within the line “Kill me twice like my name was Nikki Sixx,” which appears to allude to the time Sixx was declared useless because of an overdose. Sixx appreciated the road, which was a part of the minor cultural renaissance his band has undergone lately. If Spears has an opinion on “Young and Menace,” she hasn’t shared it nevertheless it definitely speaks to her standing as an icon.

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