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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Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


Cover Image Credit: Warner Bros Pictures

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it seems almost like a page

in someone else's book now


how there was

a time that i thought

i could have been happy

with someone like you


a million years before

i knew who i was

and that i should mean so much more

than i ever did to you


i almost can't remember

the way you held your elbows or

the way you said the letter o or

the way you told me goodnight


it seems now

that all i can recall

are my relentless tears and

the fear that this was the love

that everyone spoke about


the fear that this

was what id have to live with

for the rest of my life


i remember those late nights

just you and i

you always got what you wanted

i was always too afraid to upset you

looking back i wonder why

i couldnt leave you then


but you kept me

my misery maintained until

i felt like nothing


that night was the record scratch

When I knew my life

Shouldn't be like this.


It wasn't until I finally broke our ties

That I started to remember

Who I am.

But my mind is clear now.

I can remember

How strong I am,

How perfectly happy I am

On my own.


It seems almost like a page

In someone else's book now.


You're finally fading away.

I just wish my scars could fade as quickly.

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