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"I Don't Care" is Fall Out Boy's first single from their fifth studio album Folie à Deux. It was first available for listening on and on September 3, 2008. The song was released to iTunes on September 8, 2008.

The song has been described as a very political track by Patrick Stump, the lead vocalist of the band, but not political in the traditional sense; more about the politics of a relationship. Stump has said that this song is about the superficiality and selfishness that is associated with pop culture. The song was number 68 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2008.

Music video

The music video was released exclusively on iTunes on September 25, 2008. It was then uploaded to YouTube the next day by Fall Out Boy on their official YouTube channel. The video was directed by Alan Ferguson.

Guns N' Roses alum Gilby Clarke opens the video by greeting the band members as they enter the green room of a French-language talk show. No sooner do they sit down than Clarke turns to a companion and blurts out, "What the hell happened to rock and roll? Eyeliner? Energy drinks? And no guitar solos? I've taken shits with bigger rock stars than them!" As the video progresses, the band members are then shown in various scenes causing trouble on the streets of Los Angelesmarker -- harassing street performers, shoplifting disguised as nuns, pelting people with water balloons, urinating the street, and flashing people their privates, -- interspersed with clips of the band performing. During this footage, a graphic of a cat eating spaghetti appears abruptly, alluding to an incident on The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, where producers used the same graphic to censor out obscene gestures by a guest.

Near the end of the video, the band members are exposed as imposters, as all of them remove their masks to reveal their true identities: Andy Hurley turns out to be Mark Hoppus, Patrick Stump is Pharrell, Joe Trohman is Gabe Saporta, and Pete Wentz is Spencer Pratt. Meanwhile, a hustling woman celebrity shown earlier in the video pulls off her mask and shows herself to be Pete in a dress. Viewers are returned to the green room, where Clarke, still mocking the band, tears off his mask and reveals himself as Sarah Palin. "Palin" gives her trademark wink to the audience as the video ends. There only is one error in the video in which Patrick Stump changes guitar at the end from a Gretsch Corvette to a Gretsch Stump-o-matic.

When asked about his view on the video, Pete Wentz replied:

It's a series of vignettes, and in the end, the joke is: Everyone in the world who is famous is just a WWE character.
And some of you are Hulk Hogan, and some of you are The Undertaker, and it's awesome.
It's just as great to come out to the boos.
This one is about portraying the band, too, because there's been videos where it's been about individual characters, and this one is really a band-based video.
Everyone has really equal face time, and there's a communist aspect to the video in the imagery, but we're also trying to [make] something that's equal.


Bassist Pete Wentz posted a blog expressing dissatisfaction about the product placement in the edited iTunes music video, that was also not approved by the band: "The version of the video that we worked on night after night is not the version that aired, yet somehow a cut full of glorious camera-phone shots did ... It doesn't make any sense to us. ... Imagine seeing this edit only after you buy the video off of iTunes and realizing that no one even had the balls to call you and tell you they were changing the video and cutting parts." Later in his blog post, Wentz explained that "this will probably end up deleted by me or someone else", and by the next morning, the post was later replaced with an image of Popeye and Bluto, with the word "censored" taped across their mouths. The iTunes version of the entire album released the original cut as a Bonus Video.

Track listing

UK Two-Track CD Single
  1. "I Don't Care" (Album version) - 3:38
  2. "I Don't Care" (Cobra Starship Suave Suarez Remix) - 3:11


Chart (2008–2009) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 20
Canadian Hot 100 35
Finnish Singles Chart 17
Japan Hot 100 Singles 6
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 21
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 21
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 28
UK Singles Chart 33


Country Certification Sales
Australia Gold 35,000+

In popular culture

  • On October 1, 2008, the song was added to UK BBC Radio 1's A-List.

  • A Suave Suarez Remix of the song was released on iTunes on November 4, 2008. It is included on iTunes' deluxe edition of the album, Folie à Deux and also on the two-track UK CD single for "I Don't Care".

  • The song was released as a single on November 4, 2008 for Rock Band.

  • The song is included on Rolling Stone's "100 Singles Of The Year 2008". The song's position is #68.

  • The song has been certified gold by the RIAA, selling 527,924 copies as of December 31, 2008.

  • The song is played during the end credits of the 2008 movie Sex Drive. Fall Out Boy also make a cameo appearance in the movie.

  • The song is included in the previews of the 2009 movie Fired Up.

  • I Don't Care won best music video in Australia in March 2009.

Official remixes

To date only three remixes of the song are considered as official remixes. Those remixes are the Suave Suarez Remix and the Machine Shop Remix and the Tommie Sunshine & Mightyfools Remix. The first is included on a 2-Track CD single released in the United Kingdom, the first is also included on the iTunes deluxe edition of Folie à Deux. The second was released on the Japanese bonus track edition of Folie à Deux. The Third was released on Tommie Sunshines profile and was noted by The official Fall out Boy website. Other remixes of the song are expected to be released soon.

  • Suave Suarez Remix - 3:11
  • Machine Shop Remix - 3:02
  • Tommie Sunshine & Mightyfools Remix - 5:16


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  2. "Spaghetti Cat" Mystery Solved - TVNewser,
  3. Obviously a Palin look-alike.
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  7. Top 50 Singles Chart - Australian Recording Industry Association.
  8. Canadian Hot 100 Chart Listing For The Week Of October 25, 2008,
  9. Suomen virallinen lista
  10. - Artist Chart History - Fall Out Boy,
  11. The Official UK Charts Company : TOP 100 SINGLES CHART :: WEEK 40 :,
  13. BBC - Radio 1 - Playlist,
  14. DLC Week of November 4th POTUS, Hinder, Fallout Boy - Rock Band Forums,
  15. Rolling Stone's Top 100 Singles Of 2008
  16. Tate, Jason "Absolute Punk" Fall Out Boy Certified Gold

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