"I Don't Care" (CD single)

Common Sense Media says

Slick, hook-heavy single is cynical but tame.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Playful, sarcastic tones about selfishness and vanity: "I don't care what you think as long as it's about me" and "these friends they don't love you ... just the hotel suites."

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Minor innuendo: "Heat wave in your pants," "Free love on the streets, but in the alley and I ain't that cheap, now."

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One reference to "a breath like another cigarette."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this song is about "finding happiness in misery," even if it means presenting a life of vanity and selfishness. There's mention of a cigarette and very minor innuendo in a few lines, but that's it. Side note: The video is a little more crass, involving the band members dressing as nuns urinating in an alley, flashing strangers, and stealing tips from a street musician.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

I DON'T CARE is the first single from Fall Out Boy's album Folie a Deux. It's about \"finding happiness in misery\" even in disregard to yourself or others. There is also a video available that features the band, a Sarah Palin look-alike, and some hilarious, uncivilized behavior.

Is it any good?

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Tight jeans and eyeliner aside, Fall Out Boy actually has the chops to back up their Maybelline and hair gel. "I Don't Care" is slick and catchy, with exciting vocals and FOB's pumping drum and bass lines. The chorus chants, "I don't care what you think as long as it's about me, the best of us can find happiness in misery." The lyrics are smart and simple, and will no doubt find lots of airtime on the radio. This single will definitely whet fans' appetites for Folie a Deux.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the image of young punk-pop bands like Fall Out Boy. Do you think it's necessary to present a particular image to sell a product, such as albums or concert tickets? Should the music be enough on its own, or do we, as consumers, buy into the "whole package"?

Music details

Artist:Fall Out Boy
Release date:September 3, 2008
Label:Island
Genre:Punk Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 15 years old Written byxaltrockgirlx September 11, 2011
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12
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Don't let younger kids watch music video

This song is clever with references to Nirvana ("I don't care what you think as long as it's about me") and even "Spirit in the Sky" (listen close to the guitar riff) and makes fun of celebrities' vanity. The song is considerbly tame with only two sexual references, but the music video is a different story. While absolutely hilarious, it is a little rude and more edgy than the song, but that's the whole point. As long as you can understand sarcasm, you should be fine with the song.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 17 years old Written byrebma97 July 7, 2014
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12
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Rocky song

I really like this song! I don't consider myself a big fan of Fall Out Boy, but this is one of my favorite rock songs :) As CSM mentioned, there is some content that may be inappropriate for kids. Sex: A few sensual lines such as "I'm not a chance, put a heat wave in your pants" pop up. Drinking/Drugs/Smoking: One passing reference to a cigarette.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old July 23, 2012
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QUALITY
 

Awesome Song From One Of Pop-Punks Best Groups!!!

This is one of my favorite songs. It's extremely catchy and fun, but the simple but clever innuendo and playful sarcasm make it one of Fall Out Boy's best. Even though there's nothing very inappropriate in the song, younger kids may not understand that Fall Out Boy is satirizing a bratty attitude and vanity, not encouraging it.

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