10 Facts About Panic! At The Disco

10 Facts About Panic! At The Disco

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Think you know Brendon Urie and Panic! At The Disco in general? Put your knowledge to the test with these crazy facts!

1. The Early Days

In 2004, Panic! At The Disco was formed in Las Vegas, Nevada by two childhood friends, Spencer Smith and Ryan Ross. They both attended Bishop Gorman High School, and they began playing music together freshman year. They invited friend Brent Wilson from Palo Verde High School to join on bass, and Wilson invited his classmate, Brendon Urie, to try out on guitar. Initially, Panic! At The Disco was just a Blink-182 cover band. Little did they know... They were destined for so much more. Ross and Urie soon began to commit to their laptops the demos they had been developing, and posted them on PureVolume. On a whim, they had the guts to send a link to Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz. Wentz, who was in Los Angeles at the time with the rest of Fall Out Boy working on From Under The Cork Tree, drove all the way down to Las Vegas so he can meet with the young, unsigned band. Upon hearing "two to three" songs during band practice, Wentz was impressed and immediately wanted the band to sign to his Fueled By Ramen imprint label Decaydance Records, which made the band the first on this new label.

2. Brendon Urie

We all know now that he is a singer and a multi-instrumentalist. Also, he is still best known as the lead vocalist of Panic! At The Disco, of which he is the sole remaining member. Now, what about his background? Well, Urie was born in St. George, Utah. He was raised in a Mormon family, and often had to skip band practice just to go to church. When he was 17, however, he moved out of his house because he told his parents that he didn't believe in God. Urie described himself as a "spaz" in high school, and explained that only one student would always bully him. He also worked at Tropical Smoothie Cafe in order to pay his band's rent for their practice space. At the cafe, Urie would often sing for customers.


3. Their Debut Album

A Fever You Can't Sweat Out is the debut studio album by Panic! At The Disco. Produced by Matt Squire, the album was released on September 27th, 2005, on Decaydance and Fueled By Ramen. Recording the album wasn't easy, according to Ryan Ross. During an interview, he said, "Everyone go on everybody's nerves. Someone would write a new part for a song, and someone else would say that they didn't like it just because you ate their cereal that morning." Upon its release, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out became a commercial success. It helped bolster sales to 1.8 million in the U.S. by 2011, making it the group's best-selling release. In late 2015, its certification was upgraded to RIAA double platinum for 2 million shipments.


4. Their First Hit Single

"I Write Sins Not Tragedies" is a song by the band, and is the second single to be released from A Fever You Can't Sweat Out. The song was released on April 27th, 2006 on both CD and Vinyl, and it was written by all the original members. The song was on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (at #7). This was the band's only top forty hit until 2015. When the song was released, many U.S. radio stations wouldn't play the original version because of its explicit lyrics, but fans (like me) didn't seem to care anyways. The music video for "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" was ranked in Billboard's Best 2000's Video Poll (at #3), and it won Video of the Year at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards.

Fun Fact: Brendon Urie and Ryan Ross were both suffering with the flu when they made the music video for "I Write Sins Not Tragedies." That shows that this band cares about their material!!!

5. The Start Of Somethings New

In 2008, Panic! At The Disco went through their first of what would soon be many changes. It all started when the band revealed a new logo, dropping the exclamation point from the group's name. However, it received a mostly negative reaction from fans... And I don't know why. Also, on July 6th, 2009, Ryan Ross and Jon Walker announced that the they were leaving the band, citing creative differences with Brendon Urie and Spencer Smith.

6. The Next Chapter

A lot of fans thought that Panic! At The Disco was officially dead when Ryan and Jon left the band. Could they continue to make great music? HELL YEAH!!! In September of 2009, Panic! At The Disco released their first single without Ryan and Jon, "New Perspective." The song was featured as a part of the soundtrack to the film Jennifer's Body. On March 22nd, 2011, Panic! At The Disco released their third studio album Vices & Virtues, featuring the single "The Ballad of Mona Lisa." The album debuted on the Billboard 200 chart (at #7), selling 56,000 copies within its first week. Then, on October 8th, 2013, they released their fourth album Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!, featuring the singles "Miss Jackson" and "This Is Gospel." This album debuted on the Billboard 200 chart (at #2), earning the band their second career number two. On April 2, 2015, Spencer Smith announced that he had officially left the band to continue his fight with substance abuse. So, for the next album, Brendon Urie had to write and record it all by himself, and the end result was the album we know today as Death Of A Bachelor (released on January 15th, 2016), featuring the singles "Hallelujah," "Victorious," "Emperor's New Clothes," and "Death of a Bachelor." The album debuted on the Billboard 200 chart (at #1), with 190,000 album units, earning the band its best sales week and first number one album.

7. Other projects

It turns out that Brendon Urie loves to write music more than everything else and he enjoys collaborating with other artists / bands. In terms of songwriting, he wrote songs with the likes of Weezer and 5 Seconds Of Summer. Most of the time, however, he likes to appear as a guest vocalist as well. Recently, he was featured on a song called "It Remembers" by Every Time I Die. In the past, he was featured in "One of THOSE Nights (feat. Patrick Stump)" by The Cab, "Keep On Keeping On" by Travie McCoy, and three Fall Out Boy songs ("7 Minutes in Heaven," What a Catch, Donnie," and "20 Dollar Nose Bleed").

8. Brendon's Wife

In speaking of writing music, Brendon Urie can be pretty romantic when he writes music. The lyrics to "The End of All Things" from Too Weird To Live, Too Rare Too Die! was written about his wife, Sarah Urie. In fact, the lyrics were Brendon's vows for their wedding, and he wrote the song two days before their wedding day (April 27th, 2013).

9. The World Of Panic! Media

Panic! At The Disco may not have sold tens of millions of albums compared to the likes of bands such as Blink-182 and Green Day, but their music videos have been viewed almost a billion times. In fact, when you add up all of their music videos, lyric videos, tour updates, interviews, guest appearances, etc., it all adds up to almost a billion views, and that's nuts! It's also nuts to just say that Panic! At The Disco's video for "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" has exactly 154,737,583 views on YouTube alone.

10. The Future Of Panic! At The Disco

As most of you already know, Brendon Urie is the only current member remaining in the band. Since Spencer's departure, Panic! At The Disco has mostly just been a one man act, and people think that it could be for the better or for the worse. But, perhaps it can all be summed up by just looking at the album cover of Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!. In an interview about the album overall Brendon said, "I love being the center of attention. I'm shameless about it. And being the lead singer, everyone thought it made sense, for me to be front and center. It felt right, since I was so close to these songs. Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! was really just about the times I had, growing up in Vegas. I wanted to create that character. The person that's on this album cover isn't who I really am, even when I was smoking a cigarette on it. I've quit since then, but when I was a kid that was the guy who ran around Vegas and owned it. He had a jacket, he was smoking a cigarette, he was owning the dessert, he didn't give a f**k, and the smoke was colored. That to me was the quintessential Vegas guy."

Overall, Panic! At The Disco is still an amazing band, Brendon Urie is an amazing, inspirational man and musician, and I can't wait to see what the future holds for him and the band.

Cover Image Credit: Jeff Nelson

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

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When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

Cover Image Credit: Cincinnati Arts

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

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"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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