Fueled By Ramen Bands that Shaped a Generation
by Inside Manila Team, May 15, 2019 1:30pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
If you were screaming your heart out with Paramore’s “Pressure” while studying for your high school periodical exam, or if you were trying to mouth out the words to Fall Out Boy’s “Sugar We’re Going Down” back in the early 2000s; then you’re familiar with Fueled by Ramen—the music label prevalent in producing the top pop-rock bands we know today.
Fueled by Ramen, founded in 1996 by John Janick and Vinnie Fiorello, aimed to discover and distribute the talents of punk-inspired rock and pop bands—they got their iconic name from their reliance on instant noodles to fuel their hard work and ambition (also they invested all their money to make records). Now under the Warner Music Group, from recording in a dorm room, the label is a melting pot of incredible artists, from Twenty-One Pilots to Travie McCoy.
The label was mostly responsible for the music which made our teen hearts beat faster; or what was stereotyped as emo or ‘scene’ (guyliner, side-swept bangs, converse, and broken-hearted melodies). Fueled by Ramen captured the imagination of raging hormonal teens who were discovering music through the internet.
The music Fueled by Ramen produced resonated with our teen hearts, as a tribute here are a few of our favorite bands that made life as a complicated teen in the 2000s bearable:
Cobra Starship (2006-2015)
I'm the baddest baby in the atmosphere
Who would’ve thought a band that started in MySpace would carry the dance-pop-punk genre to the international scene? Their hits are “Snakes on a Plane” (yes, the soundtrack to the iconic movie), “Guilty Pleasure,” and “Good Girls Gone Bad” featuring Leighton Meester (yes, Blair Waldorf). Sadly, they broke up in 2015 to pursue separate careers.
The Academy Is… (2003-2015)
Well son, death is gonna catch up to all one day
If you didn’t swoon over William Beckett back then (or until now), you’ve been living under a rock. We’d recommend listening to their debut album Almost Here because it contains almost all the songs that gave our pre-teen heart with all the ~feels~ from the songs “Attention,” “The Phrase That Pays,” and “Check Marks.”
The Cab (2004-2014)
It's not a miracle ya need, believe me. I'm no angel, I'm just me
The Cab was an easy band to remember, with three Alex’s (Marshall, De Leon, and Johnson), they gave us upbeat songs to sing along to like “Endlessly,” “Bad,” and “La La”—seriously, their music was uplifting in the sea of emotional punk rock.
I still try holding onto silly things, I never learn
Hayley Williams was our ultimate punk-rock princess and hair peg (the orange is still iconic) back then and until now. Her voice and the music they produce as a band broke our hearts, gave us strength, and infected us with an anthem we’ll forever sing. "Pressure,” “Misery Business,” and “That’s What You Get” still are our karaoke rock out faves.
Panic! At the Disco (2004-present)
I don't wanna hear you've got a boyfriend, sometimes you're better off alone
Who could’ve forgotten our efforts to memorize their song titles back then? Their debut album A Fever You Can’t Sweat achieved an extraordinary fusion of pop punk, emo, and baroque elements which worked flawlessly together to create a genuinely revolutionary sound. Now with only two of its founding members left, P!ATD! is still going strong with the release of their sixth studio album, Pray for the Wicked.
Fall Out Boy (2001-present)
You were the last good thing about this part of town
The godfathers to the pop-punk scene of the 2000s, Fall Out Boy is one of the biggest bands and the most associated group from the record label. They’re pretty much responsible for the label’s early success, with strong early albums Take This To Your Grave, From Under The Cork Tree, and Infinity On High—we couldn’t catch our breath on their songs and wild melodies. Now on their seventh album, the band still leads the pop-punk genre with their infectious choruses despite their recent hiatus.
Fueled by Ramen’s current roster remains influential in the modern rock record industry. Today’s generation may never get to experience the peak of the pop-punk era. But we, as millennials, continue to pay tribute to the music that made millennials of today cynical yet optimistic—because tbh, we still play their songs to this day on an everyday basis.