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It all started when childhood friends Ryan Ross and Spencer Smith jammed together as in their parent's garages everyday after school. With Ross on guitar and Smith on drums, they had great hopes of being in a band together and making it big. Along with the help of now band mates, Brendan Ur... More
It all started when childhood friends Ryan Ross and Spencer Smith jammed together as in their parent's garages everyday after school. With Ross on guitar and Smith on drums, they had great hopes of being in a band together and making it big. Along with the help of now band mates, Brendan Urie, and John Walker, they together formed Panic! At The Disco. The band got the name from a line in a song by a band named Name Taken. The band is best known for their incorporation of pop punk, emo, electronica, dance and indie rock.
The band's road to fame began with the band contacting lead singer of the popular band, Fall Out Boy, Pete Wentz via the online site, LiveJournal and asking that he check out the band's music which was then hosted on the music site Pure Volume. Wentz was so impressed that he met the band in person to request that he'd sign them on his Fueled by Ramen imprint label DecayDance.
The band has been most popular in the independent music scene and would like to keep it that way. However the band was feared after their 2005 appearance on MTV's TRL (Total Request Live) show that they'd lose fans if it was assumed that they were "selling out". The band made a formal apology to their fans via their website, claiming that they didn't originally intend to make an appearance on the show. However, contrary to their beliefs, their appearance on the show brought them a great deal of publicity. The band's 2005 debut album, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, charted on the Billboard Top 200 at #13 and has sold more than one million copies since the debut. In 2006, the band's video for single, "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" won the Best Video of the Year Award at the MTV Video Awards, beating such artists as Christina Aguilera, Madonna, Shakira and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. The video is one of YouTube.com's most streamed videos, at more than five million views.
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