Fall Out Boy’s ‘Beat It’ Video Shoot: 1988 Explodes All Over Patrick Stump

This weekend, Fall Out Boy were busy shooting the music video for their cover of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” and oh, it sounds glorious.

The whole shebang was conceived and directed by Shane C. Drake (Paramore, Panic at the Disco), who shamelessly describes it as, “Poison-meets-Spandau Ballet/ NKOTB,” according to MTV News. That confuses Patrick Stump, apparently:

“I trust his vision, but it all sounded very strange to me, so I don’t really know what I’m doing half the time … I think we’re shooting for 1984, but it looks as though 1988 exploded all over me. I mean, these clothes are totally not strange at all, and they’re very comfortable. And they look great on me.”
Oh P. Stump, we don’t have any doubt that you’ll look sharp. As if we could tell the difference between 1984 and 1988 anyway.

Anyway — this video, said Pete Wentz, will be like ALL of MJ’s videos packed into one, “but on a Fall Out Boy budget.” Things we can expect? Awesome costumes, dancing (not by anyone in the band), cameos…

In his heart of hearts, the newly engaged Petey is kinda sorta totally hoping for a cameo from the King of Pop himself.

“If there were all these places where MJ can make his comeback, I would suggest this video. He should really let the world know he’s still around. I don’t know what our budget is, but I know it does not include enough to get him here. Multiple calls were not returned. I don’t think Michael Jackson has a number.”

Hmm. As EPIC as an MJ cameo would be, I don’t know if I want him going near the FOBz. I’ve found him just a little too unstable since that hanging-a-baby-over-a-balcony stunt.