Fall Out Boy Covers ‘Ghostbusters’ Theme…No…Just…No

Following Fall Out Boy’s release of their cover to the Ghostbusters theme song, I felt it best to process the information before giving my two cents. This is a collaboration with artist Missy Elliot and will be a part of the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot’s soundtrack. As with many fans of the original film, reception is not warm. Not at all.

Generally speaking I lost much of my passion for this reboot over the last couple of months. Especially since it is terribly apparent this film is simply a copy and paste film. What’s more, what makes the first Ghostbusters great is simply no where in this attempt.

And this cover is another example of where this movie is going wrong. While the original track matches the tone of the film to a T. It’s catchy, alive, filled with energy, and looking for fun where ever you can find it.

This cover is just…honestly…I have no clue what it’s trying to do. Which is about the same opinion I have for most Fall Out Boy songs.

I’m not saying every cover should be limited by the original piece. Joe Cocker proved that point repeatedly. What bothers me is this film almost wishes to erase the original film from existence. In a fashion similar to taking an eraser to a mistake you make while drawing.

This reminds me of a video from Youtuber Comic Book Girl 19 during the remake of RoboCop. In it she discusses a growing problem of younger audiences forsaking older films for flashier versions lacking substance or even character. And given the outlandish nature of Fall Out Boy’s cover, this only cements my fears regarding this remake of a movie I think should not happen.

Seth Frederiksen
Seth Frederiksen
A post-grad history buff who is addicted to comics and books, and lover of anything with the words "ice" and "cream" in it. I've been a huge Batman fan since I can remember, and have come to appreciate sequential art as literature and entertainment. Also I have a soft spot for dogs. Just saying.